December Schedules

December is often a rather strange month in the life of the manufacturing plant. There may be some seasonal demand effects to deal with (lower actual demand and lower production objectives in many cases) and there are often schedule reductions to be accommodated due to holiday shut-downs and the policy in many companies of encouraging employees to use vacation time before the end of the year.

Is U.S. Manufacturing Still Strong?

U.S. manufacturing’s success is driven through the entire value chain – increased productivity, efficient supply chains, innovation, speed-to-market, and flexibility. To be competitive manufacturers must look for the most efficient and effective ways to produce products and satisfy demand.

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.

“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.

Do you need a new ERP system?

Admit it – you sometimes (often?) question whether the ERP system you have in place is really the best one for your company and its needs. Is your discomfort justified? Can the incumbent system be “saved” or should it be replaced?

About Manufacturing 4.0

Industry observers are predicting that new technologies including big data and the Internet of Things (IoT) are now within reach of the mid-range manufacturer and 2016 will see great advances in so-called Manufacturing 4.0, particularly in smaller companies.

Should you reduce inventory?

There is a “right” amount of inventory — dropping it below the optimum amount results in shortages — holding more inventory than required is waste.

5-Day APICS Certified Supply Chain Professional (CSCP) public workshop

The Granite State Chapter of APICS will be offering a 5-day APICS Certified Supply Chain Professional (CSCP) class in Portsmouth, NH on February 13, 20, 27 and March 12, 19.

The value of being certified

As APICS members, we all know in our hearts that CPIM certification is beneficial and provides a good understanding of how a manufacturing company operates, but there’s more to think about when you’re looking for a job.

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