Review this collection of SyncManufacturing® resources to learn how the software synchronizes planning, scheduling and execution with actual demand; increasing flow, managing constraints and driving on time delivery.
Also referred to as a demand-driven, pull-based or respond planning system, SyncManufacturing® software includes a patented methodology, CONLOAD™, that helps manufacturers effectively manage their system constraints to reduce congestion and drive flow throughout the production environment. Read the case studies to learn how SyncManufacturing® has produced dramatic results for a diverse set of clients by leveraging CONLOAD™ and other key capabilities within the software. Gartner research recognized Synchrono® as a Cool Vendor based on the unique value offered by SyncManufacturing® software.
|Thought Leadership Articles|
|Customer Case Studies|
|On-Demand Demo Recordings|
|Demand-Driven Matters Podcast|
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.
White Paper: Enterprise Impact of SyncManufacturing® Software
When demand signals are received by a manufacturer, the manufacturer needs systemic synchronization of all key resources to ensure a company-wide focus on achieving the highest level of customer satisfaction and delivery:
- Labor, materials and operational capabilities are available to execute the presented demand;
- Execution signals are properly aligned throughout the manufacturing process;
- All resources are focused on the right demand priorities and do not waste capacity (machine, labor, materials) or create chaos during the production process.
The benefits of synchronization extend beyond schedulers and shop floor operators. Enterprise Impact addresses how ROI is extended across the organization to sales, customer service, production scheduling, purchasing and shipping.
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.
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.
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.
Thought Leadership: Eliminate Production Bottlenecks; Manage Manufacturing Constraints
What is the difference between a bottleneck and a constraint? And, what’s the best strategy for managing each of these inhibitors to production flow?
Eliminate Production Bottlenecks; Manage Manufacturing Constraints explains how Lean and Demand-Driven Manufacturers categorize constraints and bottlenecks – and why they need to be addressed differently. The paper reviews:
- Different strategies for managing bottlenecks and constraints while accounting for variability.
- How production flow-based constraints have been addressed through different Drum-Buffer-Rope (DBR) methods from The Theory of Constraints (TOC)
- How DBR concepts have evolved into technology that synchronizes the entire value stream and automatically sets the optimal production pace to drive flow.
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™.
Thought Leadership: The Changing Role of ERP in Manufacturing
ERP is a great system of record for managing transactions – and the financial health and management of the organization – but often falls short when managing the activities behind those transactions. Production scheduling is one of the most common shortcomings. This paper reviews the evolution of production planning, scheduling and execution “tools” and why more manufacturers are abandoning spreadsheets, MRP and other software – and turning towards a planning system of record that sits on top of their ERP to manage manufacturing operations and the extended supply chain.
Thought Leadership: Demand-Driven Manufacturing Can Help You Cost-Justify Your Next IIoT Project
While the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) connects data assets, manufacturers need to think about how they are going to curate this data and transform it into actionable – and quantifiable – results. This paper offers the method of Demand-Driven Manufacturing as the link to IIoT value creation across the organization. Cost-justification examples touch on preventative maintenance, just-in-time material replenishment, quality assurance and increased throughput created by synchronizing planning, scheduling and production execution data.
Thought Leadership: Three Key Strategies of Modern Demand-Driven Manufacturing
Today’s manufacturers are meeting complex market demands while maintaining desired levels of customer satisfaction, supplier performance and production throughput by applying Modern Demand-Driven Manufacturing strategies that enable a more connected environment and serve as the catalyst for progressive concepts, including:
- The Industrial Internet of Things
- Smart Manufacturing
- Synchronized Planning, Scheduling and Execution
- End-to-end Supply Chain Visibility
Download this paper for an overview of the three key strategies of Modern Demand-Driven Manufacturing.
Thought Leadership: 2018 Top Ten Trends in Modern Demand-Driven Manufacturing
With all signals pointing toward a good year, manufacturers have a decision to make. They can enjoy the strong economy while it lasts or look to the future and invest in technologies that will help them build a stronger organization that can prosper through economic shifts.
Last year, the common thread throughout our Top Ten Trends in Modern Demand-Driven Manufacturing list was digitization, synchronization and visualization. This year’s trends revolve around the maturity – and execution – of these concepts.
Customer Case Study: Pyrotek
After acquiring more complex equipment and expanding its product line, Pyrotek – a global engineering leader and innovator of performance-improving technical solutions and services for the aluminum industry – experienced tremendous growth. Growth that was compounded by the fact that as an engineer-to-order (ETO) manufacturer of capital equipment, every project they build is unique.
Read the case study to learn how SyncManufacturing® software helped them to be more compliant and disciplined. As a result, they are operating better as an organization.
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.
Customer Case Study: GIW® Minerals
GIW Industries, a KSB Company, is a leader in the design, manufacture and application of heavy-duty centrifugal slurry pumps.
After implementing SyncManufacturing® demand-driven planning, scheduling and execution software, GIW was able to increase performance such that they have added capacity to pursue new markets. As a result, they doubled their revenue in 2.5 years.
Video: CONLOAD™ Scheduling Methodology
Video: A Day in the Life of a Work Center Operator
For many manufacturers, moving from a push-based manufacturing system to a pull-based approach is a big change that impacts not just inventory and equipment, but people.
In this short, campy video, we’ll look at how demand-driven manufacturing affects the life of a work-center operator. From this video, you’ll gain perspective on:
- Challenges to operators in push environments
- Helpful transition training topics
- Work center metrics that drive desired behavior
Video: The 3 Key Strategies Driving Modern Demand-Driven Manufacturing
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.
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.
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.
Podcast: 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.
Podcast: Part 1 of the 5 Key Elements that Drive Flow – 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.
Podcast: Part 2 of the 5 Key Elements that Drive Flow – 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.
Podcast: Part 3 of the 5 Key Elements that Drive Flow – 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.
Podcast: Part 4 of the 5 Key Elements that Drive Flow – 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.
Podcast: Part 5 of the 5 Key Elements that Drive Flow – Part 5: Align Metrics
This, the final installment in the series, 5 Key Elements to Drive Flow, focuses on metrics. Experts discuss suggested metrics to focus on to improve and maintain an optimal rate of production flow.