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LEAN OPINION POLL: Are Lean Concepts and ERP Systems Still Antagonists?
It’s been many years since this question of compatibility between lean practices and enterprise resource planning (ERP) was rigorously discussed and brought

basic lean concepts  lean practices. While the basic lean principles are widely known, many organizations are still struggling with the question of how to make the transformation to lean. In our opinion, the lean concept encompasses continual improvement wherein an organization constantly strives for more efficiency, which translates into bottom line profit. Each organization must approach lean based on its own internal capability and capacity balanced with the requirements of its customers and the practical reality of Read More...
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Transportation management systems should provide the basic components of a shared information system to support collaboration, rates, routes, roles, transaction sets, documents, and information exc...
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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

basic lean concepts  lean practices. While the basic principles of lean are widely known, many organizations are still struggling with the question of how to make the transformation to lean. Lean Manufacturing toward Achieving Green Products by their very nature are a burden to the environment. This includes material and energy use, production processes, distribution methods, recycling, and waste disposal. By identifying the different sources of pollutants (e.g., carbon emissions, waste, toxins) throughout the supply chain, Read More...
The Next R(E)volution of Lean
By seeing a business as a

basic lean concepts  struggle with the most basic of problems when implementing Lean where to begin. Where and how people start a Lean initiative is critical to the success of the first Lean project. If the first project isn't successful, there is a good chance that there won't even be a second effort, and the first project won't be successful if there is no measurable impact to the bottom line or to strategic objectives. Unfortunately, most Lean efforts begin with a tactical approach, rather than a strategic one. This is a Read More...
Begin at the End: A Good Lean Strategy Starts with Defining Your Ultimate Goal
You know the statistics—lean can shorten your lead times, reduce inventories, cut operating costs, free up resources, and more. But countless surveys have

basic lean concepts  and introduce them to basic principles in one-piece-flow, kanbans, and pull systems. Lean Skills Training: Train the core implementation team in the more common lean tools; value stream mapping, 5S, kaizens, mistake-proofing, kanbans, cellular layout, total productive maintenance, lean metrics, and rapid changeover. Identify Value Streams: At the point, a traditional implementation would involve the creation of current state maps. In this system-wide approach, identify all value streams and business Read More...
Enhancing Lean Practices: Lean Adoption in the Industrial Machinery and Components Industry
Customer churn rates are higher than ever: although businesses say they are devoted to loyalty, their management systems and budgets do not support that claim

basic lean concepts  customer to suppliers Implement basic Lean production techniques   Chapter One: Issue at Hand Companies adopt Lean strategies for a variety of reasons. In the automotive, aerospace, and a growing number of other industry sectors, going Lean is a requirement for doing business; it is mandated by OEMs and major aircraft companies. Also industries that ultimately serve the consumer have seen new demands over the past few years; in many cases expected delivery times dropped radically from weeks to days Read More...
Managing Lean Manufacturing Using Microsoft Dynamics AX 2009
A supply chain management system (SCM) is a critical success factor for implementing lean manufacturing. The SCM system helps define product structure, costing

basic lean concepts  orders reflect these two basic types (fixed kanbans and PTO kanbans) and the sources of supply (manufacturing, purchasing, and replenishment). Each variation has a slightly different approach for defining replenishment policies and creating kanban orders. In addition, each variation has a slightly different life cycle of kanban order transactions and status, and different coordination tools. The book's explanation of kanban variations will employ consistent terminology to minimize possible confusion. Read More...
Lean Business Intelligence: Why and How Enterprises Are Moving To Self-service Business Intelligence
Today’s knowledge workers spend more time sorting though a huge amount of information and less time adding value to it. Enterprises have responded by moving to

basic lean concepts  SAP,business intelligence,self-service business intelligence,data visualization,business intelligent,business intelligence software,business intelligence data,business intelligence system,business intelligence tools,bi business intelligence,business intelligence analyst,business intelligence dashboard,business objects intelligence,cognos business intelligence,business intelligence data warehousing Read More...
Implementing Kanban Alternatives in Lean Manufacturing
Kanban@the Japanese term for physical or visual signs that trigger replenishment, which can be a useful part of lean manufacturing@is not a good fit in some

