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Advanced Front Office Lean with Business Modeler Software
When part of an enterprise software environment, business modeler software can reduce training costs, prevent errors, and minimize non-value added work. And if

focus of advanced lean products  In this article, we''ll focus on one often-overlooked tool for facilitating front-office lean—business modeler software that is tightly integrated with an enterprise application. Business modeler software can help to identify non-value-added steps in a front office process, but by using it to automate processes it can—in and of itself—eliminate non-value added steps. Hidden waste There is a hidden waste that many executives do not discuss or may not even know about. This is the waste that comes from Read More
The Impact of Lean on Consumer Product Manufacturers
While consumer products manufacturers are relatively recent adopters of lean programs, they are already achieving value through a firm commitment to

focus of advanced lean products  to Lean requires a focus on change, the identification of areas of improvement across the enterprise and a commitment to monitor continuously. The real challenge to Lean, however, requires this first change, a shift in the culture. Consumer products manufacturers are early on in their Lean journey compared to companies across industry, with 56% less than a year to 3 years into it. By leveraging external expertise and taking small steps in their Lean programs, these manufacturers are setting their sights o Read More
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

focus of advanced lean products  various accounts, the primary focus of TOC accounting is on aggressively exploiting constraints to make more money for the firm. Similarly, TOC''s goal is to maximize throughput on the bottleneck, which is equal to the profit, since, according to Goldratt et al ''s 1984 blockbuster business novel, The Goal , an hour lost on the bottleneck is lost forever and an hour saved on a non-bottleneck is a mirage. TOC Implementation In practice, TOC is implemented by following the subsequent five straightforward st 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

focus of advanced lean products  is because a key focus of lean is to do only what is needed. It is the polar opposite of the traditional economies of scale, with their large batch approach and resulting long lead times and bloated inventory levels. Large lot sizes are a way of compensating for the fixed cost of a process, such as changeover or set-up costs, transaction-level costs (e.g., releasing orders, issuing parts, closing and reconciling orders, moving product batches into stocks, etc.), and other per order factors. With a large r Read More
The Next R(E)volution of Lean
By seeing a business as a

focus of advanced lean products  root causes there is more focus on speed of execution than there is on planning or results. Value-Stream Mapping (VSM) It''s important to note that value stream mapping is a relatively recent addition to the slate of Lean tools. A value stream is defined as all activities and events (both value-added and non-value added) that a product or service passes through on its way from supplier to customer. In a manufacturing facility these activities include shipping, waiting (in inventory, in a queue to be proces Read More
Case Study: SEM Products Inc.
For years, SEM Products Inc.@manufacturer of interior and exterior auto body repair and refinishing products@was managing its business with two software systems

focus of advanced lean products  Study: SEM Products Inc. For years, SEM Products Inc.—manufacturer of interior and exterior auto body repair and refinishing products—was managing its business with two software systems and various manual processes. As the business grew, it became clear that these systems were lacking in data accessibility and overall functionality. Learn about the enterprise resource planning (ERP) solution SEM now uses for improved order entry functionality. Read More
Lean Manufacturing: Part 1
With all the discussion, books, Web sites, and other materials on the topic of lean manufacturing, it''s hard to know which resources are credible@much less

focus of advanced lean products  Manufacturing: Part 1 With all the discussion, books, Web sites, and other materials on the topic of lean manufacturing, it''s hard to know which resources are credible—much less understand the mounds of information. The first part of this series breaks down the definition of lean manufacturing into easy-to-digest concepts and shares the real-life example of a supplier of remanufactured solvents that is working toward the goal of lean. Get tips on how to determine what you need in your production Read More
Case Study: Specialty Products Company
Specialty Products needed to address several warehouse and manufacturing management issues, including real-time inventory tracking. As it looked for a new

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The ERP Warehouse Module versus Best-of-breed WMS
Every supply chain professional must consider certain factors when comparing enterprise resource planning (ERP) and best-of-breed warehouse management system

focus of advanced lean products  ERP Warehouse Module versus Best-of-breed WMS Every supply chain professional must consider certain factors when comparing enterprise resource planning (ERP) and best-of-breed warehouse management system (WMS) solutions for warehouse management. Effective management of warehouse, fulfillment, and distribution operations is key to business success. With so much riding on your decision, you need to thoroughly compare ERP warehouse modules and best-of-breed WMS. Read More
Lean Operations: Software Strategies for Manufacturing''s New Normal
Throughout the 2000s, manufacturers were giving up on Lean. A “build it and we can sell it” attitude was adopted. Manufacturers responded to the 2008 economic

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Case Study: Edge Products
When Edge Products’ new management team saw that the company’s manual engineering processes were not conducive to its constantly changing product design

focus of advanced lean products  Omnify,Edge Products,manufacturing,car electronics,manufacturing business,plm,manufacturing companies,process manufacturing,manufacturing engineering,contract manufacturing,manufacturing contract,design manufacturing,manufacturing management,product manufacturing,electronic manufacturing Read More
Quality Software Products, Inc.
Quality Software Products, Inc., is the US subsidiary of Quality Software Products Holdings plc, headquartered in the United Kingdom (UK). The US subsidiary

focus of advanced lean products  Software Products, Inc. Quality Software Products, Inc., is the US subsidiary of Quality Software Products Holdings plc, headquartered in the United Kingdom (UK). The US subsidiary is located in Raleigh, North Carolina. Founded in 1981, QSP is a provider of integrated enterprise financial systems (EFS) to major organizations in over 20 countries. The company sells financial process optimization (FPO) in the forms of financial software, e-business solutions, and professional services, as well as Read More
CRM Selections: When An Ounce Of Prevention Is Worth A Pound Of Cure Part Two: Using A Knowledge Base To Reduce The Time, Risk And Cost Of A CRM Selection
Using a knowledge base in the selection process can reduce the time, risk and cost of procuring technology. Well constructed knowledge bases that are used in a

focus of advanced lean products  quality issues. Companies that focus on developing and maintaining knowledge bases typically validate the data prior to making it available. For example, the vendor responses in TEC''s knowledge bases are vetted by independent third party analysts prior to being uploaded. This allows selection teams to make technology decisions without being concerned about the validity of the data. A typical selection data validation is usually cost or time prohibitive. Using a knowledge base equipped with a decision Read More
Customer Success Story: University of Maryland School of Medicine
The University of Maryland School of Medicine had already experienced VMware technology as a way to consolidate its servers; what it didn’t realize was that the

focus of advanced lean products  Success Story: University of Maryland School of Medicine The University of Maryland School of Medicine had already experienced VMware technology as a way to consolidate its servers; what it didn’t realize was that the company’s solution could also address its disaster recovery needs. By combining two storage technologies—creating a common storage area network (SAN)—the school has reduced unexpected downtime from hours to seconds and has saved thousands of dollars in hardware costs. Read More

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