Wednesday, February 24, 2010
The Benefits of Integrated Optimization in Upholstery Manufacturing
- How innovative technology can help upholstery manufacturers further improve both their top and bottom lines by optimizing the fabric cutting process, while integrating all decision factors into one holistic decision framework.
- This webinar will include a case study discussion presented by Cliff Thorn, VP of Upholstery Manufacturing at Ethan Allen, who recently led the deployment of an integrated optimization software solution for their fabric cutting operation in Maiden, NC.
- Key savings achieved at Ethan Allen included over 6% savings in material consumption, methodical reduction in short-roll inventory, increased productivity and reduced level of manufacturing errors.
Today’s production processes, which often rely on existing software solutions, are inherently limited to a step-wise and siloed approach to handling the daily challenges of the production floor. While CAD/CAM applications are limited to product-design information, ERP/MES applications manage the ‘business’ aspects, yet lack any geometric understanding. This leaves these systems loosely integrated at best, and their users unable to easily cooperate.
The outcome could be a significant waste of resources (time, material and otherwise).
Optimizing the production process through an integrated approach, allows for significant improvements in productivity and cost reduction. In this Webinar, Avner Ben-Bassat, President of Plataine Inc., will discuss these challenges and how to address them using software technology. Cliff Thorn, VP of Upholstery Manufacturing at Ethan Allen, will follow with a case study discussing their successful implementation of an optimization software solution for their fabric cutting operation in Maiden, NC.
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