Manufacturing Data Structures

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Jerry Clement, Andy Coldrick, & John Sari

Manufacturing Data Structures

Building Foundations for Excellence with Bills of Materials and Process Information

In today’s competitive manufacturing environment, having the right planning and control information is essential. This book is the final word on effectively creating and managing this vital aspect of every manufacturing business. It shows companies how to build accurate and complete data foundations with bills of materials and routings. Each of the following is among the important areas discussed in an easy-to-follow, step-by-step approach:

  • Using bills of materials and routings to plan and control resources
  • Implementing a coherent data system designed to support all company functions
  • Ensuring the accuracy of critical information
  • Simplifying and “flattening” bills of materials and routings
  • Planning for custom product manufacturing or product remanufacturing
  • Managing engineering change control
  • Formulating a data control and planning system for process businesses
  • Devising continuous improvement techniques for both job shops and flow shops

Chapters such as “Achieving Accuracy and Completeness”, “New Product Introduction and Custom Manufacturing”, and “Implementing Change” make this book an important reference guide to process improvement and business excellence at the bill of material level. The appendices include information on by-products and co-products, preventive maintenance, refurbishing, remanufacturing, reconditioning, and reprocessing. Also included is information on tool requirements planning which is followed by a comprehensive glossary.

Co-author Jerry Clement was an Oliver Wight consultant and educator for many years with a manufacturing background that included Kodak Company and Xerox Corporation. Co-author Andy Coldrick was with Oliver Wight UK and had a manufacturing background that included multiple divisions of Engelhard Ltd. Co-author John Sari was an Oliver Wight consultant and educator and had a background working for Arista Manufacturing Systems, a Xerox company.