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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

tool shop  was hyped as a tool that would be a key enabler for most manufacturing companies in becoming more agile, responsive, and efficient in dealing with variations in demand and with unplanned disturbances on the shop floor (and in the entire supply chain, if you will)? An APS solution integrated with an enterprise resource planning (ERP) system was supposed to enable a manufacturer to optimize its production schedule based on efficiency goals, profit objectives, customer service levels, and other key Read More

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Real-time Shop Floor Integration, Simplified (with ERP)
As a demand-driven manufacturer, you know how crucial up-to-date information is. But when shop floor data is collected with pen and paper, then transferred

tool shop  both machine hours and tool usage is directly conveyed to the Preventative Maintenance module for preservation of equipment integrity. Manufacturers that are using EnterpriseIQ with RealTime Machine Monitoring have seen many benefits. For example, before implementing EnterpriseIQ, one manufacturer assumed his utilization rate was at 75 to 80 percent. EnterpriseIQ allowed him to see that his true utilization was closer to 50 percent. Now with real-time updates every 15 seconds, he's dramatically increased Read More
Workforce Scheduling and Optimization: The Missing Link on the Shop Floor?
Today’s manufacturers must be able to promptly cater to customer fluctuations in demand and maintain profitability. With agile workforces, companies have a real

tool shop  and provide the proper tools and training for its workers. But while awareness and a sense of urgency have permeated service sectors, such as retail, wholesale distribution, utilities, government agencies, and health care, they haven’t had an impact on the manufacturing industry. For example, case studies outlining the success of WFM vendors include those for Kronos in retail (see related article ), RedPrairie in retail stores and distribution centers (DCs), and ClickSoftware in varied field service Read More
Front-office Lean-Taking Lean Manufacturing Beyond the Shop Floor
Lean manufacturing practices are employed to some degree on almost every manufacturing floor, but many companies aren't realizing the real benefits of lean by

tool shop  company's specific needs. This tool can be used to establish a value stream map as well, and to engineer and plan optimal workflows. Other applications can then be rolled out to suit the business model that is arrived at during the modeling stage. A built-in workflow to automate processes. Once a company decides the optimal flow of information through its front office, the application must be configurable to match its needs, routing action items accordingly. Portals for visibility. Each front-office team Read More
What’s Happening on Your Shop Floor?
While many ERP software companies claim to support manufacturing companies, their solutions do little more than accounting, order entry, and other office tasks.

tool shop  Production Scheduling | Automated Tool Tracking | Statistical Process Controls | Product Traceability | Industrial-Strength Shop Floor Control | Shop Floor White Paper | Manufacturing Management | Manufacturing ERP System | Inventory Management | Manufacturing Process | Production Control | Manufacturing Technology | Integrated ERP | Data Reflecting Production Activity | Quality Checks | Planned Production Schedules | Inventory Levels | Shortage of Materials | Reduce Total Workin Process Inventory | Read More
Case Study: Milwaukee Electric Tool Corporation
Milwaukee Electric Tool, in business for 85 years, was using an electronic data interchange (EDI) solution that had been outsourced at very high cost. When the

tool shop  Study: Milwaukee Electric Tool Corporation Milwaukee Electric Tool, in business for 85 years, was using an electronic data interchange (EDI) solution that had been outsourced at very high cost. When the company chose a new EDI solution, the focus of the conversion was on reducing costs while improving accuracy and increasing trading partner adoption. Learn more about how the company put EDI order processing back in-house and reduced cost per order by 86 percent. Read More
SAP NetWeaver Background, Direction, and User Recommendations
SAP is using NetWeaver to reach to the shop floor by aggregating and presenting information to users, thus empowering them to improve manufacturing performance.

