Preparing for the Economic Recovery With Better Manufacturing Planning

Leading Manufacturers Are Successfully Boosting Production Productivity While Lowering Costs

BOSTON, MA--(Marketwire - July 8, 2009) - New research from Aberdeen Group, a Harte-Hanks Company (NYSE: HHS), titled, "Assembly, CAM, and Process Planning for Today's Manufacturing Engineer: Boosting Production Productivity while Lowering Costs" has revealed the top manufacturing planning strategies that lead to higher production productivity. The report examines what leading manufacturers are doing and the benefits they are achieving.

Improvements to the planning activities that define how a product is produced allows leading manufacturers to catch problems early on and take full advantage of their production resources, before production lines become operational. "As a result, top manufacturers increase their throughput rate by 25% and reduce the man-hours to produce one part by 15%," explains Michelle Boucher, Research Analyst, Product Innovation and Engineering, Aberdeen. "These productivity improvements are allowing them to reduce lead times by 19%, which not only allows them to get their products to market faster, but also makes their customers happier."

"While the productivity improvements are impressive, what is really remarkable is that these top manufacturers simultaneously keep costs down and are 13% more likely to be within operating budget," adds Nuris Ismail, Research Associate, Product Innovation and Engineering, Aberdeen. "Companies who use the current economic slow down to apply these proven practices will be better positioned for the recovery."

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