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.

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.

Don’t forget the basics

ERP and other information systems are only as good as the people that are using them. Do your system users understand what they’re doing and why or are they just following procedures?

Being Demand Driven in an MRP world

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.

We don’t manage inventory

Despite the focus on inventory (check out Dave’s article “Inventory errors cause revenue losses”), we as operations managers, do not actually manage inventory. We manage production, resources, sales, etc. Inventory is a visible measurement of the success of our efforts.

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