Supplier involvement through certification: a case study.

Abstract

The Clarkson Company is located in the Reno-Sparks area of Nevada. We are a manufacturer of slurry valves for mining, pulp and paper, power generation, and various other industries. Because of the diverse nature of the applications for which the valves are used, the product can be configured a vast number of ways. Therefore, we use the assemble-to-order methodology for our master production scheduling. It became apparent over a decade ago that the use of materiel requirements planning (MRP) would aid us in controlling our low volume, high option mix environment. That journey led to The Clarkson Company becoming a Class A user of MRPII in June of 1990.

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