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Software Functionality Revealed in Detail
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Pull vs Push: a Discussion of Lean, JIT, Flow, and Traditional MRP Part 1: Tutorial
Flow manufacturing leverages techniques to help manufacturers create any product on any given day, in any given quantity including the

model flow chart  For example, a mathematical model corresponds daily production with actual demand, defines line designs to allow materials to flow at a steady rate to meet that demand, and uses proper sequencing to improve throughput. The idea is to synchronize product assembly to make each like product unit at a consistent rate and meet the particular day's demand. The takt time (i.e., the available production time divided by the rate of customer demand) and total product cycle time are used to determine how to

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Software Functionality Revealed in Detail

We’ve opened the hood on every major category of enterprise software. Learn about thousands of features and functions, and how enterprise software really works.

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ERP for the Oil and Gas Industry (Upstream)

The model of ERP systems for the upstream oil and gas sector addresses the particularly specialized business model of this industry. It is common practice for companies, individuals, and government agencies to form partnerships to explore, develop, and share production of oil wells. More often than not, this is a short-term alliance rather than a long-term partnership, and business structuring must therefore be flexible at initial set-up and throughout the lifespan of the venture. This model of ERP systems includes criteria for financials, human resources, production data capture and reporting, maintenance management, and supply chain management (SCM) functionality. 

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