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BPCS/LX Tip of the Week: The 3 Secrets to Improving Your MO (Manufacturing Optimization)

  1. Identify the key metrics. You need benchmark data so you know what realistic goals are, then track them and publish your performance along with a brief comment from time to time on how things are trending and how you compare with others, particularly your primary competitors. The best thing about this is that it is a system that develops a life of its own.

  2. Measure it. Automatically, people start to think about improving things. Then the fun part, stuff begins to improve by itself. Once in place, the system just hums along and the benefits appear, because it has motivated people to think about it, and figure out what they can do to make it better.

  3. Communicate it. Publish your numbers, and explain to people how what they do affects the company as a whole and its success/failure. Once they see the numbers, employees quite often start to modify their behavior for the better.

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Wednesday, September 13, 2017/Author: Anthony Etzel/Number of views (72)/Comments (0)/ Article rating: No rating
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BPCS/LX 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 Some processes may be outdated and costing you time and money, while others are extremely efficient.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.


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Wednesday, August 30, 2017/Author: Anthony Etzel/Number of views (242)/Comments (0)/ Article rating: No rating
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BPCS/LX Tip of the Week: Shop Order Status Codes

Shop Order status codes have been improved to provide a more comprehensive view of the life cycle of a shop order.

In addition to the previously existing ‘Shop Order Status Code’, the Production Status Code has been added. This code is designed to indicate progress and completion levels of each shop order.  Valid codes are:

‘blank’ - no completed items

25 - a partial quantity has been reported

35 - the quantity reported is equal to or greater than the order quantity

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Tuesday, August 22, 2017/Author: Anthony Etzel/Number of views (159)/Comments (0)/ Article rating: No rating
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BPCS/LX Tip of the Week: Notes Maintenance Enhancements

The Notes Maintenance feature enhancement is made up note programs that are accessible from a central location. The Note Text Maintenance (SYS555), Note Type Maintenance (SYS553) and Multi Language Notes Maintenance (SYS556) programs are all available as menu options. 

The Notes Maintenance feature provides a way to create, revise, delete, and copy note text that are categorized by note types. The print options in Notes Maintenance permit a user to define documents for which the note is intended. This includes base LX documents and custom documents. In addition, the notes program provides a way to define notes by assigning document types.

LX Notes allows the user to go to one location and customize print options, specify user documents, manage multi language notes and manage user-based note security through the defined Security Template program.

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Tuesday, August 15, 2017/Author: Anthony Etzel/Number of views (200)/Comments (0)/ Article rating: No rating
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Tip of the Week: Have you defined your KPIs?

Key Performance Indicators measure how effectively your performance objectives are being achieved.

  • Have you defined KPIs for your company?
  • Are you measuring them effectively?
  • Is everyone in your company aware of what the KPIs are?

If you haven’t already done so, consider tying personal performance objectives directly to the company’s performance objectives. Doing so can greatly increase the likelihood that the company’s goals will be met.

Tuesday, August 08, 2017/Author: Anthony Etzel/Number of views (168)/Comments (0)/ Article rating: No rating
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BPCS/LX Tip of the Week: Inventory Period Balance Freeze

This new feature provides the ability to freeze period-end balances at the end of a fiscal period.

This enhancement provides clients the ability to store the opening/ending on hand balance for each Inventory period at the Item (IIM), Warehouse/Item (IWI) and Lot/Location (ILI) levels.

This information can then be used for inventory tracking and valuation purposes, as well as other ad hoc financial and audit reporting requirements.

One key benefit is that tracking the opening/ending/period balance for each inventory period can give users insights into the levels of inventory for each item, item/warehouse and item/warehouse/lot/location combination.

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Wednesday, August 02, 2017/Author: Anthony Etzel/Number of views (146)/Comments (0)/ Article rating: No rating
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BPCS/LX Tip of the Week: Inventory Transactions

You can define internal trade relationships between enterprise units or individual warehouses of the same logistic company for the transfer of material, labor, or other costs between warehouses, and to generate invoices for these without using sales orders and purchase orders. For example, you can use this to transfer goods between warehouses in different countries.

You can define warehouse surcharges, which are added to the actual costs of the goods either when the goods are issued from a warehouse or when the goods are received.

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Wednesday, July 19, 2017/Author: Anthony Etzel/Number of views (385)/Comments (0)/ Article rating: No rating
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BPCS/LX Tip of the Week: Operational Inefficiencies

Two big sources of inefficiencies in manufacturing are paper and spreadsheets. I know that you love ‘em, but they are the cause of more problems than you probably realize. Think of how long it takes you to get paper based data into the hands of those who can do something valuable with the data.

  • Is the information captured correctly?
  • Can everyone access the information?
  • Is this an accurate representation of what’s going on across all operations?

Make your shop floor paperless and put systems in place that talk to one another and automatically pull and push data to and from your ERP so that you can look in one place for all the information you need to run your business effectively.

If you’re not doing this today, you might as well be burning money.
 
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Wednesday, June 28, 2017/Author: Anthony Etzel/Number of views (467)/Comments (0)/ Article rating: No rating
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