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July 27: Purdue MEP, User Solutions Partner to Improve Production Scheduling, Host Webinar Series

Purdue Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP) and User Solutions Inc. are partnering to improve manufacturers' production scheduling. The organizations will offer a series of free seminars along with on-site assessments to identify how companies can become more competitive.   


Utilizing grant funding, the initial webinar will help manufacturers understand the variables and problems in generating an efficient schedule. Specifically, how manpower, materials, and personnel need to be synchronized and minimized to provide the best possible service at minimum cost.


Attendees will then be offered a one-day assessment (on-site or virtual) to determine their biggest challenges regarding creating, maintaining, and tracking an efficient production schedule. In addition, these companies will be provided with options to alleviate those challenges.


Eugene Jones, Senior Program Manager - Cybersecurity and Defense for Purdue MEP, said: "Many of our clients are faced with multiple production scheduling challenges. Both those with existing enterprise resource planning (ERP) technology and those without a formal system. Some are finding that their current ERP requires tedious manipulations of information to get useful product data. While others are learning that extraneous expenses surrounding an ERP can add up, whether it is through purchasing additional support from the ERP seller or by investing in off-the-shelf software to work around current problems."


Jones continued, "The purpose of these webinars and subsequent follow-up assessments is to bring to light the significant benefits of developing an ERP solution that works best for each manufacturer and to identify resources available that can help overcome ERP challenges. In some cases, it might include the exploration of alternative solutions that can function as an ERP." 


On-site assessments and training are grant-supported for companies in the defense industry or those interested in working in the defense industry. Implementation services are grant-supported for companies currently in the Defense Industrial Base (DIB). Companies in the DIB are defined as having 10% revenue from the Department of Defense in any one of the past 5 years. 


Who should attend: Owners, operations managers, production managers, VPs of manufacturing, plant managers, supply chain managers, material managers, and shop floor supervisors.


The first webinar is Thursday, July 27, 2023.


Title: Production Scheduling - Beyond ERP
Date: Thursday, July 27, 2023

Time: 2 PM, EDT



A 30 second overview can be found here:


For more information contact:


Ranae Stewart
Director of Center Operations


User Solutions Inc.
Jim Convis
Product Manager – User Solutions Inc.


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