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Differing Plastics Flavors
There is no one process used when manufacturing plastic products, since manufacturing methods depend on the final product. Indeed, products range from injection

plastics scm  Plastics Flavors Introduction Plastics products in 2002 ranked fourth among the top manufacturing industry groups in shipments—behind only motor vehicles, petroleum refining, and electronic components and accessories. Comparative growth rates suggest that productivity in plastics manufacturing grew about 1.2 percent per year from 1980 to 2002, which was almost equal to the productivity growth rate achieved by manufacturing as a whole. Yet relatively few major enterprise applications vendors

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Supply Chain Management (SCM)

Supply chain management (SCM) solutions include applications for managing supplier, manufacturer, wholesaler, retailer, and customer business processes. Addressing demand management, warehouse management, international trade logistics, transportation execution, and many other issues for a complete solution, this knowledge base will support your evaluation of an SCM suite. 

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Consona’s CEO Clearing the Air (about Compiere) - Part 1


In early June Consona Corporation’s analyst relationship (AR) contact forewarned me about the company’s upcoming acquisition of a “leading open-source and cloud computing enterprise resource planning (ERP) vendor” and asked about my availability for a briefing once the acquisition was closed. After consultation with TEC’s free and open source software (FOSS) buff Josh

plastics scm  cutting centers, DTR in plastics and injection molding, etc.). Conversely, Infor has a much larger number of  IBM System i (formerly AS/400 )  and UNIX-based “ERP collector items” (not to call them technological “toxic assets”). Second Major Message: Compiere Was a Cloud-platform Buy, Stupid First off, Consona and Tognoni are still trying to figure out how best to deal with the business logic part of the Compiere open-source initiative, and they are committed to working with the community to Read More

Preactor: Predict and React on the Shop Floor


Many best-of-breed advanced planning and scheduling (APS) vendors have come and gone since the late 90s, when APS was hyped as a tool that would be a key enabler for manufacturing companies. But one vendor that has distinguished itself is Preactor, a world leader in production planning and scheduling software. Learn more in this in-depth report, which includes a Q&A with Preactor founder and CEO Mike Novels.

plastics scm  food and beverage, pharmaceuticals, plastics and rubber, packaging, complex machinery, as well as the automotive and aerospace industries. Preactor’s most successful sector, metals, has recently passed its 350th implementation.   Q&A with Preactor Founder Mike Novels What follows is our candid question and answer (Q&A) session with Preactor’s founder and CEO Mike Novels, who is recognized as one of the leading experts in planning and scheduling technology in the manufacturing sector. TEC : What are Read More

New Dimensions in EC and SCM Part 3: E-Procurement Can Broaden the Supplier Pool


From point-and-click ordering using Web-based catalogs of individual suppliers, to marketplaces that bring together in one place the products or services offered by multiple suppliers, to live auctions that determine the lowest-price bidder — there is a wide range of new e-procurement methods and tools to help businesses buy goods and services better, faster, and cheaper.

plastics scm  of particular industries - plastics, high-tech, and automotive to name a few. Here, you can access information and pricing from suppliers of resins, integrated circuits, castings, and a broad range of other parts and components used extensively in your specific industry. Exchanges have also developed to cover excess inventory, used equipment, and other items and types of transactions that historically have been particularly inefficient or time-consuming. The primary e-procurement benefit of these Read More

Mid-Market ERP Vendors Doing CRM & SCM In A DIY Fashion Part 2: Market Impact


Tier2/Tier 3 vendors are prepared to endure the onslaught of the likes of SAP, Oracle, and PeopleSoft, as well as of proverbial mid-market leaders such as J.D. Edwards, Baan, Intentia, QAD, IFS and Epicor, and newly formed mid-market juggernauts like Microsoft Great Plains, Best Software (formerly Sage Software), and Navision, to name some. Frontstep and the Syspro Group lead the way.

