The Road to Manufacturing Success: Common Sense Throughput Solutions for Small Business

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CRC Press, Sep 27, 2000 - Technology & Engineering - 200 pages
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The Road to Manufacturing Success: Common Sense Throughput Solutions for Small Business is a firsthand look at the evolution of the manufacturing software industry by one of its leading pioneers. It describes the major breakthrough contributions made by leading pioneers such as Joe Orlicky, Oliver Wight, and George Plossl as well as the various pitfalls and barriers to advancement that they faced along the way. It uncovers some long-awaited, insightful solutions for the small manufacturer of today and tomorrow. And it offers tips and lessons of value to any manufacturer or technology company executive.

The book is built around the trials and tribulations of the author, Dick Lilly, one of the founding fathers of MRP and the enterprise software industry itself. For most of us, successfully launching a single enterprise, application software company looks about as easy as scaling Mount Everest. Dick has now successfully launched three companies. His fascinating story is, in part, about a fearless entrepreneur who aimed high, always kept his word, and never lost sight of his customers and should serve as an inspiration to all entrepreneurs.
 

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Contents

The Road to Ocean City
1
BIRTH OF AN INDUSTRY
7
Chapter 1 Front Line
9
Chapter 2 AssumptionsTruth and Consequences
17
Chapter 3 Brainstorming in White Plains
25
Chapter 4 Shift in Values
33
Chapter 5 Independence and the Independent Software Industry
41
Chapter 6 The Rise of the Church of MRP
47
Chapter 11 The Albatross of Shifting Technology
93
COMMON SENSE MANUFACTURING
99
Chapter 12 The Road to VISUAL Manufacturing
101
Chapter 13 The Vision Made Real
107
Chapter 14 Common Sense Throughput
115
Chapter 15 Convergence for the 21st Century
129
Case Studies
139
Time Line
149

BREAKING THE MOLD
57
Chapter 7 Breaking Ground
59
Chapter 8 Starting Anew
65
Chapter 9 Breaking New Ground
71
Chapter 10 MRPThe Great RipOff
81
Referneces
169
Index
171
Back cover
189
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