A make to order production environment is one in which manufacturing or in the case of a service, service, starts only after receiving a customer's order.
A make to stock production strategy is used mostly in forecasting environments. The Apics dictionary 14'th edition defines Make to Stock as a production environment where products can be and usually are finished before receipt of a customer order. Customer orders are typically filled from existing stocks and production orders are used to replenish stocks.
A water spider/runner/mizusmashi is someone who transports materials quickly and efficiently from work area to work area. Typically the water spider will collect, deliver and log the flow of materials as they move from area to area. This person will also attempt to move as much non-value added work away from the primary member.
A material information flow diagram is a value stream map. Toyota refers to the map as material and information flow because the map visually shows the flow of materials and information.
See also: Value Stream Map.
Mixed-Model Production is the practice of making, assembling or producing several different parts or products (this can also be applicable to services) in varying lot sizes so that the organization produces close to the same mix of products/services that will be sold on the same day. The goal of a mixed-model production tactic is to smooth out the demand of upstream workcenters, cells, suppliers and vendors which results in a reduced inventory, faster changeovers and more accurate replenishment of products ultimately working towards building and or producing in accordance with daily demand.
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