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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 Some processes may be outdated and costing you time and money, while others are extremely efficient.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 (370)/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 Some processes may be outdated and costing you time and money, while others are extremely efficient.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 (316)/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.

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Tuesday, August 22, 2017/Author: Kathy Barthelt/Number of views (259)/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 (241)/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 (255)/Comments (0)/ Article rating: No rating
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Baan/LN Tip of the Week: Are you still using handwritten tickets for your inventory?

This method of inventory tracking is slow, and prone to human error.

Putting a simple barcode system in place speeds up the process of tracking inventory movements, reduces the likelihood of mistakes, and creates a recorded history of the who/what/where that can provide valuable insight to those who make critical business decisions for your business.

Not sure where to start? Contact us and we’d be happy to help you take the first step.

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Tuesday, August 15, 2017/Author: Kathy Barthelt/Number of views (270)/Comments (0)/ Article rating: No rating
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Crossroads RMC and The Lake Companies Announce a Strategic Partnership to Provide Shop Floor Dashboards as an Extension of Shop-Trak for Syteline / CloudSuite Industrial

Crossroads RMC, a top provider of consulting and software solutions for Infor discrete and process manufacturers and The Lake Companies, a premier Infor SyteLine Solution Provider, today announce a new strategic partnership. The partnership will combine Crossroads RMC's deep knowledge of machine integration and manufacturing optimization with The Lake Companies’ manufacturing execution expertise.

Together, Crossroads RMC and The Lake Companies will deliver a complete and comprehensive shop floor management solution which will integrate seamlessly with SyteLine / CloudSuite Industrial.

“We’re excited to provide Direct Machine Integration capabilities to Shop-Trak via our NextTrack Dashboard module. Our partnership with The Lake Companies will help SyteLine customers move into the future by leveraging this technology.” Said Rich Grilli, President of Crossroads RMC.

To date, over 1000+ sites worldwide have benefitted from Crossroads RMC’s and The Lake Companies’ products and services. Together both companies will be co-innovating to deliver solutions to meet the challenges of manufacturers in the areas of big data, robotics, and more.


About Crossroads RMC

Crossroads RMC offers a complete and comprehensive set of software solutions to support manufacturing optimization. Our solutions focus on delivering real-time visibility and control over your entire operation. With over 30 years of experience, Crossroads RMC has become a trusted advisor and technology partner for manufacturers across the globe.  

About The Lake Companies

The Lake Companies is a fully authorized Gold Channel Partner for Infor’s Syteline ERP (CloudSuite Industrial). In its mission to hel

Wednesday, August 09, 2017/Author: Rich Grilli/Number of views (255)/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 (223)/Comments (0)/ Article rating: No rating
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