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ERP for Manufacturing (SMB)

TEC's new ERP for Manufacturing (SMB) evaluation model targets the software requirements of small and medium enterprises. If your organization doesn't have many sites to operate, seeks a solid base of ERP functionality, but doesn't want every possible feature of the biggest systems on the market, this model is a good starting place for your research. It covers fully featured accounting solutions with necessary manufacturing, inventory, human resources, purchasing, quality, and sales management functionality. 

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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.

manufacturing capacity utilization  a sort of lean manufacturing life cycle. The following are the five main elements of enabling a lean approach. Define value Map the value stream Make the activities flow Respond to customer demand Continuously improve This is Part Three of a multi-part note. Define Value Since it is lean manufacturing''s role to deliver value to the customer, the first step for any manufacturer that attempts to make its organization lean is to define value from the perspective of the customer, whether the end customer or Read More

Process Manufacturing Excellence: Strategies for the Plant Floor and Beyond


A decade ago, process manufacturing excellence was defined by long runs, high capacity utilization, and low production costs. Today, excellence is determined by a company’s ability to respond to customer and market demand. In this report, Aberdeen and Ross explore winning strategies leveraged by world class manufacturers to achieve process manufacturing excellence.

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TEC Lean and Green Manufacturing Buyer’s Guide


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manufacturing capacity utilization  Lean and Green Manufacturing Buyer’s Guide TEC''s enterprise software evaluation reports are designed to give manufacturers and service organizations a comprehensive list of features and functions (criteria) for each of over forty different kinds of enterprise software solutions. Complete functional criteria is included for ERP systems, CRM, SCM, WMS, BI, Lean Manufacturing and others required by companies of all sizes. Source: Technology Evaluation Centers Resources Related to TEC''s Lean and Green Read More

The 2007 Microsoft® Office System in Manufacturing


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The Seven Keys to World-class Manufacturing


What does it mean to be a world-class competitor? It means being successful in your market against any competition—regardless of size or country of origin. It means matching or exceeding any competitor on quality, lead time, cost, customer service, and innovation. It means picking your battles—competing on the terms dictated by you. But how do you get there?

manufacturing capacity utilization  Seven Keys to World-class Manufacturing Infor SCM Manufacturing Planning delivers advanced capabilities that go beyond those of traditional ERP-based planning to help you make the best use of your production resources, improve efficiencies, increase throughput, and lower costs. Source: Infor Resources Related to The Seven Keys to World-Class Manufacturing : Lean Manufacturing (Wikipedia) The Seven Keys to World-Class Manufacturing World Class Manufacturing is also known as : World-Class Competitor , Read More

Cloud-Based Manufacturing: A Better Way to Streamline Your Supply Chain


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Primary Metal Manufacturing


The primary metal manufacturing industry includes manufacturers of iron, aluminum, steel, titanium, copper, and other metals—with steel representing the largest segment of the market by far. The industry also includes manufacturers and processors in related industries like automotive manufacturing, machinery manufacturing, and construction. Challenges for primary metal manufacturers are rooted in the highly competitive nature of the market, volatile global economic conditions, and the need to constantly employ new technologies to bring high-quality products to market. Manufacturers in this industry also require large amounts of ore and energy for their manufacturing processes.

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manufacturing capacity utilization  Codes in the Manufacturing Process Today’s business software packages depend on real-time data collection to provide information crucial to the entire manufacturing operation. As more companies turn to enterprise-wide software for process improvement and cost reduction, there is a significant opportunity to enhance these systems by adding bar coding and radio-frequency identification (RFID) applications throughout manufacturing facilities. Find out more. Read More

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Epicor Manufacturing Express Edition


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manufacturing capacity utilization  An Adaptive Perspective Adaptive manufacturing enables companies to produce goods efficiently and manage variability proactively. However, it must be managed as an end-to-end, closed-loop process with tight linkages between manufacturing applications, adjacent enterprise applications, and—most importantly—the technology behind these applications. Such integrated networks enable the process visibility and collaboration capabilities that, ultimately, are the key to building an adaptive manufacturing Read More

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