Resources on Demand-Driven Manufacturing results, industry trends, metrics – and Synchrono® software information

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White Papers

supply chain visibility white paper

White Paper: End-to-End Supply Chain Visibility Technology is Here

Visibility continues to be a top concern for supply chain leaders across the globe. End-to-End Supply Chain Visibility Technology is Here, addresses new technologies for enabling end-to-end supply chain visibility – and its link to modern Demand-Driven Manufacturing. Through research and case studies, the paper offers guidance in building a business case for end-to-end supply chain visibility technology by covering how, why, and where Demand-Driven Manufacturers are investing today.

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Manufacturing operations metrics that drive action white paper

White Paper: Demand-Driven Manufacturing Metrics that Drive Action

Demand-Driven Manufacturing Metrics that Drive Action addresses the key elements of demand, or pull-based manufacturing: Managing constraints and synchronizing activities to improve production flow and, ultimately, throughput. In doing so, this white paper lays the foundation for the Demand-Driven Manufacturing Metrics for Action Guide – a resource that outlines the operational metrics that you can take action on to improve your operations and supply chain performance.

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Manufacturing Metrics for Action Guide

Guide: Operations Metrics for Action

The Operations Metrics for Action Guide serves as a companion to the Demand-Driven Manufacturing Metrics that Drive Action white paper and identifies metrics that offer insight into areas that drive action. For example, actions that can improve production flow; help manufacturers identify and manage constraints (or bottlenecks) in the system; direct continuous improvement efforts and more. Through the Operations Metrics for Action Guide, manufacturing operations and supply chain professionals will gain real clarity around the elements that drive organizational excellence and enhance demand-driven results. The Operations Metrics for Action are organized according to functional areas: Operations, Supplier, Sales/Customer Service, and Quality.  The Guide provides a definition for each metric along with how the metric is measured and suggested actions for improvement.

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Next generation of manufacturing planning and scheduling systems

White Paper: The Next Generation of Planning and Scheduling Solutions

This paper provides a customer/order-centric view of manufacturing planning and scheduling that focuses on synchronizing man, material, method and machine to produce an order in the most efficient way possible.  This approach drives the system – and those who use it – to optimize flow through the entire system rather than individual components.  Focusing on flow through the entire process leads to increased throughput and ultimately impacts the bottom-line.

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White paper on factory of the future manufacturing technology

White Paper: How Technology Will Connect Your Enterprise and Create the Demand-Driven Factory of the Future – Today

The Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT), Smart Manufacturing, Industry 4.0 and the Factory of the Future all point toward a digitally connected environment where manufacturing is based on actual customer demand. How Technology Will Connect Your Enterprise and Create the Demand-Driven Factory of the Future – Today reviews these strategies – along with how and why manufacturers are enabling them today.

 

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White Paper: Why Become More Demand-Driven? Responding to Customer Needs

When the focus of every business is on revenue growth and meeting specific customer requirements, the need to become demand-driven speaks for itself.  This paper will help you outline your business case more efficiently with evidence from similar manufacturing environments that successfully transitioned.

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ekanban paper

Kanban Series White Paper: Gaining Control: Exploring Push v. Pull Manufacturing

If you’re considering a shift from a traditional, push-based MRP manufacturing system to a more progressive pull-based system, this white paper is a must read. While contrasting both types of systems, the paper explores the nature of pull-based manufacturing and the evolution of Kanban systems to support today’s demand-driven manufacturing environment.

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Kanban Series White Paper: Gaining Clarity: Drive Productivity, Flow and Profit with Data that Matters

Many of today’s discrete manufacturers are overcoming the challenges of legacy push-based systems by turning to pull-based eKanban software systems that focus on throughput and flow and result in a reduction in costs and inventory. This resource explores manufacturing Kanban systems from a management perspective, detailing the benefits of a more predictable environment with the decision-making power gained through deeper access to real time data and analytics.

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ekanban white paper

Kanban Series White Paper: Gaining Confidence: Syncing Supplier Delivery to Customer Demand

Demand-driven and lean production allows manufacturers to be more responsive to consumer needs while increasing their own profitability. It also reduces the reliance on forecasts by linking demand signals and providing real-time data directly to suppliers. Customers, in turn, demonstrate their confidence by eliminating buffers. This works to build lasting client relationships by ensuring customer service that exceeds expectations and drives results. Download this resource to learn more.

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eKanban competitive advantage

Kanban Series White Paper: Gain a Competitive Advantage for Bottom-Line Results

In this white paper, we look at the competitive edge Demand-Driven Manufacturers gain by not only being devoted to driving flow and eliminating waste, but also in enabling their organizations to become best-in-class by using Pull and eKanban software technology. These manufacturers provide valuable opportunities to their customers and, because of their Lean Manufacturing approach and continuous improvement efforts, are equipped to increase their effectiveness, productivity and capacity while achieving a competitive advantage in the marketplace.

