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What is A Day in the Life of Supply Chain Manager Like?

Supply Chain Opz

15:00: Discuss with manufacturing/warehouse about next day delivery Late afternoon is usually the deadline to make changes to tomorrow delivery. So supply chain manager may double-check with manufacturing department or third party warehouse to make sure that important orders will be delivered as planned. What is it like to be a supply chain manager? You have an "Oh No" moment.

5 Ways the Cloud Can Impact Manufacturing

Manufacturing Transformation

Interestingly, however, according to another  survey by a renown analyst firm, only 3 percent of manufacturers have a cloud-based Manufacturing Execution System installed. Although cloud computing can positively impact your bottom line and improve the overall quality of your operations, there are other factors at work – at least for manufacturers. Better Forecasting.

6 Manufacturing Trends to Watch Out for in 2016


As we close the year of 2015, we want to take a look at some manufacturing trends for 2016. We look at 6 core areas that manufacturing companies will take a long look at as they gear up for a successful 2016. Commerce for Manufacturing. commerce is a way for manufacturers to experiment with new products without risking a significant investment. Forecasting Demand.

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[INFOGRAPHIC] Manufacturing Innovation Hubs Revitalize American Manufacturing


Since 2011, the federal government focused on changing this paradigm and made American manufacturing a priority.  Under the guidance of the Department of Commerce/NIST , they developed an infrastructure with dedicated funding to rebuild our manufacturing sector. government is following suit by establishing a network of manufacturing innovation hubs throughout the country. 

Understanding Yard Management Systems

Manufacturing and distribution companies that operate in a "campus-style" environment, whereby trucking assets move between buildings throughout the day to transfer raw materials, packaging supplies, and/or finished goods. 1996-2015. 7) Manufacturing companies with a high turnover of throughput volume, such as in the food and beverage industry. Yard Management Systems. WHITE PAPER.

What Global Manufacturers Can Learn From the Insurance Business

Manufacturing Transformation

Can manufacturers learn something from the insurance industry? Risk Pooling for Manufacturing. By applying this principle to manufacturing, an enterprise can reduce variability across operations by aggregating materials and resources across locations, across products or even across time. How A Manufacturing Operations Management Solution can Extend the Benefits.

The Advantages of Procrastinating in a Fast-paced Manufacturing World

Manufacturing Transformation

But as an article on supply chain management points out, in some manufacturing supply chain scenarios, postponement actually makes good business sense. Manufacturing was simplified, inventory was reduced and costs went down. Manufacturers are used to the challenges of distributing operations over geographical distances. It’s part of the modern global manufacturing environment.

5 Manufacturing Practices that will be Outdated within the Decade

Manufacturing Transformation

Do your manufacturing processes still rely on analog or paper-based components? As you read this article, the manufacturing industry is moving towards a fourth massive revolution. Since then manufacturing practices remained pretty static until the advent of the computer, which set in motion a series of technology advances that are now gaining momentum. Reliance on Human Labor.

China Declares Entry into Commercial Aircraft Engine Design and Manufacturing

Supply Chain Matters

Aerospace Supply Chain China Supply Chain Strategy Manufacturing Strategies Procurement and Sourcing Product Lifecycle Management Aero Engine Corp. of China China's entry into aircraft engine manufacturing Comac C919 supply chain supply chain industry analyst advisory services Supply chain Matters blogAs Supply Chain Matters blog readers are aware, one of our objectives in providing supply chain management focused education is to point out and reference significant industry milestones that we believe should be monitored.

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20/20 Vision for Outsourced Manufacturing

Outsourcing manufacturing continues to remain an important topic in the supply chain industry

The Expanding Use of E-Commerce for Manufacturing Companies


How the Internet has transformed the manufacturing and order fulfillment process is no small secret. However, the realm of e-commerce for manufacturing companies is rapidly growing, and modern manufacturers are starting to see a shift from business-to-consumer (B2C) sales to business-to-business (B2B) sales. This outnumbers the baby boomer population in sales by five percent.

Manufacturing Transformation and the People Challenge

Manufacturing Transformation

A recent article at presents the seven biggest challenges faced by manufacturers today. With all the technology transformation taking place in manufacturing—big data, global platforms, flexible supply chains—it still comes down to finding talented people. The first challenge on the list? Finding good people.”. Some things never change. Or can it?

4 Key Trends to Watch in Smart Manufacturing and Supply Chain


The advancements in 3D printing and 'Additive Manufacturing,' coupled with supply chain efficiencies, could make distributed manufacturing a reality, ushering in the era of smart manufacturing. The Continual Coverage and Now Reality of Smart Manufacturing with 3D Printing. remember reading an MIT paper on manufacturing technology trends a couple of years ago.

Reshoring Or Not, What is Manufacturing? 4 Questions to Ponder with Real American Manufacturers


Editor's Note: This is a two part series featuring Chuck Intrieri, who along with providing excellent insights over at his industry leading  The Lean Supply Chain blog, is also a consultant who works with companies for Cost Reduction, Supply Chain Optimization, Logistics, Manufacturing, and 3PL Selection. Reshoring Or Not, Let's Get Back to the Basics of What is Manufacturing.

