Pull Vs Push Manufacturing

Pull vs Push Manufacturing

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Pull Vs Push Manufacturing

Pull & Flow Manufacturing vs Push/Batch Scheduled Manufacturing

Flow Production (Pull Manufacturing)

With Flow production manufacturing, the work to produce a product is chained together.  By design, work at an operation is determined based upon a Takt time calculation.  Takt time is the targeted work for a Flow process to achieve its designed capacity.

Simply put, if a manufacturer produces 24 products per day and they work 8 hours per day, they would need to produce a product every 20 minutes.  The 20 minute target is the Takt time for that process.  Takt time defines work in a Flow process. 

The Flow manufacturer designs the Flow and pull process one time.

Quality is designed into each operation for PPM quality.  To adjust volume, they would adjust staffing to allow employees to flex from one operation to another.  Typically, a Flow line can run anywhere from 50% of capacity up to design capacity, as a minimum, without any changes in the operational work content or machine time.

Once the operations are defined, a Kaban pull technique is used to pull material to each operation.  Kaban is sized based upon value, size, fragility, quality, etc.  Kanban focuses per part, NO KITTING.

Schedule/Batch Production (Push Manufacturing)

Production is planned and controlled by building sub-assemblies, fabricated parts and final products that are defined by hierarchical bills of material.  Work is structured by the bill of material which defines what raw material and parts go into each sub-assembly and fabricated part.  The bill of material is used to pick kits of parts for each assembly.  Corresponding exploded drawings show how the parts are to be put together or machined for each finished sub-assembly or fabricated part.  Assemblies and fabricated parts are sent to external inspection for quality.  The production scheduler uses an ERP system to control work orders to schedule start dates, due dates and batch quantities (daily, weekly or monthly quantities) for production.

What is the Difference Between Pull vs Push Manufacturing?

The results speak about what the differences are between pull verses push manufacturing. 

Flow Pull Results

Products go through the Flow process in the minutes and hours it takes to produce a product.  Since work can be performed in parallel, the time a product is in production is less than the total work content time.  PPM quality is designed into each operation.  Any Product-Any Volume-Any Day is now reality!

Scheduled/Batch Push Results

In  scheduling/batch production, products go through manufacturing production in lead time days, and days into weeks.  In batch production, it is very common to find a product that has 3 hours of work content in it, but it takes 3 weeks to get a product all the way through the various departments and on to the customer or finished goods.  Quality defects are exposed to the entire batch/lot…AQL quality results.  This pales in comparison to the DFT parts per million (PPM) quality which is designed into the Flow Process.

The Bottom Line Push vs Pull

Since the Flow manufacturer will get the product through in the production process in work content time, 3 hours or less, the corresponding inventory is considerably less and the inventory turnover is considerably higher for the Flow manufacturer verses the batch scheduler.  The higher the inventory turn-over, the more profit the company will make.  PPM quality improves profitability and customer satisfaction.  Two different methodologies with very different results.  

Techniques and tools do make a difference!  Demand Flow Technology (DFT) is the Flow Manufacturing Tool to make the transition a reality.

Path to Flow Business Strategy and Manufacturing Excellence

Step 1

Design the Flow and Pull Production Manufacturing Process.

Step 2

Design the Pull Material Process & Supply Chain

Step 3

Kaizen, Process Perfection, Eliminate Non-Value/Waste as defined by the S.O.E.s

Philosophical Leadership

Unfortunately, the batch/scheduling companies skip the training and work associated to transforming to the first two critical design steps and move directly to the third philosophical step.  As expected, their results still correspond to their current batch/scheduling production methodologies.  That is why the batch/scheduler with 20 black belt waste eliminators, is till turning inventory 3.9 turns after 18 years. 

Batch/Scheduling is Not a Process

The quantity scheduled today may have no relationship to the quantity that was scheduled last week or last month. In addition to quantity, the product may be a built in the same work center and potentially a totally different work center with different people, machines and different processes.  The people built the products last month and this month they spread the work over five.

For production to even be a process it must have 3 important characteristics:

Taiichi Ohno was one of the architects the Toyota Production System and later on in the Kanban material production pull system.  He was one of the few Japanese that got into how they designed the Flow production system and Kanban.  He was also very critical of the Western world’s scheduling methodologies, particularly in the amount of waste they inherently created with batch scheduling.  He documented his seven wastes model which is a key in any academic approach for Flow Manufacturing.









Adhering to the traditional "Push" method risks creating any or
all of the various forms of profit killing waste

  • Overproduction (waste of producing too much product)
  • Waiting (waste of idle workers)
  • Transportation (waste of moving parts from place to place)
  • Over-processing (waste of over-engineering a product beyond what customers are willing to pay for)
  • Inventory (waste via excess inventory that must be stored, with the potential that it may need to be scrapped)
  • Movement (waste of moving people or goods inefficiently or excessively)
  • Waste of making defective products

Push Production

Scheduled/Lean Manufacturing

Often times management claims to be following the lead of the Japanese or the Toyota production system with their own Lean program.  However, their Lean program continues with a scheduling foundation with an added waste elimination, lean or agile philosophy.  Manufacturing is still push-based, with ERP production scheduling, picking kits, external inspection and labor tracking to a scheduled quantity? 

The bottom line barely changes.  These push-methods in Lean scheduled production are contradictory to the Toyota production system, which is a pull-based, FLOW production process. 

Western management may not understand the strategically different foundations and techniques required to make the transformation and become globally competitive.  JCIT2’s mission is to highlight the differences and to provide management teams with the technology and tools to achieve Flow manufacturing excellence.

Training And Education

Implementation & Consulting

DFT is the mathematical tools and foundation for Flow Manufacturing and the Toyota Production System.  DFT creates a Flow process that changes volume and product mix on a daily basis.  Since it is demand driven, it enables Flow manufacturers to drastically reduce working capital while increasing response to customer demand.

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