Apriso and Accenture collaborate on software to support lean manufacturing

The FlexNet Lean Material Flow solution fills some of the gaps that ERP applications don't cover when it comes to managing lean manufacturing environment, according to a joint Apriso-Accenture press release.


Manufacturing operations management software supplier Apriso has teamed

with global consulting firm Accenture to create a solution that supports lean

manufacturing techniques.

The FlexNet Lean Material Flow solution fills some of the gaps that ERP

applications don't cover when it comes to managing lean manufacturing environments,

according to a joint Apriso-Accenture press release.

The companies said the solution will benefit manufacturers seeking to

reduce waste and cut cycle times while improving quality in logistics

operations, production, and customer responsiveness.

The solution is a module of the Apriso FlexNet Manufacturing Operations

Management platform, which Apriso says provides visibility, adaptability, and

real-time control of manufacturing operations across enterprises and supply


s a way to extend and

enhance ERP  deployments, and consider FlexNet as an

ERP module, bringing improved adaptability, responsiveness, and visibility to

our client's shop floor operations."

Valeo, a $12-billion-a-year global automotive supplier, played an

important role in the design of this solution by identifying key Tier 1

automotive supplier requirements while ensuring the solution adhered to Lean

principles, the press release said.

Apriso and Accenture say the jointly developed solution offers a

collaborative approach to dramatically improve Manufacturing Operations

Management and execution by:

• Synchronizing material flows spanning manufacturing operations to

eliminate idle inventories;

• Improving global visibility and control to add efficiency while lowering IT costs;

• Enabling comprehensive traceability and root cause analyses to improve quality;

• Delivering integrated quality execution and packaged logistics with best-in-class

label printing and error-proofing to reduce manufacturing costs;

• Reducing IT implementation and maintenance costs by integrating seamlessly-as an "out-of-the-box"

solution-with material, quality, and production management applications.


implementation, letting more manufacturers benefit from Apriso's capabilities

for improved efficiency through synchronized material flows across the


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