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LillyWorks Inc.
www.lillyworks.com / HQ: Hampton, N.H. / Employees: 27 / Mark Lilly, partner and co-owner
of LW Performance: "It really drives the on-time performance well over 90 percent."

South

"The parameters have to be dead on,"
Lilly says, explaining that ERP users
have to look at multiple elements, including run times and inventory. But
even after incorporating those, the
schedule may still not keep operations efficient.
"Manufacturing companies are well
aware that they're in an environment
of constant change," he says. "Nothing
is ever static. The priorities generated
by any scheduling program are only as
good as the last time it was run, which
could be hours or days ago."

The Right Order

the protected flow manufacturing
software helps manufacturers
determine the order in which they
should execute operations.

Shop Simplicity

lillyworks' software allows users to boost
their on-time delivery. by alan dorich
Time is important, particularly
in the manufacturing industry. Companies regularly evaluate what work
they need to prioritize first, and LillyWorks can help them eliminate the
guesswork in doing that with its Protected Flow Manufacturing software.
"It's addressing a major pain," Mark
Lilly declares. "North American companies continue to struggle with delivering to their customers on time."
Based in New Hampshire, LillyWorks provides solutions that help
manufacturers with on-time performance and flow problems. Lilly's father, Dick Lilly, started the company
after a long career that included IBM
and his own ERP software companies,
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including ProfitKey and Lilly Software, creator of VISUAL ERP, now
owned by Infor.
Today, Mark Lilly is a partner and
co-owner of LW Performance, LillyWorks' sales and marketing arm. He
says Protected Flow Manufacturing
eases the pains its clients feel when
having to call customers to tell them
their orders will be late. This is often
caused by the difficulty of using manual scheduling tools, like whiteboards
or spreadsheets, or the complexity of
Advanced Planning and Scheduling
(APS) software within or outside of
their enterprise resource planning
(ERP) system.
When using a scheduling program,

A typical ERP scheduling program
tends to sort jobs based on due date,
but the Protected Flow Manufacturing software uses a different method.
"It focuses first on how and in what
order you should execute your operations out on the shop floor," Lilly says. This prioritization method
starts with the creation of a framework for each job.
The framework shows the steps
needed to complete the job, a due date,
and a buffer that sits between the end
of the last operation and the due date.
Lilly says, "[If] it would take me four
days to get that work done, I'm going
to create a 10-day buffer that sits in
front of that. What that buffer is doing
is protecting my due date."
He notes that this allows the user
to adjust to other manufacturing conditions, including other jobs being
prioritized first or material or people
issues. "It's also nice to have some
buffer in there for unpredictable
events. As we know in manufacturing,
stuff happens!"
The start date of the framework controls how much work you put in WIP.
This is important. Putting too much
work out into WIP clogs up resources, increases wait times and increases


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