The Rhythm Wheel
The Rhythm Wheel (aka product wheel) is an innovative concept for lean production planning and scheduling. It leads to leveled capacity utilization, inventory savings, and better customer service level. The Rhythm Wheel concept allows more flexibility due to shorter throughput times and leads to lower cost of goods sold by learning curve effects through a repetitive production pattern.
Products on the Rhythm Wheel are scheduled in a fix sequence in every cycle. Production volumes are leveled such that capacity utilization is kept stable. By constant cycle times production schedules and material flows in the supply chain are transparent and predictable.