Capacity Planning | E1 | Introduction

The YouTube video “Capacity Planning | E1 | Introduction” discusses the importance of capacity planning within lean manufacturing.

It emphasizes that capacity planning goes beyond ensuring sufficient production capability to meet forecasted demand; it involves creating a flexible and responsive system that can adapt to production variability.

Key elements include understanding true customer demand through historical data, market trends, and predictive analytics to avoid overproduction (which leads to excess inventory and costs) and underproduction (which results in missed opportunities and customer dissatisfaction).

The approach requires a holistic view, involving cross-functional teams from design, engineering, sales, and marketing to make informed capacity decisions.

Tools like value stream mapping (VSM) are used to identify bottlenecks and waste, enhancing throughput without compromising quality or increasing costs.

The concept of heijunka (production leveling) is advocated to stabilize the production process and respond agilely to customer demand changes.

The goal is to balance flexibility and efficiency, focusing on continuous improvement and waste elimination to optimize resources and deliver on price, quality, and delivery promises.