Vicinity Blog

Evolution of Production Scheduling for the Process Manufacturer

From my perspective, companies evolve into their production scheduling process as their business evolves. Attempting to implement a complex master production schedule model when a company is beginning to automate their ERP is often a mistake. The key is to take a realistic view of what stage the company is in and grow from there.…

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Increase Profits by Managing Material Costs

In the Increase Profits with Batch Manufacturing Software blog, we quickly overviewed the top four things you can do with the help of batch manufacturing software, such as Vicinity, to ensure your organization is getting the most out of the operations in your existing business, without changing much of what you are doing today. Previously…

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Going Green – Increase Batch Yields

Increase Batch Yields to Consume Fewer Raw Materials Per Finished Goods Produced. You would be amazed at how few companies actually look at their yield analysis by formula over time. It is more common than not that a company looking back at production over the past six months will find certain formulas or processes that…

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Manufacturing Software

10 Reasons Manufacturing Software Projects Fail

Every project, no matter the size, has a certain level of risk – the bigger the project, the bigger the risk. The best way to manage project risk is to understand the causes of project failure. In the 1990’s, I read an article that resulted from a study commissioned by APICS. The article spoke about how…

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How Can You Improve Your Manufacturing Schedule?

Every formula manufacturer performs some level of scheduling. Without a schedule or a plan, no plant could function for very long. Based on our experience at Vicinity most of the schedules are manual in nature. However, as a manufacturing company keeps growing, the manual processes become burdensome and a drag on the manufacturing process. Generally, you…

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batchmaster

Will the Real BatchMaster Please Stand Up?

From 1985 through 2000, BatchMaster software ruled the roost when it came to batch manufacturing software. Especially for the paint industry. So, what happened to the product and where does it stand today? BatchMaster is currently offered in two flavors. BatchMaster Enterprise by eWorkplace (renamed to BatchMaster Software Corporation out of India) and BatchMaster Platinum by Sage (renamed…

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Increase Profits with Batch Manufacturing Software

One of the most overlooked sources of profit in a formula manufacturing organization is in the existing business processes. There is much attention spent on gaining new sales or adding new products. However, little energy is focused on existing practices. A crucial element to the success of any company is adding new sales.  However, immediate…

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