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Is Frankenstein’s monster disrupting your Production Planning?

February 26, 2020 / The Manufacturer

In the second of our ‘Lean manufacturing in the digital age series, we explore how increased flexibility, market agility and responsiveness can only be achieved through robust, accurate production planning. Given the hype surrounding the digitalisation of manufacturing, it’s all too easy to forget that manufacturers have been implementing and using IT systems for decades. This has provided the sector with a wealth of knowledge and familiarity; it’s also provided the opportunity to build up years of technical debt. Many industrial businesses would describe their digital architecture as a complex jumble of disparate systems – ERP, MES, MRP, S&OP, the list goes on. The information continued in these systems is frequently manually-generated, siloed and inconsistent, making it a challenge to work with and swiftly obsolete.