If people or machines are idle, then products are not being made, which certainly affects the business’s bottom line — minimizing manufacturing downtime makes money for a company. Understanding how to communicate with and evaluate employees, providing regular equipment maintenance, increasing incentives to produce and establishing production goals are effective ways to minimize manufacturing downtime.
Revelwood is a performance management company that provides technology solutions that help companies move forward. Ken Wolf, CEO of Revelwood, discusses how working with IBM enables them to drive business performance for their customers with analytics solutions.
ProFicient 5 is designed to deliver real-time visibility and manufacturing intelligence—via a centralized statistical process control (SPC) analysis engine—on the shop floor, across the enterprise, and throughout the supply chain. The software release expands data collection and analysis to any web browser.
As we make improvements to our business and our processes, not only must we effectively communicate our new expectations to our own personnel, but we must also communicate to our service providers and often our customers. Communicating proactively to your outside community can mean the difference between success and failure for your internal changes.
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.
Read this Industry Spotlight, which presents a framework for leveraging the consumer technology skills and habits employees already use in their personal lives to implement Lean in the workplace. Download now.
A new generation of business intelligence applications are going beyond traditional BI tools by providing instant visibility into business performance without IT help or professional services.
The results of a product portfolio management study conducted in late 2010 indicate that the recent recession is driving organizations to refine their product development process and seek tools that help them drive maximum value from their product pipelines. More than half of the 922 respondents reported feeling the pain of operating with too many projects or products for their resources, and find the greatest risk to be managing priorities as business conditions change.
Mobility helps the distribution supply chain address some of today’s most challenging issues: thin margins, rapid product life cycles, and increased customer expectations. Download our white paper, Synchronizing the Distribution Supply Chain with Mobility, to see how empowering workers with the ability to capture data in real time — right at the point of work—can shave wasted time and errors out of business processes throughout the distribution supply chain, including warehouse, transportation, the yard, and labor management.
Selectingan ERP system means success or failure to a manufacturer’s overall performance. These ten questions move you toward success.