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The Fatal Flaws for Process Manufacturers
Every piece of software you consider holds the potential for fatal flaws. Miss the fatal flaws and it is difficult to project what the future holds for you

car manufacturers  packaged materials (a rail car of chemicals versus a case of paint). The predictability of both the materials and the process yields some potential for fatal flaws. If material is inconsistent (quality specifications) or the process is not predictable (quality, yield) then it is more difficult to manage with software. Production processes also give rise to the potential for fatal flaws. If you change the formula or recipe when you move from line to line, this may be a fatal flaw. If you vary the types of Read More...
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The simplified definition of enterprise resource planning (ERP) software is a set of applications that automate finance and human resources departments and help manufacturers handle jobs such as or...
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Plex Systems Partners with Insequence Corporation
Plex Systems, the enterprise resource planning (ERP) provider of the Plex Manufacturing Cloud (formerly Plex Online), has announced its collaboration with

car manufacturers  before the steering wheel. Car seats are another example of components managed with a just-in-time (JIT) sequencing strategy. While Plex needs a vibrant strategic partner ecosystem, the Insequence alliance might have been driven more by prospective deals. Plex has had basic sequencing functionality for a long time, but some prospects mandate the use of Insequence, since JIT sequencing is an incredibly sensitive aspect of their business. A great deal of manufacturers (automotive, electronics, aerospace Read More...
Dealership Management System: What Is It and Who Needs It?
What Is a DMS?When one talks about a DMS, people usually think about a document management system, a data management system, or even a destroyer mine

car manufacturers  relationships between dealers and car manufacturers and to allow dealerships to freely market their services and reach customers in different geographic areas. As a result of the BER, the DMS market also became free, and therefore more competitive—diminishing the power of the few vendors that were controlling it. So Who Really Needs a DMS, Anyway? Car manufacturers, that’s who; mainly for control purposes. In Europe, before the Block Exemption Regulation, automotive manufacturers used to force Read More...
What Could Process Manufacturers Do Better in PLM?
Part 1 of my recent blog series, Filling the Holes and Breaking Down Artificial Walls in a Process PLM Solution Set, established that the product lifecycle

car manufacturers  legislators currently do not care much for these issues, smart and consumer-oriented process manufacturers are still trying to meet market demands for increased sustainability and healthier products. To respond to these pressures, most process manufacturers are touching every level of their product structure. For most companies, the area of the least resistance to change is to explore lower-cost material substitutions or alternate supplier certification reformulations. To reduce shipping costs, reduce Read More...
American Car Makers and Bad Management
In the news, and in a few publications, the Detroit (US) car makers have been blamed for

car manufacturers  the following areas: American car manufacturers have to tailor car manufacturing to match the quality of foreign products. Move away from the business model geared to building large, high-margin vehicles like trucks and SUVs rather than smaller, fuel-efficient cars. In the before market, we have the dealers, insurance companies, governments (sales taxes), and mechanics that are impacted badly. Here we need to realize that profit margins must be pruned to reduce vehicle costs. Some of the cost pruning Read More...
How Project Management Can Help Manufacturers
Recently there were two great articles published on our Website touching the interesting problem of interactions between traditional manufacturing management

car manufacturers  Project Management Can Help Manufacturers Recently there were two great articles published on our Website touching the interesting problem of interactions between traditional manufacturing management and project management: The Business Model for the 21st Century Is Project-centric and Weather the Recession with Project ERP . I agree with the respective authors that the project-driven management approach can help companies improve their businesses in any kind of economic situation, whether during a Read More...
Attribute-based Demand Planning: A Powerful Tool for Process Manufacturers
As manufacturing becomes a global process, advances in demand management software have given rise to attribute-based demand management software. In the process

car manufacturers  Chain Consultants , which carries Zemeter software ( http://www.supplychain.com/ ); Oracle , which offers Demantra Demand Management ( http://www.oracle.com/demantra/index.html ); and RockySoft Corporation , with its RockySoft Demand Manager ( http://www.rockysoft.com/demand_manager.cfm ), will enable manufacturers to increase profitability and improve overall manufacturing activities. Each of the above DM solutions has specific advantages, but all will help with the issue of increased manufacturing costs 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

