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Manufacturing 2007 Executive Summary
For a decade, IndustryWeek and the Manufacturing Performance Institute (MPI) Census of Manufacturers have provided data to US manufacturers. This year, MPI

access manufacturing database  respondents were offered onetime access to a database of this year's findings and entered into a random drawing for monetary awards. 2006 Canada Manufacturing Study: This survey was conducted using an online questionnaire that was promoted by Advanced Manufacturing magazine to its readers (readers could also print a PDF of the survey and complete and mail their responses). There were 145 total valid respondents (all online respondents), with surveys received in June, July and August 2006. Responses were

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Warehouse Management Systems (WMS)

A warehouse management system (WMS) should provide database and user-level tools in order for a company to optimize its storage facilities while at the same time providing user level task direction and activity support. The WMS should enable warehouse operators to optimize pick, put-away, and replenishment functions by employing powerful system logic to select the best locations and sequences. 

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TEC Lean and Green Manufacturing Buyer’s Guide


While the need for sustainable development is affecting how organizations do business, the idea of environmental and corporate responsibility as value drivers is still relatively new. Many companies are just beginning to adopt an approach that provides measurable results. Learn how reducing waste and creating efficiencies within your company can make a difference to the environment, the economy, and your bottom line.

While the need for sustainable development is affecting how organizations do business, the idea of environmental and corporate responsibility as value drivers is still relatively new. Many companies are just beginning to adopt an approach that provides measurable results. Learn how reducing waste and creating efficiencies within your company can make a difference to the environment, the economy, and your bottom line.

In this lean and green buyer’s guide, we’ll discuss some of the challenges that companies are facing in light of the changes to the economy as well as the pressures of “going green.” We’ll talk about some of the highlevel changes your business can make, with a focus on operational efficiency and on how lean and green practices can both lead to the same result: efficiency equals sustainable business. We will also feature information about some of the vendor offerings targeted at companies looking to adopt or improve their “green business strategies.” The products covered in this guide address various areas within the scopes of both “lean” and “green,” including lean manufacturing, environmental management, operations management, compliance regulations, and more.

We’ve included customer success stories to illustrate how product lifecycle management (PLM), enterprise asset management (EAM), and enterprise resource planning (ERP) solutions have helped companies like yours deal with their environmental concerns. For your convenience, there is also a vendor directory to assist companies that are looking for a “sustainability enabling” solution.

We hope this report will provide you with enough insight about the current state of the market—with respect to both lean and green—to help you start making a few decisions about how your company can make a change for the better. We think you’ll find this guide a useful tool for determining which type of solution is best suited to your company’s business model and particular needs.


Table of Contents


Executive Overview
Lean, Green, and Everything in Between

Thought Leadership
Corporate Social Responsibility: Using Technology to Become More Lean and Green

Case Study
Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Increases Scheduling Efficiency with Asprova

Case Study
Lean in Action: Manufacturer Cuts Lead Time from Four Weeks to Four Days

Case Study
InkCycle Makes Green Ink, While Staying in the Black

Case Study
A Pragmatic Approach to Gaining Business Efficiencies

Case Studies at a Glance
TEC Analyst Perspective



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State of the Market: Lean and Green


Today’s need for sustainable development (economic, social, and environmental) is increasingly affecting how organizations do business. But the areas of environmental and corporate responsibility are still relatively new to businesses as concepts that drive value. And even though these concepts are rapidly growing in importance, many organizations are still in the early phases of adopting an approach that provides measured results.

The state of market in “green” is improving—albeit at a very slow pace—as organizations learn the value of integrating environmental thinking into their operations, and find more and more ways to align green thinking with their business strategies and goals.

This need for change affects businesses, municipalities, government, and resource-extractive industries like manufacturing. Some of the major influences affecting these organization’s environmental sustainability decisions are regulations and standards, competitive position, and public confidence. In fact, there is a great deal of reputation at stake, since public consciousness towards environmental issues is growing.

