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Engineering Change Management: What’s the Right Approach?

  • On 03/29/2022
How does your manufacturing company practice Engineering Change Management? Is it adequate? If you manufacture a complex product (meaning that it contains lots of components or has a deep bill of materials with lots of subassemblies), then it would probably behoove you to have a strong approach to engineering change management (ECM). ECM allows you […]
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Six Red Flags to look for in your Purchasing Department

  • On 03/29/2022
Here are six common purchasing challenges that can impede a manufacturer's ability to efficiently deliver on time. It's hard being a purchasing buyer because everyone is always yelling at you either because you don't have enough material or you have too much.  It's also challenging from the standpoint that purchasing operates at the lowest rung […]
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Why an Industry Sector-Specific ERP may be Problematic

  • On 03/29/2022
There are lots of ERP systems on the market. Don't feel obligated to choose one that only caters to your particular manufacturing industry sector. When looking for a new ERP system some manufacturers try to reduce their risk by looking for a system that caters to their industry sector.  Let us explain why that's not […]
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Managing VMI as the Customer: Transactional Challenges and Solutions

  • On 03/02/2021
Consigned inventory can pose special transactional challenges for customers who maintain VMI stock   Most of us know that consigned inventory, commonly referred to as vendor-managed inventory (VMI), can provide significant advantages in terms of cash flow and material availability.  But what if we implement VMI for raw materials or finished goods? -- the kinds of […]
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