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by Oliver Wight

Oliver Wight’s new white paper, Creating a Win-Win Scenario through Supplier Scheduling, by Tom Strohl , discusses the creation of valid plans and the application of Supplier Scheduling techniques to improve supplier relationships, provide greater schedule stability, and reduce costs, among other valuable benefits. With contributions from Dennis Groves and Eric Deutsch, Strohl presents a powerful argument for developing a valid supply plan and demonstrates the symptoms of invalid plans. This white paper includes a highly detailed example of a Supplier Schedule and various case examples that outline the benefits of supplier scheduling.

by Oliver Wight Principal, Dennis A. Daniel

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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by Rotor Clip

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.

by Oliver Wight Principal, David Holmes

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.

by Productivity Inc

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….

by Aptean

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.

by Aptean

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.

by Aptean

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.

by Aptean

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. 

by Aptean

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.

by Aptean

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.


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.


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.


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. 

by Directworks

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.


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