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Extended Enterprise Resource Planning Vendor Shows Its Lean Side
About two-thirds of SoftBrands' revenue comes from its manufacturing division, which includes evolution, a platform neutral, extended enterprise resource

material converter  the consumption of source material is managed through a comprehensive order material management function, which provides planners with the ability to designate source rolls or other material, specifying the material reservations or allocations using any of a number of attributes, such as lot number, roll weight, roll width, or roll length. Also, new production reporting features deal with operations such as mill rolls, coating, laminating, wide roll slitting, and tape slitting. For more information, see

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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 careful deployment of all resources around the world including product development, sales and customer support, SoftBrands hopes to rise from the ashes of its ill-fated predecessor, AremisSoft.

material converter  item changes, bill of material (BOM) changes, and non-replenishable Kanban. The product delivers the following four important capabilities 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 Read More

Zooming into an Inventory Free Flow


FreeFlow, a provider of business services with a patented technology, aims to help companies improve product life cycle profitability by providing a unique, online auction platform where companies can reduce their at-risk and excess inventory.

material converter  Boxed (classified as refurbished material; product that has been returned but legally cannot be sold again as new) and Retail Boxed (a new and factory-sealed product). The process for searching components via the Search Component tab is basically the same, with the difference being that the search engines for components are Packaging (for example, reel, tape, tube, etc.), Component Type (SDRAM, linear, logic, chips, etc.), and Manufacturing Date (that is, date of manufacture). Once the user or Read More

Ask the Experts: Data Purging and System Migration


One reader recently wrote in with this question: "... I wondered if you can point me at any related sites/groups/publications for more established users that discusses, for example migrating between ERP systems, purging ERP data, integrating data from acquired companies into ERP and PLM"We thought we’d take this on ourselves—but see the bottom of this post for more

material converter  for the business. New material requirements planning (MRP) runs may be done in the new system, to insure inventory is correct, by taking into account the open production orders active in the shop floor. A Final Thought We have only touched the surface concerning the topics of data purging and system migration. With our overview we hope you’ll gain an idea of the complexity of the processes and considerations involved. Additional Resources Harwood, Stephen. 2002.  ERP: The Implementation Cycle . Read More

Mill Industries: A Generic ERP Challenge


Mills are factories where value is added to raw material by processing it into a form suitable either for further manufacturing, or for immediate end-use. However, general enterprise resource planning software typically does not meet the requirements of these industries.

material converter  is added to raw material by processing it into a form suitable either for further manufacturing or for immediate end-use. Outside the food industry, where traditional mills turn grain into flour, or extract sucrose from sugar beet and cane, mill operations apply to a wide range of industrial activities (many other process manufacturing sectors also comply with this definition). These include the spinning and weaving mills of the textiles and carpets sectors, through the rolling plants of steel, aluminum, Read More

Cut-to-size/shape Industries


The specialized material resource planning module for cut-to-size/shape industries must be able to recognize when current demand cannot be satisfied by the in stock inventory due to dimensional issues, and include that unsatisfied demand in its reorder messages.

material converter  service centers and related material converting places (involving, for example, paper, textiles, plastics, and so on) have also expanded the applicability of their enterprise software to address the specialized requirements of a group of cut-to-shape plastics and similar suppliers that have traditionally been ignored. (Metal service centers perform operations like cutting, slitting, painting, galvanizing, anodizing, and the like—see The Exacting Needs of Metal Service Centers ). Part Four of the series Read More

What Makes a Green Supply Chain?


The Green Philosophy There has been so much hype about “green” that many organizations are adopting it, but what is “green”, really? We hear and see it everywhere—in the food we eat (green beans), during our morning routine (green contact lenses), on our way to work (green traffic lights), in our down time (green tea), and during the course of our work day (green initiatives).  Green

material converter  recycled and natural raw material wherever possible. Another important factor—which automobile and appliance manufacturers have already adopted—is designing products with energy efficiency in mind.  Designing and developing products that take less energy and resources to produce will not only help to achieve the GSC goal, but also help with bottom line. Procurement Procurement involves decisions required to fulfill our internal and external demands. So, how can we create green procurement habits? We Read More

Master Requirement Planning and Master Production Scheduling Software: Hard Facts Part Two: Materials Requirement Planning and Master Production Scheduling


Most of the manufacturing software vendors have planning and scheduling software which assume either infinite production capacity for calculating quantities of raw material and work in progress (WIP) requirements or infinite quantities of raw and WIP materials for calculating production capacity. There are many problems with this approach. This paper discusses the pitfalls of this approach and how to avoid these by making sure that the software you buy indeed takes into account finite quantities of required materials as well as finite capacities of work centers in your manufacturing facility.

material converter  one type of WIP material may always be processed at one particular machine while another type of WIP material may always be processed at another machine. Any machine has a finite capacity. If the WIPs for incoming orders only go to one particular machine, then the machine will not be able to process the WIP in the given, finite time period. Good software should be able to define production process routings and then be able to sum up quantities. If the software is not able to handle these things then it wi Read More

Justification of ERP Investments Part 1: Quantifiable Benefits from an ERP System


