Lean RFS (Repetitive Flexible Supply): Putting the Pieces Together

Ian Fraser Glenday, Rick Sather

May 20, 2013 by Productivity Press
Reference - 152 Pages - 56 B/W Illustrations
ISBN 9781466578197 - CAT# K16825

Shingo Award Winner

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  • Describes how to create "economies of repetition" – a different improvement approach focused on maximizing natural human behaviors of learning curve, routines and stability that result in above expectation results – as seen at Kimberly Clark
  • Describes how Toyota followed a series of steps, where the initial steps created stability and the latter steps focused on flexibility. Most Lean books only focus on the latter steps missing out the essential initial steps
  • Explains why most planning systems create a different plan every time and that these plan changes cause the fire fighting which is endemic in most companies
  • Winner of a 2013 Shingo Research and Professional Publication Award


Is it possible to be repetitive and flexible—at the same time? Using proven examples and quantifiable evidence, Lean RFS (Repetitive Flexible Supply): Putting the Pieces Together demonstrates that repetitive flexible supply (RfS) is not only possible, but that its implementation can help you reach a new level of improved performance in manufacturing and across your entire supply chain.

Winner of a 2013 Shingo Research and Professional Publication Award, this book is unique in that it clearly spells out the theory and practice originally published in the Shingo Prize winner, Breaking Through to Flow, with actual stories of Kimberly-Clark’s experience in using them over the years with great success. These stories provide a real feel of how this learning-by-doing journey led to "aha!" moments for those involved.

The book also explains why most planning systems in use today will result in a different plan every time, and that these plan changes are actually the cause of the fire fighting that is endemic in most companies.