basic lean concepts  Kanban Alternatives in Lean Manufacturing Kanban—the Japanese term for physical or visual signs that trigger replenishment, which can be a useful part of lean manufacturing—is not a good fit in some situations. Alternatives to kanban can also eliminate waste in lean production by addressing inventory, materials, and replenishment process needs. Learn more on how you can find alternatives to kanban to make your enterprise resource planning (ERP) system “leaner.” Read More...
Lean Manufacturing
In the manufacturing arena, lean is a top topic. And though companies expect a big payoff from the lean approach to manufacturing—including increases in

basic lean concepts  Manufacturing In the manufacturing arena, lean is a top topic. And though companies expect a big payoff from the lean approach to manufacturing—including increases in production capacity and product quality, reduced production time and inventories, etc.—there is no ‘one-size-fits-all’ philosophy of applying lean principles to every manufacturing organization. Find out how you need to view lean to get the most out of it for your particular organization. Read More...
Step Up to Lean Manufacturing-Make Value Flow Through Your Bottleneck
Manufacturers everywhere are turning to “lean manufacturing” to help them combat competition from low-cost countries and meet the increasing demands from

basic lean concepts  Up to Lean Manufacturing-Make Value Flow Through Your Bottleneck Manufacturers everywhere are turning to “lean manufacturing” to help them combat competition from low-cost countries and meet the increasing demands from customers for shorter lead times, more product variety and smaller orders. Lean manufacturing is a philosophy that focuses on customer value-adding activities, elimination of waste and continuous improvement in order to meet pull-driven customer demand. Read More...
Lean as a Response to Global Outsourcing Challenges
The recent trend of manufacturing companies in outsourcing their production tasks to other parts of the world has certainly been effective in reducing

basic lean concepts  as a Response to Global Outsourcing Challenges The last few decades have witnessed dramatic changes in the manufacturing and global logistics landscape. Organizations in the highly developed and diversified manufacturing industry have shifted into a service-oriented industry, with product manufacturing becoming almost a rarity (with the exception of food processing companies, defense-oriented companies, car parts manufacturers, and a few others). Facing increasing intensity from global competition, Read More...
5 Ways ERP Can Help You Implement Lean
Lean delivers what companies need in today's competitive world: shorter lead times, improved quality, reduced cost, increased profit, improved productivity, and

basic lean concepts  Ways ERP Can Help You Implement Lean Lean delivers what companies need in today's competitive world: shorter lead times, improved quality, reduced cost, increased profit, improved productivity, and better customer service. Lean advocates have come to recognize that enterprise resource planning and lean work well together: the five lean principles are supported and enhanced by the information control and management tools delivered by end-to-end enterprise software suites. Read More...
Accounting Software Selection Challenge #3: Microsoft vs. Infor (Difficulty = Basic)
I just want to make a quick point to address a popular software selection misconception. Here’s the misconception:  “The best accounting package for my business

basic lean concepts  appended “ Difficulty = Basic ” to the title of this blog post because this is the first in a series of software selection challenges graded by order of difficulty. Stay tuned for Intermediate and Expert Challenges in the weeks to come. Leave your answers below! You may also be interested in a free  custom accounting software comparison report that provides a high-level comparison of Infor FMS SunSystems and Dynamics GP. Use the link above to add a third accounting product of your choice. Want some Read More...
Taking Control: Improved Inventory Visibility Leads to Lean Success
While inventory reduction is a worthy goal for manufacturers, with less “cushion” mistakes and surprises can be costly. When looking at inventory levels and how

basic lean concepts  Control: Improved Inventory Visibility Leads to Lean Success While inventory reduction is a worthy goal for manufacturers, with less “cushion” mistakes and surprises can be costly. When looking at inventory levels and how to reduce them, it is important to understand the role that inventory plays in the dynamics of plant operations. This paper focuses on inventory inside the plant—from receipt of parts and materials to shipment of finished products—to help you safely reduce your inventory. Read More...
Lean Manufacturing Training: A Project Approach
Manufacturers who are seeking government funding for the introduction of lean manufacturing principles in their daily work environment encounter specific

basic lean concepts  Manufacturing Training: A Project Approach Manufacturers who are seeking government funding for the introduction of lean manufacturing principles in their daily work environment encounter specific challenges. This white paper addresses lean training issues common to automotive production suppliers of component parts and sub assemblies. Read More...

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