Wisconsin Manufacturing Extension Partnership


The Accelerate process introduces small-to-medium sized manufacturing businesses to a simple process they can use to identify, implement, and measure improvements to their entire production process. Two powerful tools are used in this process:

  • Value Stream Mapping (VSM): VSM depicts the flow of information and materials required to process an order, procure materials, produce the product, and ship the product back to the customer. The data associated with each icon in the map allows everyone to easily identify and discuss opportunities for improvement.

  • Manufacturing Critical-path Time (MCT) metric: MCT quantifies VSM’s true lead time in calendar days, which represents the customer viewpoint.

    Click on the link below to access a VSM Guidebook

View Value Stream Mapping with MCT Instructions