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Managing Purchase Order Lead Times in Plastics Manufacturing

Managing Purchase Order Lead Times in Plastics Manufacturing

In Plastics Manufacturing with resin and additive price fluctuations, sales forecast volatility, and varying levels of self-imposed risk, it is important to manage procurement. Minimizing inventory and the holding costs associated can sometimes take a backseat if other volatility warrants possibly over buying. Strategies around what, when and how much will always be important to…

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Who needs Dynamics 365 Service Agreement Cost Prices?

Dynamics 365 Cost Price for Specific Service Agreement

Prices! When we talk Service Agreement Prices in Dynamics 365 for Finance and Operations, Enterprise Edition (aka formerly Dynamics AX), first let’s clarify if we are talking Sales Prices or Cost Prices. In short, Sales Price is what we charge on the customer invoice. Cost Price is used for internal purposes to analyze the spend…

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Building Intelligence Into Your Plastics Manufacturing ERP System

Building Intelligence in Your Plastics Manufacturing ERP System

Intelligent ERP. This phrase is gaining momentum and it’s being spurred by Digital Transformation. Plastic Manufacturers are always looking for performance improvements to allow selling and producing more with fewer resources at a lower cost. While Machine Learning, Artificial Intelligence and other advanced analytics offer exciting opportunities in areas where predicted outcomes can make a…

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Project Recovery or Considerations for Your Next ERP Implementation

Money Pit. Throwing good money after bad. You think the original decision was bad? Think again… The problem with your original ERP decision wasn’t necessarily the initial decision; it was the series of bad decisions that occurred afterwards. For Plastics Manufacturers – with already tight margins, resin price dependence, and growing customer expectations – a…

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The Importance of an Easy-to-use ERP in Plastics Manufacturing

The Importance of an Easy-to-use ERP in Plastics Manufacturing

Full featured, consistent and easy to use? Good to have ERP goals, right? But, are they mutually exclusive? You’ve outgrown your current Plastic Manufacturing ERP system. Processes have also become more complex and it’s time to evaluate ERP systems that will not only consistently support these processes and functionality but also be simple to use.…

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In the Cloud, On-Premise, or Hybrid: Whats Best for Plastics Manufacturing?

In the Cloud, On-Premise, or Hybrid in Plastics Manufacturing

It’s easy to get caught up in all the Digital Transformation and Cloud discussions. But, in a competitive industry like Plastics Manufacturing, companies have had to be frugal in their IT spending and generally manage their servers and applications with a relatively small group of professionals. While Microsoft has spent an enormous amount of money…

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How Customized Will Your Next Plastics Manufacturing ERP System Be?

Plastics Manufacturing ERP System

There’s an age-old question that will likely continue for many, many years… In buying your next, incredibly expensive ERP system, how much should we customize the system?  First, some definitions: Configuration – Highly configurable systems offer tools and options that provide numerous permutations to meet the functionality and process of your business. Normally, these configuration options…

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Analytical Workspaces Now Directly Embedded in Dynamics 365 for Finance & Operations

Analytical Workspaces and Power BI in Dynamics 365 for Finance and Operations

  The continued push for better business intelligence and analytical tools certainly has Microsoft’s attention. Earlier this year, Gartner’s Business Intelligence and Analytics Magic Quadrant named Microsoft a “Leader” in this field (for the 10th consecutive year, I might add). But, perhaps more importantly, the Magic Quadrant also reflected a gigantic leap ahead of the…

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Building Your Own Plastic Manufacturing Color Sensor Quality Lab

Plastic Manufacturing Color Sensor

As Plastic Manufacturers continue on the “Yellow Brick Road” toward world class OEE performance, quality will remain an important element. Having to scrap parts or an entire production order due to poor quality is more prevalent than often reported. A few months ago, we showed a video with a temperature sensor, real-time streaming, and alerts…

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Personalizing an ERP for your Plastics Manufacturing Organization

Personalizing an ERP for Plastics Manufacturing

Mass customization is a goal for many Plastics Manufacturers, and the concept is pretty simple. Differentiating through smaller runs that are differentiated by the custom nature and desires of your customer. Enriching the customer experience – great in theory, but not always easy to execute. This same concept extends to your ERP system. Out of…

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