Studies that surveyed manufacturers about the impact of ERP systems on firm performance indicate that company size and industry do not affect the results. Benefits have been indicated for large and small firms, whether they make standard or custom products or are in discrete or process manufacturing environments. This section explains the quantifiable benefits in terms of several areas of improvement. Reprinted from Maximizing Your ERP System by Dr. Scott Hamilton.

material converter  involve reductions in inventory, material costs, and labor and overhead costs, as well as improvements in customer service and sales. Inventory reduction . Improved planning and scheduling practices typically lead to inventory reductions of 20 percent or better. This provides not only a one time reduction in assets (and inventory typically constitutes a large proportion of assets), but also provides ongoing savings of the inventory carrying costs. The cost of carrying inventory includes not only interest Read More

Best Practices Managing Mobile Telecom Services for 2010


This report was drawn from a series of six webinars that Comview commissioned from the fall of 2009 to spring 2010. The material presented here is like a “greatest hits.” It includes some of the most popular best practices for managing mobile telecom services. It also includes significant new additions. The new material comes from updated survey data on enterprise mobility practices and recent industry developments.

material converter  to spring 2010. The material presented here is like a “greatest hits.” It includes some of the most popular best practices for managing mobile telecom services. It also includes significant new additions. The new material comes from updated survey data on enterprise mobility practices and recent industry developments. Read More

viad@t


The viad@t ILC inventory tracking and location control software is designed for use in automated material handling systems. It can run as a stand-alone application, or serve as an extension to a host system to manage AS/RS. viad@t ILC's main features include - MS Windows XP and Server 2003 - MS SQL Server 2000 and 2005 - host interface or stand-alone operation - location selection - material selection - operation control - error handling viad@t ILC provides the functionality to address the storage and throughput of the material handing system, using existing enterprise resource planning (ERP) inventory or WMS functionality.  

material converter  for use in automated material handling systems. It can run as a stand-alone application, or serve as an extension to a host system to manage AS/RS. viad@t ILC's main features include - MS Windows XP and Server 2003 - MS SQL Server 2000 and 2005 - host interface or stand-alone operation - location selection - material selection - operation control - error handling viad@t ILC provides the functionality to address the storage and throughput of the material handing system, using existing enterprise resource Read More

Enterprise Applications--The Genesis and Future, Revisited Part One: 1960s--Pre-Computer Era


Knowing the history and evolution of enterprise applications is essential to understanding their current use and future developments. Each step in the evolution of the software is built on the fundamentals and principles developed within the previous one, which holds true for the contemporary phase of the 2000s as well.

material converter  were used to record material allocations, receipts, and issues. When the unallocated inventory balance on the card seemed low for a certain part, a planner would give a card to a buyer, who would then place a new purchase order. Those card files provided a real help to a planner as long as each index card had been updated in a timely manner and then put back in the right place, which would be far from guaranteed. Further, the order entry /sales department usually created the plant schedule (for the items Read More

Inventory Reduction: Effectively Turning Excess Into Cash


In virtually all manufacturing companies, there is a direct correlation between inventory levels and overall business performance. In fact, CEO's and CFO's believe that their companies consistently carry 25 to 40 percent or more inventory than is needed.

material converter  Your Capabilities Ask your material planning and operations team to answer the following four questions. input TYPE= hidden NAME= VTI-GROUP VALUE= 0 > YES NO 1. Do you have effective, fact-based decision-support for identifying and prioritizing actions to stop unnecessary material inflow to inventory by dollar impact? input type= checkbox name= C1 value= ON > input type= checkbox name= C2 value= ON > 2. Does your decision-support system pinpoint undesirable inventory dollar movement by item? input Read More

Managing Customer Returns and RMAs Using Microsoft Dynamics AX


Returned material authorization (RMA) built on sales order functionality, such as that used by Microsoft Dynamics AX, can drastically simplify RMA processes.

material converter  customer returns and returned material authorization (RMAs). In particular, Dynamics AX employs the standard functionality for sales orders to support most RMA variations, thereby making it easier to implement for users already familiar with sales order processing. This second part of a two-part article explains how Dynamics AX supports variations in RMA processing. It contains some of the information in Dr. Hamilton’s new book Managing Your Supply Chain Using Microsoft Dynamics AX 2009 . An RMA Read More

Production Planning and Scheduling Software for the Textile Industry: Unknown Frontiers


The textile industry is famous for its very different characteristics when compared to industries in either process or discrete manufacturing. Developing production planning and scheduling software for any textile mill is a real challenge even for seasoned industry experts. This article focuses on some of the unique challenges posed to master requirement planning and master production scheduling (MRP / MPS) software vendors by the textile industry.

material converter  be grouped as raw material concerns, manufacturing lead time, manufacturing constraints, orders, and inventory. Raw material concerns involve high raw material costs and seasonal raw material procurement cycles. Cotton, for example, is a seasonal commodity; therefore, the availability and price will change throughout the year. High raw material cost is another issue. Raw material costs may constitute as high as 60 to 70 percent of the total costs. Manufacturing lead time can also pose challenges. Read More