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Pull vs Push: a Discussion of Lean, JIT, Flow, and Traditional MRP Part 1: Tutorial
Flow manufacturing leverages techniques to help manufacturers create any product on any given day, in any given quantity including the

flow chart  MRP Part 1: Tutorial Flow Manufacturing The lean manufacturing support philosophy has recently received increased interest, potentially allowing it to break like a huge wave across industry. The Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) systems of the 1990s have been burdened with the liability of carrying on some well-publicized Material Requirements Planning (MRP) problems like complex bills of material (BOMs), inefficient workflows and unnecessary transactions, activities, and data collections. While several 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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Infor Releases Advanced Scheduling 5.5
The very first acquisitions by what is today Infor, former SCT Corp.’s process software division in 2002, continue to provide Infor with most competitive

flow chart  potential production interruptions. Tank Flow Redistribution is another new feature that mitigates interruptions, with components that are designed specifically for process management to redistribute tank inflow and outflow in the event of overlapping batches. The release also adds a distinct Small Batch Sequencing feature providing a workbench for managing production activities considered “too small” for Gantt chart interaction. The workbench provides a “drag & drop” interaction so production Read More...
Single Version of the Truth
Today's enterprise is no longer a single, vertically integrated organization. Globalization, outsourcing, and off-shoring have created an environment where end

flow chart  wireless devices ensure the flow of data at a global level. Radio frequency identification (RFID), the hottest technology in small smart auto-identification, is being embraced at a global level. Theoretically, the global economy could be seamlessly connected through the diffusion of data at digital speed. [1] See detailed list of functional entities, information needs, and data points in Addendum A of this coming research report. So What Is a SVoT? At the broadest level, an SVoT is conceptually a virtual Read More...
CDC’s Ross ERP Now TEC Certified
TEC certification is like a software test drive; a chance to look under the hood, kick the tires, take it around the block with some scenarios. [more on TEC

flow chart  icons, however. The process flow screens are the usual tables and fill-in fields, but with pop-up menus for the next suggested step and better field grouping than I usually expect to see in ERP solutions. Ross’ analytics generate handsome graphs with color-coded links to the data tables. They are not earth-shattering, but are clear and visually strong. My contacts at CDC dropped some strong hints about integrating infrastructure and adding functions for Ross ERP 7 (due in 2012). If the present system Read More...
Why your ERP Solution must have Integrated Business Process Modeling!
Unfortunately, many enterprise resource planning (ERP) solutions are “hard wired” to naturally flow with someone else’s assumptions about how your enterprise

flow chart  “hard wired” to naturally flow with someone else’s assumptions about how your enterprise works. If an ERP system doesn’t suit the needs of your business you will find yourself looking for a new ERP solution sooner. By following some practical suggestions, you can chart a winning course in selecting your next generation of integrated enterprise application and deployment platform solution. Read More...
Case Study: Heinz Frozen Food Co.
Heinz Frozen Food Company was set on improving its manufacturing and maintenance process efficiency, and knew that implementing a new enterprise asset

flow chart  Lean Factory , Lean Flow , Lean Implementation , Lean Improvement , Lean Industry , Lean Inventory , Lean Management , Lean Manufacture , Lean Manufacturing , Lean Manufacturing Definition , Lean Manufacturing Methods , Lean Manufacturing Software , Lean Manufacturing Techniques , Lean Manufacturing Training , Lean Methodology , Lean Operations , Lean Organization , Lean Presentation , Lean Processes , Lean Product Development , Lean Production , Lean Productivity , Lean Program , Lean Quality , Lean Read More...
Pull vs Push: a Discussion of Lean, JIT, Flow, and Traditional MRP Part Two: Challenges and User Recommendations
While lean/flow leverages practices to stay ahead of actual demand, traditional approaches better coordinate secondary, back-office systems like accounting and

