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Reflections on Lean Philosophy and the Theory of Constraints
The theory of constraints (TOC) is similar to, yet different from, the lean philosophy. TOC focuses on optimizing production through critical bottlenecks in

control theory  and pull signal production control approaches. For an exhaustive discussion of lean manufacturing in previous notes, see Lean Manufacturing: A Primer , Lean Tools and Practices that Eliminate Manufacturing Waste , How to Achieve Lean Manufacturing , Manual versus Information Technology Enabled Lean Manufacturing , Enterprise Resource Planning Vendors Address Lean Manufacturing , and The Theory of Constraints Enters the Lean Manufacturing Arena . The TOC Vernacular More similarities between TOC and lean Read More
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CMMS Templates for Effective Implementations Part Three: 7 Steps to Rapid More Successful Implementations
With the advances today in technology it has become obvious that there is a need for maintenance management theory and practice to catch up with the advances

control theory  of control. In these control points we can realize self-audits of the system, of the project, of the amount of change that has occurred and perhaps future possibilities for dramatic change. Conclusion With the advances today in technology it has become obvious that there is a need for maintenance management theory and practice to catch up with the advances made in business management theory and practice generally. With a focus on the everyday processes that we use to implement and control reliability Read More
Evolution to Revolution: The Test Automation Maturity Curve
The evolution of test automation towards data-driven and key/action word frameworks reflects the realization that the process becomes more efficient if there is

control theory  Process Automation Technologies | Control and Automation Maturity | Correct Level of Automation | Integration Maturity Model | Automation Processes and Systems Maturity | Take Sample Automation Maturity | Review Automation Fundamentals | Main Automation Maturity Levels | Basic Level of Automation Maturity | Test Automation Maturity Efforts | Enterprise Continuous Integration Maturity Model | Scoring the Maturity of Organizations Automation | Release Automation Maturity Survey | Data Centre Automation | Read More
The Theory of Constraints Enters the Lean Manufacturing Arena
Lean principles are difficult to employ in complex environments, but materials requirement planning has well-known limitations. The theory of constraints, which

control theory  alternative production scheduling and control mechanism that is also pull oriented, and that reduces inventory and lead times while increasing throughput. In the APICS Dictionary, TOC is defined as A management philosophy developed by Dr. Eliyahu M. Goldratt that can be viewed as three separate but interrelated areas—logistics, performance measurement, and logical thinking. Logistics include drum-buffer-rope (DBR) scheduling, buffer management, and VAT analysis [a procedure for determining the general Read More
The G-word: Do Businesses Touting Green Really Practice What They Preach?
The word “green” these days is everywhere—especially in business. However, it’s difficult to know whether the environmental concerns of these businesses are

control theory  you to achieve more control over your own destiny . Thus, the importance of crisis management in establishing preventive actions in companies. These can be carried out through the alignment of environmental concerns on a company's culture, values, products, technologies, and most of all, strategies. Standards Integration Although they are crucial factors for change, physical and financial investments alone are not enough to assure pro-environmental changes in organizations. Contrary to popular belief, Read More
The Seven Deadly Sins of Distribution Expense Control
For most distribution companies, managing operating expenses has a far bigger impact on the business than simply pouring more revenue into the top of the funnel

control theory  Sins of Distribution Expense Control For most distribution companies, managing operating expenses has a far bigger impact on the business than simply pouring more revenue into the top of the funnel. In today’s tough times, operating expenses have moved to the center of the boardroom table and the top of the agenda. Learn what the five main value drivers in distribution are, and find out how to avoid seven common distribution and wholesale “sins.” Read More
Vitatech Enhances Quality Control with QAD ERP Upgrade
Vitatech Nutritional Sciences Inc., a vitamin and supplement formulation company, recently implemented the new quality capabilities in QAD Enterprise