 

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eKanban white paper reviews issues to be addressed in moving to pull-based manufacturing

Kanban Series White Paper: Common Barriers to Moving from Push to Pull Manufacturing

This resource addresses the following challenges:

  • Organizations initiate material replenishment automation programs without properly analyzing processes and priorities for internal and external stakeholders.
  • Manufacturers are unsure about their current replenishment capabilities within ERP and other systems, and are unsure whether to fix, buy or build a solution to gain the capabilities they need.
  • Disruptions in leadership and a change-averse environment can create barriers to improved production flow and automating processes.
  • Unanswered questions regarding whether a replenishment solution can enhance flow and enable continuous improvements.

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Thought Leadership Articles

Top Ten Trends in Modern Demand Driven Manufacturing

Report: 2017 Top Ten Trends in Modern Demand-Driven Manufacturing

The 2017 Top Ten Trends for Modern Demand-Driven Manufacturing is based on interactions with hundreds of manufacturers and industry experts – addressing challenges, supporting innovation and introducing technologies. The constant, key themes that rise to the top are digitization, synchronization and visibility.

The 2017 Top Ten Trends report provides descriptions and real-world examples of each trend. Download the report here:

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Thought Leadership: What is Demand-Driven Manufacturing?

Demand-Driven Manufacturing combines the best of Lean Manufacturing, Theory of Constraints and Six Sigma principles. Find out why more and more manufacturers are turning to the proven methods of Demand-Driven Manufacturing to synchronize their operations, improve flow and gain a competitive edge. Download this resource brief on Demand-Driven Manufacturing to learn more.

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Thought Leadership: The Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT)

Imagine a fully connected manufacturing environment where data from machines, tools, applications and software systems merge to intelligently deliver instant insight helping you to drive performance metrics, innovation, OEE, quality, continuous improvement initiatives and more. This resource explores how a connected environment can have transformational value and solutions that can help you enable the IIoT today.

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CONLOAD scheduling methodology information

Thought Leadership: CONLOAD Scheduling Methodology

The two key elements of Demand-Driven Manufacturing are synchronization and flow. That is, the ability to synchronize production activities in order to drive flow. And while Synchrono® synchronizes (as the name implies) all layers of manufacturing operations and the extended supply chain, this article addresses the company’s patented scheduling methodology for driving flow: CONLOAD™.

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Customer Case Studies

Video Case Study: How Orbital ATK is Leveraging the IIoT and Visual Factory Technology to Drive Continuous Improvements.

 

 

Synchrono demand-driven platform client case study

Customer Case Study: Orbital ATK

Orbital ATK, Aerospace Structures Division (ASD), is a leading supplier of composite structures for the aerospace and defense industries. With a strong foothold in commercial and military aircraft and launch vehicle programs, the company was looking to equip a new facility with demand-driven, factory of the future technology to support its growing commercial aircraft business.

Read the case study to learn how the Synchrono Demand-Driven Manufacturing Platform helped Orbital ATK create an award-winning transformation.

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ekanban customer Dynisco

Customer Case Study: Dynisco

Today’s manufacturing eKanban software systems are not only equipped to manage highly complex environments, but provide a wealth of hidden benefits. Benefits that Dynisco, a leading materials testing and extrusion-control instrumentation manufacturer, realized after implementing SyncKanban software, an electronic manufacturing Kanban solution from Synchrono.

In upgrading from a manual to a manufacturing eKanban software system, Dynisco addressed 5 key business challenges and achieved significant reductions in inventory costs, lead times and more. What’s more, their 66-step manual manufacturing Kanban process to report inventory and supplier data was reduced to just 6 easy steps.

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Wenger manufacturing case study

Customer Case Study: Wenger Manufacturing

Wenger Manufacturing, an engineer-to-order manufacturer, headquartered in Sabetha, Kansas, specializes in state-of-the-art commercial extrusion systems including industrial dryers, toasting ovens and mixers for the cooking industry.

Read the case study to learn how Synchrono software helped Wenger Manufacturing reduce cycle time, manage capacity and more.

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Product Videos

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Video: Synchrono Demand-Driven Manufacturing Software Platform

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Video: SyncKanban Manufacturing eKanban Software

Visual factory information system

Video: SyncView Real-Time Manufacturing Visualization System – 4 min. Overview

 

Visualizing metrics in the factory of the future

Video: Visualizing Metrics in the Factory of the Future

 

On-Demand Demo Recordings

manufacturing planning software

Demo On-Demand: SyncManufacturing Planning, Scheduling and Execution Software

This webinar/demo is an informative resource that provides an introduction to the demand-driven manufacturing method – and outcomes, including:

  • Proactive constraints management
  • Improved flow
  • Increased capacity
  • On-time delivery

Watch the webinar/demo to see how SyncManufacturing demand-driven manufacturing planning, scheduling and execution software works to enable these outcomes and more.

