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Information Technology for Manufacturing

Reducing Costs and Expanding Capabilities, 1st Edition

By Kevin Ake, John Clemons, Mark Cubine, Bruce Lilly

CRC Press

328 pages | 52 B/W Illus.

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The rate of change in manufacturing today is faster than ever. Retailers and consumers demand flexibility and responsiveness, regulatory oversight is on the rise, and increasing consolidations require companies to demonstrate cost and efficiency improvements.

Information Technology for Manufacturing describes how IT can help manufacturers effectively respond to all of these changes. By reviewing common strategic errors and pitfalls as well as success stories, the book outlines how manufacturing companies can use IT to their advantage in two fundamental ways: to cut costs and to add valuable new capabilities. Citing examples from their work in the field, the authors recount how savvy companies use IT to improve manufacturing processes, and subsequently save millions of dollars, become more competitive, and avoid fines from regulatory agencies.

The book takes a comprehensive look at five major areas where IT systems can play a pivotal role in improving any company's manufacturing processes. Going beyond theory, the authors show how to ensure that IT investments bring a real payback to manufacturing companies.

Table of Contents

MANUFACTURING CHANGES IN RECENT DECADES

Textiles

Steel

Automotive

Pulp and Paper

Food and Beverage

The Big Picture

The Future Role of IT

MANUFACTURING IT FROM THE BEGINNING

The Development of Corporate IT

The First Engineering Applications of Computer Technology

"Lights Out Manufacturing"

Computer-Integrated Manufacturing

The Gulf between Engineering and IT

The Emergence of Personal Computers and Networks

The Aftermath of the Turf Wars

The Rise of ERP

The Invisible Computers

What Engineering Achieved

Y2K

The Dot-Com Boom and Bust

Conclusion

THE STATE OF MANUFACTURING IT TODAY

The Cavalry to the Rescue

ERP in the Plant

The Reasons behind ERPs Shortcomings

The Legacy of the Gulf between Corporate IT and Plant Engineering

AMR Research Report, February 2000

Unfulfilled Promises

"Bring on the Data Entry Clerks"

The Need for - and Lack of - IT Support

Filling in the Gaps

Was ERP Worth the Price?

Technology Mania

Buying on Faith

IT Budgets - Past and Present

The New Order - Hard Justification

Conclusion

WAYS TO CUT COSTS AND ADD CAPABILITIES

The Value of Focusing on the Supply Chain

Manufacturing's Place in the Supply Chain

Manufacturing's Role Gets Overlooked

How Manufacturing Systems Can Achieve Real Payback

Reducing Waste and Loss

How to attack the Waste Streams

Informed Decision Making

Reducing Waste through Supplier Integration

Reducing Waste through Management of Quality

Providing New Capabilities

Supporting Regulatory Compliance

Conclusion

THE PORTFOLIO

The Integration Chasm

Building a Bridge between ERP and the Plant

The Portfolio

Conclusion

ACHIEVING PAYBACK WITH THE PORTFOLIO

Snapshots of success

Examples of Real Payback

Conclusion

HOW TO MAKE IT SOLUTIONS A REALITY

Why the Process is Difficult

The Project Lifecycle

Conclusion

STRATEGY

Why Requirements Matter

General Guidelines for Creating a List of Requirements

Benefits of Requirements

The Requirements Document

Using Requirements to sketch Out Broad Solutions

Various Approaches to IT Architecture

Involving the End Users and the Stakeholders

Conclusion

FRAMEWORK

Design

Guidelines for Technology Evaluation and Selection

The Value of Standards and Models

Standards

Models

Justifying the Capital Expense for IT Projects

The Three Main Ways to Justify Projects

The Importance of Business Strategies

Conclusion

IMPLEMENTATION AND SUPPORT

Implementation

Support

Conclusion

PITFALLS

The 10 Most Common Pitfalls

An Even Longer List of Pitfalls

Dodging Pitfalls

A List of Why Projects Succeed

Climbing Out of Pitfalls in Five Steps

Seven Habits of Highly Effective Manufacturers

Conclusion

CONCLUSION

APPENDICES

INDEX

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
BUS053000
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS / Quality Control
COM032000
COMPUTERS / Information Technology