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 Expert  108197

Expert in Manufacturing: ERP, MRP, JIT, Inventory Control, Supply Chain, Lot Sizing, Lean Manufacturing, etc.

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Minnesota (MN)
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Expert is a recognized world-class expert in all aspects of ERP. This includes forecasting, master planning, MRP-I, capacity planning, purchasing, production activity control, work in process management, JIT, and cost accounting. He is also an expert on all of the computer-related aspects of ERP. This includes database development and management, the selection of commercial software, and the specification and development of internally-written computer systems and interfaces. He has consulted, lectured, and published widely on this subject.

manufacturing resource planning


manufacturing resource planning software


material requirements planning


enterprise resource planning


focused factory


lean manufacturing


manufacturing control


manufacturing lead time


production control

Expert consults and teaches extensively on these subject. He is considered a world-class expert on inventory. His knowledge of inventory management includes ERP-derived systems, time-phased order-point, and reorder point/safety stock. He is an expert on all lot sizing methods, both for dependent and independent demand items. He has assisted numerous clients in reducing inventory by one-half or more. He also is very knowledgeable on the physical management of inventory, including layouts,location numbering, and cycle counting.

inventory control


inventory management


inventory model


lot sizing


first in, first out inventory management


inventory control system


lot identification


lot tracing


distribution requirements planning


enterprise resource planning software


materials control


pharmaceutical inventory management


time compression

Expert feels that configuration management is an essential ingredient of total quality control as it assures that each end item sold to a customer exactly adheres to its design. He regularly works with clients to assure that configuration management practices are correctly and efficiently applied. This involves ensuring that "as ordered," "as designed," and "as built" are exactly the same. Expert strives to see that the form, fit, and function rule is rigorously applied throughout the manufacturing process. He also sees to it that date effectivity is properly administered to avoid excess and obsolete inventory.

configuration management


engineering change control


configuration data management


engineering change order

Expert has been using the concepts of JIT for more than a decade. He has been an industry leader in its application to manufacturing. He knows all of the various aspects of these subjects and how to apply them selectively to each application setting. More recently, he has begun to apply JIT concepts to non-manufacturing activities, especially as they relate to the total lead time (cycle time) of manufacturing.

just-in-time inventory





Expert has had many years of experience in classifying inventory into logical groups, especially according to physical characteristics. This supports standardization, bill of material management, and continuous-flow manufacturing. He is especially expert in incorporating these concepts into computer-based production and inventory management systems.



inventory classification


inventory classification and coding


bill of materials


resource planning

Expert is one of the world's ranking experts on the subject of part numbering. He feels that it is essential in manufacturing and elsewhere that each part (item) be given a discrete number and that identical parts keep the same number. He feels that this applies across the entire manufacturing activity, and that it is closely allied with bill of material development and engineering change control. He works extensively with clients, gives speeches, and has published several articles on this subject. He is an expert on the significant vs. non-significant conflict.

customer part number


part numbering


part numbering system

Expert is a leader in the design team concept of product development. He describes this as having several contributing functions simultaneously participate in the design or major revision of a product. The goal is to design it right the first time, with flawless quality and efficient producibility. Expert knows how to incorporate time compression into the process and understands how to take advantage of co-location.

concurrent engineering


design for manufacturability


discrete manufacturing

Expert has been a mid-level executive in a company which manufactured dedicated word-processing machines and its attendant software. He is proficient in several word processing products. He has assisted clients in using a word processing utility to publish and manage written systems and procedures, including the stringent demands of ISO 9000 registration. He also is skilled in using this utility to convert routings and factory instruction from paper-based to a paperless on-line format. Expert notes that this eliminates much paper and solves the perennial update problem.

word processing software


manufacturing planning computer system


manufacturing software


material requirements planning software


PIM software


software selection

Expert regularly consults with clients and works with seminar attendees on the use of the ABC analysis tool. He has found this tool especially applicable to selecting inventory control policies for independent demand items, lot sizing approaches, cycle counting, and physical control of inventory. Although Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) and Material Requirements Planning (MRP) have limited the applicability of ABC techniques, it still remains a very valuable prioritizing tool.

ABC analysis


ABC inventory classification

Expert is skilled in applying the several forms of work measurement to the needs of ERP. This includes both machine-paced and labor-paced activities. He feels that accurate time standards are important in production scheduling, capacity management, and supplying the labor portion of standard costing. He is highly-knowledgeable in stop-watch standards as well as predetermined time standards such as MTM.

work measurement (quantity)

Expert is proficient in several important aspects of activity-based costing. He understands how to harness formal computer-based manufacturing systems to supply much of the detail needed to support activity-based costing. Moreover, he understands the importance of reducing the overhead pool and how to accomplish this within existing systems. He notes that manufacturers with commercial ERP-based software already have many useful computerized tools for converting manufacturing overhead into direct cost.

activity-based costing


supply chain


manufacturing quality control


forecasting software

Show Secondary and Basic Areas of Expertise
Expert may consult nationally and internationally, and is also local to the following cities: Minneapolis, Minnesota;  Saint Paul, Minnesota;  Rochester, Minnesota;  Burnsville, Minnesota;  Saint Cloud, Minnesota;  Eden Prairie, Minnesota;  Minnetonka, Minnesota;  and Eau Claire, Wisconsin.

