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Bridging the Lean Performance Gap: How Manufacturers Can Achieve Real Lean and Real Results
The past year has taught executives everywhere that business will never again be “business as usual.” Manufacturers, in particular, must focus more than ever on

lean manufacturers  the Lean Performance Gap: How Manufacturers Can Achieve Real Lean and Real Results The past year has taught executives everywhere that business will never again be “business as usual.” Manufacturers, in particular, must focus more than ever on satisfying customers while removing waste and unnecessary costs from their organizations. And they need to do so faster and better than their competitors. This white paper highlights how companies are doing just that by relying on strategic lean Read More...
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The Impact of Lean on Consumer Product Manufacturers
While consumer products manufacturers are relatively recent adopters of lean programs, they are already achieving value through a firm commitment to

lean manufacturers  small steps in their Lean programs, these manufacturers are setting their sights on reducing cost, driving down inventory, and sustaining a culture of Lean throughout the enterprise. But success is being found by those Best in Class consumer products manufacturers that go the next step by tying their Lean objectives into business opportunities, and by measuring the impact of the Lean program. These companies are placing more emphasis on monitoring the metrics that are tied with success, including 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

lean manufacturers  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 principles Read More...
Front-office Lean-Taking Lean Manufacturing Beyond the Shop Floor
Lean manufacturing practices are employed to some degree on almost every manufacturing floor, but many companies aren't realizing the real benefits of lean by

lean manufacturers  programs designed to extend lean front-office practices into the vendor base are critical, just as major original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) will work with their fabrication suppliers to educate them in lean disciplines. With the right enterprise software and portal-based technology, it might be possible to automate the lean practices of front-office vendors. Lean workflows can route materials to personnel across company lines, allowing seamless collaboration between in-house and outsourced planners, Read More...
Lean Manufacturing: Reaping the Rewards of Lean through Response Management
For years, manufacturers have been driven by sales forecasts and the need to maximize production efficiency at every level of operation. But in order to be

lean manufacturers  meeting customer demand. Successful lean manufacturers know that lean is a corporate vision that touches everyone from design, to product management, to marketing, and beyond the four walls, to engage external suppliers and trading partners. Lean techniques are more easily applied to some manufacturing styles than others. In particular, lean has been more successful in high-volume, low-mix operations. However, new software tools are now delivering the benefits of lean to high-mix, low-volume operations Read More...
How Manufacturers Use Technology to Help Weather the Economic Downturn
Too often, manufacturers implement technology for financial reporting, but overlook efficiencies that can generate cash flow and reduce costs on the shop floor.

lean manufacturers  Manufacturers Use Technology to Help Weather the Economic Downturn Document and records management is important for labs, engineering companies, attorneys, doctors, work in process documents in manufacturing - any company who needs to know the location of a file or document. Source : Dynamic Systems Resources Related to How Manufacturers Use Technology to Help Weather the Economic Downturn : Manufacturing (Wikipedia) How Manufacturers Use Technology to Help Weather the Economic Downturn Economic Read More...
How to Choose ERP Software for Process Manufacturers
To end up with the right enterprise resource planning (ERP) solution, it’s important to ask the right questions. Because an ERP purchase will make one of the

lean manufacturers  to Choose ERP Software for Process Manufacturers To end up with the right enterprise resource planning (ERP) solution, it’s important to ask the right questions. Because an ERP purchase will make one of the greatest impacts on your business (either good or bad), it’s worth taking the time to learn everything you can. Answering the questions in this paper will help you sort through the vast array of manufacturing ERP solutions. Read More...
Technology Hurdles Plus Retailer Consolidation Yield a Fragile Market for Consumer Packaged Goods Manufacturers
As major retailers increase their share of the market and exploit technology for business process improvement, consumer packaged goods (CPG) manufacturers risk

lean manufacturers  Hurdles Plus Retailer Consolidation Yield a Fragile Market for Consumer Packaged Goods Manufacturers Technology Hurdle In the business press, we see articles on radio frequency identification (RFID) nearly everyday. Major retailers are setting technical and business process requirements and deadlines for their suppliers. No one doubts that RFID will be an absolute requirement in the future; the issue is not if, but when. However, RFID is just one element of a continuing process on the part of Read More...
What Can Manufacturers Do in a Tough Economy? - Part I
According to the proverb “calamity is the touchstone of a brave mind,” in these tough times some supply chain management (SCM) vendors have been trying to take

