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October 1, 2002

Krannert School offers executive education for manufacturers

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – Krannert School of Management's Executive Education Programs at Purdue University and two Purdue alumni are teaming up to offer a management workshop for executives in manufacturing.

A three-day Sales & Operations Planning and Master Scheduling Workshop (Nov. 19-21) will be offered on Purdue's West Lafayette campus. The workshop offers an integrated management approach to enable participants to improve control of all phases of their manufacturing businesses. The focus of the workshops is to help companies create a formal process to balance supply, demand and inventory over a six- to 12-month planning horizon.

"American manufacturers need every edge they can get in the hypercompetitive global economy," says Michael Sheahan, associate director of the Krannert School's Executive Education Programs. "This is a quality program presented by Management Solutions International, a Cedarburg, Wis.-based company run by two Purdue engineering and Krannert School graduates."

Thomas F. Ribar is president of Management Solutions International, and Mark W. Boettcher is a principal in the company. Both have years of experience in industry and have engaged in extensive manufacturing consulting and training. They both teach manufacturing planning and enterprise management in university executive education programs and professional societies, including the American Production and Inventory Control Society, the Association for Manufacturing Excellence and the Institute for Supply Management.

"Sales and operations planning is the key business communication process that translates the strategic plan into the weekly and daily schedules that drive the rest of the organization," Ribar says. "S&OP, as it is called, is the industrial-strength glue that holds the team together, keeping management focused and working on consistent and integrated plans to keep the business on track."

Boettcher helps companies maximize their investment in enterprise resource planning (ERP) and manufacturing resource planning (MRP) systems through improved scheduling and inventory record accuracy.

"In today's manufacturing companies, you're likely to find an ERP or MRP system connecting the plant with its customers and suppliers." Boettcher says. "Companies typically struggle through the implementation of these systems, and executives are frequently frustrated with the lack of return on their investment. Too frequently they blame the computer software.

"It is often improved business processes, such as sales and operations planning, that help drive improved operations and ROI (return on investment) for these systems."

The Krannert School's Dauch Center for the Management of Manufacturing Enterprises also is a sponsor of the workshops.

The November workshop costs $1,497 per person or $4,047 for three-person company teams. Fees include tuition, materials, continental breakfasts, lunches, refreshments and evening hospitality suites. Lodging is available on the Purdue campus.

"The July 2002 offering of this workshop was very successful," Sheahan said." Registrations are already coming in from many from companies that attended the July workshop. We're planning more workshops for 2003."

For more information and registration information, contact Sheahan toll-free at (866) 787-3839,

Writer: J.M. Lillich, (765) 494-2077,

Sources: Michael Sheahan, (765) 494-7700, (866) 787-3839,

Thomas F. Ribar, (800) 367-1422,

Mark Boettcher, (800) 367-1422,

Related Web site:
Sales & Operations Planning and Master Scheduling Workshop home page

Purdue News Service: (765) 494-2096;

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