Often requested
with this expert:

Materials and Manufacturing Management
Plant & Warehouse Layout; MRP, ERP, & WMS Selection &...
Manufacturing Technology
Lean Manufacturing, Constraint Analysis/ Resolution, New...

Year   Degree   Subject   Institution  
1954   M.B.A.   Management   New York University  
1953   B.S.   Business Administration   University of Minnesota  

Work History:
Years   Employer   Department   Title   Responsibilities

1997 to





Executive Consultant


Expert manages engagements, consults directly with clients and calls on prospective clients. He also presents technical ERP seminars.

1996 to 1997


Electronic Data Systems (EDS)


Unigraphics Solutions


Executive Consultant


With EDS's Unigraphics, Expert helped design a generic interface between UG's CAD software and a typical MRP Bill of Material system.

1994 to 1996


Electronic Data Systems (EDS)


Management Consulting Services


Managing Consultant


He managed engagements and called on prospective clients.

1989 to 1994


Raeker, Expert & Associates



Co-Founder, President


As President, Expert directed the practice - he managed engagements, called on prospective clients, and presented technical ERP seminars.

1979 to 1989


Comserv Corporation


Management Consulting Services


Executive Consultant


He consulted with top- and mid-level executives regarding implementing ERP processes, supported by the AMAPS software product. He also supervised six full-time sofware implementation instructors.

1977 to 1979


Arabian-American Oil Company (ARAMCO)


Material Supply Organization


Manager, Systems Support


He supervised the maintenance of the ARAMCO Materials Systems, which involved $3 billion of inventory.

1974 to 1977


Brown & Bigelow Company



Director of Materials


He managed all production and inventory control activities, and supervised the design and development of an MRP system.

Career Accomplishments:

Expert is Founder and Past President of the Arabian Gulf Chapter of the American Production and Inventory Control Society (APICS). He is also Past President of the Twin Cities chapter of APICS.


He has a Certificate in Data Processing (CDP). In addition, he has accreditation as a Certified Fellow in Production & Inventory Management (CFPIM), a Certified Systems Professional (CSP), and in Certified Integrated Resource Management (CIRM).

Publications and Patents Summary

Through RPA, Expert currently publishes eleven technical white papers on various subjects.

Selected Publications and Publishers  
 - Prentice Hall  
 - APICS - The Performance Advantage  
 - Production and Inventory Management Journal  
 - Production and Inventory Management Review  

Consulting Services:
Selected Consulting Examples:
  • Expert has consulted with over 100 companies on a wide number of topics, concentrating on production and inventory control. This includes MRP, ERP, and Just-in-Time techniques. He is skilled in helping clients implement modern business processes to take advantage of current thinking and available computer software.
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Expert Witness:
Recent Litigation Client Requests:
  • Food packaging expert to consult on litigation involving products liability on safe shelf life.
  • Expert in inventory reporting for consulting on SAP inventory reports.
  • ERP software expert for consulting on litigation involving installation.
  • Expert in operation for consulting on a time and motion study.
  • Expert for consulting on proper distribution of samples to doctors.
Click the green button above to contact Expert for a free initial screening call regarding expert testimony, litigation consulting and support, forensic services, or any related expert witness services.  A few litigation needs include product liability, personal injury, economic loss, intellectual property (patent, trademark, trade secret, copyright), and insurance matters.  Remember, your initial screening call to speak with Expert is free.

International Experience:
Expert has extensive international consulting experience. He has consulted on five continents, has resided on three, and works in two languages.

Language Skills:
Foreign Language   Description
German   Expert is fluent in German, having lived in Germany over a four-year period. His engagements were conducted almost entirely in German.

Additional Skills and Services:

Expert has delivered all APICS certification courses. He also occasionally delivers the AMA inventory management course, which he helped edit. At Comserv Corporation, in addition to delivering them, Expert developed their Executive Seminar and Project Team Workshop, and helped develop their Instructor Training Course. He also contributed to the development of two video-based training series. Expert has had hundreds of hours of classroom presentation experience, which equals thousands of student days.

Supplier and Vendor Location and Selection

Expert has experience locating vendors of ERP-based and related commercial software, DP, IE, accounting, and personnel consultants. He has access to the a number of resources to aid in vendor location: printed materials, databases on his consulting company's computer, and extensive personal contacts worldwide.


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