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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

heijunka  volume and mix leveling, heijunka range calculations to schedule the finishing cell or final assembly line (i.e., the sequence and quantity of parts), and demand calculation algorithms, which are used to handle variability so as to configure product for different product lines. For demand calculations, demand master data identify the critical details of demand determination, such as the average daily demand and the template used for determining demand (i.e., the average over n days and the average over x 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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SoftBrands to Institute Fourth Shift for SAP Business One Manufacturing Work-Plan Part Two: SoftBrands
As for the lower-end of the market, SAP has designed SAP Business One to meet the core management needs of dynamically growing small and midsize businesses, and

heijunka  delivers visualization to traditional Heijunka smoothing techniques and drives the execution data all the way to the cells for execution without the challenges of manual techniques. Supply Chain Planning and Execution: Supply Chain Execution is an interactive Web-based application that enables the shop floor to interact with suppliers through the Supplier Kanban Board . Features include interactive shipping and an enhanced XML messaging system, while reports include Projected Usage and Vendor Performance Read More...
TEC Industry Watch: Enterprise Software News for the Week of August 6, 2012
SOFTWARE SELECTIONSAccuride Corporation selects cloud-based Plex Online ERPIndustry tags: Manufacturing

heijunka  • Lean concepts and heijunka box load-leveling tools; • IQMS’ EnterpriseIQ system included extended capabilities, such as the Quality Suite of modules, right out-of-the-box. —P.J. Jakovljevic, Principal TEC Analyst See the IQMS profile Read the TEC Blog post (March 2011): IQMS and IFS Going Strong (without Much Help from the Cloud) High-tech solar panels developer and manufacturer selects on-demand ERP solution from Tensoft Industry tags: Manufacturing, electronics and high-tech components Read More...
Manual versus Information Technology Enabled Lean Manufacturing
All good lean systems have both physical systems in the plant and near real time information technology backbones that centralize data. The primary advantage of

heijunka  as kanban management and heijunka calculations (see Lean and World Class Manufacturing and the Information Technology Dilemma—The Loss of Corporate Consciousness ). It is interesting to note, however, that even in such cases, material requirements planning (MRP) systems still can be used to hold core master data on items and bills of material (BOM), though these records have to be tweaked with an eye toward lead time-oriented information. Some lean purists go even further, and believe that lean manufact Read More...
Plex Systems at a Crossroads: Part 1
Plex Manufacturing Cloud is an integrated manufacturing software solution for managing the manufacturing process (including specific lean manufacturing needs

heijunka  and Kanban, Kaizen, and Heijunka scheduling capabilities. I recently attended PowerPlex 2013 , Plex Systems’ 12th annual user conference, where the company’s management talked about Plex’s customer focus and cloud capabilities. In a series of two blog posts, I’ll provide a backgrounder on the company and then take a deeper look into Plex’s current offerings and position in the marketplace. To understand Plex Systems ’ current state of affairs one must understand the company’s history. About Read More...
How to Achieve Lean Manufacturing
Lean manufacturing is a transformational exercise that requires an organization to cast aside long-held beliefs and business processes. The five main steps to

heijunka  (TPM), leveled schedules ( heijunka ), long-term purchase agreements with suppliers, just-in-time (JIT) call-offs (possibly via electronic kanbans ), and supplier managed inventory (SMI) for raw materials. In addition, though it may be surprising to some, forecasting can also be important in lean manufacturing, as it provides the basis for long-term purchase agreements with suppliers and also determines long-term capacity requirements. Forecasting also helps with generating a leveled master production Read More...
Lean and World Class Manufacturing and the Information Technology Dilemma-The Loss of Corporate Cons
Companies relying on manual implementation and support for lean and world class methodologies risk losing corporate consciousness. Avoid the pitfalls of lost

heijunka  also useful for basic heijunka (mixed model) load balancing to smooth the demand for a given period over constrained resources and materials. A relatively simple spreadsheet can easily be created to demonstrate how this works. Figure 1 illustrates the dynamic of increasing shifts in demand combined with higher levels of product variation, in design and mix, create higher risk. Figure 1. The Complexity Continuum When Is There a High Risk of a Loss of Consciousness? Problems can and do arise in the Read More...
Sorting Through the ERP, Lean MFG, APS, and MES Clutter - Part 3
Part 1 of this blog series started with a discussion of the fact that the ability to sense demand and become a demand-driven (responsive) business is more than

heijunka  also known as the Heijunka Scheduling Rule . Thus, APS can help lean by reducing non-value-add activities via smart sequencing of dependent changeover times to reduce waiting (queue) time. APS also provides a tool to manage smaller batches in an efficient way, for example sequencing them to minimize setup time. This means that it is possible to configure an ERP system to generate orders on an MTO basis (rather than on a “to stock” basis with large quantities) and let the scheduling system dynamically Read More...
A Primer on Lean Manufacturing Using Microsoft Dynamics AX: Case Studies
To enable organizations to support lean and traditional manufacturing practices in a single system, Microsoft Dynamics AX has incorporated lean manufacturing

heijunka   This concept is termed heijunka scheduling . The shipping schedule displays sales order line items that need to be shipped, along with information about the item, quantity, ship date, kanban status, and the associated production schedule. This information supports close coordination between shipping and production, since shipping has visibility of completed and in-process production. Case Study #2: Multilevel PTO Environment The second case study illustrates usage of PTO kanbans for the final assembly Read More...
Overcoming Challenges in Collaborative Manufacturing Relationships
Manufacturers today must respond quickly to ever-changing customer demands@while keeping costs low and efficiency high. How can original equipment manufacturers

heijunka   Demand-Chain also has a Heijunka component that deals with level loading and sequencing. This helps us look at a portfolio and identify which assemblies are high runners and more stable, Gonzales explains. Then we can put more into a pull system that's effectively self-managing, and differentiate that from highly variable assemblies, which require a different manufacturing and management approach. These systems drive pull from Solectron into Teradyne as well as from customers and suppliers into Read More...

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