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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Mobile integrated voice and data drives incremental gains in lean manufacturing. This white paper looks at the role that mobile communications can play within a manufacturer's operations in support of lean manufacturing goals at a time when innovation is an imperative for survival, even with limited resources.
How innovative mobility solutions can maximize the impact of your organization's lean initiatives. Mobility allows you to easily extend lean initiatives throughout your operations - as well as amplify the impact of those initiatives. This paper covers the top 10 mobile lean applications - and the dramatic benefits you can expect.
Today, manufacturers are surrounded by the buzz about Big Data — as well as by the flood of information it represents. Why should they care? The answer is that a Big Data strategy creates opportunities to transform existing information about their workforce into business value. With the right data collection, analysis, and action, manufacturers can turn everyday data “straw” into information “gold.”
Global trade and foreign investments are expanding - not only in the largest nations but across a wide range of developed, developing, and Third World countries. As manufacturers expand and invest abroad, foreign governments are increasingly demanding assistance with economic development. This whitepaper presents findings from joint research to provide insight into global trade, investments, workforce trends and best practices.
Manufacturing organizations always face a critical balancing act. They must achieve the highest levels of efficiency possible, while also ensuring that they are not over or under supplying the marketplace. This need to be flexible and efficient requires exceptional visibility into all factors. Read more of this whitepaper to look at the unique challenges manufacturing organizations face and how automation of key workforce management processes work.
Get a sneak peek into Lean Labor, with this ebook, that focuses on the role labor can play in improving throughput, quality and performance for global competitive advantage. Download the first chapter of this must-read ebook and learn how to reduce your company’s product unit cost and techniques for applying Lean principles to workforce management
Poor processes for managing reseller certificates create a negative customer experience and put your business at risk in an audit. Download this whitepaper and learn how you can create a competitive advantage with an automated exemption management process.
Using cloud-based technology to automate reseller certificate management can save your business thousands of dollars in an audit and improve the exempt customer purchase experience. Download this white paper and learn the best practices necessary to keep your business prepared & productive!