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30 SMT007 MAGAZINE I AUGUST 2023 Article by Sylvain Perron COGISCAN In the last couple of years, exacerbated by the chaos of the COVID-19 pandemic, the uncom- fortable reality is that many manufacturers are not well prepared to properly deal with and respond to last minute changes in the supply chain, worker availability, or major swings in customer demand. Many of you likely have a painful story or two about scrambling to address unexpected changes in the production plan and schedule over the last few years. With the pandemic mostly in the rearview mirror, many organizations today are investing in solutions that will better equip them to han- dle any major disruption using tools that will provide both enhanced intelligence and agility. We can't control the future, nor any surprise disruptions to the global marketplace or sup- ply chain, but we can look at our digital trans- formation strategy, and more specifically, digi- tal visibility tools that help us better plan pro- duction. Adapting to Last Minute Changes Given the current challenges related to com- ponent allocation and extended supply-chain lead times, manufacturers today are regularly Manufacturing Isn't Linear; Stop Planning That Way

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