Today’s stakeholders (customers, investors, etc.) want to put their money into companies that are sustainable. If businesses don’t take an interest in the environment—and their impact on it—it reflects very poorly on their interest in their bottom line. The current economic situation being what it is, companies cannot afford “bad press,” and it’s in their best interest to realign their business strategies to include environmental awareness. Equally (if not more) important is the fact that green initiatives have a high return on investment (ROI) and end up paying for themselves through cost savings on resources, energy, carbon taxes, etc.

Today’s environmental challenges in business are vast, and range from financial burdens (such as rising energy, input, and transportation costs), to waste disposal and regulatory issues (minimizing/reducing waste), to accountability and sustainability—which can make the decision to go green both complex and convoluted.


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A Manufacturing Imperative: Enterprise SOA


In the past, full efficiency was almost impossible for most manufacturing sites thanks to lack of integration between plant systems and business systems. But that’s changing now, with the advent of enterprise service-oriented architecture (SOA). SOA allows you to change and improve your processes without expensive IT integration projects. Learn about the business opportunities SOA can create for you.

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CRM for Manufacturing vs. Regular CRM


A couple of weeks ago, I published a blog post called Customer Relationship Manufacturing. In this blog post, I described the symbiosis between the sales and production departments within a manufacturing company, mentioned some customer relationship management (CRM) vendors that seem to have adapted their products for the manufacturing industry, and I also promised I would get back to you with

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SCT Corporation Means (e)Business For Process Manufacturing


SCT has announced more e-commerce offerings for the process industries, including an expanded vision for their iProcess.sct solution called 'Collaboration in Process' which is based on recognition that process manufacturers and distributors will increasingly go to market as members of competing commerce networks. New product announcements include additional e-CRM capabilities, and an announced relationship with IBM that combines SCT’s products with IBM’s hardware, software, and services.

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Primary Metal Manufacturing


The primary metal manufacturing industry includes manufacturers of iron, aluminum, steel, titanium, copper, and other metals—with steel representing the largest segment of the market by far. The industry also includes manufacturers and processors in related industries like automotive manufacturing, machinery manufacturing, and construction. Challenges for primary metal manufacturers are rooted in the highly competitive nature of the market, volatile global economic conditions, and the need to constantly employ new technologies to bring high-quality products to market. Manufacturers in this industry also require large amounts of ore and energy for their manufacturing processes.

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Oracle Database 11g Product Family


This white paper provides an overview of the various feature sets available within the Oracle Database family of products. Built using a reliable database architecture, these products provide the necessary foundation to successfully deliver more information with higher quality of service and efficiently manage change within the environment to deliver better value.

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Oracle Database Security: Preventing Enterprise Data Leaks at the Source


Addressing information protection and control (IPC) is a complex challenge. Enterprises must secure their databases to protect sensitive information and comply with policy regulations. Learn more about threats to business information, the impact of government regulations on data protection, and how database security best practices can prevent sensitive customer data or company information from being distributed.

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Access Management: Efficiency, Confidence and Control


Managing access to protected resources can be risky business as new applications and services are deployed, as new users join the extended enterprise, or as existing users change roles. Strategy and technology choices—along with the policy, planning, process, and organizational elements of implementation—are critical factors in the overall success of an organization’s access management initiative.

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Process Manufacturing Software: A Primer


This article defines process manufacturing; discusses its formulation, packaging, and pricing issues; talks about interfaces; and provides cautions and caveats.

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PeopleSoft Gathers Manufacturing and SCM Wherewithal Part Three: The Manufacturing Industry


Even before the mega merger, PeopleSoft had already set it sights on a bigger manufacturing presence. PeopleSoft’s acquisition of mid-to-large ERP system developer J.D. Edwards this summer, and most recently demand flow and lean manufacturing software solution from JCIT, might indicate some deep though process rather than a number of impulse initiatives from the past.

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