As discussed previously, sometimes, e-mail can sabotage your lean journey. In this blog, let's look at MRP (manufacturing Resource Planning) software.
In 1999-2000, I led a team at my company to source, select, and implement an MRP package that would tell us what to buy, when to buy it, how much, what to make, what to ship, etc. This software package was going to run the company. Implementation took a solid year. And we paid cubic dollars for it.
According to Wikipedia, Material requirements planning (MRP) is a production planning and inventory control system used to manage manufacturing processes. Most MRP systems are software-based, while it is possible to conduct MRP by hand as well.
An MRP system is intended to simultaneously meet three objectives:
- Ensure materials are available for production and products are available for delivery to customers.
- Maintain the lowest possible material and product levels in store
- Plan manufacturing activities, delivery schedules and purchasing activities
I began to think of the computer as an employee like Tommy Boy (above). One with a drinking problem. Who stayed up all hours of the night and can't be depended on to run things. Someone you had to constantly babysit. (cycle counts, inventory adjustments, etc.). It was someone I could assign tasks to, but not really depend on. How about your company? Is Tommy Boy always right?