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Reliability Driven Maintenance--Closing the CMMS
The metric of plant maintenance should now be in the ability of the plant to meet the strategic goals of the company beyond customarily expected cost savings

definition schedule  Part One: Trends and Definition The Maintenance Approach Evolution Although enterprise asset management (EAM) and computerized maintenance management systems (CMMS) software continue to grab headlines as a realistic way to reduce expenses and increase revenues, the growing pressure for improving customer responsiveness and profits has lately pretty much changed the traditional role of asset management. Namely, the metric of plant maintenance should now be in the ability of the plant to meet the strategic

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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 order processing and production scheduling. ERP began as a term used to describe a sophisticated and integrated software system used for manufacturing. In its simplest sense, ERP systems create interactive environments designed to help companies manage and analyze the business processes associated with manufacturing goods, such as inventory control, order taking, accounting, and much more. Although this basic definition still holds true for ERP systems, today its definition is expanding. Today’s leading ERP systems group all traditional company management functions (finance, sales, manufacturing, and human resources). Many systems include, with varying degrees of acceptance and skill, solutions that were formerly considered peripheral such as product data management (PDM), warehouse management, manufacturing execution system (MES), and reporting. During the last few years the functional perimeter of ERP systems began an expansion into its adjacent markets, such as supply chain management (SCM), customer relationship management (CRM), business intelligence/data warehousing, and e-business, the focus of this knowledge base is mainly on the traditional ERP realms of finance, materials planning, and human resources. The foundation of any ERP implementation must be a proper exercise of aligning customers'' IT technology with their business strategies, and subsequent software selection. 

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FPX Delivers a Turnkey CPQ Product for salesforce.com SMB Users


FPX, a pioneer in cloud-based configure, price, quote (CPQ) software solutions (formerly called Firepond), has announced Firepond by FPX, a new product line with an astute approach to implementation to help companies improve sales effectiveness and overall business performance. The small to medium business (SMB) solution will be formally released at salesforce.com’s Dreamforce 2013 conference.

definition schedule  “requirements gathering” or “requirements definition,” which normally takes weeks to complete. To make a CPQ application work, one has to marry product and pricing data sets with business rules, options, and attributes. FPX has prebuilt all that, a modeling process that most vendors charge for on a time-and-materials basis. Using prebuilt models and templates in the bundled solution, FPX should be able to both lower service delivery costs and reduce the time to deliver for production. In Read More

Ramco Enterprise Process Manufacturing


Features and capabilities of the Ramco Enterprise Process Manufacturing product include co-product, by-product, and recycle handling; catch weight; yield; ISA S88 compliant model definition; and trial formulation and new product development. It also features and accommodates user-designed document templates, multiple pack sizes, master production schedule, material requirements planning, rough-cut capacity planning, and production order lifecycle management.  

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How Successful ERP Selections Are Made


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Sales and Operations Planning Part Two: Common Scenarios


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definition schedule  order placement, or the definition evolves over time. One approach to handling sales orders for these partially defined products builds on the use of master bills, as described below concerning S&OP for partially defined make-to-order products. In other cases, the make-to-order product represents a one-time demand for a yet-to-be-designed custom product. One approach to handling a custom product configuration builds on the use of order-dependent bills (rather than master bills). The configuration is Read More

Global Trade Hits Home at MegaResistCap-Part I: You’ve Got Mail


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Successfully Managing Contract Risk


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The Perfect Order--Inside-Out or Outside-In?


The Perfect Order measurement has proven to be a powerful measurement of a business. Should The Perfect Order be defined from an internal point of view or from a customer point of view . . . inside-out or outside-in?

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Managing Business Risk in the Food and Beverage Industry


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Non-Traditional Hours: Key Strategies for Creating Flexible and Productive Work Schedules


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Informix XML’s Its Metadata Transport Layer


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Case Study: Kvichak Marine Industries Inc. Doubles in Size with ERP


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definition schedule  Study: Kvichak Marine Industries Inc. Doubles in Size with ERP A premium aluminum boat builder struggled to fit into a standard enterprise resource planning (ERP) solution. But the company found it difficult to schedule and track engineer-to-order (ETO) jobs, and it was wasting a lot of time duplicating efforts. Also, it needed effective communication between computer-aided design (CAD) and ERP systems. Read about the solution that helped the company streamline its processes. Read More

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BetaSphere RevMax Suite


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definition schedule  RevMax Suite provides product definition analytics and automation for three key business processes: customer needs management, revenue opportunities management, and resource-constraints management. Enterprise business units use the BetaSphere product to define not only new products, but also incremental releases to existing products. The analytics are designed to optimize product profitability margins and business metrics such as revenues, customer satisfaction, strategy, cost, resources, timing, and Read More

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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 order processing and production scheduling. ERP began as a term used to describe a sophisticated and integrated software system used for manufacturing. In its simplest sense, ERP systems create interactive environments designed to help companies manage and analyze the business processes associated with manufacturing goods, such as inventory control, order taking, accounting, and much more. Although this basic definition still holds true for ERP systems, today its definition is expanding. Today’s leading ERP systems group all traditional company management functions (finance, sales, manufacturing, and human resources). Many systems include, with varying degrees of acceptance and skill, solutions that were formerly considered peripheral such as product data management (PDM), warehouse management, manufacturing execution system (MES), and reporting. During the last few years the functional perimeter of ERP systems began an expansion into its adjacent markets, such as supply chain management (SCM), customer relationship management (CRM), business intelligence/data warehousing, and e-business, the focus of this knowledge base is mainly on the traditional ERP realms of finance, materials planning, and human resources. The foundation of any ERP implementation must be a proper exercise of aligning customers'' IT technology with their business strategies, and subsequent software selection.

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