Enjoy the seasons… all of them

Don’t worry when sales are down and panic when sales are up (can we fill those orders?) especially when the pattern is seasonal and predictable. Plan production and inventory to make the most of available resources and use any leftover capacity profitably.

Demand management through S&OP

The sales and operations planning (S&OP) team works on developing a “best” plan that makes effective use of the resources available to meet an optimum amount of the demand.

Coming soon — The Digital Factory

The digitization of manufacturing is proceeding rapidly as companies take advantage of new, inexpensive, connected devices to provide unprecedented visibility on the plant floor. How digital is your plant? Do you have plans to expand that digital footprint?

What the Industrial Internet means for manufacturers

It’s hard to imagine a manufacturing business that doesn’t have full-time Internet access, a local network and most likely at least a few sensors or devices connected to that network. Larger plants have hundreds or even thousands of sensors and devices feeding data through the local network. Simply put, that’s the Industrial Internet.

Delivering customer value

The merger of the American Society of Transportation and Logistics with APICS illustrates the stature of these essential distribution resources. We depend on the effective functioning of the inbound and outbound supply chain in order to deliver customer value.

How to be a successful manufacturer

I often joke that the consultant’s answer to almost any question is “it depends”. There is more than a grain of truth to that phrase, however. Success in manufacturing, as in many other pursuits, depends on a number of factors. Can your company be successful over the long term?

“Pulling” MRP

In the long-running debate about “push” versus “pull” in manufacturing planning and management, the two sides are typically exemplified by MRP on the push side and lean representing pull.

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