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Product Development and Portfolio Management

The Product Development and Portfolio Management Knowledge Base covers the execution processes of new product development projects and programs, including phase-gate processes. It also addresses Product Portfolio Management (PPM), including the evaluation processes of new and existing products and product portfolios to provide the most valuable, balanced, and well aligned portfolio of products.  

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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 benefits of real time information and reduced inventory, companies must assess their production environment and supply chain activities.

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. But in a landscape of similar products, cutting down on defection—or churn—is vital. There are in fact four steps to improving loyalty and retention which, if focused on the appropriate customers, will improve profitability.

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 a 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 planning (ERP) advances of the 21st century. To bring costing under control, and to automatically place accurate and consistent work orders on the shop floor, the company uses an ERP and product configurator solution. Learn more about how the solutions help the company.

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 thei 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 understanding how lean will affect their business processes. Those who are eager to begin the lean journey, however, must learn how to prioritize the metrics that matter, and frequently measure them in order to monitor the effectiveness of the program. Discover why it works.

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 eno 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 information, financial information and reports and is a useful tool in the decision-making process.

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 bee Read More

Case Study: Wist Office Products


Wist, an office supply company offering over 40,000 products, was running an outdated enterprise resource planning (ERP) system. The primary concern was the system’s lack of flexibility, which incurred unnecessary labor costs. As well, errors were common and prevented Wist from getting the information needed for data analysis. With a new ERP for distribution, Wist has streamlined operations and reduced costs. Learn how.

lean products  Study: Wist Office Products Wist, an office supply company offering over 40,000 products, was running an outdated enterprise resource planning (ERP) system. The primary concern was the system’s lack of flexibility, which incurred unnecessary labor costs. As well, errors were common and prevented Wist from getting the information needed for data analysis. With a new ERP for distribution, Wist has streamlined operations and reduced costs. Learn how. 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 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.

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

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 practices in a single system. This primer covers the constructs for supporting many of the variations in lean practices.

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: A Financial Products Company




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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 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.

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: Rich Products Corporation


Rich’s legacy IT systems could not interoperate with platforms and applications among departments, preventing a single, centralized view of the product development process and limiting collaboration. The company decided it needed a new product lifecycle management (PLM) system to integrate and accelerate PLM processes. Rich’s new system supports research and development (R&D), formula management, and more.

lean products  Study: Rich Products Corporation Infor PLM (Product Lifecycle Management) helps your business maximize profit by optimizing every stage of your product''s life, from bids or project request to portfolio management, to product development, to scale up, to ongoing maintenance and retirement. Source: Infor Resources Related to Case Study: Rich Products Corporation : Rich Products Corporation (Wikipedia) Product Lifecycle Management (Wikipedia) Case Study: Rich Products Corporation Product Lifecycle Read More

Executive Guide to Lean Manufacturing: Making Lean Work for You


Yet few people have a complete picture of lean manufacturing, or know how to truly make it work. but now you can get a clear, concise explanation o...

lean products  Guide to Lean Manufacturing: Making Lean Work for You Lean manufacturing has become legendary for the shop floor efficiencies and company profits it can deliver. Yet few people have a complete picture of lean manufacturing, or know how to truly make it work But now you can get a clear, concise explanation of exactly what lean manufacturing is, the principles behind it, and how your company can enjoy the bottom-line benefits , in Lean Operational Improvements that Last . In this informative Read More

How to Use ERP for Lean Packaging and Printing


While the concept of lean manufacturing is well established in traditional manufacturing industries, its adoption in printing and packaging has been slow. Many companies have yet to fully realize the benefits of a holistic implementation. Find out how and when you should implement enterprise resource planning (ERP) systems for a faster transition to lean processes—and improve efficiency and quality while reducing waste.

lean products  to Use ERP for Lean Packaging and Printing While the concept of lean manufacturing is well established in traditional manufacturing industries, its adoption in printing and packaging has been slow. Many companies have yet to fully realize the benefits of a holistic implementation. Find out how and when you should implement enterprise resource planning (ERP) systems for a faster transition to lean processes—and improve efficiency and quality while reducing waste. Read More

Winning supply chain strategies for the electrical products industry


Despite intense price competition for its volume products, the electrical products industry remains healthy and dynamic. World-class companies are succeeding by marketing innovative products, scaling up and outsourcing production, expanding into new geographic areas, implementing more efficient business systems, and focusing on ever-closer relationships with suppliers, partners, and customers. This white paper explores the issues of manufacturers, wholesalers, and distributors and the current state and future of the industry. Industry specific technological are also discussed.

lean products  supply chain strategies for the electrical products industry Despite intense price competition for its volume products, the electrical products industry remains healthy and dynamic. World-class companies are succeeding by marketing innovative products, scaling up and outsourcing production, expanding into new geographic areas, implementing more efficient business systems, and focusing on ever-closer relationships with suppliers, partners, and customers. This white paper explores the issues of Read More

Lean Asset Management--Is Preventive Maintenance Anti-Lean?


How can we determine the right maintenance strategy for a specific asset? To meet the objectives of lean, we need to evaluate the cost of failure in terms of both not meeting business objectives and any extra cost due to the need for unplanned or even emergency repairs.

lean products  Preventive Maintenance Anti-Lean? Introduction Lean manufacturing has been widely accepted as an approach to business improvement. The business benefits of lean have been extensively documented. Asset management should play a role in lean. Lean manufacturing''s focus is eliminating waste, for example: Inventory—Inventory must always be minimized. Defect correction—Resources spent on defect correction are waste. Unnecessary processing—All unnecessary activities, particularly non-value-adding ones, Read More