Manufacturing Insights

An ERP blog from MAX

Posted on Apr 26, 2018 3:27:40 PM by Rick Elder

Understanding Manufacturing Environments: Exploring the Environments

Topics: ERP, Shop Floor & Production, Processes, APICS, APICS Principles

In our first post, we introduced the concept of manufacturing environments. In this post, we'll go into detail to define the different environments.
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Posted on Apr 18, 2018 8:30:00 AM by Rick Elder

Understanding Manufacturing Environments: Introducing the Different Environments

Topics: ERP, Shop Floor & Production, Processes, APICS, APICS Principles

Those of you who have heard me teach this topic know that I strongly believe that the discussion of manufacturing environments is one of the most significant parts of the APICS Body of Knowledge.[1]  From strategy to implementation, it is one of the most powerful discussions you can have about your...
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Posted on Mar 16, 2018 11:41:37 AM by Rick Elder

Solving Department Issues Using The Triad: Cost, Quality, and Accuracy

Topics: ERP, Manufacturing Control System, APICS, APICS Principles

This is the final post in a series related to Solving Department Issues Using the Triad. You can start with the beginning of the series here. This series introduces the concept of the triad, a model used to represent the fundamental objectives of the manufacturing control system. In this post,...
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Posted on Jan 26, 2018 3:05:47 PM by Rick Elder

Solving Department Issues Using The Triad: Inventory and Productivity

Topics: ERP, Manufacturing Control System, APICS, APICS Principles, Productivity, Inventory

  In our last post, we discussed the concept of the triad, a model used to show us the basic objectives of the manufacturing control system and its relationship to Customer Service. In this second post, we'll dive into the next components: Inventory and Productivity.
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Posted on Jan 11, 2018 11:09:07 AM by Rick Elder

Customer Service and the Triad Model

Topics: ERP, Manufacturing Control System, APICS, APICS Principles

Back in the late 1990’s, I was teaching an Introduction to Supply Chain Management course at the Malvern, PA manufacturing facility of the Invisible Fence Company. Throughout the course, we kept coming back to fundamental objectives found throughout the material. Those objectives, and the...
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Posted on Dec 19, 2017 9:46:28 AM by MAX

Top 10 Gifts for Manufacturing Professionals

Topics: Manufacturing, Engineer, Gifts for manufacturing professionals, holiday gift engineer, what's a good christmas gift for an engineer?, gifts for engineer

Shopping for gifts for anyone you care about can be stressful, so we've put together a handy list of gifts for manufacturing professionals to help you find that perfect present. We hope this relieves some of the stress of the holiday season so you can nail your last-minute shopping.
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Posted on Dec 4, 2017 4:22:24 PM by Rick Elder

Insider's Guide to Manufacturing Control Systems: Part 2 - Execution

Topics: Manufacturing, Manufacturing Control System, Enterprise Resource Planning, Manufacturing Resource Planning, MCS Execution, Shop Floor Execution

In our last post on MCS, we reviewed the Planning side of the Manufacturing Control System (MCS) model, which is the foundation for properly implementing modern Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) packages. We will revisit the MCS model, which is divided into the planning side and execution side. We...
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Posted on Nov 27, 2017 3:17:02 PM by Rick Elder

Insider's Guide to Manufacturing Control Systems: Part 1 - Planning

Topics: Manufacturing, Resource Management, Manufacturing Control System, Operations Management, Enterprise Resource Planning

The Manufacturing Control System (MCS) model provides the structural foundation for the implementation of today's Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) software packages.  This fundamental model can be used with almost any commercially available ERP system on the market today, and should be easily...
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Posted on Oct 24, 2017 10:30:00 AM by MAX

Introducing...the NEW max4erp.com!

Topics: Manufacturing, Resource Management, Manufacturing Control System, Operations Management, Enterprise Resource Planning

Drumroll, please! We are excited to share the launch of our newly updated website, which we have optimized to enhance your experience through a more modernized, mobile-friendly design and the addition of tools, information, and resources needed to help bolster your company's manufacturing ERP...
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