by   |    |   2 minutes  |  in Creativity & Innovation, Digital Transformation, Manufacturing

I can’t help but feel inspired after a day of inspirational presentations and conversations with manufacturing companies, including ABB, Atlas Copco, and BillerudKorsnäs who were all amongst the speakers at the Industri 4.0 event, covering digitalization, AI and IoT. I want to share with you my key take-aways from the event. As Björn Jonsson from…

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by   |    |   3 minutes  |  in Automotive, Manufacturing

The automotive industry is already in the middle of huge market change. Cars and commercial vehicles are getting smarter, and global production continues to rise in almost every major geography – more than 80 million passenger cars were produced in 2017. These two factors are having a huge influence on how manufacturers design, build and…

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by   |    |   4 minutes  |  in Manufacturing, Supply Chain

In a couple of previous blog posts we have looked at the ideas of DDMRP and examined the five steps of the planning process. The intention with this blog post is to discuss how DDMRP relates to other planning solutions, how they can co-exist and how DDMRP differentiate itself from other well-known concepts. DDMRP has…

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by   |    |   8 minutes  |  in Manufacturing, Supply Chain

In my last blog post we took a look at DDMRP as a concept and the ideas behind it. In this blog we will examine the five steps that define DDMRP. Not all parts are buffered, most parts will still be planned with ordinary MRP logic also when DDMRP is used. The following is not…

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by   |    |   4 minutes  |  in Manufacturing, Supply Chain

MRP was invented in the fifties, computerized in the sixties and later became the dominating planning principle in the manufacturing industry. Today you find an MRP calculation being part of any ERP system available on the market. As the years have gone by since MRP was introduced have seen a shift from an era with…

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by   |    |   4 minutes  |  in Automotive, Digital Transformation, Manufacturing

Fifteen years ago, I was studying for a master’s degree in industrial automation at a technical university. We learned about open systems, industrial internet, old and new programming languages, collaborating robots, software-controlled machine clusters etc. Everything that you needed to build the smart factory. I thought all this was everyday life in the manufacturing industry…

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by   |    |   2 minutes  |  in Manufacturing

As manufacturers face a customer that increasingly demands sound, eco-friendly products , they are increasingly looking at how they can become a smarter, greener producer and how they can track and document their environmental initiatives. The United Nations define ‘sustainable manufacturing’ as a form of manufacturing development that meets the needs of the present without…

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by   |    |   5 minutes  |  in Creativity & Innovation, Digital Transformation, Manufacturing, Process Manufacturing

Over the years there have been many paradigms that claim to optimize production and save the world—bottleneck, forward and backward, finite and infinite scheduling models, DDMRP, Kanban—and almost all failed in some way to deliver manufacturing nirvana. One such stratagem was the Theory of Constraints (TOC). But could a fresh approach to TOC, combined with…

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by   |    |   3 minutes  |  in Manufacturing

More and more we see the need to manage project resources as an important requirement in ERP software RFIs from manufacturers for OEMs. This suggests OEMs are pushing down more of the project accounting requirements on their vendors. Resource forecasting, labor hour scheduling and resource allocation insight is necessary for sound manufacturing project management, but…

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