lean manufacturers  Can Manufacturers Do in a Tough Economy? - Part I According to the proverb “calamity is the touchstone of a brave mind,” in these tough times some supply chain management (SCM) vendors have been trying to take stock (no pun intended) of their offerings and how best to offer these to customers, to mutual benefit. In fact, I have recently seen some intriguing (if not bizarre) press releases (PRs), which read like some type of whitepapers or presentation transcripts. They were certainly different Read More...
Selecting ERP Software for Engineer-to-order (ETO) Manufacturers
With more repetitive manufacturing moving offshore, North American manufacturers have had to develop their roles as complex manufacturers supporting both local

lean manufacturers  ERP Software for Engineer-to-order (ETO) Manufacturers With more repetitive manufacturing moving offshore, North American manufacturers have had to develop their roles as complex manufacturers supporting both local and global markets with sophisticated products and manufacturing processes to meet the unique needs of their clients. Learn how this kind of engineer-to-order (ETO) manufacturing requires specialized enterprise resource planning (ERP) functionality. Read More...
How Mobile ERP Is Changing the Way Manufacturers Do Business
Mobile is changing the way companies do business—and manufacturers are no exception. They’re asking ERP vendors for apps that help control core manufacturing

lean manufacturers  Mobile ERP Is Changing the Way Manufacturers Do Business Mobile is changing the way companies do business—and manufacturers are no exception. They’re asking ERP vendors for apps that help control core manufacturing operations. But are they seeing the ROI they’re looking for? In this Sage-sponsored interview, TEC senior business intelligence and data management analyst, Jorge García, talks about the opportunities, benefits, and challenges of mobile ERP for manufacturing. Read More...
How Manufacturers Can Use Project ERP to Weather Tough Times
Everything manufacturing executives thought they knew about project management and operations management is changing. Now, project managers may be connecting

lean manufacturers  Manufacturers Can Use Project ERP to Weather Tough Times Everything manufacturing executives thought they knew about project management and operations management is changing. Now, project managers may be connecting elements of an ongoing enterprise with a project in order to achieve certain defined goals, or use projects in a recurring way. Discover the many benefits manufacturers can realize by adopting a management-by-project approach with project-centric ERP software. Read More...
ERP for Growing Electronics Manufacturers
Consumer electronics companies of any size must deliver superior customer service, optimize performance, and design agile supply networks. When using business

lean manufacturers  for Growing Electronics Manufacturers Consumer electronics companies of any size must deliver superior customer service, optimize performance, and design agile supply networks. When using business software to deal with these challenges, growing electronics companies face the same issues as larger companies, but also have concerns about cost and implementation speed. Learn how a new class of scalable solutions can meet the needs of electronics manufacturers. Read More...
Growth and Complexity: The Challenges Ahead for Midsize Manufacturers
Most midsize manufacturers are as capital-intensive and as subject to global cost and price pressures as large companies@yet they lack the resources to exploit

lean manufacturers  and Complexity: The Challenges Ahead for Midsize Manufacturers Most midsize manufacturers are as capital-intensive and as subject to global cost and price pressures as large companies—yet they lack the resources to exploit revenue and sourcing opportunities around the globe. However, many midsize manufacturers are optimistic about growth prospects in spite of rising costs and downward price pressure, according to a recent study. Find out how they plan to overcome these challenges. Read More...
Essential Guide to ERP for Process Manufacturers
Whether you’re in the process of re-evaluating your existing enterprise resource planning (ERP) application or planning to install your first packaged system

lean manufacturers  Guide to ERP for Process Manufacturers Whether you’re in the process of re-evaluating your existing enterprise resource planning (ERP) application or planning to install your first packaged system, your success depends on identifying ERP applications that have a strong process manufacturing foundation and can support your unique requirements with minimum customization. This guide links the unique operations of process manufacturing with ERP capabilities. Read More...

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