Topics: Manufacturing

June 02, 2017

Still running MAPICS?

Make the move to Microsoft Dynamics 365 MAPICS, now owned by Infor and re-branded as XA, has been a leading ERP manufacturing solution for several decades now. Many of the largest manufacturers in ...

Topics: Manufacturing

May 12, 2017

Is Your Auto ERP System Keeping You From Increasing Revenue?

Automotive suppliers who manufacture and sell their products to large automobile manufacturers can sometimes feel squeezed. Automobile manufacturers can be demanding clients – they can request lots ...

Topics: Manufacturing

April 27, 2017

How to Shorten the Bid Process and Close Deals Faster

As a company that frequently works with automotive supply manufacturers to implement technology systems, we find that while some companies have mastered the manufacturing production process, very few ...

Topics: Manufacturing

April 13, 2017

Auto Supplier CEOs Use Tech as a Competitive Advantage

The best CEOs have a firm grasp of the big picture and understand enough of the details to know how to adjust course to meet the company’s goals. Your success as a CEO largely depends on your ability ...

Topics: Manufacturing

March 01, 2017

6 Ways Manufacturers Can Improve Business Agility

Business agility is the name of the manufacturing game! How do you keep agile so you can capitalize on opportunities, while making sure you have enough finished product to meet demand? Here are 6 ...

Topics: Manufacturing

March 01, 2017

Is your biggest manufacturing constraint your ERP system?

Recognizing and overcoming manufacturing constraints is one of the main jobs of running any manufacturing operation. You have your standard:

Topics: Manufacturing

March 01, 2017

5 Costly Manufacturing KPI Mistakes CFOs Make

Being a numbers-driven manufacturing CFO is a good thing – in fact, it’s essential. But as a CFO, you probably know finance and operations more than you know the ins-and-outs of manufacturing, which ...

Topics: Manufacturing

January 24, 2017

HBD Manufacturing with MCA Connect & Microsoft

HBD Industries Selects Microsoft Dynamics 365 and MCA Connect to Enable World-Class Manufacturing Operations

Topics: Manufacturing

January 24, 2017

Value Stream Mapping: Do your materials move by magic?

Does your lean manufacturing value stream map include movement of materials between processes?

Topics: Manufacturing

September 28, 2016

Lean Production Scheduling in Dynamics 365

Let’s look in some detail at production scheduling for lean manufacturing in Dynamics AX.  If you haven’t read my blog series on production scheduling supporting lean principles, I encourage you to ...

Topics: ERP, Manufacturing

August 31, 2016

Production Scheduling – Level the Volume

This post is part of our series discussing the 7 lean manufacturing guidelines. In this post we’ll discuss supermarkets as a way to design a lean future state.

Topics: Manufacturing

August 19, 2016

Production Scheduling – Level the Mix

This post is part of our series discussing the 7 lean manufacturing guidelines. In this post we’ll discuss supermarkets as a way to design a lean future state.

Topics: Manufacturing

August 02, 2016

Production Scheduling – Schedule at One Point

This post is part of our series discussing the 7 lean manufacturing guidelines. In this post we’ll discuss supermarkets as a way to design a lean future state.

Topics: ERP, Manufacturing

July 26, 2016

Production Scheduling – Supermarkets and Pull

This post is part of our series discussing the 7 lean manufacturing guidelines. In this post we’ll discuss supermarkets as a way to design a lean future state.

Topics: Manufacturing

July 26, 2016

5 Ways Manufacturers Can Increase Customer Loyalty

Most manufacturers and distributors don’t place enough focus on driving customer loyalty. Sure, if you are a manufacturer, you want repeat business, but where customers get the most frustrated is the ...

Topics: Manufacturing

July 15, 2016

Manufacturing Re-Imagined

How can manufacturing ERP systems and related technologies solve manufacturing challenges using new approaches? That was the question our manufacturing experts answered at “Manufacturing ...

Topics: ERP, Manufacturing

July 14, 2016

Production Scheduling – Building to Takt

This is the second post in our series discussing the 7 lean manufacturing guidelines. The first guideline is to design a lean future state by producing to your takt time.

Topics: Manufacturing

July 12, 2016

Production Scheduling – 7 Lean Principles

The other day I came across an early version of the Lean Enterprise Institute’s “Learning to See” workshop from 1999. The workshop listed seven guidelines for the design of a future state value ...

Topics: Manufacturing

July 06, 2016

Manufacturing Feeling Squeezed?

Why is it that every time I am out with customers I end up with something new to blog about? Probably because I am insanely curious about each customer as I look to creatively help them to improve ...

Topics: Manufacturing

March 30, 2016

Configurators: NPI Every Time All the Time

Maybe it’s because we specialize in high mix manufacturing or maybe there are just more of them out there, but we are increasingly working with companies with highly configurable products who want to ...

Topics: Manufacturing

February 19, 2016

Kanban Cards or MRP?

OK so the title of this article was incendiary and just a ploy to get you here. Sorry. Instead of another vitriolic diatribe on the glories of kanban over MRP I want to look at a very specific ...

Topics: Manufacturing

September 04, 2015

Using an LTS to Sustain Lean Manufacturing Benefits

What’s an LTS? It’s the acronym for Lean Transformation Software. While LTS is not as well-known as other acronyms in our industry like ERP, CRM, MRP, PowerBI, etc – it should be – because LTS ...

Topics: ERP, Manufacturing

September 01, 2015

MCA Connect is 2015 Microsoft AX Manufacturing Partner

DENVER, CO Sept 1, 2015 Last month, Microsoft proudly announced the United States Microsoft Dynamics Partner Award winners during the US Microsoft Dynamics Annual Conference. “The  US Partner Awards ...

Topics: Manufacturing

October 24, 2014

AXUG and Beyond with Technology for Lean

Last week’s AXUG Summit in St. Louis was a great opportunity to check in on the state of lean in the Dynamics AX community and beyond. Some perspectives: Manufacturers with lots of variation and ...

Topics: Manufacturing

September 22, 2014

When Lean Needs a Technology Assist

Lean is often portrayed as “common sense” for manufacturing. Indeed, lean tools emphasize simple visual practices that are easy to learn and easy to use.  What could be simpler than using a kanban ...

Topics: Manufacturing

July 07, 2014

Lean Beyond the Checklist

Let’s face it, ERP products are massive affairs. They have to be in order to support the breadth of functions across an enterprise and business requirements across industries. The selection of an ERP ...
  

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