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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
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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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
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.
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
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