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Bring Back Manufacturing … But Not the Old Way

Posted by Joseph Timmins | May 17, 2017

Manufacturing changed our country and the world, but the height of that was nearly a century ago. Today our society is driven by consumers purchasing the manufactured goods – cars, textiles, furniture – to name just a few. Unfortunately, most things are no longer manufactured in the U.S., even though Americans still do the most purchasing. Loss of our manufacturing jobs and economy has come at a great cost to local communities and individual consumers.


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Topics: manufacturing, lean


Conducting Levelized Production in a Lean Environment

Posted by Joseph Timmins | March 2, 2017

Editor's Note: This post was originally published in September 2016 and has been updated for freshness, accuracy, and comprehensiveness.

To reduce costs, many manufacturing companies build orders only to keep up with customer demand – but there’s a fine line between waiting too long to begin fulfilling orders (resulting in unhappy customers) and overproducing (creating an unwanted surplus). Levelized production is a lean concept that encourages producing the same amount of product each day; it works best in manufacturing environments that are reasonably predictable.


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Topics: lean manufacturing, lean


Setup Reduction and ERP

Posted by Joseph Timmins | February 21, 2017

ERP and Lean 

ERP systems are the vehicle for linking what you do in production to your company’s overall financial performance. Rudimentary data like the cost to produce an item versus the price you sell it should be found in a good ERP. These costs can have many components – labor, machine hours, yield, scrap and setup.


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Topics: lean manufacturing, lean, ERP


Applying Lean to Your Front Office with ERP

Posted by Joseph Timmins | February 16, 2017

Editor's Note: This post was originally published in December 2016 and has been updated for freshness, accuracy, and comprehensiveness.

In a previous post, What is Lean Manufacturing?, we defined lean manufacturing and offered some benefits of going lean, such as:


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Topics: lean manufacturing, lean


The Benefits of SAP Business One for Manufacturers

Posted by Joseph Timmins | January 31, 2017

Manufacturers need to understand their business from every angle; reliable planning, efficient order processing, and complete transparency are crucial to understanding products, orders, and customers. The right ERP system can provide this by giving you the information you need to make informed decisions and boost profitability through better management of inventory, supply chain expenses, and lead times.


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Topics: SAP Business One, lean


SAP Business One and Lean

Posted by Joseph Timmins | January 11, 2017

In our previous posts, we’ve discussed the importance of Lean practices and how enterprise resource planning systems fit into those practices. Here are different ways that SAP Business One (SAP B1) will support your Lean journey.

Manufacturers typically focus on three areas: people, processes, and systems.


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Topics: lean manufacturing, SAP Business One, lean


How ERP Software Supports Your Lean Journey

Posted by Joseph Timmins | December 30, 2016

Our newest resource is now available and on-demand. Join Joe Timmins from Acuity Consulting Group as he dispels the myth that ERP systems and Lean can't play nicely together. You'll also learn how SAP Business One supports Lean.   


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Topics: lean manufacturing, SAP Business One, lean


Applying Lean to Your Front Office

Posted by Joseph Timmins | December 30, 2016

In our last post, we defined lean manufacturing. Now, let’s move on to how the right ERP system can support lean processes and help your front office run smoother.


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Topics: lean manufacturing, lean


Levelized Production

Posted by Joseph Timmins | September 30, 2016

Many manufacturing companies react and build to customer orders. However, there is a fine line between waiting too long to begin fulfilling orders (resulting in unhappy customers) and overproducing (creating an unwanted surplus). Levelized production is a lean concept that encourages producing the same amount of product each day. This works in manufacturing environments that are reasonably predictable – recognizing that pure MTS (make-to-stock) manufacturing is less common than MTO (make-to-order) nowadays. To accomplish levelized production, history and forecasting numbers based on your ERP system are mandatory. Understanding this information will create balance and eliminate over/under production.


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Topics: lean manufacturing, lean


Lean Processes: BAM and BPM

Posted by Joseph Timmins | June 23, 2016

In previous posts, we covered the benefits of Lean and how the right ERP system can help support the “journey.” Now, let’s consider some specific system tools you should take advantage of to execute and maintain Lean business processes – business activity monitoring (BAM) and business process management (BPM).


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Topics: lean manufacturing, lean


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