Supply Chain Management

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The extraordinary challenge of EMS Inventory Management

No, not Emergency Medical Services: an EMS company provides Electronic Manufacturing Services. These companies, which range from some of the largest manufacturing companies in the world down to small, single-facility operations, are responsible for producing many of the electronic products that consumers use each day, as well as the big pieces of infrastructure that power […]

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Five Flawed Approaches to avoid when building a business case

Building a business case for a major project can be hard (and unfamiliar) work. If it’s your first experience with the process, it can even seem kind of unfair – like finding a batch of calculus problems on an algebra test. It can be hard to make the transition from planning a major project like […]

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Four Principles for Building your S/4HANA Business Case

  How do you go about building the business case for a major IT project like migrating to SAP S/4HANA? Lots of companies will be facing this question in the near future, as SAP has announced it will discontinue support for their older ERP product, ECC6, in 2025. The move to S/4HANA is likely to […]

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SAP Central Finance: A Lower-Risk Path to S/4HANA

If your company uses SAP as its ERP system, you’re probably aware that SAP has announced it will stop supporting ECC (the version that most electronics companies are using) in 2025. The new version, S/4HANA, is a true upgrade, in almost every sense of the word: a better user interface, improved functionality, even a completely […]

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Sometimes it takes a community: Bringing a Blockchain Consortium to Life

If you’ve been working for more than a couple of decades, you remember the frenzy over Y2K. At the end of the last millennium, people were convinced that there would be a global meltdown as millions of computer programs incorrectly handled the transition from December 31, 1999 to January 1, 2000. When it actually occurred, […]

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Your ERP system is too important to leave in the hands of the IT department!

No disrespect is meant to the folks in IT… what I’m hoping to communicate is the fact that your company’s ERP system is critical to the success of your business, and enough things have changed in the last few years that you need to pay attention to it. Here’s what has happened:   SAP – […]

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Consortium-supported Blockchain Applications: Trust Your Supplier

As mentioned in my last post[1], over the last decade or so Electronics companies (among others) have installed processes to improve their control over the way that they qualify new suppliers. Regulatory requirements, audits, penalties and the potential for damage to a company’s brand have made it critical that companies do an effective job of […]

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Consortium-supported Blockchain Applications: Responsible Sourcing

  Several earlier blogs[1] discussed the idea that some blockchain applications would be best developed by a group of companies – a consortium – rather than by one “founder.” Two applications were covered in those earlier blogs – anti-counterfeiting and materials content declarations (MCD). Both of those deal with knowing critical information about what goes […]

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A Multitude of Metrics

Operations and supply chain people talk about metrics all the time, but we don’t spend a lot of time on the metrics themselves. The nature of how metrics function, and how they are put together, is worth our attention: If we don’t understand how metrics work and what different kinds of metrics are intended to […]

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Blockchain Solutions: Sometimes it takes a village (i.e. a consortium)

I’m often the person who presents the basics of blockchain technology to people at electronics companies, which brings a small but enjoyable reward with it: I get to see the light come on in executives’ eyes when they realize that blockchain can solve a real-life problem for them. Our discussions almost always get more animated […]

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Finding the extra production line(s) hidden in your factory (Part 3 of a series)

In two previous posts on the OEE metric and how to find the extra production line(s) hidden in your factory, we discussed the factors that go together to measure Overall Equipment Effectiveness. Restating a simple progression from the end of the last post, generally you monitor line performance first. Often, simply being more aware of […]

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Hey bud, want a free manufacturing line?

We used to call running out of manufacturing capacity a “good problem to have,” but it’s still a problem. If your customers want more product than you can build at the moment, you need to work out a way to increase production levels. In the short term, you can get your current staff to work […]

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