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Avoiding Atrophy in Your Planning Process

October 9, 2013 2:51 pm | by Oliver Wight Principal, Dennis A. Daniel | Comments

Oliver Wight’s new white paper, Avoiding Atrophy in Your Planning Process, by business process improvement coach - Dennis A. Daniel - defines Integrated Business Planning and Integrated Planning and Control, and outlines the causes of a decline in the business planning processes that can lead to atrophy. The author presents a variety of scenarios that lead to planning process degradation including the reassignment of key players, a failure to replace critical resources, and a weakening of data integrity. The paper includes examples of atrophied processes, solutions for avoiding atrophy, examples of best practices, and diagnosis strategies.  

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CALCULATING ENDPLAY TAKE-UP FOR BEVELED RETAINING RINGS

October 1, 2013 3:00 pm | by Rotor Clip | Comments

The article discusses how beveled retaining rings are the obvious choice in high speed production over shims and washers. The article is broken down to show how the retaining rings are designed, calculated and manufactured for maximum endplay take up while still being cost effective for both consumer and manufacturer.

Demand Control: An Often Missing Link in a Demand Management Process

September 26, 2013 9:17 am | by Oliver Wight Principal, David Holmes | Comments

Oliver Wight’s new white paper, Demand Control: An Often Missing Link in the Demand Management Process, by David Holmes with contributions from Todd Ferguson and Timm Reiher, is a valuable guide for any company seeking to improve customer service, increase sales revenue, and be respected as a reliable supplier. This white paper defines Demand Control and outlines its importance in the Demand Management and execution processes.  Done well, the authors argue, Demand Control takes chaos out of the near-term order fulfillment and sales execution processes and stimulates actions that enable companies to improve customer service and increase revenue. Readers of this white paper will find a compelling argument for why an effective Demand Control process should be in place and provide helpful steps for establishing one.

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What’s Missing from Your Lean Initiative? TPM’s integral role, with 5 takeaways to guide your strategy.

September 19, 2013 4:03 pm | by Productivity Inc | Comments

Most business owners and general managers recognize just how critically important proper equipment maintenance is, particularly in an asset-oriented work environment. Simply put, poorly maintained equipment leads to production downtime, lost revenue, dissatisfied customers, and low morale. Yet, in the context of lean initiatives, debates crop up regarding the role of preventive and predictive maintenance versus Total Productive Maintenance (TPM).  Read more….

Best Practices in Demand and Inventory Planning for Chemical Companies

September 9, 2013 10:12 am | by Aptean | Comments

The lack of good supply chain coordination can lead to frequent changes in production schedules, expedited transfers and shipments in distribution, excessive stock-outs, erratic levels of customer service, lack of visibility into future demand, and inventory in the wrong place and at the wrong time. The right mix of strategy, education, and systems can have a very high impact on a manufacturer’s overall operations—and ultimately its bottom line.

Impact of Formula-Based ERP Applications on Pharmaceutical Manufacturers

September 9, 2013 10:09 am | by Aptean | Comments

This practical guide links the unique business processes of the pharmaceutical industry to specific software capabilities available in process-based ERP solutions. It also addresses how the right ERP solution can significantly improve product costing, production predictability, and scalability, as well as compliance issues related to Good Manufacturing Processes, traceability, and validation.

Avoid the Seven Fatal Flaws: How to Choose the Right ERP Solution

September 9, 2013 10:06 am | by Aptean | Comments

ERP buyers in process manufacturing are vulnerable since the vast majority of the software offered in the marketplace has been designed for discrete manufacturing. This whitepaper shows how companies in the chemical, pharmaceutical, or food & beverage industries can choose the right ERP system by avoiding seven fatal, yet common flaws.

Manufacturers: Are You asking Enough of your ERP?

July 31, 2013 4:31 pm | by Aptean | Comments

In this whitepaper, enterprise software analyst Cindy Jutras references ERP Solutions Study results as she explores how the right ERP solution and architecture can overcome shortcomings and provide visibility, leading to more efficient manufacturing execution.  ERP solutions have evolved  over the years to include not only back office accounting and support functions, but also the front office processes that manage customer relationships. As more and more functional areas of the enterprise jump on the ERP bandwagon, there is risk in losing focus on the manufacturing processes, where the real work in producing sale-able product gets done. 

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Six Steps to a Successful ERP Implementation

July 31, 2013 4:26 pm | by Aptean | Comments

The process of implementing a new enterprise resource planning (ERP) solution is challenging, sending your organization down a long road of beneficial, although sometimes demanding, change. Download this whitepaper now to discover the essential steps to ensure your organization’s system implementation produces positive changes and long-term benefits.

ERP: Implementing Kanban Alternatives in Lean Manufacturing

July 31, 2013 4:22 pm | by Aptean | Comments

Manufacturing companies are adopting Lean because of its efficiency—lowering costs and lead-time, while improving quality and performance. In today’s highly competitive and challenging markets, companies need every available advantage. While kanban has its place, there are more appropriate alternative approaches in situations where kanban is not a good fit.

