Additive Manufacturing and Its Influence On the Supply Chain

June 13, 2018

Additive manufacturing is a technological advancement in which computer-aided-design (CAD) software or 3D object scanners are used to create lighter and stronger parts. This technique allows precise objects to be made from a digital design with structures being created out of thousands of minuscule layers.  Within the manufacturing operation, a layering process is applied where the joining of materials required to create the object is completed layer-by-layer – this is opposed to traditional manufacturing where the material is usually carved or shaped. Read more

MRP, MRPII…DDMRP? The Planning of Manufacturing Explained

February 19, 2018

Of all the elements of a supply chain, the planning of manufacturing is the area that is probably most mired in confusing language and acronyms. MRP, MRPII, DDMRP, RCCP, MPS… the list goes on. Manufacturing is a complex beast and trying to grasp the basic planning processes can be challenging if you’ve not been exposed to manufacturing before. In this article, we explain, in straight-forward terms, the core concepts of the manufacturing planning process and put the mind-boggling acronyms into context. Read more

Manufacturing Issues That Will Affect Your Profitability

September 5, 2017

Although supply chains, and specifically manufacturing, are becoming more and more adept at using technology, there are still some key problem areas. Technology has both created the solutions, and highlighted the problems. The three main areas that we see negatively affecting manufacturers in terms of productivity, and consequently profitability, are: data management (and how it’s enacted), inventory and gross margin management. Read more