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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

tco lean productivity  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
Filling the Holes and Breaking Down Artificial Walls in a Process PLM Solution Set - Part 2
Part 1 of this blog series established that the product lifecycle management (PLM) software market for process industries (food @ beverage, life sciences

tco lean productivity  is the constraint (or shortcoming) of the level of configurability of the process PLM solution, with its accompanying ability to minimize  total cost of ownership (TCO) . The process PLM solutions with a global enterprise level of support (i.e., Infor Optima PLM) are generally highly configurable over time via workflows, business rules, and tables (see Figure 2). The discrete manufacturing PLM vendors have robust development tools and their customers have essentially customized (and costly) Read More
The Case Against Modifying Your Enterprise Software
The case against modifying enterprise software is a strong one. Standard software offerings are the products of millions of dollars of research, development

tco lean productivity  is about twice the TCO enjoyed by Company A. How could this be the case? The answer is simple. Company A chose to implement its software as is—without modifications. Now let us define our terms. Modification is not the same as customization. A modern, flexible enterprise application suite should be easily customizable to cater to most business needs and tailor the user experience—without altering the underlying code or business logic. Modification implies actually altering the code and business logic Read More
Global Shop Solutions
Global Shop Solutions provides enterprise resource planning (ERP) solutions for on-time delivery, shop floor management, lean manufacturing, shorter delivery

tco lean productivity  total cost of ownership (TCO). Global Shop Solutions software is written for the Microsoft Windows environment. Read More
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My recent article SAP SCM – Stepping Out of (Relative) Obscurity analyzed SAP’s revamped comprehensive supply chain management (SCM) suite, its major components

tco lean productivity  solutions corporate-wide would reduce TCO. But many CIOs will say that they have not received many industry-specific user enhancements for their hefty maintenance dollars. Needless to say, the pricing details are still sketchy. Along similar lines was Lora’s even more recent blog post on the upcoming SAP Sales and Operations Planning (S&OP) product . SAP SCM Product Marketing Team Gets the Last Word Therefore, as a follow up on the aforementioned article and to further discuss some SCM issues and Read More
Ten Ways Robots Enhance Lean Manufacturing Environments
Traditionally, robots have not played a prominent role in the implementation of lean strategies. However, due to their repeatability, speed, accuracy, and

tco lean productivity  Ways Robots Enhance Lean Manufacturing Environments Traditionally, robots have not played a prominent role in the implementation of lean strategies. However, due to their repeatability, speed, accuracy, and flexibility, the role of robots in lean implementations is constantly increasing. Automation equipment, which includes robots, is rapidly becoming a core component to lean manufacturing and the reduction of manufacturing costs. Download this white paper to learn more about the 10 ways large and 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

tco lean productivity  feedback about the plans'' outcomes. As supply chains become more dynamic and operate in near real-time, the lines between planning and execution continue to blur, which bode well for their functional convergence. Companies need real time information from execution systems to develop and adjust optimal plans, while the execution side should benefit from more realistic plans for the sake of readiness, rather than to merely react after the fact in a firefighting fashion. Recommendations Manufacturers should Read More
What Your Refrigerator Can Teach You about Lean Inventory
A lean supply chain consists of two major components—lean manufacturing and lean distribution—which focus on satisfying customer demand efficiently, at the

tco lean productivity  Your Refrigerator Can Teach You about Lean Inventory A lean supply chain consists of two major components—lean manufacturing and lean distribution—which focus on satisfying customer demand efficiently, at the lowest cost, with the least amount of waste. But what if your replenishment strategy is your distribution center’s weakest link? To improve customer satisfaction and achieve efficiency and balance, your replenishment strategy must consider all the key variables. Read More
Implementing Kanban Alternatives in Lean Manufacturing
Kanban@the Japanese term for physical or visual signs that trigger replenishment, which can be a useful part of lean manufacturing@is not a good fit in some

tco lean productivity  Kanban Alternatives in Lean Manufacturing Kanban—the Japanese term for physical or visual signs that trigger replenishment, which can be a useful part of lean manufacturing—is not a good fit in some situations. Alternatives to kanban can also eliminate waste in lean production by addressing inventory, materials, and replenishment process needs. Learn more on how you can find alternatives to kanban to make your enterprise resource planning (ERP) system “leaner.” Read More
Exploring Epicor Productivity Pyramid - Part 1
About two years ago, Epicor Software Corporation launched its next-generation converged product Epicor 9 (a.k.a. Epicor ERP [evaluate this solution]), which

tco lean productivity  began life at a dotcom startup in Europe over a decade ago and  was acquired by former Scala Business Systems and named Scala Connectivity .  After its acquisition of Scala, Epicor invested heavily in the solution and renamed it Epicor Service Connect. The product is also written using Microsoft.NET Framework and was first released in its current form in early 2006 to enable business processes (workflows) based on integration and automation. Over time, Epicor envisioned much more powerful benefits for Read More
How to Use Technology to Support the Lean Enterprise: Achieving Profitable Growth through Lean
Many competitive businesses are implementing “lean” initiatives to expose and attack waste and setting goals for continuous improvement through Six Sigma

tco lean productivity  to Use Technology to Support the Lean Enterprise: Achieving Profitable Growth through Lean Many competitive businesses are implementing “lean” initiatives to expose and attack waste and setting goals for continuous improvement through Six Sigma principles. Consensus is growing that technology is key for successful lean initiatives. This white paper defines addresses the impact lean initiatives have on profitability and considers the role of information technology (IT) in enabling lean initiatives. Read More
9 Things to Look For in Lean Accounting Software for Manufacturers
I attended the Lean Accounting Summit in Orlando in September, and I’m still struck by the totally different attitudes of companies that choose lean

tco lean productivity  Things to Look For in Lean Accounting Software for Manufacturers I attended the Lean Accounting Summit in Orlando in September, and I’m still struck by the totally different attitudes of companies that choose lean transformation versus conventional non-lean companies. Lean thinking certainly isn’t new to the business community, but many managers and business influencers still have no clear understanding of lean. They typically pick and choose their lean manufacturing tools, and ignore other lean Read More
3 Key Areas to Reduce Costs with Lean Techniques
Continuous process improvement is more critical than ever for manufacturers to become lean. One key area of focus is on the flow of product from supplier to

tco lean productivity  Key Areas to Reduce Costs with Lean Techniques Continuous process improvement is more critical than ever for manufacturers to become lean. One key area of focus is on the flow of product from supplier to customer. Naturally, any process that impedes the smooth flow of product is a source of additional cost to the company. Download this white paper now and learn about 3 key areas to reduce costs and improve product flow from quote to cash. 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

tco 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
Implementing Lean Manufacturing Principles in an A&D Environment
Lean manufacturing is a management philosophy, enabled and supported by various techniques, to eliminate non-value adding activity. However, aerospace and

tco lean productivity  Lean Manufacturing Principles in an A&D Environment Lean manufacturing is a management philosophy, enabled and supported by various techniques, to eliminate non-value adding activity. However, aerospace and defense (A&D) government regulations impose very different business practices from those followed in the commercial sector. Can lean manufacturing principles really work in A&D? The answer: it depends on the architecture of the enterprise resource planning (ERP) system. Read More

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