The following presentations are designed to accomplish one thing: Give people enough information to move off of top dead center in thinking. Each one sets a stage, gives people some time to work the idea into an existing paradigm, and then, when the footing seems secure, the old paradigm collapses and a new one takes its place. Businesses use these presentations as a precursor to change, APICS Chapters use these to stimulate thinking for it's own sake, or as a prelude to an all day seminar.

Factory Flow? Child's Play! For the past twenty years, companies have been working to make MRP/MRPII make the factory flow. For twenty years it has largely failed. Making your factory flow depends more on how you think about the way things move than it does on software. A little push, a little pull and a little DBR combine to change the way things move down our simulated production line. In this highly interactive experience, we will change the way you think about factory flow.

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"The Dice Game: Why We Rarely Have the Capacity We Think We Have" Most businesses find maintenance of Bills of Material difficult enough. Attempting to develop and maintain a complete Resource Bill is a challenge few businesses rise to. Add to that the fact that whatever numbers the business chooses to use, the mechanism for making use of those numbers, MRP, is fundamentally flawed. So, take an inappropriate formula using challenged numbers and end up with capacity that doesn't exist and the missed schedules and ship dates that follow should be no surprise.

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"Connecting Supply and Demand: Turn the Production Wheel to turn inventory and profit" Master Scheduling is depicted as more art than science. It's called an art because most people, most businesses don't know how to turn it into a science. Making a science out of Master Scheduling requires understanding and integrating forecast and orders with inventory and production schedules. The Production Wheel is an old idea that has new life as the technology required to execute has become available only recently. The spreadsheet. Use a desktop database to raid collect information and use spreadsheets to do the scheduling. Multiple sites, multiple lines, thousands of part numbers? No problem.

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"Position to Win" Sometimes success seems to rain down on a fortunate few. Defining success is part of the battle, measuring it is another. In this presentation, we'll breeze through some definitions and measures and move beyond that to strategies that can put you in a position to win. Personal stories and observations along with the impact APICS has had and can have will ground the ideas and strategies. "Getting Knowware Fast" Massively parallel thinking at speeds and in directions never considered possible is key to staying ahead of the wave front of competition.

"Getting Knowware Fast" is a series of stories woven onto the framework of an approach that makes this possible. Learning from the past and discarding it to move into the future are paradoxical themes that anchor this fast moving presentation. Real, in plant experiences drive home the point as a plant moves to capsize the traditional top down interpretation of the management pyramid.

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