PFE Video Education
Advanced Master Production Scheduling - Dealing With Products and
Options - with John Dougherty
If you have products made from options (features and options, modules,
etc.) and you want to implement the most effective master scheduling
techniques- then this is the course for you.
This four hour course contains all the important concepts you need for
implementing and operating a "two level master
An Overview of Lean Manufacturing Concepts - with Chris Gray
If you are implementing lean manufacturing, trying to improve materials
flows using TPS methods, replacing push with pull systems, then this
course can help.
This class contains important concepts you need for implementing lean
materials management methods.
Performance Measurement and Assessment - with Chris Gray
There are two questions that any business tries
to answer—How are we doing? And, are we doing the right things? If
you've determined that performance is not as good as you would like, how
do you assess the individual root causes and how do you improve
underlying business performance?
How do you design a self-assessment program so
that you can go out and look at your individual business processes—such
as resource planning, sales and operations, and forecasting processes?
How do you develop an assessment program that allows you to look at
those processes and decide if you are doing the right things?
This course answers those questions and more in a
three-and-a-half hour presentation on the concepts of designing a
performance measurement system and self-assessment program for your
Self-administered Education: Your instructors, our material
S&OP Courseware (Instructor's Guide, Visuals)
Master Scheduling Courseware (Instructor's Guide, Visuals)
S&OP Best Practices Book - New Reduced Price!
S&OP Best Practices Book
From John Dougherty and
Chris Gray, Available now.
For more information or
to order using your credit card, click on
Best Practices book, or call us at: 1 603 528-0840.
Sales and Operations Planning - Best Practices is also available in
Books By Chris Gray
Chris Gray's series of
books and reference software on software for manufacturing (Manufacturing
is now shipping. This series currently includes three books, which
you can purchase individually or as a group:
Sales and Operations Planning Standard System, and reference
Lean Standard System, and reference software.
The Right Choice.
For more information or to order using
your credit card, click here:
Software related books, or call: 1 603 778-9211.
Other Books and
S&OP Checklist: What you need to do to organize and implement
for a successful S&OP process in your company. Two parts -
how to implement, and
what to implement.
S&OP Handbook, 122 pages of
samples, examples, specific step-by-step instructions, and internal
audit data are provided to help your company start or improve your S&OP
Global S&OP Class A Checklist now available for companies operating
a global S&OP process. FREE
Below are some of the
problems that companies frequently experience. If you have any of these
problems, call us - 1 603 528-0840 - we have experience solving them.
For a more complete
list, click on the Problem List button
In Customer and
Late or missed customer deliveries
Cash flow problems: too much inventory, or inventory in the wrong places
Unexpected excess cost: overtime, freight, etc.
Management And Customer Service
Abnormal demands not identified soon enough
Customer "big events" not managed or forecasted
In Lean Manufacturing
Excessive time & cost for setup/changeovers
Some work centers overloaded, some underloaded
Excessive number of non value adding steps
Constant material and capacity shortages
In Manufacturing And Purchasing Performance
Poor manufacturing on-time delivery performance
Poor supplier on-time delivery performance
Excessive lead times
In Manufacturing Management
Excessive production floor paperwork and transactions
Frequent shortages as well as excess inventory
Capacity problems and surprise production bottlenecks
In New Product Introductions
New product development takes too long and is too expensive
Too many last-minute surprises
Time and cost targets are unreliable
Too many product changes (ECN's) after product launch
Supply Chain Performance
The supply chain is not well synchronized
Supply and demand are out of balance
Greater supply chain visibility is needed
There are no integrated business plans.
Executives lack the information to validate the business
Together As A Team
Departments operate as silos
Dysfunctional communication processes
Problem/project of the month mentality
Partners for Excellence:
Partners for Excellence (PFE) specializes in solving manufacturing and
distribution problems like excess inventory, poor customer service, inflexible manufacturing processes, poor communication
and lack of teamwork using tools and methods like:
Demand Driven Supply Networks
Supply Chain Management
Manufacturing Resource Planning (MRP
Lean Manufacturing /
Focused on Getting Results for Your Benefit
Our client list is a Who's Who of Manufacturing. For them, we've produced
tangible and sustained operating results including: improved on time delivery, reduced working capital investments,
reduced manufacturing costs, improved process flows, better company communication and coordination, and increased supply chain
flexibility. We've helped or clients put in place processes that get their people working together in ways they did
Unlike many other consulting firms, who do everything from real estate to travel,
marketing to taxes, retail to government services, we're passionate about only asingle thing - the manufacturing
industry. We've all
worked directly in manufacturing companies, and we have decades of consulting experience working with hundreds of companies.
