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Purchasing Requirements: How Do your Buyers Know What to Buy?

  • On 07/23/2022
Some people think that buyers just create purchase orders. That's certainly true but there's a whole lot more to it because there's so much more that leads up to creating and sending out the PO. First and foremost is knowing your purchasing requirements. This really matters because purchase requirements trickle down from the customer, through […]
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10 Manufacturing Issues that are Easy to Fix But Can Persist for Years

  • On 07/22/2022
Here is a list of 10 manufacturing maladies that are pretty common. The darn thing is that they're generally easy to fix but don't seem to get the right kind of management attention. These problems, therefore, tend to persist and become permanent fixtures in the business … and they don't have to be. Here are […]
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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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