Learn what is driving manufacturers to focus on creating more efficient manufacturing operations and which manufacturers are most successful in achieving these efficiency gains. This Aberdeen paper also highlights specific and actionable recommendations to achieve more efficient manufacturing operations.
This white paper explores requirements engineering and its groundbreaking role in product development and engineering for the industrial segment. It discusses the best practices and benefits of requirements engineering, and how automotive manufacturers can overcome today's quality and cost challenges using those best practices supported by IBM solutions. Learn more today!
For most high tech companies, the Bill of Materials (BOM) is the central hub of product definition activities. It conveys the information needed by various departments to get the product to market.During this one-hour web cast, the AberdeenGroup will discuss how Best-in-Class companies are not only addressing these challenges but are excelling in their product development processes. In addition, PTC and IBM Rational will show how high tech manufacturers' can synchronize system requirements, multiple design disciplines and internal systems to provide a single definition of a product - 'a single source of truth' - throughout the product development process.
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 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.
Dedication to Lean requires a focus on change, the identification of areas of improvement across the enterprise and a commitment to monitor continuously. The real challenge to Lean, however, requires this first change, a shift in the culture.
This paper describes how Cost and Breakeven Analysis of Email Discovery Using Mimosa NearPoint Email Archiving with eDiscovery Option. This customer is one of the largest manufacturers and marketers of healthcare supplements in North America with corporate headquarters in California. The company wanted to solve two related problems: eDiscovery risk and cost and PST propagation.
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.
When bound to regulation and compliance, process manufacturers find opportunities to grow through enterprise resource planning (ERP). However, 50% of process manufacturers execute non-integrated ERP strategies. This Aberdeen Group research study reveals best practices to help you adapt or select an ERP vendor that improves your business performance.
For many years small to midsize manufacturers and ERP software providers struggled with the notion that full system implementations included more complexity, not to mention cost, than could be incurred by organizations with limited resources. Fortunately, drastic improvements in price performance, enhancements to underlying technologies and introduction of new forms of delivery have made ERP solutions viable and affordable to manufacturing companies of all sizes.
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.
As manufacturing goes global, initiatives to standardize processes and key performance measurements across the enterprise to unite the greater supply chain are emerging. The main catalyst? Driving down costs in response to customer and market pressures. However, mid-size companies in particular are driving performance improvements with a more proactive, strategic vision for improving performance than reactively responding to cost pressure.
We’ve heard it over and again: mid-sized manufacturers need to increase efficiencies while protecting their existing infrastructure and boosting profits. IBM can help, with tailored solutions. Click for the complimentary report, "Ten Insights for Success in an On Demand World".
Published By: Motorola
Published Date: Feb 06, 2008
Webcor's industry is highly competitive. To maintain and build on its leadership position, the company's employees must be able to clearly communicate and quickly respond to a wide range of stakeholders, including customers, architects, contractors and manufacturers. This case study details how Good™ Mobile Messaging helped Webcor employees stay on top of things.
Today, as more and more organizations strive to improve productivity and profitability by dedicating the bulk of their resources to their core competencies, many of them are looking for efficient and cost-effective ways to outsource ancillary and support activities. Nowhere is this trend more prominent than among supply chain-centric organizations such as retailers, wholesalers, distributors, and manufacturers.
Demand planning software packages can help manufacturers to: establish baseline sales forecasts, incorporating multiple inputs; perform sophisticated analysis that improves their use of human and capital resources; optimize pricing capabilities; and better understand their markets and customers.
In this white paper we do not make specific recommendations for manufacturers to follow; rather, we present suggestions for competing effectively in a fast-paced industry. From adopting lean manufacturing practices to strengthening bidding and quoting processes, opportunities exist for companies to grow and thrive despite relentless cost pressures.
This white paper outlines ways that technology can help manufacturers meet these challenges, increase operational efficiency, and step ahead of competitors with more proactive planning, greater shared visibility, and more agile and more profitable responses to change.
Until recently, many high-tech manufacturers – especially small and medium-sized businesses – have been able to survive by applying 80% of their operational focus to 20% or less of their critical customers and suppliers. That was then. The new mandate from channel masters is for more intense, collaborative relationships with fewer suppliers.
The CPG manufacturing industry is large and thriving; however, margins are slim and competition is furious. There are hundreds of product categories, and to compete, firms must constantly innovate. How can the small-to-medium CPG manufacturer survive in the face of the same external pressures and fewer resources?
Read how demand planning software packages can help manufacturers to establish baseline sales forecasts, incorporating multiple inputs; perform sophisticated analysis that improves their use of human and capital resources; and better understand their markets and customers.
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.