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As a manufacturer, one knows that effectively managing production operations in today's demanding business environment is a difficult task. Market pressures require maximum flexibility to produce value in the eyes of the customer. Financial pressures require continual process improvement to achieve "Lean" manufacturing. Whether one's production is driven from discrete manufacturing orders, repetitive schedules or demand pull signals, disruptions in the execution process are often extremely costly. When demand changes, machines go down, or material shortages occur, one must have fast access to accurate information to make and communicate decisions across the operations. Meeting these and other challenges requires embracing manufacturing execution technologies that leverage real-time information to help ensure products are produced according to stringent customer demands.
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