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No one cares how hard you work! How you can do more, while doing less – know your MO.

Would you like me to tell you a dirty, little secret?

No one cares how hard you work. Sure, some people will notice if you seem to be working hard. Your spouse or companion might note that you seem tired, stressed, not as much fun, or just aren’t around much, but they care about the consequences, not how hard you work. Your boss might note happily that his staff seems busy, things are humming along, but you can be sure that when it is review time she gets no credit for “keeps staff very busy.” Nor will the boss give you extra points for being busy. It is about results.

People outside your personal life, beyond your coworkers, might notice that you are hard to contact, perhaps because you are so busy. But trust me, customers do not care why they can’t get hold of you, and they will not see it as a positive.

Tuesday, September 02, 2014/Author: David Dickson/Number of views (6882)/Comments (6)/ Article rating: 5.0
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If ERP is plumbing for the Enterprise; How do we unplug it and keep it from making a huge mess?

I have been working with ERP in various roles for over 30 years, directly involved in over a hundred implementations, while my company has been involved with over 300 more. Of course, in many ways the systems we use today are completely different from what we used in the ‘80s – back then it was green screens, simple transaction entry forms, and cumbersome updates (at best) to link what one department did with all the other areas that needed access to that information. Then there were those planning programs that took all the information along with various parameters the users needed to set and told us what to do.

The More Things Change, the More They Stay the Same

Thursday, July 17, 2014/Author: David Dickson/Number of views (8248)/Comments (2)/ Article rating: 5.0
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Crossroads RMC and HCL Pave the Way to Infor LX for Oerlikon and Trinity Industries

Oerlikon, one of the world’s leading high-tech industrial groups, has selected Crossroads RMC and HCL Technologies to take them from their legacy software to Infor LX 8.3.5. The move to LX puts Oerlikon’s ERP system in line with their corporate vision. The project started in July, 2017 and the initial plan is to cut over in April, 2018. The implementation will include the full product suite of LX modules.

 

Trinity Industries, Inc., a diversified industrial company that owns complementary, market-leading businesses providing products and services to the energy, chemical, agriculture, transportation and construction sectors, has selected Crossroads RMC and HCL to upgrade their various business divisions to a common ERP platform on Infor LX 8.3.5. This upgrade project will include over 14 sites worldwide, and will encompass the full suite of products under LX including FIN, MFG, SCM, along with ION, IDF and Webtop.

Tuesday, September 19, 2017/Author: Frank L. Petrasio/Number of views (40)/Comments (0)/ Article rating: No rating
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Baan/LN Tip of the Week: 4 Benefits to Consider - Cross-Docking

Cross Docking is the practice of immediately processing completed goods to fulfill ‘demand’ requests with minimal handling. Cross Docking automatically combines and performs Baan / Infor LN steps to fill demand and shortages at the time items are available. Shortages are sorted and filled by the oldest demand date.

Benefits of Cross Docking include:

  • Direct and indirect labor savings resulting from operational efficiencies gains
  • Increased inventory accuracy, reliable on-hand inventory information and improved data entry
  • Increased productivity
  • Increased customer retention due to faster, more accurate fulfillment

Optimize Your Manufacturing Today!

Wednesday, September 13, 2017/Author: Kathy Barthelt/Number of views (110)/Comments (0)/ Article rating: No rating
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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.

Optimize Your Manufacturing Today!

Wednesday, September 13, 2017/Author: Anthony Etzel/Number of views (73)/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.


Optimize Your Manufacturing Today!

Wednesday, August 30, 2017/Author: Anthony Etzel/Number of views (243)/Comments (0)/ Article rating: No rating
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Baan/LN 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, August 30, 2017/Author: Kathy Barthelt/Number of views (151)/Comments (0)/ Article rating: No rating
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Baan/LN Tip of the Week: Operational Inefficiencies

Two big sources of inefficiencies in manufacturing are paper and spreadsheets. 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.

Optimize Your Manufacturing Today!

Tuesday, August 22, 2017/Author: Kathy Barthelt/Number of views (188)/Comments (0)/ Article rating: No rating
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