Schedulers then use the Durabuilt 360 ERP system to create and adjust the production schedule, fine-tuning it daily, taking into account the capacity of each manufacturing line and the various orders, their complexity and their time sensitivities. Finally, schedulers must weigh in the transport schedule for Durabuilt's fleet of trucks that deliver windows and doors throughout the region.

For Durabuilt -- as with many manufacturers trying to balance the conflicting capabilities and demands of lean and ERP -- it's a delicate balance.