Getting Smart about Composite Manufacturing

Manufacturing Transformation

I recently wrote about the challenges composite manufacturers now face ( see prior post ). Continuing with this theme, many composite parts manufacturers have been exposed to quality issues for years. How do you solve composite manufacturing issues without going through all the complexities? Embracing Intelligence to get Smart About Composite Manufacturing.

Skillfully Managing Manufacturing Reshoring Projects


There’s more involved in successfully reshoring a foreign manufacturing operation back to the U.S. Reshoring is a hot topic in manufacturing. These “Bring Manufacturing Back” initiatives have many moving parts and require careful planning and execution and very skillful project management. Transferring a manufacturing line from one location back to the U.S. From and To.

The 5 Benefits of Virtual Reality in Manufacturing


For manufacturers, virtual reality represents a major breakthrough in how products are created. Let’s take an in-depth look into the world of virtual reality, what’s holding it back, and why manufacturers are looking to virtual reality in manufacturing. Virtual reality in manufacturing is referred to as “digital design, simulation, and integration. Integration.

The Exploding Use of Robotics in Logistics and Manufacturing


The world has changed from the oil days of machine assisted assembly lines and manufacturing processes as more robots have entered the workforce. Robotics is not just a way to help companies, but many manufacturers have recognized how robots can improve their supply chain processes, benefit the company, and drive their future success. This impacts how items may be manufactured.

The missing link in automotive contract manufacturing


Fulfilling this multi-faceted demand has become a major challenge for car manufacturers, who have to deal not only with countless models and colors but also with an ever-increasing range of features and options. Volatile customer demand can be bridged by making use of contract manufacturers. Often OEMs are hesitant to make use of contract manufacturing relationships.

In Medical Device Manufacturing, Smaller Companies Have Big Advantages

Manufacturing Transformation

Given the investment in time, labor and resources involved with New Product Introduction, one might infer that big, established manufacturers have all the advantages. Here are five ways smaller medical device manufacturers have an advantage of their larger peers: Achieving regulatory compliance. Viewing manufacturing as a strategic enabler. In fact, this is not always the case.

Do Manufacturers Need a New IIoT Platform?

Manufacturing Transformation

Virtually everyone agrees that the Industrial Internet of Things, or IIoT, is poised to have a huge impact on manufacturing. It will transform everything: how you design, manufacture, distribute and support products from cradle to grave. The challenge is if you run a global manufacturing enterprise, where do you start? Digital’s Role in Collaboration across Manufacturing.

Trends 2016: Manufacturing

Enterra Insights

A couple of years ago, Jeff Dobbs, KPMG’s Global Sector Chair for Industrial Manufacturing, wrote, “The challenges of the past … Continued. The post Trends 2016: Manufacturing appeared first on Enterra Solutions. Artificial Intelligence Big Data Business Cognitive Computing digital enterprise Supply Chain Technology Enterra Solutions Stephen DeAngelis

20 Manufacturing Blogs Every Manufacturing, Supply Chain, Distribution, and Logistics Professional Should Read


If you are a regular reader of the Cerasis blog, you know our goal is to educate and inform those in the manufacturing, supply chain, distribution, logistics, and transportation space with best practices, trends, and industry news so that we can create a community of people. This community would not exist if it were not for manufacturing being the core of the other industries. . Given the goal of education, today we wanted to share a great list of manufacturing blogs put together by Valco Valley Tool & Die, Inc. 20 Manufacturing Blogs You Need to Be Reading.

[INFOGRAPHIC] Understanding Safety in Manufacturing Pays Off


Today we bring you some digestible information around safety in manufacturing. Our aim at Cerasis continues and will always be to provide the most important information to those in the manufacturing, distribution, supply chain, and logistics industry. Even if you are not a manufacturer or distribution company, these tips are applicable to any industry! Horseplay is prohibited.

Why Manufacturers Can’t Afford to Ignore Digital Transformation

Manufacturing Transformation

Manufacturing organizations are becoming increasingly global and their ecosystems more and more complex. As a result, manufacturing executives are required to redefine their marketplace, service models and create new symbiotic business relationships. Within the manufacturing industry, this need spans all aspects of the supply and demand chain.

5 Future Applications of the Industrial Internet of Things in Manufacturing & Logistics


Manufacturers are set to invest up to $70 billion in the Industrial Internet of Things ( IIoT ) by 2020, reports John Greenough of Business Insider. Previous Applications of the Industrial Internet of Things in Manufacturing. Previous applications of the IIoT in manufacturing have led to a savings of 12 percent across the industry. IIoT’s Greatest Impacts on Manufacturing.

