The owner just ordered another edgebander, which was nice, but our bottlenecks were coming from other issues. Yet we would now devote resources to the new bander rather than working on more pressing problems.
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Mick Peter’s career began in operations management in the manufacture of cabinets and custom architectural millwork, then to hospitality and dormitory, and next retail furniture products. The last two positions involved implementation of ERP from scratch. Both projects went live in under one year. These manufacturing management positions were followed by 12 years as president of InterPort Corporation, a consulting company and contract supplier to brands such as Century Furniture. Mick was also the developer of Trakker manufacturing planning and control software. In 1998 Mick became a founder and the first associate member of Roger Shaw & Associates (RSA).
In 2014 Love Thy Data was published by Archway, aimed at helping business managers understand the reasons ERP is important, what to look for, and how to prepare for implementation. Mick is currently with Applied Automation Technologies LLC, specializing in ERP and manufacturing systems integration for the woodworking industry.
Foundation is a metaphor so right for ERP - apt since many wood manufacturers supply construction. Adding ERP to an ongoing business is like pouring concrete while occupying a plant.
Making CAD/CAM connect to CNC machines - as powerful as that solution may be - still leaves whole system as an island of automation.
Most changes in wood manufacturing result in only incremental improvement. On rare occasions, technology takes a leap forward, usually first implemented by top tier manufacturers, years before smaller companies could afford the investment. But the next leap is immediately accessible to all shops.