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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

kanban arena  lean techniques such as kanban and sequencing. Today, however, there are some strong indications that only one in five companies using kanban are in the automotive industry. This is Part Six of a multi-part note. Customarily, lean endeavors lead almost inevitably to flow manufacturing, focused factories, or cellular manufacturing. This 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 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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Are PLM and Global Sourcing Related? Duh, And How! (Part II)
Part I of this blog post analyzed the white paper entitled

kanban arena  how does it handle Kanban, including bin sizing, engineering change order (ECO) management, and buffers? How is the purchasing order policy being managed: through the traditional ABC categories, or by a more modern approach? At what point in the supply chain does the ownership of the finished goods inventory transfer? Are all transportation costs such as freight, taxes, and duties included, or will they be invoiced separately? Last but not least, what is the scope of the CM’s warranty, and for what Read More...
QAD Pulling Through, Patiently But Passionately Part Five: Challenges
QAD still has to create greater market recognition and additional revenue. QAD admits it has been struggling to offer complete

kanban arena  for MFG/PRO Announcement of Kanban Visualization, which enhances QAD's existing Supply Visualization (SV) solution More than two dozen important new functions and enhancements to MFG/PRO eB2 , specifically designed in collaboration with QAD's manufacturing customers to help address their specific needs Announcement of healthy sales momentum in Asia, with the MFG/PRO suite becoming a platform of choice for automotive manufacturers in China to automate business operations and collaborate with partners Read More...
QAD Pulling Through, Patiently But Passionately Part Four: Market Impact Continued
QAD has long shifted its focus from being a mere ERP vendor dedicated to the industrial mid-market to fully leveraging the Internet in the applications it

kanban arena  for MFG/PRO Announcement of Kanban Visualization, which enhances QAD's existing Supply Visualization (SV) solution More than two dozen important new functions and enhancements to MFG/PRO eB2 , specifically designed in collaboration with QAD's manufacturing customers to help address their specific needs Announcement of healthy sales momentum in Asia, with the MFG/PRO suite becoming a platform of choice for automotive manufacturers in China to automate business operations and collaborate with partners Read More...
Demand-driven Planning in Manufacturing
Cover-time planning (CTP) is a

kanban arena  demand pull . This includes kanban and mixed-mode manufacturing, which makes several different parts or products in varying lot sizes, so a factory will produce close to the same mix of products that will be sold that day, with the goal to build every model every day, according to daily demand. It also has the flexibility to schedule and manage flow orders for products within product families, with or without using MRP. Again, the idea is for products to arrive exactly when they are needed, in the mix 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

kanban arena  Flow Manager product handles kanban replenishment and demand smoothing (but not line design and operation method sheets (OMS), because these features do not bring much benefit to ETO manufacturers). Their customers often specify product families that include products requiring one or two unique and expensive components in addition to common parts that could benefit from flow methods of smoothing spikes in demand. Also, only certain industries like high-tech, aviation and defense (A&D), and consumer Read More...
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

kanban arena  is done by deploying kanban management by cell in a real time environment. DemandStream provides factory floor management of dynamic kanbans, lean material flow management, and supply chain material/demand signals with visibility to both vendors and customers. To that end, DemandStream provides back office integration tools for importing data using Import Wizards into the Shop Floor Module from a back-office system, and for inputting data using extensible markup language (XML) messages generated by the Read More...
The Effective Supply Chain
In The Effective Supply Chain, learn how your manufacturing operation can employ cross-organizational traceability, kanban loops, EDI, and supplier...

kanban arena  can employ cross-organizational traceability, kanban loops, EDI, and supplier portals to: cut costs reduce lead times reduce inventories increase visibility throughout the supply chain In today's challenging business environment, manufacturers must leverage supply chain advances to compete successfully. Learn how in The Effective Supply Chain . Download your PDF copy today. For assistance, please contact customer service. Hours: 8:00 AM to 5:30 PM EST. Phone: +1 514-954-3665, ext.367. Special Offer Files Read More...
Scala and Microsoft Become (Not So) Strange CRM Bedfellows
The Scala and Microsoft alliance in the CRM arena has merits of mutual benefits, particularly in the short to medium term, but due to vacillating motives of the

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Oracle Co. - Internet Paradigm Boosts Applications Growth
Oracle is one of the first software companies to implement the Internet computing model for developing and deploying enterprise software across its entire

kanban arena  Co. - Internet Paradigm Boosts Applications Growth Vendor Summary Founded in 1977 and headquartered in Redwood City, CA, Oracle Corporation is the No.1 database software vendor with approx. 50% market share, and is the world's second largest independent software company (after Microsoft). Oracle is also the second largest ERP vendor (after SAP) with $2.1 billion revenue in 1998 (approx. 12% of global ERP market), and 6000 installations worldwide. It maintains a presence in 145 countries, with more Read More...
'Collaborative Commerce': ERP, CRM, e-Proc, and SCM Unite! A Series Study: PeopleSoft
PeopleSoft has risen from its relatively humble origins in the Human Resource Management Systems (HRMS) arena, its sole focus as it begun life in 1987. Over

kanban arena  supply chain,online crm,hosted crm,crm demo,erp products,crm companies,peoplesoft hcm 9.0,erp software companies,crm pricing,sap consultants,crm enterprise,crm systems,best crm software,peoplesoft consultant,peoplesoft hcm jobs Read More...
Managing Your Supply Chain Using Microsoft Axapta: A Book Excerpt Part Four: Guidelines and Case Studies
The lack of effective game plans is typically cited as a leading cause of poor system implementation. The following guidelines provide suggestions for improving

kanban arena  manufactured item. Case #28: Kanban Coordination in Consumer Products Manufacturing . The Consumer Products company was using a dedicated manufacturing cell for producing one product line. The cell's daily production rate (representing the mix of all items produced by the cell) provided the basis for daily rates for end-items and components, which were then used to calculate Kanban quantities and automatically generate Kanban cards for manufactured items. Purchased components were kept in floor stock bin Read More...
Fourth Shift's evolution Within SoftBrands' DemandStream
With a set of seemingly complementary products and via a strategy of focusing on customers, astute acquisitions of more complementary software companies and a

kanban arena  to manufacturers: Dynamic Electronic Kanban or replenishment signals - The Material Replenishment Module uses multiple inputs, including demand patterns to determine the optimal Kanban quantity, which dynamically moves with the business' demand to ensure an efficient inventory level. Shop Floor Operations is an interactive application that uses the Web-based graphical Kanban Board to create and manage the work cell schedule. The individual work cells can make any necessary adjustments and then execute Read More...
Case Study: Ruckus Wireless
Like all fast-growing companies, Ruckus Wireless needed to continue to innovate quickly, speed products to market, manage costs, and meet quality and regulatory

kanban arena  Study: Ruckus Wireless Arena is a collaborative bill of materials (BOM) and change management system that helps manufacturers meet cost, quality and delivery targets. Source: Arena Solutions At Ruckus Wireless™, we've been designing, manufacturing, and marketing Smart Wi-Fi products and Smart Wireless LAN (WLAN) systems ever since we first opened our doors back in June of 2004. Source: ruckuswireless Resources Related to Case Study: Ruckus Wireless : Wi-Fi (Wikipedia) Case Study: Ruckus Wireless Read More...

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