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The Theory of Constraints Enters the Lean Manufacturing Arena
Lean principles are difficult to employ in complex environments, but materials requirement planning has well-known limitations. The theory of constraints, which

theory of constraints  Theory of Constraints Enters the Lean Manufacturing Arena Limitations of Flow Manufacturing Just as manufacturing realities are continuously changing, so is lean thinking evolving. For example, traditionally, given competitive realities, it was almost exclusively automotive companies that deployed lean techniques such as kanban and sequencing. Today, however, there are some strong indications that only one in five companies using kanban are in the automotive industry. This is Part Six of a multi-part

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Curbing MESsy Shop Floor State of Affairs - Part I


Those that follow manufacturing-oriented enterprise applications have likely noticed for some time an uptick of conversations about the need to better integrate high-speed manufacturing operations (the real-time world of the plant) with the planning and engineering departments (the transactional and design world of enterprise systems). The nirvana (or utopia) hoped for thus far has been to provide

theory of constraints  offices are based on theory and hunch rather than on actual and actionable data. But instead of traditionally managing operations “in the dark”, companies should rather strive to capitalize on all of the operational opportunities coming from the following sources: people, processes, and the plant equipment. ERP Does It... Not! Some might logically wonder whether ERP systems can take care of this (and why not, if that is the case). Well, at best, the core ERP systems’ functional scope only Read More

A Modern Tale of Long (Supply Chain) Tails -- Part III


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theory of constraints  tail.” The long tail theory was originally coined by Chris Anderson, editor of  Wired magazine , who illustrated the concept with Internet-based selling companies such as Apple's iTunes or Amazon.com . His book entitled “The Long Tail: Why the Future of Business is Selling Less of More”   has also been a bestseller. In his part of the Webcast mentioned in Part I , Joseph Shamir, ToolsGroup’s chief executive officer (CEO), ascertained that when the long tail is viewed from a supply chain Read More

Best of Breed Versus Fully Integrated Software: The Pro's and Con's


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theory of constraints  debunk the big bang theory fairly easily. First, modified or otherwise, the big bang method is not as foolhardy of an approach as you might be led to believe. The value of a FIS solution is its integration. Trying to decouple modules to facilitate a phased implementation is tantamount to unhooking the cars of a train and then wondering why the entire train is not moving. An FIS solution is intended to function in an integrated fashion. Accordingly, the software should be implemented, as best as Read More

Reflections on Lean Philosophy and the Theory of Constraints


The theory of constraints (TOC) is similar to, yet different from, the lean philosophy. TOC focuses on optimizing production through critical bottlenecks in order to meet market demand.

theory of constraints  Lean Philosophy and the Theory of Constraints Lean Manufacturing and the Theory of Constraints Lean manufacturing and the theory of constraints (TOC) may well go hand in hand. Lean manufacturing makes value flow through the factory, for instance, by trying to separate value streams so that they use dedicated resources sized to the same capacity (even if kanbans do not optimize the constraints). TOC takes this idea further by recognizing critical bottlenecks, which are the most overloaded resources that Read More

University of Maine System Selects AiM From AssetWorks


AssetWorks, a leading provider of workplace management software solutions, announced it has secured a contract with the University of Maine System to provide a comprehensive integrated workplace management system (IWMS). The AssetWorks IWMS solution goes beyond traditional enterprise asset management (EAM) solutions by supporting real estate portfolio management, space management, operations and

theory of constraints  of Maine System Selects AiM From AssetWorks AssetWorks, a leading provider of workplace management software solutions, announced it has secured a contract with the University of Maine System to provide a comprehensive integrated workplace management system (IWMS). The AssetWorks IWMS solution goes beyond traditional enterprise asset management (EAM) solutions by supporting real estate portfolio management, space management, operations and maintenance, capital planning and project planning, and Read More

Soaring across the Regions: A View of the Impact of the Internet on Business


The Internet offers companies the opportunity to present a commercial image independent of size and location. With this and the Internet’s ability to extend a business’s reach, it is valuable to know precisely what various Internet service providers (ISPs) offer before buying. This includes evaluating service level and support capabilities and understanding how these vary throughout the United Kingdom (UK). Find out more.

