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Materials Management. An Executive's Supply Chain Guide

  • ID: 836655
  • Book
  • 208 Pages
  • John Wiley and Sons Ltd
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Materials Management An Executive′s Supply Chain Guide

The field of materials management is not a profession requiring a specialized degree or the passing of a board or bar examination. There is no set of common rules and guidelines that all companies can follow because processes are different. Regardless of industry or field, however, every supply chain professional does have the same goal: to develop and position their company′s supply chains in order to compete and win in today′s global marketplace.

Drawing on author Stan McDonald′s vast industry experience, Materials Management: An Executive′s Supply Chain Guide presents you with a foundation to the basic methods and concepts used to successfully manage the flow of materials within your organization and throughout the supply chain. Its practical, user–friendly style will show you how to improve your company′s operations as well as its bottom line.

With step–by–step advice on how to build a world–class materials management program, this book features jargon–free discussion of:

  • The proven answer to any inventory problem: the closed–loop system of controls
  • Ensuring bill of material accuracy
  • The scrap reporting process
  • Material requirements planning
  • Planning parameters
  • Electronic data interchange
  • Material control graphs and reports
  • Master scheduling
  • Physical inventories
  • Supplier selection
  • Shortage control
  • Best material control effort
  • Advanced planning logistics

Materials Management shows you how to work smart and avoid common problems through best– and worst–case studies with sneak peeks into the "inner workings" of the materials process. Explaining the impact that inadequate inventory control has on a company and how these poor controls can reduce production, cause inefficiencies in labor, create excessive inventory, and increase freight expenses, this resourceful book prepares your company to become best–in–class. Its strategies, solutions, and technologies that keep your company financially viable and competitive in our ever–changing global economy.

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Chapter 1. Before Computer Systems.

Inventory Card Control System.

Advantages of the Manual Card System of Inventory Control.

Bill of Materials Accuracy.

Pick Ticket System.

Advantage of Computer–Generated Inventory Control Systems.

Chapter 2. Material Requirements Planning.

Foundation for Material Requirements Planning.

Importance of Planning Parameters.

Understanding the Impact of MRP.

Chapter 3. The Raging Fire and Firefighting.

Burning Up Company Profits.

Get It Correct at the Beginning.

Develop Good Scrap Reporting Methods.

Ownership of Inventory.

Vanishing Inventory Issue.

Responsibility for Inventory: The Few or the Many?

Chapter 4. A Strong, Well–Balanced Materials Organization.

Materials Management Status in Organizations.

Obstacles Preventing Materials Management Success.

Measuring Materials Management Success.

Chapter 5. General Review of Materials Practices.

Calculating Inventory Turns.

Obsolete Dollars Calculated in Inventory Turns.

Customer–Generated Obsolescence.

Obsolescence Controls.

What Are the Customer Ratings?

How Does the Shipping Department Function?

How Does the Receiving Department Function?

Chapter 6. Lead Time.

Long Lead–Time Items.

Managing Customer Changes.

International Releases.

Supplier Lead Time.

International Lead Times.

Transit Time versus Freight Costs.

Lower Lead–Time Inhibiters.

Chapter 7. Inventory Accuracy.

Managing the Computer–Controlled Inventory System.

Limiting Access to Make Changes.

Inventory Accuracy Influencers.

Chapter 8. Cycle Counting.

Convincing Argument for Cycle Counting.

Computer–Generated Cycle Counts.

Cycle–Counting Proficiency.

Cycle–Counting Criteria.

Chapter 9. Releases to Suppliers.

Managing Demand in the Plant.

Supplier Release Generation.

Shortage Control.

Supplier Charge–Back System.

Customer–Mandated Suppliers.

Chapter 10. Planning Parameters.

Make–to–Order Plants.

Controlling Planning Parameters.

Chapter 11. Electronic Data Interchange.

Chapter 12. Materials Control Graphs and Reports.

On–Time Delivery.

Premium Freight.

Inventory Accuracy.

Cycle Counting.


Interplant Grading Systems.

Chapter 13. Obsolescence.

Balance–Out of Product or Components.

Preventing Obsolescence.

Avoiding Supplier and Customer Obsolescence.

Chapter 14. Physical Inventories.

Inventory Reconciliation.

Chapter 15. Receiving.

Review of Receiving Practices.

Verification Process.

Best Practice.

Damaged Materials.

Label Deficiencies.

Count Discrepancies.

An Alternative System.

Chapter 16. Shipping.

Cumulative Balances.

Electronic Releases.

Annual Customer Volumes.

Ownership of Shipments to the Customers.

Short Shipments.

Shipping Errors.

Chapter 17. Carrier Selection.

Analyzing Freight Expenses.

Freight Management.

Chapter 18. Supplier Selection and Ratings.

Supplier Selection.

Supplier Delivery Rating Systems.

Chapter 19. Production.

Production Scheduling.

Alternative Approaches for Production Scheduling.

Chapter 20. Best Materials Control Effort.

Bill of Materials: A Goal of 100 Percent Accuracy.

Planning Parameters: 100 Percent Accurate.

Bar Code Scanning.

Calculating the Minimum for Component Inventory.

Developing Transportation Routings.

Calculating the Maximum Inventory Levels.

Daily Raw Materials Scanning in a Closed–Loop Process.

Shipping and Receiving Raw Materials.

Skip–Lot Inspection.

Movement of Raw Materials to Line–Side Areas.

Chapter 21. Advanced Logistics Planning.

Appendix A. Mexican Plants.

Appendix B. Management Philosophies.

Appendix C. Color Code Management Styles.


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Stan C. McDonald
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