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Reflections on Lean Philosophy and the Theory of Constraints
The theory of constraints (TOC) is similar to, yet different from, the lean philosophy. TOC focuses on optimizing production through critical bottlenecks in

yellow factory  be focused on, while yellow designates less critical tasks, and green denotes tasks that are in the buffer and thus still in good shape . Operators use these flags to execute tasks according to the priority level, rather than according to a defined order sequence and specific times as in material requirements planning (MRP) or advanced planning and scheduling (APS) systems. This gives operators more flexibility and the ability to make some decisions about which task to execute next. This can increase Read More...
Process Manufacturing (ERP)
The simplified definition of enterprise resource planning (ERP) software is a set of applications that automate finance and human resources departments and help manufacturers handle jobs such as...
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Lean Tools and Practices that Eliminate Manufacturing Waste
A number of lean manufacturing tools and practices have long been used to reduce manufacturing waste. These include the five S's, visual controls, standardized

yellow factory  red (for stop ), and yellow (for needs attention ). The primary benefit of visual control is that it is a simple and intuitive method that shows an employee quickly when a process is functioning properly and when it is not. Standardized Work Knowing which processes to perform is as important as knowing when they are functioning properly. To ensure that the required product quality level, consistency, effectiveness, and efficiency are realized, documented step-by-step processes, or standard operation Read More...
Types of Prefabricated Modular Data Centers
Data center systems or subsystems that are pre-assembled in a factory are often described with terms like prefabricated, containerized, modular, skid-based, pod

yellow factory  of Prefabricated Modular Data Centers Data center systems or subsystems that are pre-assembled in a factory are often described with terms like prefabricated, containerized, modular, skid-based, pod-based, mobile, portable, self-contained, all-in-one, and more. There are, however, important distinctions between the various types of factory-built building blocks on the market. This paper proposes standard terminology for categorizing the types of prefabricated modular data centers, defines and Read More...
Wireless Palm VII ~ Look Ma No Hands!
The Palm VII is a logical wireless extension of the Palm Pilot platform. The Palm VII is a data-driven device allowing access to such information as news

yellow factory  weather, e-mail, driving directions, yellow pages, and various other items. Palm does not offer users access to the world wide web (WWW) via a browser, partly due to speed and bandwidth considerations and also because data-driven devices appear to be the future of wireless appliances. Users of the Palm VII can utilize 3rd party software to synchronize web pages to their device. Product Strategy and Trajectory The Palm VII occupies the form factor of a Palm III with the only differences being a slightly Read More...
The Need for Investment in Enterprise Innovation: Part Two
Sopheon – Where Innovation Means Business (and Vice Versa)Last week I talked about enterprise innovation management (EIM)/innovation performance management

yellow factory  Need for Investment in Enterprise Innovation: Part Two Sopheon – Where Innovation Means Business (and Vice Versa) Last week I talked about enterprise innovation management (EIM)/innovation performance management (IPM) in a blog post about how wise decisions regarding innovation investments can make a huge difference to a company’s success down the line. There are many practices and technologies that come together to improve the success of product innovation, with product lifecycle management (PLM) Read More...
Case Study: R.G. Barry
R.G. Barry, a leading developer and marketer of accessory footwear, lacked real-time visibility into production schedules at its factories. As a result, the

yellow factory  Study: R.G. Barry The Internet has given global sourcing companies an affordable communication infrastructure for managing a wide range of applications. Using the Internet as a communications tool, NGC has developed a state-of-the-art sourcing and production system. Source: New Generation Computing, Inc. Resources Related to Case Study: R.G. Barry : Global sourcing (Wikipedia) Case Study: R.G. Barry Global Sourcing is also known as : Global Sourcing Software , Global Sourcing Solution , Advanced Read More...
Supply Chain Shorts for the Week of April 8, 2013
In this week’s Shorts, we talk about JDA’s release of JDA eight; Retails Solutions’ value proposition; and a recent visit to Oz Development. What have you been

