What is Quick Response Manufacturing (QRM)?

Quick response manufacturing (QRM) is one of the most well-known consequences of lean manufacturing, which has evolved from the 1970s’ just-in-time (JIT) approaches.
The QRM process examines how lead times might be minimized across the organization in order to boost production. Client happiness is a key motivator for organizations, and the ability to respond rapidly to customer needs is one of the most significant aspects of QRM. Customers expect vendors to respond to their needs, thus organizations that use QRM procedures may have an advantage in acquiring new business.
When a firm adopts QRM, the process of reducing lead times should be implemented across the board. To accomplish the needed reduction in lead times, the organization should also include analysis methodologies and tools, as well as a step-by-step process.
The two types of businesses that adopt QRM are:

  1. Companies that produce engineered products in small batches
  2. Companies that have a long product range and fluctuating demand