Production Scheduling and Control: The Effects of Hansen's ERP Technology

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Production Scheduling and Control "The effects of Hansen's ERP technology changes on both production and non-production functions of the business, and how the production and non-production effects are related to each other" Case Overview Hansen Products is a leading manufacturer of polythene pipe fittings, threaded pipe fittings and high flow foot and check valves; with more than 500 finished products under the Hansen brand, the company has a strong export focus, with established exclusive distributorships in eight countries including Australia, the United Kingdom and parts of Asia (Adaptable Solutions, n.d.). However, the company's success has made some of its management systems, including rudimentary spreadsheet applications, unable to effectively support its operations. Employees would often have to manually entered data into various spreadsheet and the various departments used separate systems to organize their data. In response to the company's growing needs, Hansen made the decision to adopt a new and integrated enterprise resource planning system (ERP) to manage its current workflow as well as prepare the company for future growth. The company selected a software package offered by Microsoft Business Solutions called Axapta. The implementation of this system took roughly six months for the financial and inventory modules and the manufacturing module went live about two months later. As a result of the new ERP system, the company benefited from a wide array of
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