Accelerate initiative brings OEMs and suppliers together to create
performance-driven supply chains
WMEP, Oshkosh Corp. and D&S Manufacturing share perspectives, results
In his presentation he’ll provide an overview of Accelerate, a collaborative approach between suppliers and original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) to speed up the process of producing goods and help
Hablewitz, director of WMEP’s supply chain group, has more than 30 years of experience in operations and quality management. He received the U.S. Department of Commerce NIST MEP Innovator of the Year award in 2006 for his work on Accelerate.
Sean Ketter, manager, enterprise supplier development, Oshkosh Corp., and Mike Dougherty, president, Black River Falls-based D&S Manufacturing, will share their perspectives on Accelerate from the OEM and supplier viewpoints.
Hablewitz will discuss how Accelerate can eliminate a wide range of issues confronting OEMs as they develop global supply chains. “Many large manufacturers are finding the allure of a lower piece part from an offshore firm needs to be weighed against many other issues, including longer lead times, less flexibility, quality, disruptions in supply chains, port gridlock and other hidden costs,” he said.
More than 200 suppliers participating in Accelerate have reported a 50% reduction in Manufacturing Critical Path Time (MCT), a key metric used to determine “lean-ness,” Hablewitz said.
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