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With all the buzz about manufacturing moving to Vietnam, people tend to lose sight of the fundamental truths when it comes to labor productivity and production management. At CMC, we've heard several manufacturing managers comment that "Five workers in Vietnam are needed to do what gets done in China by three workers." However, we believe there is another way to look at it.

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Topics: Production planning, Manufacturing In China, Process Improvement

Many factories will quickly offer the credentials, such as ISO certification, as proof of their production management systems. However, this is often (not always) a paper facade that masks the real systems and processes in the factory. Let's take a closer look at a recent factory visit to see how simple it can be to get beyond the veil and starting improving systems today.

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Topics: Production planning, Process Improvement

From what CMC have observed so far, it seems less than 1% of Chinese factories have set up a documented and model-based planning system for their production activities (from customer order forecasts and component purchasing all the way to shipment to customers).

Why is this problematic, and what are the advantages of a production planning system for a Chinese factory?

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Topics: Production planning, Management/Turnaround

Good production planning helps with on time product delivery, but can also help with cost reductions and quality improvements. Let’s look at the way it works in this post!

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Topics: Production planning, Management/Turnaround

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