Slightly more than two years ago I participated in a conference that was aimed at helping young entrepreneurs start and grow their own business. Among many presentations, one in particular grabbed my attention. It was presented by a student that was providing web development services to a local Polish market and almost by accident started delivering services to some U.S. based customers. Soon, this “transatlantic work” became a significant revenue stream for this developer, which allowed him to hire a team of developers and grow his business. Continue reading
It is hard to believe that it has already been a year since we started our journey. And so, I thought that this would be a good time for me to share what I have learned so far from our startup, both the ups and the downs.
I have been selling MES systems for almost a decade now. When I first entered the industry, MES systems were typically sold as MES applications. These applications offered out-of-the box functionality that included things like preconfigured system logic and user screens. Such applications lacked configurability, flexibility and modifying them was not a trivial task. It typically required custom coding and in extreme cases, modifications of the source code. As a result, many manufacturing companies chose to build custom applications to help them manage their production processes. Continue reading
Work Instruction is a document that describes in detail the steps that need to be taken in order to complete a specific task. They can be made available as printed or electronic documents. Nowadays, more and more manufacturers want to simplify and improve the process of managing and sharing work instructions. These companies also want to increase the usability of their work instructions. This approach is especially important for companies with a large number of varying tasks and frequently changing processes. Continue reading
As explained in Part 1 of this blog, there are pros and cons of direct issue and backflush consumption methods supported by ERP systems. Accuracy of component traceability and inventory levels are often the main decision factors when choosing which method should be used.
There is another mode that combines values of direct issue with automated component consumption. Continue reading
Manufacturers often struggle when balancing between how much detailed traceability data they need and the cost of collecting that data. In particular, inventory consumption and genealogy data can be challenging in a high pace production environment. In this context, we would like to compare and contrast two ways of tracking inventory in production:
Manufacturing Operations Management (MOM) projects typically start from production processes. Once the initial scope is implemented; extensions are evaluated to increase the ROI of the solution. Inventory management is often the low hanging fruit. Below you can find an explanation as to why it might make sense to let MOM manage your inventory.
Imagine yourself in this predicament. Since finishing university over a dozen years ago, you’ve worked for the same software company. All your professional experience is tied to this one company, as are the strong bonds you’ve formed with your colleagues by overcoming seriously demanding projects.
But from time to time, you wonder what life would be outside of this company and what other options are out there?