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Demo On-Demand: SyncKanban Manufacturing eKanban Software

SyncKanban™ eKanban software is an automated, pull-based inventory replenishment system that keeps supply chain signals moving throughout your organization in real-time. This webinar/demo will show you how you can quickly:

• Reduce inventory and carrying costs;
• Shorten lead and replenishment times by up to 30%;
• Improve on-time delivery and more.

SyncKanban ekanban software has evolved the traditional manufacturing kanban process to provide greater clarity and control – giving you the confidence to meet the complex needs of today’s demand-driven manufacturing environment. Watch the demo and let us know how we can help.

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Demo On-Demand: SyncView Real-Time Manufacturing Visualization and Communication System

Watch our recorded demonstration of SyncView, a real-time manufacturing visualization system that provides a single, synchronized view of what is happening at every level of the enterprise and extended supply chain.

Drawing from machine, operations, and enterprise data sources, SyncView gives anyone the ability to easily create personalized views of data called “Boards” that monitor equipment and process status in real time. With this level of visibility, you benefit from instant access to information that will drive quality decisions throughout your organization and empower continuous improvement initiatives with confidence and clarity.

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SyncAlert issue management software

Demo On-Demand: SyncAlert Alert Notification and Escalation Managment Software

This demo provides an overview of SyncAlert, our alert notification and escalation management software that helps you to:

  • Quickly notify team members when disruptive events occur
  • Design escalation paths and communications
  • Develop contact lists and communicate action plans
  • Automatically adjust alert contacts for shift changes

Watch the demo to see how you can reduce downtime and maintain on-time deliveries.

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Product Information

demand-driven manufacturing platform brochure

Brochure: Synchrono Demand-Driven Manufacturing Platform

The Synchrono® Demand-Driven Manufacturing Platform is a collection of systems that enables the real-time visual factory of the future. We’ve combined the power of demand-driven manufacturing planning and scheduling with operations capabilities and more to provide everyone at every level of your organization with a dynamic view of what’s happening at every stage of your manufacturing process; from order inception through production and delivery.

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Synchrono SyncManufacturing Software is a Gartner Cool Vendor

Brochure: SyncManufacturing Software

Demand-Driven Planning, Scheduling and Execution Software

SyncManufacturing™ planning and scheduling software simplifies production scheduling, eliminating the need to build and update schedules. When orders are received, the system will calculate materials, production availability and constraints. And our exclusive CONLOAD™ technology ensures that the work released to the shop floor is in full alignment with constraints, clearing any congestion and driving flow. Order statuses (and related issues) are visible throughout your organization, so your production team, supply chain management, customer service, sales and leadership are all working from the same factual, up-to-the-minute information.

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SyncKanban ekanban software brochure

Brochure: SyncKanban eKanban Software

eKanban Pull-Based Inventory Replenishment Software for Supply Chain Execution and Collaboration

SyncKanban™ eKanban software synchronizes demand and inventory by monitoring consumption and replenishment across every facet of the manufacturing cycle in real-time. Simple to use, yet sophisticated enough to handle highly complex manufacturing environments, SyncKanban helps right-size your inventory for bottom-line results.

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visual factory software

Product Information Sheet: SyncView Software

Real-time, self-service manufacturing visualization and communication system

SyncView™ is a real-time, self-service manufacturing visualization system that gives everyone the ability to monitor equipment and process status as it happens – from wherever they are.  SyncView™ software connects to any data source to visualize data the way you want to see it, giving you instant access to information that will drive quality decisions throughout your organization and empower continuous improvement initiatives.

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Alert management software

Product Information Sheet: SyncAlert Software

Real-Time Alert Notification and Escalation Software

SyncAlert™ software is a real-time alert and escalation software system that provides universal visibility to issues that impact production and mobilizes a rapid response based on your standard operating procedures.

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workflow management software

Product Information Sheet: SyncOperations Software

Workflow Automation, Data Historian and Data Aggregation for Smart Monitoring and Synchronization of Equipment and Processes

SyncOperations™ software, powered by Savigent®, gives you the power to monitor and synchronize data from all equipment and processes in real-time. The result is more fluid workflow automation with access to actionable manufacturing data and the ability to instantly track and improve performance, availability and quality.

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FAQs

Demand-Driven Manufacturing questions

FAQs: Demand-Driven Manufacturing

What is Demand-Driven Manufacturing and in what environments does it work best? Why are constraints important and what are the KPIs that matter?

Get the answers to these questions and more by downloading our FAQs.

