With operations and partners worldwide, Hypertherm was experiencing significant growth, however their existing consumables product label printing system was not sufficiently accommodating this growth, and was presenting considerable risks to their operations in this lean manufacturing environment.
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Ford also grew at a fast clip in Asia. Its sales jumped 49 percent to more than 935,000 in China thanks to new vehicles like the EcoSport and Kuga SUVs. Ford earned a record $415 million in its Asia Pacific and Africa region last year.
FLEXcon began its lean manufacturing program in 2003 and has since achieved a 90 percent improvement in on-time deliveries, 20 percent reduction in waste and a 35 percent increase in total productivity. Dollar savings are more than 10 times what was invested to roll the practice out and educate and train 1,000 employees.
3D printing took another leap forward when Michigan Technological University scientists invented a 3D metal printer available at a relatively affordable price. While the machine is still a work in progress, it opens up the possibility of 3D metal printing for medium and small businesses, and even dedicated hobbyists. Here are some possible pros and cons that result from affordable, open-source 3D metal printers.
Last year, there were only a handful of 3D printing companies at the gadget show. This year, there were thirty, and the organizers had to turn others away because they couldn't fit them in.
Michelle Miller reports on how one company is using 3D printing to create intricate fashion accessories like cufflinks, belt buckles and bracelets.
NextFab Studio shows what can be done in the modern world with a $130 membership fee, a bit of hard work, and a lot of imagination.
Zebra Technologies has announced it has launched the Material Flow ROI Calculator, a free online analysis tool that evaluates a manufacturer's material flow to determine efficiency and cost saving opportunities. In addition, in a commitment to help manufacturers more easily adopt lean manufacturing processes, Zebra builds off its recent "Eliminate 7 Wastes from Your Supply Chain with Real-Time Asset Management Solutions" whitepaper.
No matter how efficient the rest of your business is, if your IT isn’t running at full speed, your end-to-end operations aren’t either. Whether it’s as simple as email or as complex as MRP, today’s businesses are driven by IT. Systems running at half speed or not at all can result in missed deadlines, lost revenues and reduced customer satisfaction.
Some companies have gotten away from putting thesales and marketing perspective into executive sales and operations planning(ES&OP); however, this is risky business in today’s economy. This paperexplores the root causes of ES&OP challenges and provides a case study thatdetails how one market-driven company has been able to successfully sensedemand signals and shape future demand for over five years. It also outlines aclear path to optimized, market-driven ES&OP that enables companies tosense demand signals and changes almost instantly and align their supply chainfaster to respond swiftly to fluctuations in demand.
The blurring of the line between manufacturing and supply chain logistics provides the opportunity to move efficient manufacturing management concepts to supply chain management. One manufacturing concept stands out as most successful: the concept of lean. This white paper describes lean manufacturing and how it can be applied to supply chain management.
Looking at implementing new software or upgrading your current software? Over the last few years, Software as a Service (SaaS) has become a compelling and credible delivery model for business applications. SaaS, also referred to as “On-Demand” or “Cloud Computing”, eliminates many of the barriers that keep companies from implementing or upgrading their software. More importantly, it enables you to focus on your core business operations instead of managing IT. So Cloud-based ERP may be right for your business, but where do you start? This white paper contains 10 questions to ask when considering a Cloud-based ERP solution.
The can that kept your most recent beer or soda fresh and delicious just may have been manufactured by the Rexam Beverage Can Group, which produces an annual volume of 55 billion cans in 50 plants around the world, making it the market leader. The company applies a protective coating to the interior of every can to help it maintain freshness, cleanliness and taste. But when the company detected variation in the weight of the coating applied on two of the company’s production lines, it initiated a Six Sigma improvement project powered by Minitab Statistical Software.
Gain a greater understanding of how mobile solutions practically eliminate the seven hidden wastes of manufacturing and increase your profitability. Download Mobility in Manufacturing: Achieve a new level of lean—and a new level of profitability to see the real-life applications that discrete and process manufacturers across industries are using to decrease cycle times, reduce errors, and increase yields. You’ll also get deep dives into mobility’s role in a range of industries—aerospace, automotive, CPG/food and beverage—as well as details on the benefits of a unified voice and data architecture.
Selectingan ERP system means success or failure to a manufacturer’s overall performance. These ten questions move you toward success.
Learn how Track, Trace, and Control solutions help manufacturers cut cost, cut waste, automate critical manufacturing processes, and increase yields—all critical elements in today's economic environment.
You've probably done a fair amount of cost cutting in order to keep your manufacturing operations lean while the economy recovers. But are you sure you're ready to take advantage of the upswing in new clients, orders and shipments that may be just around the corner?
Award-winning writer and speaker Nahid Jilovec explains how — even in an uncertain economy — the supply chain can be streamlined to improve productivity, increase revenues, and reduce costs.