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The case AGAINST new Technology

Technology is Necessary but Not Sufficient Technology typically allows us to do more stuff faster. And generally that can be a good thing. But it does not necessarily lead to: • more sales; • reduced operating expenses; or • reduced inventory. And these are the things...

The biggest constraint we find is … (part 2)

The Allocation Mind-set We have worked with companies around the globe and the constraint is always the same.  It's how we think.  In particular, it's how the business owner or leader of the company thinks. Last time, in Part 1, we discussed the efficiency mind-set...

The biggest constraint we find is … (part 1)

Theory of Constraints for Job Shops and Machine Shops (Custom Manufacturers) We have worked with companies around the globe implementing Theory of Constraints, Lean and Six Sigma and the constraint is always the same.  It’s how we think.  In particular, it’s how the...

Job Shop Scheduling Problems and Challenges

Job Shop Scheduling - High mix low volume problems and challenges Here are just a few of the  job shop scheduling problems and challenges that plague the typical Velocity Scheduling System client and many job shops, making scheduling very complex: Bottlenecks or...

Job Shop Scheduling Software (FREE, ERP, manual)

Job Shop Software I'm like you.  I invested in job shop scheduling software (we used to own a job shop).  It took many months to set up.  Then after it was set up, I would spend hours and hours continually updating the schedule.  Why does it seem that the moment I...

16 Job Shop Scheduling Problems Infographic

Back in 2007 I published the 9 Challenges to Scheduling Your Job Shop and Why Your Schedule is Dead on Arrival. That ebook captured some of the biggest problems job shops can face and to scheduling machine shop work, but as you know there are many many more. So now,...