Going lean: i2 introduces Lean Lifecycle Management solution to ensure operational success of Lean manufacturing initiatives

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Making your supply chain leaner by removing all of the wasted manufacturing space, tools and engineering time required to develop new products would be utopia for manufacturers.

Adopting lean principles not only drives supply chain efficiency, but delivers the speed and agility necessary for companies to react to shorter lead times, product proliferation and a distributed supply base. i2 Technologies, Inc. provides a new approach to traditional lean manufacturing initiatives to help companies implement the technology, process, repeatability and discipline they need to achieve a sustainable and successful project.

Lean manufacturing can be difficult to deploy and sustain with a traditional application of the methodology with adhoc tools and processes. A manufacturers supply chain is ever-changing and dominated by the high-mix, low volume demand volatility of the industry. With core lean principles in place, and a focus on the enterprise- wide operational elements that add complexity, companies can maximise benefits from their lean program.

i2 Lean Lifecycle Management is a comprehensive planning, scheduling and execution solution specifically designed to enable lean manufacturing in dynamic, complex supply chains dealing with multiple fulfilment modes and diversified product portfolios. The solution tightly integrates planning and execution by automating these functions as repeatable and standardized processes. With more than two decades of shop floor domain expertise, i2 solution can help enable planners, operators, and supervisors create, evaluate, publish, and execute pull-based production plans in challenging production environments.

I believe that this is the only approach with the sophistication and flexibility required to deploy and sustain a successful lean manufacturing program across an extended supply chain, said i2 Vice President of Total Factory Management Aamer Rehman. Customers can appreciate core lean manufacturing principles together with intelligent decision support and visual exception management to achieve the full operational and financial benefits of a sustainable lean initiative.

i2 Lean Lifecycle Management delivers capabilities such as:

Level production considering critical factory floor constraints
Pacemaker heijunka scheduling and execution
Visual interactive execution dashboards for problem detection and resolution
Quick what-if scenario management for enhanced decision making
Kanban management and execution for value stream synchronization
Visibility to lean metrics for structured continuous improvements (Kaizen)
i2 Lean Lifecycle Management is based on i2's more than 20 years of supply chain and factory floor domain expertise. The solution is part of i2s approach to SCM 2.0 that combines the people, process and technology necessary to bring innovation and success to dynamic supply chain challenges.


About i2

i2 helps business leaders make better supply chain decisions. i2's flexible new-generation solutions are designed to synchronize demand and supply across ever-changing global business networks. i2's innovative supply chain management tools and services are pervasive in a wide cross-section of industries; 20 of the AMR Research Top 25 Global Supply Chains belong to i2 customers.

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