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?
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?
Virtually every consumer product in the market has a Universal Product Code on it and RFID tags enable even tighter inventory control and precise tracking. Why hasn’t RFID technology replaced the UPC bar code, though?
At what point does a company switch from a focus on efficiency to concentrating on effectiveness? We talk about process and performance improvement a lot, but how often do we think about what that really means?
MRP (Material Requirements Planning) is not as responsive or efficient as we’d like it to be. A new approach takes the best features of MRP and adds on lean and constraint-based features to make it more demand-driven and more effective for today’s manufacturing challenges.