Lead time reduction is something all manufacturers wish to achieve. By identifying work-in-process (WIP), value stream mapping helps to pinpoint which processes in a production sequence drive overall lead time. Finding ways to reduce work-in-process (WIP) helps to reduce lead time.
Lead time has a significant impact on inventory level. Thus, reducing lead time should be top of mind for manufacturers looking to better control their parts inventory. Long lead times tie up cash in huge inventories. This is cash that could be better used elsewhere in the business such as generating more sales or improving competitiveness.