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NACCO Lifts Its Manufacturing Efficiency With Visual LANSA

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Executive Summary

NACCO Materials Handling Group (NMHG) designs, manufactures and sells lift trucks and aftermarket parts on a global basis under the Hyster and Yale brand names. NMHG identified LANSA as a leading development toolset for the iSeries that could be used for either web or client server solutions. With FlowBase400 and LANSA they could rely on accuracy and timeliness of data. NMHG practices flow manufacturing as a manufacturing operational strategy. In a flow environment, production is based on customer demand and a line design set up that is flexible to allow for quick changes and production of small quantities of goods at a time. Flow requires accurate data and processes. Key items include process and material definition, sequence of events, line design, Kanban techniques, Operational Method Sheets (OMSs) and resource planning. They wanted to standardize the process. In support of the global approach, LANSA's multilingual facilities let them deploy exactly the same version of FlowBase400 in English, Spanish and Italian. They deployed FlowBase400 to over 360 users worldwide. Deployment of program updates being automatic and effortless thanks to LANSA's Just In Time (JIT) servers. Visual LANSA performed well in large and demanding development and deployment environment. LANSA also gave them the ability to productively develop a user friendly and graphical application that fully integrates with Order Management and MRP systems.

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