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Lean Manufacturing: Reaping the Rewards of Lean through Response Management


For years, manufacturers have been driven by sales forecasts and the need to maximize production efficiency at every level of operation. But in order to be successful, manufacturers must look toward adopting a lean mentality. While lean techniques are more easily applied to some manufacturing styles than others, new software tools are now able to deliver the benefits of lean to both high-mix and low-volume operations.

lean productivity  Began: The Origin of Lean Over a century ago the world witnessed a revolution as mass production replaced the craft production that had been prevalent for so long. Since then, different ideas and practices of mass production have proliferated throughout the manufacturing industry. Henry Ford, manufacturing‘s original lean thinker, is credited with leading the push toward mass production using his moving assembly line for the Model T car '' this was an approach that led to both lower costs and higher Read More

Workforce Productivity for the Steel Industry


As has been proven time and again by successful companies, the correct technology, deployed in a well-managed organization with clearly defined estimating, procurement, fabrication, and shipping processes, is more likely to consistently meet customer requirements on schedule and on budget. Learn more about the importance of identifying the correct technology to produce the benefits you need.

lean productivity  Programs Workforce Productivity . Lean Times  - nothing new for the steel industry… A tough economy is nothing new to the Steel Industry. For some time now, the steel industry has been working hard to lower costs, improve quality and efficiencies, and increase customer satisfaction. Because it is so important to meet customers'' requirement to produce quality products, delivered on-time, and stay on-budget, many companies have invested significant sums of money in technology to improve their business 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 areas of hidden waste are over-production, waiting, transportation, over-processing, motion, excessive inventory, and defective units.

lean productivity  increased interest in the lean manufacturing support philosophy. To understand this trend, one need look no further than the enterprise resource planning (ERP) systems of the 1990s, which, unfortunately, are cognitive (i.e., sending well-devised plans of mice and men , which, without feedback from the real-world would often go astray ) rather than reflexive in nature. In addition, there is a host of other well-publicized MRP-related problems, such as complex bills of material (BOMs), inefficient 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.

lean productivity  companies are quickly attaining Lean successes of their own, by moving to a make-to-order or assemble-toorder environment. Some of the more tangible benefits included: Advancing from 13th to 3rd in the market with a 10% increase in market share Tripling throughput Productivity increase resulting in $40 dollars to $104 per man hour With the possibility for near-term success, IM&C companies regardless of where they are on their Lean journey should look to the following critical recommendations to begin the 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 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.

lean productivity  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

Rising to the Challenge: Productivity in Accounting and Finance Organizations


During these challenging times companies need to do more with less. This need extends throughout the organization-and companies' accounting and finance organizations are rising to the challenge. Know the most critical challenges faced by the CFO organization of companies in improving staff productivity and effectiveness of their operations according to research conducted by the Institute of Management Accountants (IMA).

lean productivity  to the Challenge: Productivity in Accounting and Finance Organizations During these challenging times companies need to do more with less. This need extends throughout the organization-and companies'' accounting and finance organizations are rising to the challenge. Know the most critical challenges faced by the CFO organization of companies in improving staff productivity and effectiveness of their operations according to research conducted by the Institute of Management Accountants (IMA). BEGINLYX= Read More

Intentia Presents: An Action Plan for Building a Lean Supply Chain in the Apparel Industry


Lean supply chain management and lean sourcing strategies are relatively new to the apparel industry, generating more talk than broad implementation to date. In this the final paper of our “Lean Is Fashionable” thought leadership series, we define a lean supply chain action plan with five concrete steps for building a collaborative infrastructure between your company and other members of your supply network. These represent an eleven year culmination of our and our customers’ real world experiences in implementing lean supply chain strategies that are designed as a road map to achieving a more collaborative and profitable future.

lean productivity  Plan for Building a Lean Supply Chain in the Apparel Industry Lean supply chain management and lean sourcing strategies are relatively new to the apparel industry, generating more talk than broad implementation to date. In this the final paper of our “Lean Is Fashionable” thought leadership series, we define a lean supply chain action plan with five concrete steps for building a collaborative infrastructure between your company and other members of your supply network. These represent an eleven year Read More

Operational Guide to Implementing Lean in Distribution


This whitepaper is a guide for distributors on implementing and integrating lean practices into their businesses. Lean is not just a tool, but also is a culture, philosophy, process, and methodology. A main goal in becoming more lean, to become more efficient and profitable at every iteration, can be brought about in ways such as analyzing end-to-end processes and determining how to deliver more with less and becoming more organized. Improved results from lean distribution can include increased profits, improved delivery performance, better customer satisfaction and supplier relations, and shorter lead times.

lean productivity  Guide to Implementing Lean in Distribution This whitepaper is a guide for distributors on implementing and integrating lean practices into their businesses. Lean is not just a tool, but also is a culture, philosophy, process, and methodology. A main goal in becoming more lean, to become more efficient and profitable at every iteration, can be brought about in ways such as analyzing end-to-end processes and determining how to deliver more with less and becoming more organized. Improved results Read More

