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Tip of the Week: Gain Efficiency & Save Money - Evaluate Your Production Lines

When is the last time you took a hard look at your production lines?

  • How are we moving product through our facility?
  • Do we have work instructions / drawings available where needed?
  • Do we have frequently used inventory available at the line?
  • Where are the bottlenecks?
  • Are processes automated, where possible?

Taking a hard look at your processes and procedures may reveal some interesting results. Don’t assume that everyone is doing things the same way. Some may be superstars, and others may need some mentoring. Some processes may be outdated and costing you time and money, while others are extremely efficient. One area of the business may benefit from how others operate. Take the time to review and analyze your findings. Your company may benefit greatly as a result.

Optimize Your Manufacturing Today!

Wednesday, March 07, 2018/Author: Kathy Barthelt/Number of views (490)/Comments (0)/ Article rating: No rating
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Crossroads RMC Data Collection: Roslyn Converters is on a Roll!

Roslyn Converters, a leading producer of specialized paper for the food, tobacco, pharma and retail industries, has selected Crossroads RMC’s data collection solution for Baan as part of a system wide upgrade of their existing internal systems and software. As part of this project, Roslyn will be installing the latest version of the Crossroads RMC Data Collection Software for Baan, and will be moving to a current version of Honeywell data collection hardware. The project will kick off this month, and is expected to go live within the next 30 days.

Tuesday, March 06, 2018/Author: Kathy Barthelt/Number of views (545)/Comments (0)/ Article rating: 5.0
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Lunch & Learn Webinar for BPCS & LX

The Secret to Making Plans Happen


Lunch & Learn Webinar for BPCS & LX! 
- The Secret to Making Plans Happen -

Your business doesn’t run without the right people and processes in place, but in order for people to manage the right things at the right time, they need tools... the RIGHT tools. 

The secret to making plans happen is using a tool that improves the effectiveness of buyers, planners, schedulers and supervisors. The secret is OTTO.

Learn about how OTTO can benefit your business and make YOUR plans happen.

Join us for 45 minutes:
Tuesday, March 27th 
12:00 p.m. CDT
 

Did you miss the webinar? Click below to watch the recording.

Wednesday, February 28, 2018/Author: Frank L. Petrasio/Number of views (698)/Comments (0)/ Article rating: 5.0
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Tip of the Week: 10 Ways to Succeed at an OEE Project Where 90% Fail

  1. Collect the requirements. Learn from everyone with the intent of developing a phased approach to implementing on your shop floor with OEE being Phase 1. 
  2. Create your list. Capture all of required functions, taking into account what the “output” of the system will be. What does the plant manager need to see in real-time? What KPI’s does each line need displayed in real-time? What reports are required?
  3. Insist Upon Real-time. In the moment data for the right OEE is the right approach. If it’s possible, collect the data automatically. Remember that real-time feedback to line operators results in an automatic increase in OEE.
  4. Evaluate your lines. Focus where production counts can be monitored automatically. If the data is in your PLC’s, can you get it out? OPC communication is the right way to go here. If not, the approach is to install a new dedicated PLC with sensors installed on each line.
Wednesday, February 28, 2018/Author: Kathy Barthelt/Number of views (754)/Comments (0)/ Article rating: No rating
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BPCS/LX Tip of the Week: 5 Ways to Motivate Your Employees

Here are 5 ways you can motivate your employees to give their best every day:

1. Train Your Employees

2. Give Your Employees the Right Tools

3. Automate Processes

4. Give Your Employees Real-Time Feedback

5. Provide Incentives to Do More

Optimize Your Manufacturing Today!

Thursday, February 22, 2018/Author: Anthony Etzel/Number of views (631)/Comments (0)/ Article rating: No rating
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Baan/LN Tip of the Week: 5 Ways to Motivate Your Employees

Here are 5 ways you can motivate your employees to give their best every day:

1. Train Your Employees

2. Give Your Employees the Right Tools

3. Automate Processes

4. Give Your Employees Real-Time Feedback

5. Provide Incentives to Do More

Optimize Your Manufacturing Today!

Thursday, February 22, 2018/Author: Kathy Barthelt/Number of views (646)/Comments (0)/ Article rating: No rating
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BPCS/LX Tip of the Week: Multi-level Shop Order Release Due Dates

Previously, Material Requirements Planning (MRP) preferred practices meant that the component’s due date was the same as the parent’s shop order release date. Because MRP trends have changed, the preference for this due date is the day before the release date of the parent. Although Infor LX already has this functionality in Shop Order Maintenance programs (SFC500), users could not change how due dates were determined for lower level shop orders in Multi-Level Shop Order Release, SFC530D.

This enhancement provides an additional parameter for Multi-Level Shop Order Release. This parameter allows the user to change how the due date of the child components is determined. The user is now able change how the due date is determined for multi-level shop orders. If the Due Date of Children parameter is set to 1=Yes, the due date of the child components is the same as the release date of the parent. If the parameter is set to 0=No, the due date is the day before the release date of the parent.

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Wednesday, February 14, 2018/Author: Anthony Etzel/Number of views (651)/Comments (0)/ Article rating: No rating
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Baan/LN Tip of the Week: How is Your Productivity?

Are your employees not as productive as you’d like them to be? Are jobs not getting completed on schedule? 

Without actual data, making decisions about how efficient your operation is will be difficult. Start tracking actual time to complete each operation. Compare different production lines running the same job. Is one line running more efficiently? If so, start looking at why. Track downtime, setup, etc. Once you start really analyzing each piece of the puzzle, you can begin to uncover areas that are ripe for improvement.

Optimize Your Manufacturing Today!

Wednesday, February 14, 2018/Author: Kathy Barthelt/Number of views (747)/Comments (0)/ Article rating: No rating
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