Category Archives: Manufacturing Operations

Beyond Case by Case Management


We know that Case Managers manage Cases but that is not the end of it. Cases often need to draw on pooled resources and when the pool runs dry someone has to step in and make decisions regarding which Cases … Continue reading

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Successful Engineering Design Strategies


You may have read about Toyota’s announced focus on hydrogen fuel-cell powered automobiles. This is a win, win, lose strategy (for Toyota, for those of us who like to live on this planet, but maybe not for manufacturers of home … Continue reading

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The whole is greater than the sum of the parts – Managerial Productivity Series (II)


In the office/services sector, if you measure the time to perform a linked set of tasks and compare the sum of the task times to total elapsed time to go from start to finish, total time will usually exceed the … Continue reading

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A Lean Horse For The Race


When you spend months justifying an initiative, it’s important to get a good start coming out of the gate. Projects are typically multi-dimensional. Each alternative can have different benefits, risks and uncertainties. When preparing an ROI, you owe it to … Continue reading

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Tired of your all-in-one ERP software system?


You studied the reviews, then selected the “best” all-in-one ERP system. What possibly went wrong now that you realize that this is not working for you? The explanation comes easy.  You spent years developing a set of “best practices” that … Continue reading

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Job Shop Operations – How to meet customer deadlines


Everyone agrees, it’s a zoo. No amount of “readiness” can avoid the peaks and valleys that are the result of customers popping in with “urgent” requests, customers who submit change orders covering work already completed, and a seemingly endless range … Continue reading

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What will we do when we run out of letters?


Hardly a week goes by without us hearing of a new three-letter acronym. The folks at Wikipedia probably are very busy figuring out what the new ones stand for and then scrambling to write up explanations for these. I find … Continue reading

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Success with job shop operations (Part IV) – Interoperability


Traditional ERP systems were all-inclusive.  This makes for complex software suites with high license fees and long implementation times. No guarantee all modules will be “best of breed”. Researching allows individual modules to be selected on their relative merits but … Continue reading

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Success with job shop operations (Part III) – How to put decision support in-line


Welcome to Part III of a blog series on success with Job Shop Operations. We highlighted in Parts I and II of this blog mini-series the importance of auto-scheduling and orchestration (i.e. guideline) capabilities that come from background BPM (Part I) and … Continue reading

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Success with job shop operations (Part II) – How to collect data at workflow steps


Welcome to part II of a blog series on success with Job Shop Operations. Given an environment capable of providing workflow scheduling facilities (RALB), we can move on to data collection (i.e. monitoring). The purpose of collecting data at workflow … Continue reading

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