tool shop  now morphed into a tool to enable competitive advantage through business process innovation. To put it another way, the first components of NetWeaver in 2003 were mainly tools to bridge the gap between SAP and non-SAP applications. Nowadays, the idea is to have SAP applications that are broken down into ever smaller chunks and tied together with Web services, so that customers can cherry pick applications and even add them in chunks, even if they are provided by companies other than SAP. On the one hand, Read More
A Very Helpful Tool When You’re Choosing a New Software Solution
If you've ever been involved in selecting a business software solution, you know how tricky it can be. Today’s software systems are quite complex, and it can be

tool shop  Very Helpful Tool When You’re Choosing a New Software Solution If you've ever been involved in selecting a business software solution, you know how tricky it can be. Today’s software systems are quite complex, and it can be very difficult to tell which vendor has the solution best suited for the special needs and business processes of your organization. One way to help avoid making a bad choice is to have a complete list of software functions to refer to. Let's say you're going to be choosing a new Read More
Best Practices for Using Excel as a BI Tool
Like its Microsoft Office cousins, Word and PowerPoint, Excel is de rigueur software in businesses around the world. And in offices that lack a formal business

tool shop  Excel as a BI Tool Like its Microsoft Office cousins, Word and PowerPoint, Excel is de rigueur software in businesses around the world. And in offices that lack a formal business intelligence (BI) solution, Excel often becomes the go-to tool for compiling and analyzing business data In this guide, John Wilson, CEO of Claim Insights, and other Focus Experts offer top tips and best practices for using Excel as a business intelligence tool. Read More
Inventory Control Is Perhaps the Most Powerful Tool You Have for Containing Your Warehousing Costs
Your company's success is not only dependent on sales, but also on your company's ability to say,

tool shop  Perhaps the Most Powerful Tool You Have for Containing Your Warehousing Costs Inventory Control Is Perhaps the Most Powerful Tool You Have for Containing Your Warehousing Costs Featured Author - Ren Jones - November 26, 2005 Originally published - November 15, 2003 Inaccurate Inventory Costs Plenty What asset do you have that is more valuable than your people? Inventory! Without it what business would your company be in? Year after year we try to get a handle on this thing called inventory. We select the Read More
Through Knowledge Base Technology Selections Deliver Value
A major consulting firm recently unveiled an E-Procurement selection tool that helps its clients select technologies that enable their business objectives. The

tool shop  a branded Technology Selection Tool to help its clients select E-Procurement technologies based on each client's specific business objectives. The tool arms field consultants with information on the functional and technical capabilities and implementation characteristics of various E-Procurement solutions. The information is accessed though a patented decision support tool that allows field consultants to provide clients with quantitative analysis that indicates which E-Procurement software represents Read More
Protecting Users from Firesheep and Other Sidejacking Attacks with SSL
The recent release of the Firesheep Wi-Fi attack tool has increased awareness among both users and attackers of the inherent insecurity of unprotected HTTP

tool shop  the Firesheep Wi-Fi attack tool has increased awareness among both users and attackers of the inherent insecurity of unprotected HTTP connections. Firesheep allows an attacker connected to the local network to monitor the Web sessions of other users on that network. According to experts, the best solution is to use TLS/SSL for all connections to Web sites. Download this white paper to learn how to avoid these attacks. Read More
CRM Buyers Guide
CRM, or Customer Relationship Management, is an essential tool in any modern business no matter its size. The primary purpose of CRM software is to manage all

tool shop  Management, is an essential tool in any modern business no matter its size. The primary purpose of CRM software is to manage all aspects of the relationship with existing and prospective customers. Get a quick start on your CRM purchase by researching the important issues and factors for your organization. This guide can help you find the right provider for your unique needs. Read More
Human Resource Metrics
Metrics is a tool that allows human resources (HR) departments to develop, monitor, and drive corporate strategies through access to and presentation and

tool shop  Metrics Metrics is a tool that allows human resources (HR) departments to develop, monitor, and drive corporate strategies through access to and presentation and analysis of human capital information. Companies can identify, track, and analyze key variables by functional area and business need. The data are graphed, over a user-defined time period, to highlight human capital trends and the interaction of key variables. Read More
CRM-A Real Challenge
Customer relationship management (CRM) should not be viewed as an information technology (IT) tool but as a strategic enabler for organization-wide impact. This

tool shop  an information technology (IT) tool but as a strategic enabler for organization-wide impact. This white paper makes recommendations for developing a CRM strategy and value proposition to avoid an implementation falling short of expectations. Read More

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