plastics scm  the targeted industries are plastics, steel, rubber, paper, and lumber. Frontstep's target market is mid-size manufacturers and distributors, or divisions of Fortune 500 companies. It targets enterprises with annual revenues up to $30 million primarily via resellers/VARs, while the larger enterprises with up to $1 billion are handled by its direct sales force. Frontstep focuses on discrete, MTO manufacturing environments rather than on make-to-stock (MTS) or highly engineered (design-driven) Read More

SCM Buyer’s Guide 2012: Adapting to Challenging Times and Circumstances


TEC is coming up with four new buyer’s guides for 2012, and one slot is reserved for supply chain management (SCM) solutions. My main reason for pushing for this was that the global business landscape has been battered significantly by a slew of economic, political, social and environmental events over the past five years. This has resulted in significant losses for businesses around the world.

plastics scm  Buyer’s Guide 2012: Adapting to Challenging Times and Circumstances TEC is coming up with four new buyer’s guides for 2012, and one slot is reserved for supply chain management (SCM) solutions. My main reason for pushing for this was that the global business landscape has been battered significantly by a slew of economic, political, social and environmental events over the past five years. This has resulted in significant losses for businesses around the world. It is no secret that the world is Read More

ERP Case Study: Chemtech Plastics Inc


Chemtech Plastics Inc., an injection molding company founded in 1982, believed technology could help it obtain an edge over the competition—but the first generation software it was using had some limitations, and many of its processes were manual. By implementing an industry-specific enterprise resource planning (ERP) system, Chemtech has doubled its sales volume to more than $20 million (USD) in the last seven years.

plastics scm  Case Study: Chemtech Plastics Inc Chemtech Plastics Inc., an injection molding company founded in 1982, believed technology could help it obtain an edge over the competition—but the first generation software it was using had some limitations, and many of its processes were manual. By implementing an industry-specific enterprise resource planning (ERP) system, Chemtech has doubled its sales volume to more than $20 million (USD) in the last seven years. Read More

Stream-Based Architecture of Software Configuration Management (SCM)


Most software configuration management (SCM) systems rely on metadata annotations to support basic system operations, such as computing the contents of software configurations. With AccuRev, configurations are first-class objects called "streams," whose contents aren't defined in terms of metadata annotations at all. AccuRev relies on the chronology of SCM operations, enabling users to leverage the incremental nature of the process.

plastics scm  Based Architecture of Software Configuration Management (SCM) Most software configuration management (SCM) systems rely on metadata annotations to support basic system operations, such as computing the contents of software configurations. With AccuRev, configurations are first-class objects called streams, whose contents aren't defined in terms of metadata annotations at all. AccuRev relies on the chronology of SCM operations, enabling users to leverage the incremental nature of the process. Read More

New Dimensions in EC and SCM Part 1: The Benefits of E-Procurement


From point-and-click ordering using Web-based catalogs of individual suppliers, to marketplaces that bring together in one place the products or services offered by multiple suppliers, to live auctions that determine the lowest-price bidder — there is a wide range of new e-procurement methods and tools to help businesses buy goods and services better, faster, and cheaper.

plastics scm  Dimensions in EC and SCM Part 1: The Benefits of E-Procurement Executive Summary Every business is a purchaser as well as a supplier, with many routinely processing hundreds of buying activities daily. Typically, purchases represent 50 to 90% of a company's cost structure -- making procurement strategy and execution a critical lever for effective supply chain operations and superior business profitability. Electronic commerce offers exciting new possibilities for businesses to improve their performance Read More

SCM Software for Real World Manufacturing: A Case for Mission Critical Use


In an ideal world, we can have an exception free manufacturing operations. And for the most part, it will be a "management by exception" operations with no constraints or bottlenecks to worry about. But in reality manufacturing is all about managing constraints. A lot of constraints! This article discusses the impacts of constraints on manufacturing planning and execution and how a well implemented SCM software can help in overcoming these constraints.

plastics scm  Software for Real World Manufacturing: A Case for Mission Critical Use Introduction As any experienced production or operations manager will tell you, there is real challenge in manufacturing execution processes and that production planning and scheduling does not help. Everyday the manager comes across machines breaking down, bottlenecks in the production lines, human resource problems, wastage of time in machine changeovers, impossible product delivery deadlines, variable raw material quality, raw Read More

