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Taking Total Control of Materials



The hand-off of materials between the warehouse and the shop-floor has always been a significant challenge. Inventory error accumulation, unexpected internal materials shortages, write off of materials at the stock check, bloated stock-holding, and out of control materials on the shop floor, are just some of the symptoms that show that materials need total control. Avoidable costs related to materials represent the most significant opportunity for business improvement in SMT manufacturing, where ERP and traditional MES systems have failed to produce a satisfactory solution that can manage material inventory accurately across the whole operation. Taking control of materials across multiple warehouses, shop-floor WIP, accounting consumption of materials in real-time on machines, Valor provides a single complete lean supply chain solution as an enhancement to ERP, promoting Lean just-in-time and Kanban material logistics management. This presentation explains exactly how the Valor materials solution works to enhance ERP, eliminating needless material costs, and promoting flexibility and agility of electronics manufacturing.

What You Will Learn

  • The cost of existing shop-floor poor practices 
  • The need for enhancement of ERP in electronics through shop-floor connection 
  • How the lean total materials solution from Valor works, and benefits it brings

About the Presenter

Presenter Image Michael Ford

Senior Marketing Development Manager, Valor Division, Mentor Graphics

Michael started his career as one of the earliest adopters of computer systems for electronics manufacturing, working for Sony initially as a system development engineer, going on to manage Sony’s corporate global Lean Manufacturing MES project, “TiMMS”, in Japan.

With over 25 years’ experience, Michael continuously drives the vision to bring unique exciting “real-world” solutions that deliver extra-ordinary value into the market. Michael is currently responsible for the Marketing Development group focussing on the realisation of the vision as direct benefit opportunities to customers including efficiency, agility, “Lean” and the environment, culminating in the Valor MSS product suite.

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