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Moving Beyond Lean Manufacturing to a Lean Supply Chain
Most lean manufacturing deployments target production operations, but can also be extended to other supply chain processes. To realize the multiplicative

become lean  control of operations will become an indispensable manufacturing advantage. The advantages of lean manufacturing concepts with demand driven techniques, extended through the supply chain, deliver: Real time supply chain communication and coordination Real time supply chain scheduling Inventory reduction through demand-based replenishment Reduction of non-value added work internally and externally Improved demand signal management across the supply chain network Focus on material flow across the entire Read More

Discrete 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 or...
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Enhancing Lean Practices: Lean Adoption in the Industrial Machinery and Components Industry
Customer churn rates are higher than ever: although businesses say they are devoted to loyalty, their management systems and budgets do not support that claim

become lean  results, the progress to become Lean is a long-term commitment to continuous process improvements. With this in mind, IM&C companies in either the evaluation or early deployment phase of Lean can benefit from the following action items to pave a successful path to Lean: Focus on customer-facing KPIs, such as on-time delivery. Take tips from current best in class leaders and focus on meeting customer demands while continuing to strive for operational excellence. Measure these KPIs often (ideally on a Read More
Lean Manufacturing: A Primer
Lean manufacturing emphasizes the minimization of the amount of all the resources (including time) used in the various activities of the enterprise. The typical

become lean  prominent lean thinking has become. Many of these companies may not yet be involved in full-blown lean manufacturing, but they are at least using some lean tools and principles as their primary improvement methodology. What Constitutes Lean Manufacturing? According to the APICS Dictionary , the philosophy of lean manufacturing is to emphasize the minimization of the amount of all the resources (including time) used in the various activities of the enterprise. This involves identifying and eliminating Read More
3 Key Areas to Reduce Costs with Lean Techniques
Continuous process improvement is more critical than ever for manufacturers to become lean. One key area of focus is on the flow of product from supplier to

become lean  ever for manufacturers to become lean. One key area of focus is on the flow of product from supplier to customer. Naturally, any process that impedes the smooth flow of product is a source of additional cost to the company. Download this white paper now and learn about 3 key areas to reduce costs and improve product flow from quote to cash. Read More
How the Small Become Mighty
Although small to midsized manufacturers employ more than half of all workers in the US, today’s demand-driven, global economy is challenging them to operate

become lean  patches or add-ons to become manufacturing ready. As one automotive manufacturer puts it, “ERP built for manufacturing lets us manage a high level of product and service complexities, and manage it well.” As indicated by the quality manager at one ISO 9001:2000 certified manufacturing company: “The single most important benefit our ERP system provides is traceability. The adaptability of our system allows for customized programs and reports to accurately support corrective actions, deviations, Read More
Enterprise Resource Planning Vendors Address Lean Manufacturing
Intentia, Fujitsu Glovia, QAD, and SSA Global's solutions supporting lean manufacturing are examined. Which areas the extended enterprise resource planning (ERP

become lean  sizing, etc.). It also becomes the basis for cell design, operator balancing, and other important lean activities. The finishing schedule itself can be based on kanban pull signals using a type of first emptied , first authorized logic or on a conventional heijunka box in pitch increments. The QAD lean software also assists in establishing a level pull across all the upstream processes, with takt time, average daily demand, EPEI calculations, desired inventory buffers, etc. driving the kanban loop sizing Read More
5 Ways ERP Can Help You Implement Lean
Lean delivers what companies need in today's competitive world: shorter lead times, improved quality, reduced cost, increased profit, improved productivity, and

become lean  Ways ERP Can Help You Implement Lean Lean delivers what companies need in today's competitive world: shorter lead times, improved quality, reduced cost, increased profit, improved productivity, and better customer service. Lean advocates have come to recognize that enterprise resource planning and lean work well together: the five lean principles are supported and enhanced by the information control and management tools delivered by end-to-end enterprise software suites. Read More
Lean and World Class Manufacturing and the Information Technology Dilemma-The Loss of Corporate Consciousness
Companies relying on manual implementation and support for lean and world class methodologies risk losing corporate consciousness. Avoid the pitfalls of lost