Achieving the “Last Mile” of Business Productivity


Many businesses owe their very survival to improvements that would have been impossible without radical changes to business process systems. However, many of the promises implicit in these systems—dramatic increases in business success, with minimal negative impact—have proven to be overly optimistic for many, and flat-out fantasy for some.

lean productivity  the “Last Mile” of Business Productivity Many businesses owe their very survival to improvements that would have been impossible without radical changes to business process systems. However, many of the promises implicit in these systems—dramatic increases in business success, with minimal negative impact—have proven to be overly optimistic for many, and flat-out fantasy for some. Read More

The Impact of Lean on Consumer Product Manufacturers


While consumer products manufacturers are relatively recent adopters of lean programs, they are already achieving value through a firm commitment to understanding how lean will affect their business processes. Those who are eager to begin the lean journey, however, must learn how to prioritize the metrics that matter, and frequently measure them in order to monitor the effectiveness of the program. Discover why it works.

lean productivity  Impact of Lean on Consumer Product Manufacturers The Impact of Lean on Consumer Product Manufacturers If you receive errors when attempting to view this white paper, please install the latest version of Adobe Reader. Founded in 1972, SAP has a rich history of innovation and growth as a true industry leader. SAP currently has sales and development locations in more than 50 countries worldwide and is listed on several exchanges, including the Frankfurt Stock Exchange and NYSE under the symbol SAP. Read More

The When, Why, and How of ERP Support for Lean


Certain lean initiatives can be hugely strengthened with a synergistic enterprise resource planning (ERP) implementation—and vice versa. In other cases, the two efforts should be viewed as separate initiatives. But it doesn’t depend on “what you want”: specific lean initiatives will fail if specific ERP aspects are neglected. However, other lean initiatives and ERP functionality have little in common.

lean productivity  of ERP Support for Lean Certain lean initiatives can be hugely strengthened with a synergistic enterprise resource planning (ERP) implementation—and vice versa. In other cases, the two efforts should be viewed as separate initiatives. But it doesn’t depend on “what you want”: specific lean initiatives will fail if specific ERP aspects are neglected. However, other lean initiatives and ERP functionality have little in common. Read More

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


While lean/flow leverages practices to stay ahead of actual demand, traditional approaches better coordinate secondary, back-office systems like accounting and HR. Moreover, flow should be a company-wide strategy that impacts more than manufacturing.

lean productivity  assembly manufacturing, and to lean manufacturing, which is suitable for build-to-demand pull for finished and component items. Namely, most companies will still use MRP to ascertain longer-term dependent demand (i.e., based on forecasts), but replenishment will be based on independent demand (i.e., actual customer orders), with closely managed inventory buffers. Customer demand cannot be predicted months ahead, since nothing is that certain. Thus, many ERP systems are employing heuristics, algorithms, Read More

Aligning Sales Territories to Enhance Sales Productivity: Improving Customer Relationships in a Tough Economy


In a tough economy, retaining customers and reducing costs become paramount, and sales force productivity takes center stage. You should also be thinking about territory alignment: territory management directly affects customer relationships and the ability to tailor your approach to various market segments. Learn how to optimize territory alignment with the right set of tools, and overcome sales process obstacles.

lean productivity  Sales Territories to Enhance Sales Productivity: Improving Customer Relationships in a Tough Economy Aligning Sales Territories to Enhance Sales Productivity: Improving Customer Relationships in a Tough Economy If you receive errors when attempting to view this white paper, please install the latest version of Adobe Reader. Unlike other CRM software, the SAP Customer Relationship Management (SAP CRM) application, part of the SAP Business Suite, not only helps you address your short-term Read More

Day One Employee Productivity and Increased Security: Integrated Provisioning and SSO


Increasing user productivity is an ongoing challenge for many companies. While an abundance of online information and applications is available to them, facilitating fast and secure access to the information can be a complex task. An integrated provisioning and single sign-on (SSO) solution provides secure access to the network from the moment an employee starts the job—enabling full productivity from day one.

lean productivity  One Employee Productivity and Increased Security: Integrated Provisioning and SSO Increasing user productivity is an ongoing challenge for many companies. While an abundance of online information and applications is available to them, facilitating fast and secure access to the information can be a complex task. An integrated provisioning and single sign-on (SSO) solution provides secure access to the network from the moment an employee starts the job—enabling full productivity from day one. Read More

The Transformation of the Lean Enterprise


Over the past 30–40 years, manufacturers have made dramatic leaps in improving their businesses by using lean manufacturing and Six Sigma techniques. The systems these businesses use, however, have changed relatively little in comparison. The ERP systems manufacturing companies rely on to run their business are greatly at odds with the strategy and processes lean manufacturers use to maintain their competitive advantage.

lean productivity  Transformation of the Lean Enterprise Over the past 30–40 years, manufacturers have made dramatic leaps in improving their businesses by using lean manufacturing and Six Sigma techniques. The systems these businesses use, however, have changed relatively little in comparison. The ERP systems manufacturing companies rely on to run their business are greatly at odds with the strategy and processes lean manufacturers use to maintain their competitive advantage. Read More