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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 quality  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...
Easy ERP: A Challenge to Conventional Thinking
There is a new paradigm when it comes to evaluating ERP systems. With little difference between industry players'' solutions, the key is the longevity of the

tco lean quality  methodology from ROI to TCO, which changes the focus from maximizing benefits to minimizing cost. The primary objective of this project is to minimize the disruption to the business. Wouldn''t it be wonderful if we could slip a new system in over the weekend without anyone noticing? Convenience factors are implementation cost minimizers that are packaged into systems to reduce the time to benefit and the man-hours required to implement a system. A preconfigured solution that can be implemented in 120 days Read More...
Finding the Key to Small Manufacturer’s Profits - Part 1
This post starts with a trivia question: Please name the mid-market enterprise resource planning (ERP) vendor that has existed the longest in the market with an

tco lean quality  total cost of ownership (TCO) a highly skilled professional services group ProfitKey’s target market is custom MTO and ETO discrete manufacturing, from jobbing shops to companies with some repetitive manufacturing and batch production. The sweet spot includes companies with US$10 million to US$150 million manufacturers, primarily in North America (RRM currently supports the English, Spanish, and French languages). The company estimates a market opportunity of 450,000 discrete manufacturers with Read More...
Is There a Panacea for Enterprise Software Pricing Yet?
While enterprise applications are becoming a commodity, their pricing schemes have yet to follow suit. Users are put in a costly position where the

tco lean quality  service costs, but basically, TCO revolves around total software- and service-based costs. So what is the problem? Well, let us first tackle comparing common license fee pricing methods. When we are involved in the software selection process, we normally help clients come down to a few finalist solutions based on functional and technological fit, whereupon they then ask us to help them negotiate the best contract price, and finally select the winner. Yikes! Deciphering the US Tax Code is a simple task 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 quality  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...
Integrating Lean Practices and ERP
Many organizations are undertaking some form of lean initiative, but if one were to ask one hundred different people, one would probably different explanations

tco lean quality  Lean Practices and ERP Many organizations are undertaking some form of lean initiative, but if one were to ask one hundred different people, one would probably different explanations from each person. With a variety of methods, techniques, and terms bandied about, many are forced to use the same definition that the late Justice Potter Stewart used for pornography: “I know it when I see it.” Shop floor practices that move inventory to the point of consumption, like kanban, are also Read More...
Proactive Quality for Automotive Suppliers: Addressing the Impact of Product Recalls
There has been no shortage of high profile recalls over the past several years. Suppliers are being required to provide more robust quality management systems

tco lean quality  erp system, enterprise resource planning, erp, MES, manufacturing system, Plex Manufacturing Cloud, cloud ERP, automotive supplier, automotive quality management, automotive supplier quality management, cloud-based EQMS, automotive product compliance Read More...
CAD Model Quality Testing
With 3-D computer-aided design (CAD) models taking on a broader and more significant role in the development of new products, CAD files must flow smoothly into

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Avinor Selects IFS for Quality Assurance Reporting
IFS recently announced that Avinor has chosen IFS solutions for health @ safety, quality assurance (QA), and risk management to streamline HSEQ-related (health,

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Measuring the Success of Lean: Selecting the Best Mileposts for the Never-ending Journey
As manufactures adopt lean principles, the process inevitably involves developing metrics for measuring their progress. But measurements are linked throughout

tco lean quality  the Success of Lean: Selecting the Best Mileposts for the Never-ending Journey As manufactures adopt lean principles, the process inevitably involves developing metrics for measuring their progress. But measurements are linked throughout the organization, not just on the manufacturing floor but in accounts payable and other back office processes. This white paper emphasizes the need to focus on strategy deployment. 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 quality  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...
Lean Enterprise in Complex ETO
This paper demonstrates how IFS Business Modeler and IFS Applications support the principles of developing a lean enterprise, normally associated with

tco lean quality  Enterprise in Complex ETO This paper demonstrates how IFS Business Modeler and IFS Applications support the principles of developing a lean enterprise, normally associated with repetitive manufacturing, for engineer-to-order (ETO) organizations. It demonstrates how process improvements apply equally to office-based functions as they do to manufacturing, installation, and service activities. Read More...
Dassault Systèmes Announces DELMIA’s Apriso Quality Solution
Dassault Systèmes recently announced DELMIA’s Apriso Quality Solution, which includes enterprise quality management software (EQMS) and professional services

tco lean quality  industry watch, quality, plm, mes, manufacturing, apriso, delmia, flexnet, dassault systemes Read More...
From Lean Manufacturing to Lean Supply Chain: A Foundation for Change
As apparel and textile companies move to outsourcing production—relinquishing direct control in favor of a more cost-effective manufacturing model—a lean supply

tco lean quality  Lean Manufacturing to Lean Supply Chain: A Foundation for Change As apparel and textile companies move to outsourcing production—relinquishing direct control in favor of a more cost-effective manufacturing model—a lean supply chain may appear to be the next logical step for further implementing cost and operational improvement. Not so, however. You can’t have a lean supply chain without lean manufacturing. Regardless of whether you or your partners engage in production, lean manufacturing is the Read More...
Lean Inventory by the Numbers
Getting lean is not a simple task; it requires an aggressive, iterative approach to examine complex tradeoffs. And given the number of variables that

tco lean quality  Inventory by the Numbers Getting lean is not a simple task; it requires an aggressive, iterative approach to examine complex tradeoffs. And given the number of variables that characterize a distribution center (DC) and its constituent stock keeping units (SKUs), performing this type of analysis without using the right tools can be daunting—if not impossible. Find out how a tool-based approach can make getting lean easier. Read More...

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