theory of constraints  across the Regions: A View of the Impact of the Internet on Business The Internet offers companies the opportunity to present a commercial image independent of size and location. With this and the Internet’s ability to extend a business’s reach, it is valuable to know precisely what various Internet service providers (ISPs) offer before buying. This includes evaluating service level and support capabilities and understanding how these vary throughout the United Kingdom (UK). Find out more. Read More

The Pain and Gain of Integrated EDI Part One: The Pain of Integrated EDI


The real action is in merging the influx of electronically transmitted data with existing information already being processed within the ERP system, and the ensuing challenge is to make sense of this constant flood of information arriving daily in the form of EDI or XML messages.

theory of constraints  Pain and Gain of Integrated EDI Part One: The Pain of Integrated EDI The Pain of Integrated EDI There is more to the best-of-breed versus integrated suite dilemma than mere data synchronization between two disparate enterprise applications. Electronic data interchange (EDI) capability, which for some high-volume industries like automotive suppliers has become a unpleasant required, has been made more dangerous by the level of work that must be dedicated to ensure the accuracy of incoming and outgoing Read More

Oracle Announces Latest Release of Enterprise Manager 12c


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theory of constraints  Announces Latest Release of Enterprise Manager 12c Oracle announced the latest release of Oracle Enterprise Manager 12c with extended support of the latest version of Oracle Database 12c. The releases of Oracle Database 12c and Oracle Enterprise Manager 12 provide significant enhancements for organizations needing to manage large and complex database deployments, particularly in cloud environments. The new tools will be a great boon to IT department database administrators (DBAs) and provide a Read More

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The threat of spyware has risen to epidemic levels for many information technology professionals trying to protect their users and network. In response, many security vendors are creating anti-spyware software to seek out spyware and eradicate it from the enterprise network. Webroot's Spy Sweeper Enterprise is just such a product.

theory of constraints  and Webroot Present: Securing Enterprise Environments against Spyware-Benefits of Best-of-breed Security The threat of spyware has risen to epidemic levels for many information technology professionals trying to protect their users and network. In response, many security vendors are creating anti-spyware software to seek out spyware and eradicate it from the enterprise network. Webroot's Spy Sweeper Enterprise is just such a product. Read More

AKG of America


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theory of constraints  of America AKG of America needed an open system based on industry standards, and one that was packaged, not custom developed. AKG also needed a system with enough flexibility to sustain growth. Find out why AKG chose Infor Visual. Read More

Eco-mode: Benefits and Risks of Energy-saving Modes of UPS Operation


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theory of constraints  mode: Benefits and Risks of Energy-saving Modes of UPS Operation Many newer uninterruptible power supplies (UPS) systems have an energy-saving operating mode known as “eco-mode” or by some other descriptor. Nevertheless, surveys show that few data centers actually use this mode, because of the known or anticipated side effects. Unfortunately, the marketing materials for these operating modes do not adequately explain the cost/benefit tradeoffs. This paper shows that eco-mode provides a reduction of Read More

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theory of constraints  Out of the Inbox: Five New Rules of 1to1® E-mail Marketing Situating e-mail in a multichannel marketing plan is more complicated than it used to be. Where exactly does e-mail fit in the world of blogs, vlogs, and podcasts—where MSN, Google, and Yahoo! call the shots? Marketers need to understand which strategies and tactics are most effective to ensure that their e-mails will be delivered, opened, and acted upon. Read More

The Wheres of Electronic Procurement


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theory of constraints  of EDI, which in theory will make it easy for any of the documents resulting from a purchase to be read by legacy or ERP systems. The success of that approach remains to be seen as the various proposed standards compete for acceptance. Some of the major vendors such as Ariba and Commerce One have their own standards, as does Microsoft. The Main Street model also suffers from the problems of comparison-shopping and control. In order to comparison shop a purchasing agent must navigate through a number of Read More