ERP Blog

What is the value of your data? Having been in manufacturing for most of my career, it seems as though the recurring topics of interest tend to fall into the same categories: Machines, Materials, and Labor. Even today, while there are now top level positions for information systems, little attention is paid to the value […]

This morning I read a re-post of an interview done a couple of years ago by Karl Forth (CabinetmakerFDM) with Jim Sherbert, CEO of Bush Industries, one of the few remaining RTA manufacturers in the US. The core topic of the interview was, “How did Bush survive the recession?” Early in the interview, Mr. Sherbert […]

Thomas Chippendale published The Gentleman and Cabinet Maker’s Director, becoming a well-known celebrity in the furniture and interior design world, by cataloguing an amazing range of styles which were considered the pinnacle of his art. However, in addition to Chippendale’s artistic skill, he was clearly a marketing genius. He pushed the state-of-the-art, using what we […]

Adding Employees or Technology Most of us have seen shops that are very labor intensive and others, doing similar volume with far fewer employees, as a result of technology investments. Compare for example, the casework manufacturer with CNC, where high volumes of precision parts are made with only a few workers, as opposed to another […]

Keeping up vs Catching Up One of the worst common adages we have all heard is, “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.” It’s hard to say where this would apply. Does it mean, don’t change the oil in your car until the engine seizes up? Don’t replace the bearings on a machine, even though […]

This past week I noticed a post in one of the groups I follow on LinkedIn, which is about tracking jobs on the shop floor. This is a highly controversial topic, with pros and cons regarding a number of aspects of the issue. Of course every manufacturer wants to monitor the status of production, manage […]