Published By: RuleStream
Published Date: Aug 21, 2009
Manufacturers of products with highly configurable and ever-changing customer requirements must confront specific challenges and operate far differently than traditional product development environments.
Published By: Quocirca
Published Date: Feb 23, 2009
Networked printers and multifunction peripherals often require a high level of support and manual intervention. Secure remote monitoring platforms reduce device downtime through automating service alerts, providing proactive toner replenishment and automatic meter reading. End users benefit through improved device uptime, and manufacturers and their service partners can build proactive service relationships which can drive greater customer loyalty.
The Viking Yacht Company is a $275-million family-owned business that builds more than 100 sport fishing yachts a year in a high-technology, 550,000-square-foot manufacturing facility in New Gretna, N.J. With an increased emphasis on service, Viking Yacht needed an enterprise resource planning system that would better support its service system.
Access this white paper to learn how by employing technology to surmount the challenges of globalization, manufacturers can expand their businesses profitably to incorporate new markets, new levels of innovation and new revenue streams.
Infor Discrete Manufacturing Essentials are built exclusively for discrete manufacturers, with specific functionality that addresses the industry's essential challenges. The result? For one typical Infor customer, a 50 percent reduction in data processing costs and fully automated management of more than 11,000 items and 200 suppliers.
For industrial equipment and machinery manufacturers, performance requires delivering products that exactly meet customer specifications along with complementary services. Manufacturers have made impressive improvements in productivity, cycle times and quality on the plant floor. But costs can remain unnecessarily high because of delays, changes or estimating errors.
Automotive manufacturers have become some of the most demanding customers in the world. The TRANS4M Customer Management Solution helps you manage your relationship and your communications with automotive customers to help you meet your customers' requirements for communications and process integration and ultimately improve your supplier rating and keep your customers happy and their production lines moving.
Manufacturers in the high-technology and electronics industry are under constant pressure to introduce innovative products that are more appealing, reliable and inexpensive. The pace is relentless and requires cross-functional and cross-entity communication to get the right volume and timing of product to the marketplace.
There are seven keys to becoming a world-class manufacturer that distill the broad concepts above into specific actions that can be addressed and accomplished in your company. Download this white paper to learn more.
In today's global manufacturing environment where customers are requiring manufacturers to do more and more with less and less, Lean manufacturing is emerging as a mantra; something that has implications for the entire product value stream and moves well beyond the Just-In-Time (JIT) method of parts stocking.
Learn how manufacturers today can leverage RFID technology to help them run more efficient operations that help minimize production down time, optimize material and parts inventories, improve and maintain optimal labor output.
Published By: Vocalocity
Published Date: Apr 18, 2007
BLUESTREAK, Inc., a New Jersey-based promotional items manufacturer and distributor, needed to reduce telephone expenses to help maintain competitive advantage. Find out how VocalocityPBX, a hosted PBX voice communications solution helped them to achieve their goal and even exceed expectations.
The dynamics of today’s global supply chain are changing rapidly because of volatile fuel costs, increasing wages in overseas locations, post-9/11 security concerns, and global economic issues.In this environment, some U.S. manufacturers and parts suppliers are exploring ways to claim a competitive advantage by bringing operations back to, or near to, the United States.
As if the selection of manufacturer weren't enough, many encoders offered in today's marketplace are highly configurable. Resolution, shaft size, seal options and connector variations all confront the design engineer with serious choices. Output type is equally important. In this paper, we'll cover some of the more typical applications and common output types.
Setting the price of goods for sale can be considered either an art or a science. And accurately tracking the cost of the thousands of component parts that go into a piece of complex machinery can be some combination of both.
A manufacturer of glass tableware noticed a decline in the quality of a glass mug it produced because of wear in its cavity mold. This case study illustrates the investigation process that determined where the errors were occurring so corrections could be made.
Published By: NLB Corp.
Published Date: Jun 23, 2008
Paint booth cleaning has evolved into a critical step in assuring customers of a high-quality finished product. Manufacturers must deliver this quality while meeting demanding production schedules and tight operating budgets. This has led to significant growth in the use of high-pressure water jetting as an alternative to the traditional methods of chemical stripping and incineration, or burn-off.
Bridge to production is not a technology. It is a method, tactic and strategy to overcome the time delay between the present and the anticipated date for receipt of tools or parts. Manufacturers of high-volume products frequently find themselves needing rapid delivery of a small quantity of production-grade components. Without them, manufacturing comes to a grinding halt.
Shrinking product development cycles coupled with demanding product requirements and increasingly complex design implementations can overwhelm a design team. The technical risk of employing new, complex, high-speed processor technology can often deter a design group from incorporating new technology in their product designs.
As electronic product designs age, component parts become increasingly difficult to obtain. Component buyers may experience difficulty in obtaining key parts within the design. Component part prices may increase. A point comes when component parts begin going end-of-life at an alarming rate. Quick fixes are no longer sufficient. Sometimes an OEM will procure a 'life-time' supply of problem parts – but this supply can be quickly wiped out should unforeseen demand develop. Lack of component parts puts an end to production.There is an alternative. Profitable, old products can be redesigned. Either preserving the original form fit and function, or adding new features. Product redesign is a cost effective means by which to extend the life of a marketable product.
For years, an IT staffer at ITW Construction Products had to come to work early every morning to prepare the company's ERP system for the new day. At first, the process of incorporating the previous day's business activities into the ERP database took 30 minutes. As the company grew, the job ballooned to 2-1/2 hours.
Every night for several years, the five Latin America offices of Michigan-based medical technology products manufacturer Stryker Corporation were forced to burn the midnight oil to turn their daily financials into a single consolidated report. Each office has its own independent ERP system, so the process required three hours to compile the data for each territory plus another 90 minutes for a financial analyst at division headquarters to merge the five spreadsheets into one document.
IST uses Fourth Shift software by SoftBrands to manage its operations in Big Flats, New York (headquarters) and Buffalo, New York, as well as the United Kingdom, Canada and France. For Fourth Shift to function correctly for IST, a series of process must be run each night on several servers. These processes include batch runs, data extracts, and system backup.
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