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Sony Music Distribution
Learn how Sony Music used real-time radio frequency (RF)-based packages to handle their high volume environment for both raw materials and finished goods and

material handing  corporate systems, various automated material handing equipment, and other complementary third-party systems. Read More...
ERP for Mill-based and Material Converting Environments
The ERP for Mill-based and Material Converting Environments knowledge base focuses on a range of industrial activities that add value to raw materials by processing them into a form suitable for fu...
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Experiencing the Customer Experience: Listening to, Learning from, and Acting on the Voice of the Customer
To ensure a positive customer experience, companies must first learn what their customer values, and then determine how they are measuring up to those values

material handing  forms, and other supporting material. Again, every attempt was made to incorporate their feedback before the next store was set up. Benjamin Studios' objective was to insure it was learning how to make its customers successful, while at the same time participating with them in the development, shaping, and design of the in-store consumer experience. The company did not wait until all stores were rolled out before acting on the feedback it received store by store throughout the process. It embraced a Read More...
Will Recent Acquisition Catalyze Catalyst's Strategy? Part Three: Catalyst and SAP
Catalyst serves customers in several different industries, representing several major vertical market categories, and it targets industries that have the most

material handing  extensive use of automated material handing equipment, RF devices and bar coding, complex warehousing strategies, and other non-standard storing requirements, such as hazardous materials, refrigeration, etc. For these enterprises, Catalyst even offers a rich set of features that can be customized according to specific customer requirements. Worldwide Marketing Catalyst relies predominantly on direct sales in North America and in the UK, and on a network of value-added resellers (VARs) in South America 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

material handing  and throughput of the material handing system, using existing enterprise resource planning (ERP) inventory or WMS functionality. Read More...
Demand-driven Manufacturing and Warehousing: Challenges and User Recommendations
Among its promising initiatives, IBS offers flexible rescheduling tools that integrate with existing manufacturing resource planning systems. Its warehousing

material handing  disassembly, multiple/multi-level bills of material (BOM), special instructions and labeling should help IBS' customers reduce the costs associated with their supply chains. In the supply chain, the most significant facilitators is postponement, and that is where kitting helps because it allows enterprises to keep their products in a more generic state for as long as possible. The ASW Warehousing solution comes in two versions, including one for traditional and highly automated environments, and cover Read More...
Managing Customer Returns and RMAs
There are common and unique variations to returned material authorizations (RMAs) that can compound a company’s enterprise resource planning (ERP) system

material handing  Returns and RMAs Returned material is a significant issue in some manufacturing and distribution companies. Each step in the returned material authorization (RMA) process typically involves variations, and the compounding effect of these variations in a multistep process can quickly lead to extremely complex business processes and enterprise resource planning (ERP) system functionality. A key issue is whether standard ERP functionality can be simple, yet robust enough to handle common variations. A 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

material handing  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...
Case Study: EaglePicher
EaglePicher’s Wolverine Gasket Division was overwhelmed when sales grew 10 to 13 percent per year from 2002 to 2004. Its manual systems for raw material orders,

material handing  manual systems for raw material orders, inventories, shipping, and scheduling couldn’t keep up with the demand, and lead times grew to 10 weeks. Learn how a new enterprise resource planning (ERP) system helped EaglePicher achieve accurate inventory, cut lead times, and double its aftermarket business. Read More...
Food and Drug Safety: Prevention Better Than Cure (For Sure) - Part 2
Part I of this blog series introduced the burning issues of food safety and the resultant need for a holistic and proactive safety strategy (rather than to

material handing  of issues that included material tampering, allergen labeling issues, inadequate end-user food handling or preparation instructions, potential cross contamination of ingredients, plant health and safety conditions, unsubstantiated (or even willfully inaccurate) marketing label claims, and shelf life issues. The increase in recalls and the above wide range of root causes have highlighted opportunities for more than just internal improvements and need to “prove the absence” of anything that can result 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

material handing  the need to replenish material for a specific item and quantity. Kanban Policies and Kanban Tickets Kanban policies and kanban tickets differentiate two key contexts for kanbans. Kanban policies govern creation and behavior of kanban tickets. A kanban ticket for an empty container signals the need to replenish an item, and reporting the receipt of a kanban ticket updates the item's inventory balance. The status of a kanban ticket indicates whether the container is empty or not. Kanban policies are defined 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

material handing  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...
Trends Affecting Manufacturers and ERP Part Three: Four More Trends
The evolution of ERP systems has been driven by the emergence of new business practices and information technologies. These have been supported by the growing

material handing  management, and an automated material handling system in distribution. Efforts to link these stand-alone applications to ERP are termed computer integrated manufacturing (CIM). This is Part Three of a three-part article reprinted from Maximizing Your ERP System by Dr. Scott Hamilton . Bridging the theory and realities of current ERP systems, Maximizing Your ERP System provides practical guidance for managing manufacturing in various environments. Drawing on case studies from Dr. Scott Hamilton 's Read More...
Manufacturing Software for an Integrated Steel Plant
Manufacturing processes for an integrated steel plant typically encompass three distinct types of manufacturing: flow manufacturing, process manufacturing, and

material handing  finished product—from its raw material and the many intermediate products along the way—is like a journey with many stops. Any manufacturing software that is useful to an integrated steel plant should be able to meet these fundamental requirements. This aspect of numerous stops along the journey as well as the journey itself can be captured and described only if the software vendor has detailed knowledge of the processes involved in an integrated steel plant. Stages of Production and Intermediate Read More...
Glossary of Enterprise Applications Terminology Part Two: Just-in-Time to Extensible Markup Language
As enterprise applications systems developed over time, a continuous stream of new terminology surfaced. This is a glossary of those terms.

material handing  of conversion from raw material onward. lead time : 1) A span of time required to perform a process (or series of operations). 2) In a logistics context, the time between recognition of the need for an order and the receipt of goods. Individual components of lead time can include order preparation time, queue time, processing time, move or transportation time, and receiving and inspection time. lean production : A philosophy of production that emphasizes the minimization of the amount of all the resources 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

material handing  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...

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