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    The CEO's 7 Must Do's When Changing Mfg Software

    This article identifies 7 key action items that the CEO should pay attention to as he/she takes on the responsibility of replacing the current software.

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    Calculating ERP ROI: A New Machine or New ERP?

    Evaluating Return on Investment (ROI) between buying a new machine or new ERP is not so simple. I’ve found that often times the financial officer or the owner of a company wants more than a “soft” projection of the potential improvements

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    Your Final Mfg ERP Software Shortlist: How to Make the Cut

    You’ve been pursuing your ERP Selection project methodically, and you are down to the finish line: Your team has finished its preliminary evaluation of multiple software packages. You have narrowed down the vendors in the preliminary search to two preferred solutions.

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    Mfg ERP Pricing: Read Between the Price Tag Lines

    ERP pricing is a tricky business. One of the most complicated and exasperating aspects of purchasing an ERP solution is trying to sort out your options based on function and the economics of purchase or rental.

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    Cut Your ERP Software Implementation Costs: Use A Jointly Managed Approach

    If you are about to embark on a serious ERP software implementation project for your company, you will want to reduce implementation costs as much as possible. One of the often overlooked issues when acquiring a new ERP system is choosing the implementation model that you (the buyer) and the seller (vendor) will use. In other words, who will do what and when. The more your company is able to do in-house, the lower your costs will be.

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    Defining Mfg Software Requirements: Six Issues to Consider

    If your ERP requirements are not carefully defined, and you do not use them as serious guidelines in software selection, you are likely to buy software that is unsuitable for you.

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    Check Out The Manufacturing Software's Operating "Culture"

    What do you know about the culture of the manufacturing software vendors you are considering?

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    Job Shop Scheduling Software

    Job Shop Scheduling Software is more than just dragging and dropping jobs into a que. Many prospective buyers of a new job shop program will assume all vendors offer adequate scheduling capabilities compared to what they have now. Once you look below the surface, you will find that scheduling impacts almost every facet of your operation and affects your company’s bottom line in a positive or negative way.

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    Why Discrete Job Shop Software and Repetitive Manufacturing Software are Not the Same

    ERP systems software had its beginnings as MRP systems, as defined by Joseph Orlicy for the discrete job shop environment. Oliver White expanded on the concept with MRP II in the 1970’s. At the time, the overwhelming manufacturing activity was in companies that manufactured in discrete batch orientated environments. As MRP concepts expanded, software companies seeking to develop applications viewed the MRP template as an opportunity to sell their product.

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    Don't Force Manufacturing Software Modes to (Mis)Fit Your Industry Needs

    When considering new manufacturing software, one of the most critical questions to answer is "Which manufacturing modes does the software under consideration handle well?" Trying to force company processes to fit new ERP is one of the worst mistakes you can make when choosing new manufacturing software.

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    Lean Manufacturing Tools You Can Use

    The consideration of value added labor has been discussed and implemented for centuries. In post WWII Japan, Toyota used Adam Smith’s principles by developing the Toyota Production System (TPS) and then implementing it with very successful results. The overall concept, now called Lean Manufacturing, has been exported and successfully used throughout the world.

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    Is a Maintenance Management Software System, or MRO, Right For You?

    Maintenance Management Systems are designed to reduce equipment downtime and costs by organizing and scheduling activities for both repair and preventative maintenance in factories, warehouses, and other high asset manufacturing environments.

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    How Does Configuration Management Software Enhance Your Manufacturing Software?

    The objective of configuration management is to track component parts of a larger entity either in a finished product or a sub-assembly. It requires relevant parts to be identified with a lot or version number and in some cases an asset number, for locating the component through its pre- and post-sales life cycle.

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    MRP vs. Basic Inventory Management Software in Job Shops

    Many job shops get orders for items on an individual or recurring basis. Orders for a specific raw material item where the finished product will not be re-ordered by a customer typically involve buying needed parts to the specific job. The cost of those raw material items can be charged to the job in full or a portion can be charged to the job which leaves the company with raw material inventory of the unused parts that were bought because of a minimum order restriction.

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    Is Your Shop Floor Control Software Keeping Up?

    Most companies obtained their Shop Floor Control system module when they purchased their ERP system. Associated with the SFC module are: Bills of Material, Inventory,

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    The Software Challenges Related to Mixed Mode Manufacturing

    Manufacturing in the United States has historically been dominated by pure job shops that focus on mostly one-off custom work. But as customer needs have evolved, the custom model has evolved into more of a "mixed mode" operation, which is a blend of both custom and assemble to order manufacturing.

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    Manufacturing Software Maintenance Fees - What Will You Get for Your Money?

    As someone who talks to users of manufacturing software on a daily basis, I often hear people complain about paying annual maintenance fees because they feel they are not getting value for the expense. This article discusses this issue.

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