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Industrial Engineer Engineering and Management Solutions at Work

February 2014    |    Volume: 46    |    Number: 2

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Pulling the market in 2014

Demand-driven tactics get applied to entire supply chain, and flexibility enters industrial truck sector

By Thomas R. Cutler

A pull system is a widely used lean manufacturing tool that controls the flow of resources in a production process based on real demand instead of forecasting. That concept is at the heart of two continuing evolutions of the supply chain: the drive to make the flow of materials and goods visible throughout the entire organization and changes in the market for material handling vehicles.


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