Mass Customization and Fast Fashion

Sustainability and the fashion industry appear to be mutually exclusive. Add in Fast Fashion, and sustainability appears to be of little concern.

In particular, Fast Fashion rapidly designs, produces, and markets high volumes of garments that typically use low-quality materials.

As Fast Fashion has increased the number of fashion seasons from four – with an emphasis on a twice-yearly fashion week – to fifty-two seasons per year, the environmental impact has greatly increased.

It has even reached the point that laws are being […]

Mobile Vaccine Factories to Increase Capacity in Africa

German vaccine manufacturer BioNTech has a plan to roll out mobile factories, housed in shipping containers, which will produce 50 million doses of mRNA vaccine in Africa.

Each factory has two separate modules called BioNTainers that are transportable by road, rail, air, or sea.  The modular design offers scalable production of shots for COVID-19, malaria, tuberculosis, and cancer treatment.

The mobile factory is a step towards sustainable vaccine production and access for communities […]

Time for a New Just-In-Time in the Auto Industry

Is Just-In-Time (JIT) going away?

Increased uncertainty and shortages have challenged the belief that JIT production systems are mistake-proof. The auto industry has widely and thoroughly embraced the systems for several decades. However, recent events have highlighted their limitations and the need to make them more resilient. This new imperative is consistent with the lean philosophy of continuous improvement.


Video Spotlight: Canada Trucker Protests Impacting U.S. Manufacturing  (February 10, 2022, NBC News) 


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Why Murata’s Plant Closure Did Not Disrupt Supply Chains

Previous OM in the News posts have discussed shortages of semiconductor chips caused by the leaning of supply chains. Supply chain disruptions of even a few days can lead to shortages if companies run too lean. During the pandemic, planning for supply chain disruptions has assumed increasing urgency.

Murata Manufacturing supplies about 40% of the world’s multilayer ceramic capacitors. MLCCs are used in everything from smartphones, appliances, cars, to data centers. The company closed its Fukui plant for […]

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