In Pursuit of the Perfect Plant

Manufacturers today operate in a highly complex, distributed, and fragmented environment. On one hand, globalization has created tremendous opportunities to develop new products, serve new customers, and pursue new markets. On the other hand, competitive stakes are getting higher than ever. You face unprecedented pressures to cut operating costs, deliver on time, optimize use of available assets, and adhere to regulatory and compliance edicts. Whatever your role in the manufacturing network -- as a global manufacturer with several plants or a contract manufacturer serving multiple masters -- you must coordinate activities across many distributed plants, integrate hundreds of legacy systems and applications across plants and the enterprise into cohesive workflows, and produce thousands of product variations in ever-shortening lead times.





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