yellow factory  9, which is no yellow brick road). While Oz has what appears to be solid value propositions, with, reportedly, the phones ringing off the proverbial hooks to prove it), even Oz’s president,  Darius Grala  will admit the story is not an easy one to tell. Its core mission is all about delivering mass customized integrations, in the areas of eCommerce ( OzLink Channel ), warehouse ( OzLink Mobile ), and shipping ( OzLink Shipping ), on a subscription basis. Oz has prebuilt integrations to  NetSuite Read More...
CDC Software + Consona = Aptean (Or: New Bottles for Old Wines)
August 2012 started with the announcement of the merger of Consona Corporation and CDC Software under the name Aptean. The new brand, announced on August 7

yellow factory  Software + Consona = Aptean (Or: New Bottles for Old Wines) August 2012 started with the announcement of the merger of Consona Corporation and CDC Software under the name Aptean . The new brand, announced on August 7, signifies the coming together of two leading enterprise application software companies. At first glance, this merger looks like a mini Infor (reminiscent of Infor’s aggressive consolidation days) or a mini Sage . After finally getting out from under the delinquent and bankrupt former Read More...
Case Study: Heinz Frozen Food Co.
Heinz Frozen Food Company was set on improving its manufacturing and maintenance process efficiency, and knew that implementing a new enterprise asset

yellow factory  Study: Heinz Frozen Food Co. Infor EAM (Enterprise Asset Management) enables manufacturers, distributors, and services organizations to save time and money by optimizing maintenance resources, improving equipment and staff productivity, Source : Infor Resources Related to Case Study: Heinz Frozen Food Co. : Enterprise Asset Management (EAM) (Wikipedia) Case Study: Heinz Frozen Food Co. Lean is also known as : Lean Concept , Lean Consultants , Lean Consulting , Lean Definition , Lean Engineering , Read More...
glovia G2 Is Now TEC Certified for ERP for Discrete Manufacturing
I am pleased to announce that Glovia International’s G2 enterprise resource planning (ERP) solution is now TEC Certified and available for online evaluation of

yellow factory  real-time issue resolution. A “red-yellow-green” color mindset considers three major information flows that top management needs to know about to make a decision. Along with traditional cost accounting, glovia G2 allows for lean accounting with its specific techniques, such as value-stream measurements, value-stream costing, and others. Lean accounting can be used in parallel with traditional accounting, or exclusively, as needed. Glovia continues to devote a significant amount of research and Read More...
What’s New in Siemens PLM Tecnomatix 10.1
Tecnomatix became part of the Siemens PLM family of products in 2007, having been created in 1983 in Israel to offer manufacturing process management (MPM

yellow factory  New in Siemens PLM Tecnomatix 10.1 Tecnomatix  became part of the Siemens PLM family of products in 2007, having been created in 1983 in Israel to offer manufacturing process management (MPM) solutions. It acquired Unicam Software (a provider of software to manage the production of printed circuit boards) in 1999 and USDATA (a provider of the production control solution FactoryLink and manufacturing execution system Xfactory) in 2003. In 2007, USG Corporation acquired Tecnomatix and combined its Read More...
Dell and Red Hat Form Alliance
Dell and Red Hat have tightened their relationship, announcing new initiatives for products and services/support.

yellow factory  and Red Hat Form Alliance Dell and Red Hat Form Alliance R. Krause - July 7, 2000 Event Summary Dell and Red Hat Inc. announced the One Source Alliance to accelerate commercial adoption of the Linux operating system and to support businesses building Internet infrastructures. Linux is now one of three strategic operating systems Dell factory installs and supports globally, along with Microsoft Corp.'s Windows and Novell Inc.'s NetWare . Red Hat and Dell offer customers a pure play for Linux Read More...
“Act Vertical” vs. “Go Extinct” Retailers - Part 3
Part 1 of this blog series set the historical background for supply chain management (SCM) evolution and presented the advantages and shortcomings of vertical

yellow factory  Vertical” vs. “Go Extinct” Retailers - Part 3 Part 1 of this blog series set the historical background for supply chain management (SCM) evolution and presented the advantages and shortcomings of vertical vs. horizontal integration . The analysis then moved onto the generally embattled retail sector, where a select group of innovative retailers has found a “happy medium” approach to stay well above the fray. Kurt Salmon Associated (KSA ), the leading global management consulting firm Read More...
3D Systems to Acquire Geomagic: Set to Capture Market Share of Scan-to-CAD Market
Recently, 3D Systems signed a definitive agreement to acquire Geomagic. Geomagic develops the software that is used for scanning physical objects into 3D data

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