become lean  of the business—and will become more so in the years to come. Reuniting lean and world class with IT can restore corporate consciousness, and permit the synergistic results made possible by leveraging the best of both approaches. Recognize that lean, like many other continuous improvement tools including Six Sigma, fall prey to not having access to information (specifically data), or, the differences that make a difference . Each company must consciously weigh the importance of having appropriate, Read More
Enabling Lean Transformation
This white paper discusses solutions that can be leveraged to help support lean initiatives and foster the growth of a lean business. It explores how a lean

become lean  Lean Transformation This white paper discusses solutions that can be leveraged to help support lean initiatives and foster the growth of a lean business. It explores how a lean business can benefit greatly from effective modeling, and provides a detailed example of how one software solution can be effectively adapted to a lean approach. Read More
Have ERP Solutions Become Greener during 2009?
If you haven’t read the blog post ERP Vendors, Are You Green Enough? that I wrote a little over a year ago, I recommend you read it first. After you’ve checked

become lean  ERP Solutions Become Greener during 2009? If you haven’t read the blog post ERP Vendors, Are You Green Enough? that I wrote a little over a year ago, I recommend you read it first. After you’ve checked it out, I assume you’ll understand that I used a flawed and extremely simplified approach to “confirm” my impression of the correlation between the size of enterprise resource planning (ERP) vendors and the greenness of their offerings (see below for further explanation). About a year later, I Read More
Lean Manufacturing Training: A Project Approach
Manufacturers who are seeking government funding for the introduction of lean manufacturing principles in their daily work environment encounter specific

become lean  Manufacturing Training: A Project Approach Manufacturers who are seeking government funding for the introduction of lean manufacturing principles in their daily work environment encounter specific challenges. This white paper addresses lean training issues common to automotive production suppliers of component parts and sub assemblies. Read More
Manual versus Information Technology Enabled Lean Manufacturing
All good lean systems have both physical systems in the plant and near real time information technology backbones that centralize data. The primary advantage of

become lean  extreme, many people have become so accustomed to the use of enterprise systems, that they believe we can no longer return to manual procedures (see Run your Business with No Software! ). As usual, the truth might be somewhere in a middle—lean manufacturing and IT are not in opposition, and all good lean systems have both physical systems in the plant and near real time IT backbones that centralize data, especially if there is an automatic data entry and capture function. In fact, some people say that Read More
9 Things to Look For in Lean Accounting Software for Manufacturers
I attended the Lean Accounting Summit in Orlando in September, and I’m still struck by the totally different attitudes of companies that choose lean

become lean  Things to Look For in Lean Accounting Software for Manufacturers I attended the Lean Accounting Summit in Orlando in September, and I’m still struck by the totally different attitudes of companies that choose lean transformation versus conventional non-lean companies. Lean thinking certainly isn’t new to the business community, but many managers and business influencers still have no clear understanding of lean. They typically pick and choose their lean manufacturing tools, and ignore other lean Read More
SAP to Become Leaner, Meaner and More Organized
SAP is reportedly planning a radical revamp of its software development operations in an effort to regain dominance of the North American business software

become lean  to Become Leaner, Meaner and More Organized SAP to Become Leaner, Meaner and More Organized P.J. Jakovljevic - July 10, 2000 Event Summary As reported in a number of industry reports at the beginning of June, German ERP software vendor SAP AG is to reorganizing its software division into three separate units. It is planning a radical revamp of its software development operations in an effort to regain dominance of the North American business software market. This will make our research and development Read More
Getting Lean with Made2Manage Enterprise Software
In times of economic recession, many businesses take the opportunity to look inward and seek ways to streamline their operations. It’s no wonder that lean

become lean  more efficiently, and has become a refined version of traditional just-in-time (JIT) and demand flow manufacturing concepts. Read More

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