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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

Case Study: Heinz Frozen Food Co.


Heinz Frozen Food Company was set on improving its manufacturing and maintenance process efficiency, and knew that implementing a new enterprise asset management (EAM) system would involve monumental change for employees. Heinz choose a Web-based system to help it gain better visibility into processes and work towards more progressive lean manufacturing and lean maintenance practices for greater efficiency. Learn more.

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


At a first glance, one can even notice that the complementary nature of some SSA GT products and Infinium products may indeed provide a ‘kick for a buck’ proposition. Further, it appears that SSA GT understands and listens closely (via Global Guide Groups) to the needs of conservative ERP customers that are unwilling to ditch a good functional product even at a cost of its technological antiquity. Further, it has a track record of strong functional development that preserves the customer’s current investment.

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

One Vendor's Exploit of Marrying Infrastructure with Selling and Fulfillment Applications


For many manufacturers, distributors and retailers with a mishmash of disparate back-office business applications, Sterling Commerce, a traditional integration and communication provider, has recently unveiled a package designed to automate web-based commerce all the way from order capture to fulfillment and payment, as a result of bringing together a few prudent acquisitions over the last three years.

continuous lean tco  views of operations, enabling continuous improvement for increased productivity. On the other hand, because value-added services are the main staple for companies that manage warehouse operations for others, such as 3PL providers or fulfillment houses (which companies also face multi-tenant situations that warrant more accurate billing for tasks executed), Sterling Commerce introduced a new Activity Reporting Manager module. This module is designed to help these companies understand the true cost of Read More

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

From Lean Manufacturing to Lean Supply Chain: A Foundation for Change


As apparel and textile companies move to outsourcing production—relinquishing direct control in favor of a more cost-effective manufacturing model—a lean supply chain may appear to be the next logical step for further implementing cost and operational improvement. Not so, however. You can’t have a lean supply chain without lean manufacturing. Regardless of whether you or your partners engage in production, lean manufacturing is the lean engine that drives lean supply chain efficiencies. Accordingly, the business requirement for stability in a constantly changing demand environment motivates the fashion industry’s search for lean supply chain management principles and practices. 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 second of this series, From Lean Manufacturing to Lean Supply Chain explains how lean manufacturing relates to lean supply chain management and where it differs and sometimes conflicts.

continuous lean tco  Lean Manufacturing to Lean Supply Chain: A Foundation for Change As apparel and textile companies move to outsourcing production—relinquishing direct control in favor of a more cost-effective manufacturing model—a lean supply chain may appear to be the next logical step for further implementing cost and operational improvement. Not so, however. You can’t have a lean supply chain without lean manufacturing. Regardless of whether you or your partners engage in production, lean manufacturing is the Read More

Streamlining for Success: The Lean Supply Chain


When flexibility and speed are requisites for success, it’s the lean organization that leads the race. World-class manufacturing organizations know the value of focusing on the lean fundamentals: eliminating waste, simplifying processes, and continuously improving. By pursuing lean strategies—optimizing inventory and streamlining manufacturing processes—they can reduce inefficiencies and costs in their production processes, and improve customer responsiveness.

continuous lean tco  waste, simplifying processes, and continuous improvement. Lean is about doing more with less: less time, effort, space and money. Lean strategies allow manufacturers to systematically and continuously eliminate the waste that results from inefficient processes, which can include inventory, over production, waiting, transportation, motion, over processing, and defective products. Optimizing inventory and streamlining manufacturing processes are two commonly deployed lean manufacturing strategies because Read More

Technology Enablers for the Lean Supply Chain


Transforming an enterprise to a lean supply chain requires both enabling technology and discipline. By following some specific guidelines to extend lean methodology, you can proceed through your supply chain transformation to become effectively lean.

continuous lean tco  supply networks to new, continuous demand management applications and practices that predict, mange, and reduce variability on the demand side. The impact on business is that by linking supply and demand, the right products get to the right places at the right times. As the flow of goods more closely matches demand conditions, companies are able to trim inventories, avoid surprises, and improve customer satisfaction. Deploying this technology is the adoption of technology enablers toward a lean supply Read More

Supply Chain Planning - Issues for Continuous Chemical Companies


The continuous chemical industries typically share an objective of running at near 100% utilization. This and other realities yield unique requirements for a Supply Chain Planning (SCP) system. This article discusses some of these unique needs.

continuous lean tco  Planning - Issues for Continuous Chemical Companies Why SCP for a Continuous Chemical Company? Why does a continuous chemical company need a supply chain planning system? Because the high fixed cost of the plant drives a management objective of 100% capacity utilization. A common approach to this utilization objective is to set prices at a low enough level to drive to 100% utilization. As utilization approaches 100%, the demand for perfection in the supply chain plan increases. This, and other operating Read More

TCO of On-Demand Applications Is Significantly Better for SMBs and Mid-Market Enterprises


See why the Yankee Group says that the TCO for on-demand solutions is much better than that of traditional on-premises solutions — even when evaluated over a 3 to 5 year period. On-premises solutions require significant investments in IT infrastructure and application deployment, support and update resources.

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Lean Manufacturing: Part 1


With all the discussion, books, Web sites, and other materials on the topic of lean manufacturing, it's hard to know which resources are credible—much less understand the mounds of information. The first part of this series breaks down the definition of lean manufacturing into easy-to-digest concepts and shares the real-life example of a supplier of remanufactured solvents that is working toward the goal of lean. Get tips on how to determine what you need in your production operation and why.

continuous lean tco  Manufacturing: Part 1 With all the discussion, books, Web sites, and other materials on the topic of lean manufacturing, it''s hard to know which resources are credible—much less understand the mounds of information. The first part of this series breaks down the definition of lean manufacturing into easy-to-digest concepts and shares the real-life example of a supplier of remanufactured solvents that is working toward the goal of lean. Get tips on how to determine what you need in your production Read More

How to Achieve Lean Manufacturing


Lean manufacturing is a transformational exercise that requires an organization to cast aside long-held beliefs and business processes. The five main steps to achieving lean transition are defining value, mapping the value stream, making the activities flow, responding to customer demand, and continuous improvement.

continuous lean tco  communications, continuous improvement, and continuous learning. In this regard, it is important to reiterate that lean is a transformational exercise that requires an organization to cast aside long-held beliefs and business processes, especially those related to the role of management and of workers. For instance, the traditional idea of keeping all available resources busy all the time remains appealing to executives, because of the seductive fallacy that it is possible to make a great deal of money 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 challenges. This white paper addresses lean training issues common to automotive production suppliers of component parts and sub assemblies.

continuous lean tco  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