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demand-driven manufacturing platform FAQs

FAQs: Synchrono Demand-Driven Manufacturing Platform

The Demand-Driven Manufacturing Platform enables the real-time factory of the future. But how? What’s included? Does it integrate with my existing systems?

Get the answers to these questions and more by downloading our FAQs.

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Synchrono manufacturing scheduling software FAQs

FAQs: SyncManufacturing Software

Demand-Driven Manufacturing Planning, Scheduling and Execution

SyncManufacturing™ software simplifies production scheduling, eliminating the need to build and update schedules. When orders are received, the system will calculate materials, production availability and constraints. And our exclusive CONLOAD™ technology ensures that the work released to the shop floor is in full alignment with constraints, clearing any congestion and driving flow. Order statuses (and related issues) are visible throughout your organization, so your production team, supply chain management, customer service, sales and leadership are all working from the same factual, up-to-the-minute information.

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eKanban software FAQs

FAQs: SyncKanban Software

eKanban Pull-Based Inventory Replenishment Software for Supply Chain Execution and Collaboration

SyncKanban™ manufacturing eKanban software provides continuously refreshed, powerful information to right-size inventory levels and maximize workflow. It monitors consumption and replenishment across every facet of the manufacturing cycle – from suppliers to manufacturing to transfer kanbans – healing the performance problems that come with unsynchronized, systems. The solution also creates a collaborative relationship with suppliers and allows sales to make promises they can keep. SyncKanban provides the ability to respond accurately and instantly from any point in the KLoop® to eliminate strains on the system before they impact delivery times or customer relationships. Data-based reporting empowers decision making and allows supply managers to focus on more value-added activities, delivering more capacity and a competitive advantage.

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Visual factory software FAQs

FAQs: SyncView Software

Real-time manufacturing visualization and communication system

SyncView is a real-time manufacturing visualization and communication system that provides a single, synchronized view of what is happening at every level of the enterprise and extended supply chain.

Drawing from machine, operations, and enterprise data sources, SyncView gives users the ability to create personalized views of data called “Boards” that monitor equipment and process status in real time.  With this level of visibility, users benefit from instant access to information that will drive quality decisions throughout the organization and empower continuous improvement initiatives with confidence and clarity.

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Manufacturing issue management software FAQs

FAQs: SyncAlert Software

Real-time alert notification and escalation software

SyncAlert™ software provides universal visibility to issues that impact production and mobilizes a rapid response. Within SyncAlert, supporting responders and resources are identified to handle specific issues in order to minimize downtime. For all machines, work cells and shifts, SyncAlert embeds standard operating procedures to ensure consistent action plans and resolution time estimates.

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SyncOperations software frequently asked questions

FAQs: SyncOperations Software

Data Aggregation, Data Historian and Workflow Automation Software that Synchronizes Equipment and Processes

SyncOperations software, powered by Savigent® gives manufacturers the power to monitor and synchronize data from all equipment and processes in real-time. In gathering and analyzing data from machine-level and enterprise systems, the software delivers actionable information to improve flow and the ability to instantly track performance, availability, and quality.

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Demand-Driven Matters Podcast Episodes

Demand-Driven Matters Episode 1: What is Demand-Driven Manufacturing?

Experts define Demand-Driven Manufacturing and discuss how Demand-Driven Manufacturing enables the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT), Factory of the Future and Industry 4.0.

Demand-Driven Matters Episode 2. The 5 Key Elements that Drive Flow – Part 1: Controlling the Release

This is the first in a series of podcast episodes that focus on The 5 Key Elements that Drive Flow for Demand-Driven Manufacturing environments. This episode focuses on the first element, Controlling the Release (Pull). Experts explain that by gating work into the system, you can maintain a constant level of flow.

Demand-Driven Matters Episode 3. The 5 Key Elements that Drive Flow – Part 2: Synchronize Activities

This is the second in our series addressing the five key elements that drive production flow in Demand-Driven Manufacturing environments. Experts discuss the impact of synchronization – aligning people, materials, machines, method and data – and more.

 

 

Demand-Driven Matters Episode 4. The 5 Key Elements that Drive Flow – Part 3: Continuous Improvement

Continuous Improvement is the focus in this episode; the third installment in the series, the 5 Key Elements to Drive Flow in Demand-Driven Manufacturing. Gain insight into best practices for approaching and focusing your continuous improvement efforts.

Demand-Driven Matters Episode 5. The 5 Key Elements that Drive Flow – Part 4: Extend to the Supply Chain

This episode of Demand-Driven Matters is the fourth in the series focusing on the 5 key elements that drive demand-driven manufacturing production flow. In this episode, the focus is on how to engage and synchronize the external supply chain through proactive communication, consumption-based replenishment and more.