Reverse Engineering with 3D Measurement

July 31, 2013 4:09 pm | by FARO | Comments

The easiest, fastest, and most affordable way to measure parts and products for reverse engineering is with a lightweight portable CMM that offers both contact and non-contact measurement options. This process can extend the useful life of machines by allowing the owner to fabricate his own parts when the OEM has discontinued the product. Learn how you can utilize this technology to achieve your goals.

Challenge Solved: Precisely Measuring Three Dimensional Features of Large Objects

July 31, 2013 4:05 pm | by FARO | Comments

Laser trackers’ accuracy and speed distinguish them from other portable coordinate measuring instruments. Because an operator can make rapid measurements with a minimum of advance preparation, trackers are among the most versatile of the coordinate measuring instruments. Tracker software analyzes tracker data and presents the results in a useful form. Trackers are becoming increasingly popular, especially for large scale manufacturing, where they assist in every stage of the manufacturing process.

How to Achieve Faster Inspections, Fewer Defects, and Reduced Scrap

July 31, 2013 4:02 pm | by FARO | Comments

Articulating arms combine the efficiency, reliability and accuracy of a traditional CMM with the portability and simplicity of hand tools. Parts that were once considered sophisticated or complex can now be easily inspected with an arm. Reduced scrap, faster inspections, less defects and an improvement in product quality are just some of the many benefits a company will experience when they implement an articulating arm for their inspection and manufacturing needs. 

Manufacturer’s Guide for Improving Visibility into Total Costs

July 24, 2013 9:38 am | by Directworks | Comments

This guide presents a proven five-step framework for improving visibility into a supplier’s bids regarding direct materials sourcing. By adopting such best practices, manufacturers gain insights into suppliers that enable them to make the best sourcing decision. A case study featuring Whirlpool Corporation is included.

Is your manufacturing firm moving at the speed of business?

July 18, 2013 10:03 am | by Baker Tilly | Comments

The speed of business today is definitely accelerating and the implication of this on manufacturers is telling. We believe that several manufacturer profiles have emerged in recent years. Some still yearn to run their firms in nostalgic, time-tested ways. Some have never snapped back from the 2008 recession and restricted credit days. Some, though, are possessing new forward looking views, processes and technologies that will enable them to match the speed of change in business and eclipse competitors. This document looks at the significant changes that have impacted manufacturers in recent years, as well as the different profiles of manufacturers in operation today. It examines the consequences of not changing and provides specific guidance to those firms desiring a place in the modern, information-enabled and information-rich manufacturing space.

The future of automotive manufacturing

July 17, 2013 1:54 pm | by Infor | Comments

The Future of Automotive Manufacturing executive brief offers insight on how other automotive companies are using technology to address these new challenges by innovating and integrating their processes. With contemporary solutions, flexible technology and solutions that put business information into context, you’ll find new ways to solve old these challenges.

Why Rising Commodity Prices Increase Pressure on Labor Costs

June 10, 2013 4:24 pm | by Kronos | Comments

Rising commodity prices would normally appear to be a good thing for manufacturers and distributors, as the costs could be passed down the supply chain to generate a profit. But organizations must also take into consideration the associated labor and overhead costs, creating a new cost control and workforce management challenges. Which strategies help develop a competitive cost advantage? Read more.

Maximizing the Value of Process Data – How Dow Implemented EMI

May 24, 2013 8:56 am | by Lloyd Colegrove, Director of Fundamental Problem Solving, The Dow Chemical Company | Comments

Dow Chemical faced the same Very Big Data Problem that confronts most other manufacturers– huge amounts of process data in multiple databases from multiple vendors, but difficulty integrating and analyzing data in real time to produce actionable information to improve operations, reduce costs and increase efficiencies.See how Dow unlocked the value of their existing data with an innovative new approach to enterprise manufacturing intelligence (EMI) that uses their current data sources, real-time dashboards, enterprise-wide collaboration and knowledgebase, and is within reach of every manufacturer.

Preventive and Predictive Maintenance – Necessary But Not Sufficient

May 8, 2013 11:44 am | by Productivity Inc. | Comments

Equipment is the bloodline of production. Yet, in too many organizations, even where intensive lean transformations are underway, equipment-related initiatives stop at preventive and predictive maintenance. Learn why this ultimately stymies lean progress, how Total Productive Maintenance (TPM) can help, and get key takeaways and next steps for starting or reviving TPM.

NATION PIZZA AND FOODS SLICES RESPONSE TIME AND DOWNTIME

May 3, 2013 12:45 pm | by Motorola | Comments

Mototrbo(tm) digital radios improve plant efficiency by 10% plus. Nation Pizza and Foods is a leading manufacturer of baked, prepared and frozen foods. As times changed and their capabilities expanded, this progressive manufacturer sought a communication solution that would improve operational efficiency at its 190,000 square foot main plant with six production lines and over 600 employees.

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