Monthly Archive for: ‘January, 2012’

  • Blueprint

    Overcoming Supply Chain Tech Data Challenges

    The exchange of technical data (drawings, models, etc.) is a major stumbling block to U.S. manufacturing supply chain efficiency.  Despite advances in standards and translation technologies, the inability of manufacturers to easily exchange technical data is costing U.S. manufacturers time and money. Some of the …

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  • Red Pencil

    Why Manufacturing Supply Chains Are Different

    When many people hear the term supply chain, they typically think of logistics—moving product from the warehouse or distribution center to the end user.  Manufacturing supply chains start with sourcing materials to make things that then go into the warehouse and distribution center.  This process …

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    Today’s Manufacturing Supply Chain Mess

    Manufacturing was simpler 40 years ago when making a product often took place within the same four walls.  The design team could gather with the manufacturing team, reviewing and revising a common set of technical data.  Production planning was optimized based on capacities, customer needs …

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