Plastics Manufacturing

Apps, ERP, and IoT in Plastics Manufacturing

Apps, ERP and IoT in Plastics Manufacturing

Plastic Manufacturing is growing, and it remains a cutthroat industry. It’s no longer enough to simply have good products or an efficient manufacturing operations – you now need the proper systems and technology in place to succeed. Your ERP runs your business, houses your master data, and is your primary system of record. On the…

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The Art and Science of Demand Forecasting for Plastic Manufacturers

Demand Forecasting Plastics Manufacturing

Whether your Plastics Manufacturing Business is volatile or stable, continued growth in the top and bottom lines is expected. Presumably, everyone knows the myriad of reasons and impact that accurate demand planning has on carrying costs attributed to overstocked inventory, Return on Capital, Cash Flow, and Earnings. If underestimated, it can obviously adversely affect revenues…

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Leveraging Mobile Devices in Plastics Manufacturing Warehouses

Mobile Devices in Plastics Manufacturing Warehouses

The warehouse continues to be a focal point for performance improvement in Plastics Manufacturing. Equipping personnel with RF guns or other mobile devices is an important factor in picking and putaway performance. Microsoft continues to understand mobile device advantages by developing mobile applications, using HTML5, or specifically targeting RF devices. There are still pros and…

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How Plastics Manufacturers Add Customer Service Value Using Consignment Inventory

Consignment Inventory

It is not unusual for Plastics Manufacturers to offer a Consignment Inventory model as a value added service to customers. Whether it’s due to the: • Tight collaboration necessary in the Supply Chain required by industries like automotive, • Volatile demand in your customer’s industry, • Financial needs of new customers related cash flow or…

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Plastics Manufacturing – Intelligent Handling of Scrap in Dynamics AX

Scrap and By-product management in plastics manufacturing

Scrap re-use is generally a requirement in Plastic Manufacturing to improve yield. Microsoft’s ERP system, Dynamics AX (aka, Dynamics 365) has handled both discrete and process manufacturing for years (and, mixed mode manufacturing) which means that scrap can be accounted for, re-used, and costed accurately in the same production order. In a previous blog post…

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Continuous Improvement in Plastics Manufacturing

Continuous Improvement in Plastics Manufacturing

As Plastics Manufacturers continue to improve yield percentage, operational speed or uptime, it is important to track the events or draw insight for root cause. Quality issues related to high scrap rate can be due to materials, process, calibration or human factors. It’s important to capture these non-conforming events and report on them, so corrective…

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