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Selecting Manufacturing ERP for ISO 26000 Compliance
ISO 26000 spells out best practices for corporate social responsibility (CSR). Are your enterprise systems, including ERP, capable of documenting CSR best

hazardous waste landfill  (WEEE) and Restriction of Hazardous Substances (RoHS) regulations. A capital equipment manufacturer could focus on the life cycle environmental impact of their long-lived product, along with decommissioning costs. A company with an extensive and far-flung supply chain could focus on decision support for selecting vendors based on proximity. Environmental footprint management built into ERP also streamlines reporting, and provides for a more direct and credible source of information given that data

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TEC Lean and Green Manufacturing Buyer’s Guide


While the need for sustainable development is affecting how organizations do business, the idea of environmental and corporate responsibility as value drivers is still relatively new. Many companies are just beginning to adopt an approach that provides measurable results. Learn how reducing waste and creating efficiencies within your company can make a difference to the environment, the economy, and your bottom line.

While the need for sustainable development is affecting how organizations do business, the idea of environmental and corporate responsibility as value drivers is still relatively new. Many companies are just beginning to adopt an approach that provides measurable results. Learn how reducing waste and creating efficiencies within your company can make a difference to the environment, the economy, and your bottom line.

In this lean and green buyer’s guide, we’ll discuss some of the challenges that companies are facing in light of the changes to the economy as well as the pressures of “going green.” We’ll talk about some of the highlevel changes your business can make, with a focus on operational efficiency and on how lean and green practices can both lead to the same result: efficiency equals sustainable business. We will also feature information about some of the vendor offerings targeted at companies looking to adopt or improve their “green business strategies.” The products covered in this guide address various areas within the scopes of both “lean” and “green,” including lean manufacturing, environmental management, operations management, compliance regulations, and more.

We’ve included customer success stories to illustrate how product lifecycle management (PLM), enterprise asset management (EAM), and enterprise resource planning (ERP) solutions have helped companies like yours deal with their environmental concerns. For your convenience, there is also a vendor directory to assist companies that are looking for a “sustainability enabling” solution.

We hope this report will provide you with enough insight about the current state of the market—with respect to both lean and green—to help you start making a few decisions about how your company can make a change for the better. We think you’ll find this guide a useful tool for determining which type of solution is best suited to your company’s business model and particular needs.


Table of Contents


Executive Overview
Lean, Green, and Everything in Between

Thought Leadership
Corporate Social Responsibility: Using Technology to Become More Lean and Green

Case Study
Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Increases Scheduling Efficiency with Asprova

Case Study
Lean in Action: Manufacturer Cuts Lead Time from Four Weeks to Four Days

Case Study
InkCycle Makes Green Ink, While Staying in the Black

Case Study
A Pragmatic Approach to Gaining Business Efficiencies

Case Studies at a Glance
TEC Analyst Perspective



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State of the Market: Lean and Green


Today’s need for sustainable development (economic, social, and environmental) is increasingly affecting how organizations do business. But the areas of environmental and corporate responsibility are still relatively new to businesses as concepts that drive value. And even though these concepts are rapidly growing in importance, many organizations are still in the early phases of adopting an approach that provides measured results.

The state of market in “green” is improving—albeit at a very slow pace—as organizations learn the value of integrating environmental thinking into their operations, and find more and more ways to align green thinking with their business strategies and goals.

This need for change affects businesses, municipalities, government, and resource-extractive industries like manufacturing. Some of the major influences affecting these organization’s environmental sustainability decisions are regulations and standards, competitive position, and public confidence. In fact, there is a great deal of reputation at stake, since public consciousness towards environmental issues is growing.

Today’s stakeholders (customers, investors, etc.) want to put their money into companies that are sustainable. If businesses don’t take an interest in the environment—and their impact on it—it reflects very poorly on their interest in their bottom line. The current economic situation being what it is, companies cannot afford “bad press,” and it’s in their best interest to realign their business strategies to include environmental awareness. Equally (if not more) important is the fact that green initiatives have a high return on investment (ROI) and end up paying for themselves through cost savings on resources, energy, carbon taxes, etc.

Today’s environmental challenges in business are vast, and range from financial burdens (such as rising energy, input, and transportation costs), to waste disposal and regulatory issues (minimizing/reducing waste), to accountability and sustainability—which can make the decision to go green both complex and convoluted.


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Implications of 'Lean' Initiatives for ERP Implementations in Midsized Manufacturing Companies


"Lean thinking" can cut down waste, enhance quality, and reduce lead time. This philosophy is part of an overall fitness campaign for the manufacturing sector. Businesses that are fitter are more flexible, responsive, and efficient. Navigating through the decisions required for Lean projects requires the decision support that only a well implemented enterprise resource planning system can provide.

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AVEVA Augments Its Advanced Simulation Capabilities, Acquires GMS


Simulation has become an integral part of the engineering software market. When we talk about return on investment (ROI) from simulation software implementation, cost and time savings are two easy and accurate measures. Relevance of simulation has increased and is expected to further penetrate into micro-vertical industry solutions due to the positive short- and long-term benefits realized by end

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Managing Business Risk in Industrial Equipment and Supply


Industrial equipment manufacturers and maintenance, repair, and operations (MRO) distributors can’t afford to miss bidding deadlines, delivery dates, product specifications, or service level agreements. They also can’t afford the penalties of non-compliance with regulations. Learn how some businesses are leveraging integrated enterprise infrastructures to maximize profits while minimizing exposure to risks.

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What Can PLM Do for Green?




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Case Study: Grand Rapids Spring & Stamping


A supplier to the automotive industry, Grand Rapids Spring & Stamping (GRS&S) implemented an innovative continuous improvement program. The goal: to make incremental improvements in quality, cost, delivery, safety, and morale. With over 8,000 employee-generated ideas now implemented, the company has saved over $1.2 million. Learn how improvements in GRS&S’s manufacturing processes reduce waste and improve the bottom line.

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Quality and Value in the Management of Unstructured Information: Tools Based on Semantic Analysis


Information chaos is one of the primary sources of inefficiency and waste for knowledge workers. So how do you improve efficiency and make more informed decisions? There’s a new direction in content management policy that can help: semantics-based search tools that go beyond just the “find” function, to search, categorize, analyze, and extract meaningful information from unstructured data and texts.

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Business Intelligence that Works: Getting True Value out of Your Business Intelligence Investment


With business intelligence (BI), decision-makers can feel the organization’s pulse, evaluate the performance of key business functions, and take action based on their analysis. However, many organizations invest time, money, and resources in BI processes, only to waste their newfound capabilities. Why? And, more importantly, how do you ensure that your BI solution won’t be one of them?

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Cross Aluminum Selects SYSPRO ERP


Cross Aluminum Products has chosen SYSPRO ERP to facilitate growth, improve employee productivity, and ease the training of new employees. The Michigan-based company had been using Intuit QuickBooks, but the growing individual employee workload and the need for organizational enhancements prompted the search for a full-fledged manufacturing enterprise resource planning (ERP) software solution

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What Makes a Green Supply Chain?


The Green Philosophy There has been so much hype about “green” that many organizations are adopting it, but what is “green”, really? We hear and see it everywhere—in the food we eat (green beans), during our morning routine (green contact lenses), on our way to work (green traffic lights), in our down time (green tea), and during the course of our work day (green initiatives).  Green

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