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Product Life Cycle Management

  • Enterprise Asset Management for Enhanced Sustainability

    Real-world lessons in maximizing the methodology
    • Gary A. Smith
    November/December 2016
    Back in 2015, I wrote about how my organization, New York City Transit (NYCT), was implementing enterprise asset management as part of an initiative for the entire Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA). The goal was to apply enterprise asset management strategies to transit systems, the Metro-North and Long Island Railroads, and bridges and tunnels in order to comply with the Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century Act (MAP-21). MAP-21 was signed into law in 2012 and mandated the development and use of enterprise asset management systems in order to receive federal funds.......Read More
  • Mass Customization, Revisited

    Are consumers getting even more of exactly what they want?
    • Richard E. Crandall
    May/June 2015
    In the July/August 2007 issue of APICS magazine, the “Relevant Research” department was titled “Mass Customization’s Many Faces.” In view of the fact that nearly eight years have elapsed since then, it seemed appropriate to update how mass customization is looking today.......Read More
  • The Race for Style

    Evaluating the breakneck speed of Zara’s integrated supply chain
    • Richard E. Crandall
    January/February 2014
    Zara, a division of Inditex, has become a worldwide success in the high-fashion clothing business and an example of one of the top supply chains in the world. The credit for this success often is attributed to the company’s highly integrated, quickly responsive network. ......Read More
  • Reverse Logistics at Rolls-Royce

    Remanufacturing for a more sustainable supply chain
    • Elizabeth Rennie
    November/December 2013
    APICS magazine managing editor Elizabeth Rennie speaks with Peter H. Clonts, CPIM, and James W. (Jim) Tilton, CPIM, of Rolls-Royce Global Repair Services to learn more about their company's reverse logistics and sustainability practices. ......Read More
  • Prototypical Situations

    Following R&D’s lead to improve speed to market
    • Jonathan Thatcher
    September/October 2013
    R&D environments have a rich array of tools, options, and talent made specifically for invention. In contrast, a production facility must be a lean, efficient asset primarily designed to produce, not invent. ......Read More
  • The Who’s Who of New Product Development

    Making sure your team members are on task
    • Philip E. Quigley
    March/April 2013
    New product launches are critical to the success of a company—and a major challenge. Nothing is easy, and there is no place to hide when things go wrong. ......Read More
  • Elevating High-Velocity Maintenance

    Enhance profitability in the service supply chain
    • Ed Wodarski
    March/April 2013
    High-velocity maintenance is an approach that strives to take assets out of service more frequently, but for much shorter durations. When practiced effectively, the primary goal of increased asset availability is realized. ......Read More
  • A New Plan for Your New Products

    Strategies for proactively managing life cycles
    • Ferose A. Lambay
    January/February 2013
    A growing number of manufacturers are combining product life cycle management with conventional sales and operations planning by enhancing it with analytics to reduce the cost and labor of new product introductions. ......Read More
  • Keeping Inventory on Track

    The right tools and people for MRO inventory success
    • John M. Donnelly
    January/February 2013
    Getting a handle on maintenance, repair, and operating inventory not only meets the goal of reducing costs, but also presents an opportunity to boost productivity, capacity, safety, and quality. ......Read More
  • It’s in the Cards

    Using POLCA signals for better material flow
    • Bob Mueller
    • Kathy Pelto
    May/June 2012
    Paired-cell overlapping loops of cards, or POLCA, was created as an alternative to kanban. Kanban is not intended to operate in environments of low volume or custom products, but POLCA is designed specifically to meet these needs.......Read More
  • An Expanded Perspective on Product Life Cycles

    Ten attributes for success
    • Richard E. Crandall
    May/June 2012
    The traditional product life cycle has four phases: start-up, growth, maturity, and decline. Company leaders are becoming increasingly aware of two additional product life cycles they must consider in designing new products: post-sale service and recovery. ......Read More
  • Feedback from the Field

    A key success factor in new product development
    • Philip E. Quigley
    November/December 2011
    Information and feedback on products should be collected from all personnel and customers. The challenge is making sure the data are fresh and are gathered in a cost-effective manner.......Read More
  • The Turnover Dilemma

    Qualitative solutions to a quantitative problem
    • Barry Gunderson
    March/April 2011
    Inventory turnover is a key statistic often used to signal supply chain management effectiveness. Turnover and days’ sales represent vital data used to evaluate category performance, but other statistics are needed to provide a fuller picture of financial performance. ......Read More
  • Giving Your New Products a Proper Send-Off

    Essential strategies for successful launches
    • Philip E. Quigley
    July/August 2011
    The key to long-term growth and profitability is the ability to develop, design, and introduce exciting products into the marketplace. Unfortunately, many senior-level supply chain professionals fail to realize the importance of new product development. ......Read More