Lean Inspection Through Supplier Partnership

Abstract:Incoming inspection is a nonvalue-added activity that does not improve a product, but only identifies products that do not meet standards. One way to reduce incoming inspection is to move from traditional sample inspection to a system in which the supplier bears responsibility for inspecting its own materials. The customer-supplier partnership can be taken a step further to a system of direct to stock, in which the materials move directly from the supplier to the customer's warehouse, bypassing incoming inspection completely. A hypothetical example illustrates how a device company significantly reduced its inspection resources and improved business metrics and efficiency by applying supplier controls and partnerships to lean out incoming material …

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