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Humanizing the Modern Manufacturing Workplace

Posted by Joseph Timmins | May 30, 2018

How bad is the dehumanizing environment in some manufacturing companies? Consider the recent article in The Atlantic, In Praise of Short-Term Thinking, which states, “Machines do replace humans. In fact, replacing humans is often entirely the point.”

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Topics: manufacturing, ERP

The Ideal Traceability Solution for Manufacturers

Posted by Joseph Timmins | April 16, 2018

Certain manufacturers are under tremendous pressure to manage and track finished products, WIP, and raw materials from original suppliers to end customers. This is called “traceability,” and compliance is largely due to numerous regulatory agencies that enforce laws for public safety. These include the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the Federal Drug Administration (FDA), the Department of Transportation (DOT), the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), and the Toxic Substances Control Act of 1976.

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Topics: manufacturing

Kanban vs MRP: The Answer Rests in Your Forecasting Skills

Posted by Joseph Timmins | January 10, 2018

In a recent post, we discussed the value of implementing electronic Kanban (E-Kanban) into your modern ERP system. In this post, we’ll discuss some differences between manufacturing replenishment based on Kanban and MRP.

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Topics: manufacturing, kanban

Hope Global, Rhode Island Manufacturing, and ERP.

Posted by Joseph Timmins | August 25, 2017

I had a chance to sit with Tom Ferrucci of Hope Global recently.  Tom is their Vice President of Information Technology.  Hope Global is a sizable, well established Rhode Island manufacturing company. 

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Topics: manufacturing, ERP, Rhode Island

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

Defining the Process of Zero Defects

Posted by Joseph Timmins | August 31, 2016

Quality defects cost your organization time, money, resources, and a good reputation. Unfortunately, programs to reduce or eliminate defects can prove expensive and time-consuming. So should you pursue total defect removal regardless of cost, or is it more about culture and processes?

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Topics: manufacturing, ERP

What is Lean Manufacturing?

Posted by Joseph Timmins | June 8, 2016

Does your warehouse have an extensive inventory of unsold stock? Does your plant have more workstations than it needs? Or, do you continuously restock materials months in advance of when they are actually necessary?

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Topics: lean manufacturing, manufacturing, warehouse, lean

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