Case Study: Diamond Plastics


Diamond Plastics has a nation-wide network of PVC pipe manufacturing facilities. After years of customizing its financial software, the company was unable to upgrade to newer versions. The existing system also could no longer accommodate the company’s continued growth. Needing a new accounting and business management system, Diamond chose to implement Microsoft® Dynamics AX. Find out about the near-flawless transition.

plastics scm  Study: Diamond Plastics Diamond Plastics has a nation-wide network of PVC pipe manufacturing facilities. After years of customizing its financial software, the company was unable to upgrade to newer versions. The existing system also could no longer accommodate the company’s continued growth. Needing a new accounting and business management system, Diamond chose to implement Microsoft® Dynamics AX. Find out about the near-flawless transition. Read More

Rising Elephant Creates Euphoria: India's Growing Markets Are a Boon for SCM Vendors


The nature of the organized retailing market in India may present challenges for software providers, but the opportunity to tap into and benefit from this market's huge (and growing) potential can yield sizable returns for supply chain management software vendors.

plastics scm  Elephant Creates Euphoria: India's Growing Markets Are a Boon for SCM Vendors Originally Published - April 13, 2007 In the past two decades, India has earned a reputation worldwide for its strength in information technology (IT), information technology enterprise solutions (ITES), and software-related products and services. Now that the Indian government is liberalizing and opening up the economy, India is becoming a hot spot (business center) for manufacturers in the auto, textiles, medicine, and Read More

A Made2Manage Systems Customer Profile: The Story of Chemtech Plastics Inc.


Chemtech, a plastics injection molder, experienced doubled sales, achieved a 99.7 percent on-time delivery rate, and generated time savings and process efficiencies after implementing DTR Plastics ERP. In fact, after running this application for seven years, they were winning new clients as a result of being able to handle more demanding orders, and provide more comprehensive documentation.

plastics scm  The Story of Chemtech Plastics Inc. Chemtech, a plastics injection molder, experienced doubled sales, achieved a 99.7 percent on-time delivery rate, and generated time savings and process efficiencies after implementing DTR Plastics ERP. In fact, after running this application for seven years, they were winning new clients as a result of being able to handle more demanding orders, and provide more comprehensive documentation. Read More

The Impact of Demand-Driven Technology in the SCM Market: IBS


The integration solutions market will be an interesting area of growth. IBS has an attractive offer for companies with complex and expensive business software at the group and headquarters level, wanting to lower costs and quicken implementation in their subsidiaries.

plastics scm  Impact of Demand-Driven Technology in the SCM Market: IBS Market Impact The Sweden-based enterprise resource planning (ERP) and supply chain management (SCM) provider International Business Systems (IBS) (XSSE IBS B), while currently not a uniformly well-known mid-market global vendor, seems to be poised to change that situation. As the ERP and SCM markets suffered throughout the dismal last several years, IBS also felt a pinch of flat revenues at nearly $350 million (USD), but remained mostly Read More

Champion Plastics Reduces Inventory by One-third and Scheduling Time by One-half; Moves into New Market


With a new account on the line, Champion Plastics, Inc., couldn’t afford any missteps, especially with its electronic data interchange (EDI), so it decided to shop for a new system. The company was not initially looking for a full enterprise resource planning (ERP) system, but its method of inventory control was a high hurdle. Find out why Champion Plastics opted for cloud ERP and how it improved operational efficiency.

plastics scm  Plastics Reduces Inventory by One-third and Scheduling Time by One-half; Moves into New Market With a new account on the line, Champion Plastics, Inc., couldn’t afford any missteps, especially with its electronic data interchange (EDI), so it decided to shop for a new system. The company was not initially looking for a full enterprise resource planning (ERP) system, but its method of inventory control was a high hurdle. Find out why Champion Plastics opted for cloud ERP and how it improved Read More