car manufacturers  which has recently become scarcer and more expensive. Advice #3 Change the Product Mix Strategy to Place Additional Emphasis on Value-Based Products -- As both consumers and businesses reign in spending, they will re-evaluate their budgets and suspend buying premium products that are non-essential and trade-off to buy more value-based products. Manufacturers should adjust production plans to allocate more capacity to value-based product lines and position themselves to grab market share from Read More...
On-demand Manufacturing Planning and Scheduling: How Manufacturers Are Achieving Faster Business Value with Software as a Service
Many manufacturers are seeking to deploy manufacturing technology to satisfy increasingly rigorous business demands. However, the prospect of traditional

car manufacturers  demand Manufacturing Planning and Scheduling: How Manufacturers Are Achieving Faster Business Value with Software as a Service Many manufacturers are seeking to deploy manufacturing technology to satisfy increasingly rigorous business demands. However, the prospect of traditional software implementations can be daunting. Furthermore, managers and executives often cannot wait for IT resources to become available to implement traditional installed software to address pressing manufacturing needs. Many Read More...
The Best Practices of Successful Manufacturers
Learn about them in the white paper best practices in complex equipment manufacturing, sales, and service.

car manufacturers  Best Practices of Successful Manufacturers As a manufacturer of complex products and equipment, you know how tough it is to do business today. Competitors with access to advanced technologies, and improved management and logistics practices, threaten to turn your products into commodities. At the same time, shorter and shorter product life cycles are putting tremendous pressure on your resources and margins. But there are best practices you can turn to—to get your products to market more quickly and Read More...
The Informed Manufacturer-Tips, Tricks, and Tactics for High-tech Manufacturers
Most high-tech firms need to do a better job of capturing and sharing corporate and supply-chain data. Lean manufacturing practitioners often use a process

car manufacturers  Informed Manufacturer-Tips, Tricks, and Tactics for High-tech Manufacturers Most high-tech firms need to do a better job of capturing and sharing corporate and supply-chain data. Lean manufacturing practitioners often use a process metric called “right first time on time” (RFTOT). It not only applies to delivery of components and products moving through a value stream, but to delivery of information as well—product development, forecasting, sales and operations planning, etc. Find out more. Read More...
Stemming the Loss of Knowledge Capital: A Business Fix for Canadian Manufacturers
The clock is ticking for Canadian manufacturers to come up with a solution to the ongoing loss of knowledge capital. Natural employee attrition, such as

car manufacturers  the organization to the precarious possibility of hindering creativity, albeit inadvertently. But in fact, best use of knowledge management secures creativity, and design engineers will appreciate a dynamic knowledge repository. The key to successful knowledge management is the active participation of all stakeholders. About the Author: Christina Park is a senior research analyst at Technology Evaluation Centers ( www.technologyevaluation.com ). She has nearly ten years of international IT experience in Read More...
ERP Implementation Best Practices: Manufacturers and the SaaS Delivery Model
In this tough economic climate, manufacturers worldwide are reevaluating their enterprise resource planning (ERP) systems and looking to implement ERP systems

car manufacturers  Implementation Best Practices: Manufacturers and the SaaS Delivery Model In this tough economic climate, manufacturers worldwide are reevaluating their enterprise resource planning (ERP) systems and looking to implement ERP systems that cut costs, streamline operations, and improve performance. This paper highlights the five advantages of on-demand ERP systems, commonly referred to as software as a service (SaaS). Find out how manufacturers can benefit from the leading SaaS-based ERP system. Read More...
The High Costs of Non-compliance for Manufacturers
What manufacturers must realize is that through efforts to comply with regulatory standards, they can make their manufacturing operations more competitive

car manufacturers  First RoHS-compliant network interface card that is leadfree in the second-level interconnect (SLI) . Greater supply-chain visibility and compliance throughout the entire supply-chain network that is dominated by Intel product demands. Compliance programs and training throughout distribution channels including both OEM and direct sales forces. Extensive use of engineering specifications and chemical analysis reports for all RoHS at-risk products. The Bottom Line: Compliance Pays For the manufacturers 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

car 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...

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