Jean Thilmany, contributing editor

Articles

Energy, Power August 19, 2009

Making sure the price is right

Pricing software vendors say their products can transform the art of pricing from what amounts to a guessing game into a disciplined, fact-based process that contributes directly to the corporate bottom line.

By Jean Thilmany, contributing editor
IIoT, Industrie 4.0 December 19, 2007

A giant leap: 3D design solutions cut truck maker’s race to market

The jump from 2D to 3D design software saved Loveland, Colo.-based SVI Trucks weeks of rework on the fire, police, and emergency trucks it makes for local governments around the nation. The switch also eased communication between engineering and the manufacturing floor, and enhanced the company’s marketing efforts.

By Jean Thilmany, contributing editor
Manufacturing IT, MES September 1, 2007

Good forecasting tools point the way to lower inventories

For much of its existence, the Americas Beverage business unit of Cadbury Schweppes employed the common manufacturing industry practice of holding a certain amount of “safety stock” to avoid being unable to fill unexpected orders. Then the corporate office issued a directive that all business units would have to do a better job of managing cash flow.

By Jean Thilmany, contributing editor