Manufacturing Census

Industry Week recently published the results of their 2007 IW/MPI Census of Manufacturers. Response summaries are shown below for improvement methodologies in use, strategic practices, and focus of market strategies. Please note that multiple responses were allowed.

Improvement Methodologies in Use
Lean Manufacturing = 69.6%
Total Quality Management = 34.2%
Six Sigma = 29.0%
Toyota Production System = 17.0%
Theory of Constraints = 14.4%
Agile Manufacturing = 6.4%
Other = 14.6%
None = 11.6%

Strategic Practices
Continuous Improvement = 76.9%
Recycling/Reuse Program = 56.1%
Quality Certifications (e.g., ISO) = 55.9%
Customer Satisfaction Surveys = 51/4%
Value Stream Mapping = 45.5%
Kaizen Events/Blitzing = 45.5%
Environmental Management = 43.6%
Benchmarking = 42.5%
Supplier Management Program = 36.1%
Total Productive Maintenance = 34.2%
Energy Management = 32.8%
Quick Changeovers 29.3%
Strategy/Policy Deployment = 26.9%
Open-Book Management = 16.0%
None of These = 4.0%

Focus of Market Strategy
High Quality = 73.7%
Service and Support = 55.8%
Total Value = 41.2%
Fast Delivery = 32.0%
Customization = 26.6%
Innovation = 26.8%
Low Cost = 26.8%
Product Variety = 13.4%
None of These = 0.0%

For more information about the survey results, see the Industry Week article.

 

 

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