How Now Brown Cow – Sensors and Analytics Take a (Farmer’s) Field Trip

There’s an unusual story about a device called Moocall which saves the farmer from having to stay near the cow during the birthing process. The technology is advancing rapidly while becoming more affordable and more available.

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?

“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?

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.

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