control theory  Enhances Quality Control with QAD ERP Upgrade Vitatech Nutritional Sciences Inc. , a vitamin and supplement formulation company, recently implemented the new quality capabilities in QAD Enterprise Applications .   Operating in a highly regulated industry and with a strong commitment to customer satisfaction, quality control is central to Vitatech’s manufacturing. Every step of the process needs to be monitored, recorded, and tested for quality compliance. The company’s former quality control Read More
Configuration Audit and Control for Virtualized Environments
In the computing world, a dramatic shift is taking place—enabling a new way for IT departments to manage services. The promise of a leaner, more efficient data

control theory  Audit and Control for Virtualized Environments In the computing world, a dramatic shift is taking place—enabling a new way for IT departments to manage services. The promise of a leaner, more efficient data center has many businesses clamoring to go virtual. In the rush to virtualize, however, they have forgotten the painful and expensive lessons learned from introducing risk into the physical environment. Find out how detective controls can mitigate those risks. Read More
Warehouse Control Systems: Orchestrating Warehouse Efficiency
You’re probably already familiar with the role of a warehouse management system (WMS). But a warehouse control system (WCS)? In your warehouse, a WCS can play

control theory  Control Systems: Orchestrating Warehouse Efficiency You’re probably already familiar with the role of a warehouse management system (WMS). But a warehouse control system (WCS)? In your warehouse, a WCS can play the role of a conductor by ensuring the individual pieces of material-handling equipment—such as conveyors and sorters—perform with harmony, precision, and efficiency. Find out how implementing a WCS execution system can complement your WMS’s planning abilities. Read More
General Motors (GM) Implements AuraPortal Business Process Management Suite (BPMS) to Control Their Operations at Their Plant in Ecuador
General Motors (GM) Implements AuraPortal Business Process Management Suite (BPMS) to Control Their Operations at Their Plant in Ecuador.

control theory  Management Suite (BPMS) to Control Their Operations at Their Plant in Ecuador General Motors (GM) Implements AuraPortal Business Process Management Suite (BPMS) to Control Their Operations at Their Plant in Ecuador. Read More
ERP Software Selection Case Study: Titan Flow Control Finds a Logical ERP Partner in TGI
Titan Flow Control, Inc. manufactures check and butterfly valves, pipeline strainers, pump products, fabricated designs, and accessories for industrial and

control theory  Case Study: Titan Flow Control Finds a Logical ERP Partner in TGI Titan Flow Control, Inc. manufactures check and butterfly valves, pipeline strainers, pump products, fabricated designs, and accessories for industrial and commercial use. In 2008, Titan launched an enterprise resource planning (ERP) selection process to find a system that would meet its requirements for growth. Download this case study to learn about the benefits Titan experienced after selecting TGI's Enterprise 21 ERP software. Read More
How to Balance Control and Agility in the Virtual Environment
Find out in balancing control and agility in the virtual environment.

control theory  to Balance Control and Agility in the Virtual Environment The dynamic nature of a virtualized data center environment presents management challenges that are different from a purely physical environment. Virtualization brings a higher level of speed and flexibility, producing a more disciplined approach to service management—one with more effective processes and controls. But control should not come at the expense of agility. IT needs to strike the optimum balance between the two. But how can this Read More
AssetPoint
For more than 30 years, AssetPoint has helped customers control their operations, reduce maintenance costs, optimize spare parts inventory, and streamline

control theory  AssetPoint has helped customers control their operations, reduce maintenance costs, optimize spare parts inventory, and streamline procurement, while providing greater visibility for improved management, command, and control. Read More
RiverOne
RiverOne provides supply chain management software and services for manufacturers to control processes between customers and suppliers. Customers realize

control theory  services for manufacturers to control processes between customers and suppliers. Customers realize immediate value by deploying the industry's only complete Supply Chain Control System with integrated connectivity, planning, execution, metrics, and exception management capabilities. RiverOne customers have complete control over all customer and supplier interactions including forecasting, planning, fulfillment, procurement and replenishment activities, resulting in dramatic improvements in fulfillment Read More

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