flow chart  while some tout that flow manufacturing principles can be implemented successfully, regardless of the industry, type of manufacturing environment, or product volumes, the concept has not been everything to all people so far. It is still challenging or even unsuitable to use in a jobbing shop producing highly configure-to-order (CTO) or engineer-to-order (ETO) products with high setup and long lead times, although when it has been occasionally deployed there, it has met almost as much success as in Read More...
Times are Tough - RIR Might Leave More Cash on Your Balance Sheet
For residents and tourists of Paris (France), using RER or Paris Metro is certainly a way to save on commuting costs (and parking frustrations) compared to

flow chart  improving a free cash flow (FCF) came recently from ToolsGroup , a global provider of demand-driven inventory optimization (IO) solutions. Regular readers of this blog site might remember my recent series on shortening long tails of supply chains , where ToolsGroup was also the protagonist. The idea behind RIR is to promptly reduce a ToolsGroup customer's working capital needs and thus ease the impact of the credit crunch. In this era of tight credit and higher cost of capital, cash is king. According Read More...
PeopleSoft Gathers Manufacturing and SCM Wherewithal Part Four: Challenges and User Recommendations
PeopleSoft manufacturing customers and J.D. Edwards customers in service industries should assess the vendor's product plans given these customers might benefit

flow chart  environment, or product volumes, flow manufacturing principles can be implemented successfully, the concept has not been all things to all people so far. It is still challenging or even unsuitable to deploy in a jobbing shop that does highly configure-to-order (CTO) or engineer-to-order (ETO) products having high setup times and long lead times, although it has been occasionally deployed there with almost as much success as within high-volume, more repetitive make-to-demand environments. The fact is that Read More...
Improve the Collection and Distribution of Real-Time Data with Better Middleware
Technology trends such as mobile computing, social networking and sensor networks are converging to drive an unprecedented flow of information that many

flow chart  to drive an unprecedented flow of information that many companies are struggling to manage and capitalize on. Solace messaging middleware appliances can help you collect, filter, and distribute massive amounts of data more easily and cost-effectively than software-based solutions. Read More...
Lean Manufacturing: Reaping the Rewards of Lean through Response Management
For years, manufacturers have been driven by sales forecasts and the need to maximize production efficiency at every level of operation. But in order to be

flow chart  higher productivity. Ford's continuous flow method worked well in the production of a single, repetitive item, however the general population gradually began to demand product variation'something that Ford's system was incapable of delivering. To meet growing demands for greater product efficiency, companies began to departmentalize functions. For example, they would group welders together in one area, painters in another, and harness assemblies in yet another. This allowed each department to specialize Read More...
CorrigoNet™ and CorrigoConnect™
CorrigoNet is a web and wireless enterprise work order and service management application that coordinates a real-time flow of informatoin between customers,

flow chart  that coordinates a real-time flow of informatoin between customers, service delivery staff, and management, regardless of communication platform. Up to fifteen add-on modules, addressing specific industry and business needs, can be added to the core product. Enterprise customers deploy Corrigo's applications on either an ASP or self-hosted model. CorrigoConnect, sold through Nextel Communications Inc., is Web-based work order and dispatch management solution for small and medium service organizations. It Read More...
Managing Cash Flow in Times of Crisis
Today’s critical cash-flow and liquidity concerns are demanding executive-level attention. Turmoil in the financial markets is leaving many companies struggling

flow chart  Cash Flow in Times of Crisis Today’s critical cash-flow and liquidity concerns are demanding executive-level attention. Turmoil in the financial markets is leaving many companies struggling to ensure the cash flow and liquidity needed for normal operations. Learn about software solutions that can help your company protect its commercial cash flows, improve visibility into sources and uses of cash, and increase control over global cash balances. Read More...
Lean Tools and Practices that Eliminate Manufacturing Waste
A number of lean manufacturing tools and practices have long been used to reduce manufacturing waste. These include the five S's, visual controls, standardized

flow chart  is to have the flow of materials controlled by replacing only what has been actually consumed. Pull systems, also known as kanban (coming from the Japanese words kan , which means card , and ban which means signal ), ensure that production and material requirements are based on actual customer demand rather than on inevitably inaccurate forecasting tools. A kanban signal, which can be a card, empty squares on the floor for bins, lights, or a computer software generated signal, triggers the movement, Read More...

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