The Critical Input for Lean Manufacturing Sales and Operations Planning Using Microsoft Dynamics AX

Note: Scenarios for lean manufacturing typically involve a final assembly cell that produces a family of products.  The family may consist of make-to-stock or make-to-order products or both, and make-to-order products often consist of stocked components.  Each stocked item can be managed by fixed kanbans, where the number of kanbans should reflect the S&OP game plan about the anticipated rate of demand.  In contrast, the make-to-order products can be managed by PTO kanbans (pull-to-order kanbans) with direct linkage to sales order demand.  What follows is excerpted from a new book by Scott Hamilton, Managing Lean Manufacturing Using Microsoft Dynamics AX 2009. It focuses on the S&OP game plan for lean manufacturing of stocked items using fixed kanbans.


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About Scott Hamilton

Scott Hamilton has consulted globally with several hundred manufacturing/distribution companies on SCM and ERP issues. His publications include multiple books about SCM using Dynamics AX as well as two textbooks about SCM/ERP, and his books have been translated into Portuguese, Russian, Chinese and Japanese. For more than 10 years, Scott has been a frequent speaker at Microsoft and AXUG conferences around the world, and a multi-year winner of the rarely given Microsoft MVP award for Dynamics AX. His regular column “The AX Solution Architect” is published in

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