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ERP for Mill-based and Material Converting Environments

The ERP for Mill-based and Material Converting Environments knowledge base focuses on a range of industrial activities that add value to raw materials by processing them into a form suitable for further manufacturing or for immediate end-use. These activities include traditional mills that turn grain into flour or extract sucrose from sugar cane; the spinning and weaving mills of the textiles and carpets sectors; the rolling plants of steel, aluminum, and other metals semi-fabricators; to the continuous outputs of paper and board mills. 

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TEC Lean and Green Manufacturing Buyer’s Guide


While the need for sustainable development is affecting how organizations do business, the idea of environmental and corporate responsibility as value drivers is still relatively new. Many companies are just beginning to adopt an approach that provides measurable results. Learn how reducing waste and creating efficiencies within your company can make a difference to the environment, the economy, and your bottom line.

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Less Stock, More Profit: Inventory Optimization


Inventory optimization is the area where most enterprise resource planning (ERP) software implementations get the highest and fastest return on investment (ROI). However, many companies implementing an ERP solution don’t add a dedicated inventory optimization module. Learn how inventory optimization can offer companies huge potential to maximize the value of IT investments—and keep inventory levels at the right balance.

continuous lean tco  Since this is a continuous process, it is important to go over this list again to fine-tune inventory optimization and analyze performance. Always look for item segments that can be improved to make forecasting more accurate. Analyze performance The purpose of analyzing performance is to see how the business is doing and what can be done to improve it. It is imperative to measure service levels and focus on delivery performance to customers, fill rates and order fulfillment times. Another key area to Read More

Finding the Key to Small Manufacturer’s Profits - Part 1


This post starts with a trivia question: Please name the mid-market enterprise resource planning (ERP) vendor that has existed the longest in the market with an ERP product that has never been merged with another product? In addition, the vendor and its product offerings have never been covered by TEC and myself. As a hint, the company was founded in 1979 and has always focused on discrete make-to

continuous lean tco  enabling them to achieve continuous business process improvements. The vendor also strives to deliver unmatched support services for its conservative and loyal customers and partners. Its experienced installation, training, and support staff make system implementation painless to customers. ProfitKey offers the following commitments to its customers: responsive customer support customer-driven product development rapid implementation (90 days or less) low total cost of ownership (TCO) a highly skilled Read More

Is SSA GT Betting Infini(um)tely On Acquisitions? Part Three: Complementary Products


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continuous lean tco  in the batch (vs. continuous) manufacturing mode. It features strengths in formula/recipe management and hazardous material control and regulatory compliance (e.g., MSDS, SARA Title III environmental regulations, and laboratory inspection management system (LIMS)) functions that make it a good solution particularly for some food and chemical industries (e.g., paints and coatings). The company has indicated intended delivery of functionality that is often required for food & beverage industry (e.g., catch Read More

State of the MES Software Marketplace


Despite predictions that it would be subsumed by enterprise resource planning (ERP) vendors encroaching from above and automation vendors encroaching from below, the manufacturing execution systems (MES) market has been growing steadily. This guide from TEC and Flexware Innovation provides state-of-the-market analysis, success stories from your peers, in-depth information on solutions, and a spotlight on leading vendors.

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Begin at the End: A Good Lean Strategy Starts with Defining Your Ultimate Goal


You know the statistics—lean can shorten your lead times, reduce inventories, cut operating costs, free up resources, and more. But countless surveys have confirmed that most lean initiatives fail to deliver expected and needed results. Why? Are successes confined to a restricted list of industry sectors? Are only "lean experts" capable of leading an organization through a successful implementation?

continuous lean tco  the Japanese word for continuous improvement. This approach involves empowering work teams to rapidly (hence, the word blitz) improve specific problems within their areas of responsibility. On the surface, this seems like a very good idea, and it can generate immediate and measurable benefits. The use of kaizens, especially if championed by management, finally proves to the workforce that the company is interested in listening to and supporting their improvement suggestions. Some of the more common Read More

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. But in a landscape of similar products, cutting down on defection—or churn—is vital. There are in fact four steps to improving loyalty and retention which, if focused on the appropriate customers, will improve profitability.

continuous lean tco  superiority by focusing on continuous improvement. Figure 2: Top Drivers of Lean Source: AberdeenGroup, March 2006 The second most important driver cited by 62% of IM&C respondents, customers demanding shorter order cycle times , is particularly common for those companies whose products ultimately serve the consumer. Mahindra & Mahindra is the leading provider of tractors to Indian farmers. Its leadership position was threatened when new international competitors entered its domestic market. As a result, Read More

How Can Fashion Companies Benefit from Lean Supply Chains?


Fashion companies need to respond quickly and strategically to major changes occurring in today’s global supply chains. Implementing a lean supply chain management strategy can enable cost savings and more efficient operations by realigning process according to a demand-driven model. Lean supply chain management uses Web-based technologies to create and maintain dynamic supplier networks. Such networks are able to deliver the highest customer value at the lowest cost. It also lays the groundwork for the next level of hands-free, wireless radio frequency identification-enabled processes. Intentia, in cooperation with industry experts, have written a series of thought leadership white papers on the concept of implementing lean supply chain in the fashion industry. The first of this series, “Lean Is Fashionable”, explores the impact of lean practices in the fashion and apparel industry during a period of momentous change.

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Manual versus Information Technology Enabled Lean Manufacturing


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Pull vs Push: a Discussion of Lean, JIT, Flow, and Traditional MRP Part Two: Challenges and User Recommendations


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continuous lean tco  the Lean Enterprise: A Three-tiered Approach to Improving Your Operations Many companies have used lean principles to move from a decentralized corporate management mode to a hybrid model—recognizing that different functions require different levels of centralized management to be efficient and effective. An effective lean transformation eliminates more than the most obvious areas of wasted time and resource. Find out how lean must address the unique requirements of various business processes. Read More

Are You on the Right Track to Lean - or Getting Left behind?


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continuous lean tco  Technology (LTT) and Lean Operations Production lines and distribution centers have optimum target levels for leanness, but reaching these levels can be difficult. By implementing LeadTime Technology (LTT), manufacturers benefit from leaner inventories, greater customer service levels, and increased economic profit. Find out what the five most important points on LLT and lean operations are and how applying these tools can work to your advantage. Read More

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