Physical Flows

May 29, 2018  |  Articles

The Lowly Wooden Pallet is a Critical Conveyance in the Supply Chain

In a recent interview, discussions with Patrick Atagi, VP for Advocacy & External Affairs at the National Wooden Pallet and Contain Association (NWPCA)  helped to educate me on just how prolific wooden pallets are in the global supply chain.  Patrick […]

Apr 9, 2018  |  Articles

Excess and Obsolete Inventory: An Outcome of a Series of Unfortunate Events!

Inventory continues to be a problem for many companies.   In particular, inventory that is considered “Excess and Obsolete” often accumulates and has to be dealt with – often at the end of the fiscal year.  During tax season, this is also […]

Jan 19, 2011  |  Articles

Manufacturing Layout Strategy

An element of manufacturing strategy. It is the analysis of physical capacity, geography, functional needs, corporate philosophy, and product-market/process focus to systematically respond to required facility changes driven by organizational, strategic, and environmental considerations. Source: http://www.apics.org/ (10th ed.)

Jan 19, 2011  |  Articles

Capacity Strategy

One of the strategic choices that a firm must make as part of its manufacturing strategy. There are three commonly recognized capacity strategies: lead, lag, and tracking. A lead capacity strategy adds capacity in anticipation of increasing demand. A lag […]

Jan 19, 2011  |  Articles

Maintenance

See: Preventative Maintenance, Total Product Maintenance (TPM)

Jan 19, 2011  |  Articles

Capacity Planning

The process of determining the amount of capacity required to produce in the future. This process may be performed at an aggregate or product-line level (resource requirements planning), at the master-scheduling level (rough-cut capacity planning), and at the material requirements […]

Jan 19, 2011  |  Articles

Warehouse Management Layouts

This refers to the configuration of the warehouse site with lines, storage areas, aisles, etc. Layout or storage plan of a warehouse should be planned to facilitate product flow. Special attention should be given to location, number, and design of […]

Jan 19, 2011  |  Articles

Capacity Management

The function of establishing, measuring, monitoring, and adjusting limits or levels of capacity in order to execute all manufacturing schedules; i.e., the production plan, master production schedule, material requirements plan, and dispatch list. Capacity management is executed at four levels: […]

Jan 19, 2011  |  Articles

Outbound Logistics

The process related to the storage and movement of the final product and related information flows from the end of the production line to the end user. Sources: Christopher, M. (1998). Logistics and Supply Chain Management: Strategies for reducing cost […]

Jan 19, 2011  |  Articles

Capacity – Physical Flows

1) The capability of a system to perform its expected function. 2) The capability of a worker, machine, work center, plant, or organization to produce output per time period. Capacity required represents the system capability needed to make a given […]