We've developed a structured approach to manufacturing improvement that can be applied flexibly to your
unique situation and set of problems. With an average of 25 years of consulting experience per Partner, we have the experience to
fix your problems.
We help get results that are based on applying proven principles and methods - not the latest
buzzword, software package, or "silver bullet". In most cases, our clients use the systems they already had
in place, upgrading to the proven techniques used by the leading companies in their respective markets. We deliver results fast
- you can typically see a difference in inventory levels, customer
service, plant flexibility, company communications, etc., in weeks of months not years. Changes across the organization are
reflected in real operating results, not fancy bound reports or the size of the check you write for consulting.
Again, unlike other consulting firms who will provide you with teams of junior people, we do
the work ourselves - what you see is what you get.
And we promise you this - no surprises.
We will communicate with you clearly and openly when there are problems that need to be
resolved, be they system problems, behavioral issues, accountability problems, record integrity, etc. Finally, while we
do on-site consulting and education, we don't move in. Your people do the work under our direction and guidance so that
when we leave, your improvements stay.
We are able to mentor and coach at all levels of an organization, being the voice of the
project team to executive management, and the voice of executive management to the project team. By working with people
across the organization we can help define and implement solutions that have organizational buy-in - solutions that will truly
We have extensive experience in
auditing and assessing performance, particularly in the area of sales and
operations planning. Click on "Global
S&OP Class A Checklist" in our resource links for a new
checklist specifically designed for companies operating a global S&OP
process. Recently developed with Robert Jones, one of our professional
associates, it is the only checklist dealing specifically with global S&OP
Let one of our Senior Partners discuss how we can help you become more successful using proven tools and
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The Best of Volume 1 (Issues 1 and 2)
Re-Engineering Your Business Planning through Sales
& Operations Planning
Gaining a Competitive Advantage with Synchronous Flow Manufacturing
ERP/MRP II Software: Valuable Tips for Selection & Implementation
Volume 1 Issue 3
Turning Education into an Investment that Pays Off!
Management Today - The Sayings of Sir John
Volume 2 Issue 1
Japanese Style Execution vs. American Style
Coca Cola: "Always" Class A MRP II
Dayco Finds Continuous Improvement is the Way to Go!
Volume 3 Issue 1
People Empowerment: How to Guarantee Success in
Consider These Questions Before Changing the Master Production Schedule
Class A at DuPont Polyester Films
Volume 4 Issue 1
Supply Chain Measure Up?
Class A Regained at Dade Behring
Making More With Less Is Lean Manufacturing
5 Issue 1
Are You Really
Ready for Lean Manufacturing?
Value/Supply Chain Management - Where Do You Start
Fact or Opinion
Your Most Important Asset
Back to Basics
Demand Pull (Pure Kanban): What are the Prerequisites for Success?
Getting Started With Sales and Operations Planning
Lessons Learned from Worldwide Best Practice Companies
Master It (Master Scheduling and Lean Production)
On-Time New Product Development – Fact or Fiction?
Scheduling to Keep Your Customers Happy
Software and Simplicity - An Update
Staying in Business with e-Business
The Role of Sales and Marketing in Planning and Scheduling
The Top Ten List for Senior Management
Time to Get Serious About e-Commerce
Your Bias May Be Limiting Your Forecast Accuracy
Hand In Hand - Lean can simplify and empower the S&OP process
and Operations Planning Lessons Learned From Worldwide Companies
and Operations Planning - How The Big Kids Do It
Suppliers Be “Silent Partners” in S&OP?
When The MPS Is
And Software Co-exist?
and Operations Planning and Lean Manufacturing
Education and Training
With Inaccurate Forecasts
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International Institute of Forecasters is the preeminent organization
for scholars and practitioners in the field of forecasting. The IIF is
dedicated to stimulating the generation, distribution, and use of
knowledge on forecasting in a wide range of fields.
For more information about membership, publications,
and conferences, click on the link below:
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Foresight, the quarterly journal of the IIF, click
or on the Foresight logo above.