Apriso, the leading provider of global manufacturing software solutions, today launched a new industry solution aimed at helping manufacturers to increase responsiveness and agility by better leveraging “Pull” triggered manufacturing and supply chain processes. This process-based solution incorporates real-time operational intelligence into the design and execution of Pull processes, resulting in “smarter” pull and Kanban signals that can enhance operational performance.
In the world of Lean manufacturing, Kanban systems are widely used to trigger Just-in-Time (JIT) operations. The challenge is that traditional Kanbans typically only rely on simple and basic measures — for example, if a parts bin is empty, place an order. Apriso’s Smart-Pull solution leverages FlexNet’s Manufacturing Process Intelligence (MPI) to add intelligence to Kanban-driven Pull processes by incorporating a broader scope of actual events or historical performance. For example, an electronic Kanban signal can now consider up-to-the-moment seasonal order fluctuations, supplier quality performance or employee knowledge and inputs, which then trigger more accurate replenishment signals.
“Apriso’s new Smart Pull solution really challenges the concept of JIT as defined by Lean methodology,” explained James Mok, director of solution strategy and business development at Apriso. “Recent advances in mobility, social media and sensing technologies have completely changed the scope of what real-time data can be gathered. Combining this intelligence with the capability to quickly extract actionable insights enables highly efficient business processes to be formulated and executed just in time for dramatically improved responsiveness across manufacturing and supply chain operations.”
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Article Source: : SC Manufacturing