The Textron Automotive Trim Division’s plant in Port Huron, Michigan, USA, which manufactures interior door panels and inside trim products for Daimler Chrysler, used the Heijunka system to solve their problem. Following implementation WIP fell more than 60%, and average finished-goods inventory dropped to two hours from 6 to 10 hours. The inventory reduction freed more than 10,000 sq ft of floor space, and allowed Textron to move in its Chrysler minivan back side panel production line....

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5.5.2 Manage inventories
14.3.2 Implement an improvement approach/method/technique

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