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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.

tco continuous lean  often result in positive outcomes, such as innovation or new business opportunities. Even in the midst of a financial crisis, businesses are still booming for the most part. Adding green to their business equation shouldn''t change that. In fact, some of those businesses have discovered that profit and green go together in more ways than one, as we''ll see later on in this report. There are many factors to consider in greening your business too many to mention in a 47-page document. Our aim here, Read More

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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.

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Despite predictions that it would be subsumed by enterprise resource planning (ERP) vendors encroaching from above and automation vendors encroaching from below, the manufacturing execution systems (MES) market has been growing steadily. This guide from TEC and Flexware Innovation provides state-of-the-market analysis, success stories from your peers, in-depth information on solutions, and a spotlight on leading vendors.

tco continuous lean  total cost of ownership (TCO) to accelerate adoption, large-scale deployment and return on investment (ROI) . Manufacturers know their pressures well, from difficult economic times to stiffer regulations and more global competition. Yet each of those pressures creates an opportunity to make a company more lean, automated, connected and competitive. Real-Time Work-In-Process Visibility for Global High-Tech Manufacturing Situation Endwave Defense Systems designs and manufactures radio frequency (RF) Read More

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


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tco continuous lean  total cost of ownership (TCO) and accelerate deployment. One illustration of Sterling Commerce''s continuous delivery of SOA-based applications that address specific business problems that demand the capacity to process information from disparate sources, systems, and formats, is the recently released Sterling Supply Chain Visibility On-Demand (to be detailed later on). Also, Sterling Commerce illustrated the benefit of its SOA platform by demonstrating process-level integration between on-demand Read More

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