6 Factors to Consider when Selecting a Manufacturing Intelligence Vendor

Manufacturing Transformation

Every manufacturing organization must have a resilient operations strategy. After all, manufacturers are in the business of making products. In aggregate, these systems comprise an Enterprise Manufacturing Intelligence (EMI) solution, which essentially provide the “eyes and ears” of when a possible production issue has occurred, or is about to occur.

The Rise of Manufacturing Enterprise Systems

Manufacturing Transformation

In addition, when there’s a choice between investing in an enterprise system or a manufacturing system, there’s no need to apply a formula or even flip a coin, because the enterprise always wins. That forces the IT agenda into the top spot, because let’s face it, if a manufacturing execution system (MES) deployment gets pushed back does anyone blink an eye? Or, can it?

Manufacturers Should Focus on This Most Critical Component for Manufacturing Operations Excellence


We conclude this two part series about manufacturing operations excellence by consultant Chuck Intrieri, by outlaying why manufacturers should focus on a critical component that will help sustain manufacturing operations excellence for years to come. Chuck Intrieri is a Supply Chain Optimization, Logistics, Manufacturing, and 3PL Selection Consultant and you can visit his website at [link]  or give him a call at 714-788-0744 or shoot him an email at What is Driving Sustainable Manufacturing Operations Excellence? Equipment? Quality?

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[INFOGRAPHIC] Effective Supply Chain Management In Manufacturing Key to Revival of Industry in U.S.


Supply chain management in manufacturing is by no means a simple process, but the United States is learning from past mistakes and they're poised to start playing a little catch-up in the manufacturing world due to their expertise. The supply chain for each manufacturer includes everyone remotely associated with the product, including distributors and suppliers. AMP 2.0

Manufacturing Connect Seminar 2016

Supply Chain Movement

Manufacturing Connect Seminar 2016. URL: Join us at the Hilton Amsterdam on 25th May for this exclusive gathering of Supply Chain experts and business strategists which will address the challenges that manufacturers are faced with today; delivering profitable fulfillment and adaptable manufacturing. Date: 25 May 2016.

Contract Manufacturing

SCM Research

How does contract manufacturing work? The following figure illustrates this. Practice Globalization Image Relationship Supply Chain Management Theory

Five Key Elements that Drive Manufacturing Flow


If you follow the Demand-Driven Matters blog, you know we specialize in Demand-Driven Manufacturing and have identified the two key components of this method as synchronization and flow. In this post, I want to introduce a discussion around what we’ve identified as the Five Key Elements that Drive Flow in manufacturing production. Synchronization is also an enabler of flow. years.

Grocery Manufacturers Launch SmartLabel Program to Address Supply Chain Transparency

Supply Chain Matters

This week the Grocery Manufacturers Association (GMA) announced what was described as an  innovative SmartLabel™ technology that will enable consumers to have easy and instantaneous access to detailed information about the supply chain origin of thousands of products.  Consumer Goods Focused Supply Chain Food and Beverage supply chain Supply Chain Technology GMA SmartLabel program Grocery Manufacturers Association next generation labeling technology SmartLabel technology Supply chain Matters blog supply chain transparency programs

5 Challenges Electronics Manufacturers Face In 2015

Manufacturing Transformation

Thus, companies in Electronics Manufacturing Services and contract manufacturers are required to have quality processes in place for new product introduction. To make sure product launches hit set goals on quality, volume and release, it’s important to use closed-loop communication concepts between engineering, sales and manufacturing. Brief Product Life Cycles. Demand.

The 3 Main Obstacles Manufacturers Face with Inbound Freight Management

PLS Logistics

Industrial manufacturers are being hit hard by the current economic conditions. Overall demand for manufacturing is down, profit margins are shrinking and manufacturers are looking for any way to reduce operating costs. Manufacturers play an integral role in the economy and are particularly susceptible to backlashes, as we’re seeing now.

Most Read Manufacturing Articles of 2015


It is that time of year again where we feature the most viewed articles on the Cerasis blog in each of the six main categories we write about: Manufacturing, Supply Chain, Logistics, Transportation Management, and Freight. . Most Read Manufacturing Articles of 2015. We will first start with the top Manufacturing Articles that were published in 2015. It is very clear that the most popular articles in the manufacturing category are mainly focused on technology. And, manufacturing articles with infographics were also viewed with great numbers. That’s tougher.

4 Infographics Showing How Technology Is Transforming Global Manufacturing & Supply Chain


This year looks like it's going to be one of the most innovative years for manufacturing technology. Purchasing and supply executives predict that the global manufacturing industry will continue to expand. and Chinese manufacturers. Technologies Changing Global Manufacturing, As Told in 4 Infographics. manufacturers. The ISM projects a 4.1 Virtual Reality.

How Green Technology Is Transforming Traditional Manufacturing Methods

Manufacturing Transformation

Manufacturing, along with other industrial processes, is one of the primary industry sectors being targeted for green technology use. Traditional manufacturing methods are transforming into lean, green conserving machines that benefit the planet and the bottom line. This means manufacturers must look for long-term annual savings, not just short term fixes. manufacturing.