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Reflections on Lean Philosophy and the Theory of Constraints
The theory of constraints (TOC) is similar to, yet different from, the lean philosophy. TOC focuses on optimizing production through critical bottlenecks in

drum  concepts of DBR. The drum refers to the rate or pace of production set by the system's constraint. The buffers establish protection against uncertainty (e.g., machine breakdowns, material shortages, labor problems, etc.), so that the system can maximize throughput. The rope is a communication process from the constraint to the gating operation that checks or limits material released into the system to support the constraint (i.e., a sort of a pull system, which is yet another similarity with lean). In Read More...
Discrete Manufacturing (ERP)
The simplified definition of enterprise resource planning (ERP) software is a set of applications that automate finance and human resources departments and help manufacturers handle jobs such as or...
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Trends Affecting Manufacturers and ERP Part Three: Four More Trends
The evolution of ERP systems has been driven by the emergence of new business practices and information technologies. These have been supported by the growing

drum  approach has been coined drum-buffer-rope, since it focuses on the pacemaker's schedule (the drum), its buffer, and the pull-through effect (the rope) on other activities. APS logic and the TOC approach both employ detailed routing data to schedule orders through the pacemaker or bottleneck resource. Differences between APS logic and the TOC approach include the need for routing data for other non-constrained resources, reporting requirements, and the use of inventory buffers. APS logic uses routing Read More...
The Theory of Constraints Enters the Lean Manufacturing Arena
Lean principles are difficult to employ in complex environments, but materials requirement planning has well-known limitations. The theory of constraints, which

drum  logical thinking. Logistics include drum-buffer-rope (DBR) scheduling, buffer management, and VAT analysis [a procedure for determining the general flow of parts and products from raw materials to finished products]. Performance measurement includes throughput, inventory and operating expense, and the five focusing steps. In traditional manufacturing, goods are pushed through production at levels determined by often inaccurate scheduling and forecasting tools common in MRP II (an evolutionary step up Read More...
Lilly Software - Product Enhancements Remain Its Order 'Du Jour'
By fine-tuning its flagship VISUAL Enterprise suite to better serve specific ‘to order’ manufacturing and distribution vertical markets, while concurrently

drum  implementing Theory of Constraints (TOC)/Drum-Buffer-Rope (DBR) management techniques, while minimizing the cost of their initial investment. The TIP package includes four days of TOC expertise and training, where companies should develop high-level implementation plans for using DBR disciplines and strategies to manage production. During this training, top management and production teams will work together to identify their bottleneck resources, discuss how to apply the DBR methodology against these Read More...
Made2Manage Systems 'One Year After': Reenergized and Growing Part Three: Market Impact
Part of Made2Manage Systems acquisition strategy includes taking on a more global presence through acquisition of non-US companies that offer software, services

drum  Scheduling uses an associated drum-buffer-rope (DBR) scheduling approach to help identify a facility's bottleneck resource (work center or drum), buffer or feed it to keep it running, and subordinate (rope) other resource's or work centers' schedules to that bottleneck. By leveraging powerful optimization algorithms and intuitive Gantt chart facility, users can optionally confine schedules by the addition of resources in the bottleneck work center, by adding any number of secondary work centers or by Read More...
Invensys Production Solutions - Can Historic Strengths And The 'Protean Boost' Overcome Its Liabili
Invensys has created a new group within its Production Management Division called Invensys Production Solutions. The group includes the PRISM and Protean process ERP products plus the resources of Invensys Validation Services group. While the unit should have much strength, it also has certain liabilities that must be addressed.

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The Name and Ownership Change Roulette Wheel for Marcam Stops at SSA Global Part Four: What SSA Glo
The acquired company, although constantly morphing from Marcam to IPS back to Marcam, has a good track record and a heritage of selling solutions to manage divisional or autonomous plant sites within selected process industries.

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Process Manufacturing: Industry Specific Requirements Part One: Introduction
As with any manufacturing operation, process manufacturing has special system requirements such as formulas, unit of measure conversions, and packaging recipes. However, within the realm of process manufacturing, specific industries have needs that are more critical than others. This article explores these critical needs for the food and beverage, chemical, and a hybrid industry -- textiles, so that you can focus on these requirements when evaluating enterprise-wide software.

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Enterprise Resource Planning Vendors Address Lean Manufacturing
Intentia, Fujitsu Glovia, QAD, and SSA Global's solutions supporting lean manufacturing are examined. Which areas the extended enterprise resource planning (ERP) vendors excel in depends on their original ERP system's suitability for repetitive versus to-order environments.

drum  lean,manufacturing,enterprise resource planning,ERP,extended ERP vendors,Intentia,Fujitsu Glovia,SSA Global,QAD,lean manufacturing solutions,kanban,sequencing,line balancing Read More...
A Semi-open Source Vendor Discusses Market Trends
A response to trends in the open source software market comes this time from relative newcomer provider xTuple. This vendor’s footprint isn’t entirely in the open source door, however, with OpenMFG, its commercially licensed solution with an open source infrastructure.

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