TGI | Lean Manufacturing and Distribution

By: Thomas Cutler

According to manufacturing journalist Thomas R. Cutler in the current issue of Manufacturing.net, "Software systems must still address manufacturing functionality and should contain functions such as: advanced planning, constraint management and capacity analysis; Just-in-Time manufacturing; feature-based assembly and mixed-mode manufacturing; machine downtime tracking; multi-level bill of materials and routings; engineering levels and approvals; RF-enabled production recording and put away; and lean manufacturing, material flow and production. For those manufacturers who are not heavily outsourcing the production functions, the ability for software solutions to address lean initiatives is vital."
According to Rebecca Gill, vice-president of Technology Group International, "The forefathers of lean manufacturing are continuing to improve their product's quality and lower their overall cost structure, while simultaneously increasing their market share. As more and more American-based manufacturing jobs shift overseas, the remaining domestic manufacturers are forced to produce higher quality goods, in shorter cycle times, for a lower cost. This paradigm shift is forcing a rebirth of the American manufacturer and a leaner manufacturing environment in America."
Once implemented, the benefits of lean manufacturing quickly are quantifiable. Although many believe the benefits can be obtained via a simple Kanban system, revolutionary thinkers know a true lean environment stretches well past the plant floor and migrates through the entire enterprise.

The article can be read in its entirety at http://www.manufacturing.net/article/CA6426268.html?text=cutler

About Technology Group International, Ltd.

Founded in 1990 and headquartered in Toledo, Ohio, Technology Group International is a proven technology leader delivering Tier 1 application software functionality at a price performance level that can be readily accepted by organizations of all sizes. Specializing in software systems for small and mid-market manufacturing and distribution companies, TGI's integrated Enterprise Series software suite is a complete business process management solution. The product offering includes Enterprise Resources Planning (ERP), Manufacturing Resource Planning (MRP), Supply Chain Management (SCM), Warehouse Management System (WMS), Advanced Planning and Scheduling (APS), Decision Support System (DSS), Business Intelligence, Manufacturing Execution System (MES), and eCommerce. TGI implements, maintains, enhances, and supports its packaged distribution and manufacturing software solutions directly and via its channel partners.

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