NSK has a dedicated digital drawing creation system along with a dedicated line for high-mix, low-volume production to achieve shorter lead times
for made-to-order ball screws.
For example, researchers have shown that linking lead times
between various production systems can lead to reduced variability in the total lead time
of the system.
Ould-Louly and Dolgui  utilized Markovian's model for a dynamic multiperiod planning and one-level assembly system with the aim of finding safety lead time
, such as to minimize the sum of holding and backlogging costs.
An analysis of the lead time
indicates that only approximately 11%-17% of the total lead time
is consumed by value-added activity--manufacturing.
are understood and resources are committed based on these lead times
DeHoff sees a number of organizational "holes" in the practices of both mold builders and their customers that create unnecessarily long lead times
The material cost is not included since the availability of a component is not directly dependent on cost and hence should not have any conceptual relationship to lead time
Competing on lead time
alone requires the other dimensions to improve but not sufficiently enough for lead time
to sustain a competitive advantage.
Overall, the casting conversion resulted in a 50% reduction in lead time
in a 15-20% reduction in cost while meeting the structural requirements.
The three types discussed by New in an MRP context are physical safety stock, safety lead time
While the GE/H-P benchmark study defined lead time
in terms of manufacturing time, don't forget that getting the mold from there to here can add time, too.
If a firm competes on quality and lead time
, then it should be evaluated in terms of its ability to deliver quality products in a timely fashion.