VISUAL DBR® (Drum-Buffer-Rope) is an application for production planning, inspired by the Theory of Constraints (TOC) business management philosophy developed by Dr. Eli Goldratt. Incorporating Murphy’s Law, which states, "Anything that can go wrong, will," Drum-Buffer-Rope includes features to help companies create production schedules that are protected from the adverse effects of "Murphy" events. Using time buffers to accommodate occurrences, such as last-minute customer requests, unreliable vendors, and absent employees, the system works to ensure that customers receive products on time. Drum-Buffer-Rope is an approach for regulating the flow of work-in-process at or near the full capacity of the most restricted resource in the manufacturing chain.
Lilly Software also offers a lean manufacturing software solution: VISUAL Easy Lean™. A fast-implementing module that works with VISUAL Enterprise delivers significant results within 30-90 days. By making a few small changes to your traditional planning methods, you can gain visibility into your materials and production. This visibility allows you to make more informed decisions, release inventory at optimal times, and smooth production flow. You can avoid chaotic situations on the production floor, take on additional business opportunities, and ultimately drive more money to your bottom line.
Whether you operate in make-to-order or make-to-stock mode, VISUAL Easy Lean can protect your on-time deliveries through shorter lead times, and provide the information you need to overcome various market constraints, ultimately increasing business and profits. Unlike traditional scheduling solutions, VISUAL Easy Lean uses a simplified market pull (SMP) system that helps keep your inventory levels low, while keeping your ability to respond to your customers high