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Product Development and Portfolio Management
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Moving Beyond Lean Manufacturing to a Lean Supply Chain
Most lean manufacturing deployments target production operations, but can also be extended to other supply chain processes. To realize the multiplicative

lean products  chain Profitably building a lean supply chain network requires that manufacturing operations synchronize with customer demand and produce acceptable quality products as needed. A manufacturing strategy that is based on reduced variability, production to demand, waste elimination, and optimal cycle time will drive over all supply chain success. Manufacturers that cannot control variability will not be able to move toward lean demand driven replenishment strategies cost effectively. Where the Real Value Is Read More...
Enhancing Lean Practices: Lean Adoption in the Industrial Machinery and Components Industry
Customer churn rates are higher than ever: although businesses say they are devoted to loyalty, their management systems and budgets do not support that claim

lean products  2: Top Drivers of Lean Source: AberdeenGroup, March 2006 The second most important driver cited by 62% of IM&C respondents, customers demanding shorter order cycle times , is particularly common for those companies whose products ultimately serve the consumer. Mahindra & Mahindra is the leading provider of tractors to Indian farmers. Its leadership position was threatened when new international competitors entered its domestic market. As a result, the company leaned out both its manufacturing facilities Read More...
Managing Lean Manufacturing Using Microsoft Dynamics AX 2009
A supply chain management system (SCM) is a critical success factor for implementing lean manufacturing. The SCM system helps define product structure, costing

lean products  environments. In contrast, the lean approaches do not generally apply to products with the opposite characteristics, such as low certainty of demand, erratic demand patterns, low usage rates, long lead time components, and dynamically changing product structures. The traditional SCM approaches tend to work better for products with these opposite characteristics. Vendor-managed inventory may also be considered for low-cost high-usage components such as nuts and bolts. Lean manufacturing approaches have Read More...
Case Study: Martin’s Wood Products
Martin’s Wood Products, producers of solid wood furniture for over 20 years, is a family-run business that has aimed to keep pace with the enterprise resource

lean products  journey, and helped us lean all shop floor operations from work order generation to shipping out the door. James Martin General Manager Martin''s Wood Products The success MWP has realized since acquiring their Global Shop system can give hope to custom manufacturers across the nation. With strong ties to their local community, enduring customer-oriented business philosophy, plus their use of cutting-edge ERP technology, MWP is an ideal realization of manufacturing success. That MWP sees their use of 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

lean products  relatively recent adoption of Lean means consumer products manufacturers still face the challenges of adapting to cultural changes, with 91% citing this as their top challenge to Lean (Figure 1). Surprisingly though only 34% report that getting top management engaged as an issue, versus 42% of companies across industry, perhaps an indication that the blush has not yet faded from the early excitement generated by the possibilities available from Leaning out processes and inventory. Yet, interestingly 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

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...
A Primer on Lean Manufacturing Using Microsoft Dynamics AX
Lean manufacturing constructs have been incorporated into the Microsoft Dynamics AX package, enabling firms to support lean and traditional manufacturing

lean products  Primer on Lean Manufacturing Using Microsoft Dynamics AX New functionality within Microsoft Dynamics AX incorporates lean manufacturing constructs, thereby providing a single system that supports lean and traditional manufacturing practices. This primer focuses on constructs that support basic variations in lean practices and briefly touches on more complex variations. The lean manufacturing application supplements the existing version of Microsoft Dynamics AX 4.0 , which has been described in the book Read More...
Case Study: Anderson Power Products
Anderson Power Products manufactures power connectors for telecommunications and other industries. The company, needing to consolidate data for its standard and

lean products  Study: Anderson Power Products Anderson Power Products manufactures power connectors for telecommunications and other industries. The company, needing to consolidate data for its standard and customized products across five global locations, found an enterprise resource planning (ERP) solution that offers one reliable point of entry. Discover how the ERP solution helped improve shipping, customer relationships, financial reporting time, and more. Read More...
Implementing Lean Manufacturing Principles in an A&D Environment
Lean manufacturing is a management philosophy, enabled and supported by various techniques, to eliminate non-value adding activity. However, aerospace and

lean products  Lean Manufacturing Principles in an A&D Environment Lean manufacturing is a management philosophy, enabled and supported by various techniques, to eliminate non-value adding activity. However, aerospace and defense (A&D) government regulations impose very different business practices from those followed in the commercial sector. Can lean manufacturing principles really work in A&D? The answer: it depends on the architecture of the enterprise resource planning (ERP) system. Read More...
Trade Promotion Optimization in the Consumer Products Industry
Retailers expect promotions by consumer products companies to drive revenue, volume, profitability, and category growth. To achieve these goals, consumer

lean products  Promotion Optimization in the Consumer Products Industry Retailers expect promotions by consumer products companies to drive revenue, volume, profitability, and category growth. To achieve these goals, consumer products companies must present comprehensive promotional programs that are tightly integrated with consumer marketing campaigns and tailored to the specific needs of the retailer and its customers or target consumers. They must also forecast accurately, provide marketing support, and ensure Read More...
Simplifying Life at Special Metals Welding Products
Special Metals Welding Products needed to adapt an actual cost methodology in order to effectively compete in the erratic nickel market, where profits are

lean products  Life at Special Metals Welding Products Special Metals Welding Products needed to adapt an actual cost methodology in order to effectively compete in the erratic nickel market, where profits are measured in pennies per pound. It was clear that cost management was a critical application. By implementing an enterprise resource planning (ERP) system as its integrated business system, its profitability doubled in less than two years. Read More...
Case Study: Lifetime Products
To better support mobile employees, Lifetime Products deployed a unified messaging solution focused on the flexibility of wireless devices. Using features in

lean products  Study: Lifetime Products To better support mobile employees, Lifetime Products deployed a unified messaging solution focused on the flexibility of wireless devices. Using features in Microsoft® Exchange Server 2007, Lifetime replaced its voice mail system with a voice over Internet protocol (VoIP) solution, and streamlined access to e-mail, voice mail, and fax messages. Learn how this solution helped the company boost productivity and reduce costs. Read More...
Case Study: VernDale Products Automates Operations with ERP Software
A producer of whole milk powder for the chocolate industry, VernDale Products wanted to replace its existing manual system with automated, fully integrated

lean products  Study: VernDale Products Automates Operations with ERP Software A producer of whole milk powder for the chocolate industry, VernDale Products wanted to replace its existing manual system with automated, fully integrated enterprise resource planning (ERP) software. The company, aided by technology consultants, found an ERP software system that was the best functional fit—reducing the time needed to perform routine office tasks and improving accuracy in financial statements. Learn more. Read More...
Lean Knowledge Work
The Toyota production system has been on one of the most important schools of thought in operations, and has spawned several spin-offs. All these approaches are

lean products  “lean” ideas. While a lean approach to manufacturing and services is straightforward, applying lean to knowledge work can be challenging. Find out why, and what you can do about it. Read More...
Transitioning to Lean with Oracle Flow Manufacturing
Lean execution strategies within enterprises and across supply chains can dramatically reduce cycle times, improve quality, reduce waste, and improve bottom

lean products  to Lean with Oracle Flow Manufacturing Lean execution strategies within enterprises and across supply chains can dramatically reduce cycle times, improve quality, reduce waste, and improve bottom lines. In other words, lean is more than an advantage: it is a competitive necessity. Oracle’s Flow Manufacturing module capabilities in lean execution can enable the transition from a discrete, push-based manufacturing environment to a flow, pull-based one. Read More...

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