Stock-Keeping unit (SKU)

Learning the manufacturing language,

SKU is a unique identifier for each distinct product and service that can be purchased. SKU use is rooted in data management, enabling the company to systematically track its inventory or product availability, such as in warehouses and retail outlets. They are often assigned and serialized at the merchant level. Each SKU is attached to an item, variant, product line, bundle, service, fee, or attachment. SKUs are often used to refer to different versions of the same product.

Authorized Economic Operator (AEO)

During the work with the Logistics business unit, we are helping them to get the AEO certification. The obtention of this certification has a great value for their business: it allows them to access to some simplification during the custom process.

Member States can grant the AEO status to any economic operator meeting the following common criteria: customs compliance, appropriate record-keeping, financial solvency and, where relevant, security and safety standards.
The status of authorised economic operator granted by one Member State is recognised by the other Member States. This does not automatically allow them to benefit from simplifications provided for in the customs rules in the other Member States. However, other Member States should grant the use of simplifications to authorised economic operators if they meet specific requirements.

Economic operators can apply for an AEO status either to have easier access to customs simplifications or to be in a more favourable position to comply with the new security requirements. Under the security framework, which has been applicable since 1 July 2009, economic operators have to submit pre-arrival and pre-departure information on goods entering or leaving the EU. The security type of AEO certificate and the combined one allow their holders to benefit from facilitations with regard to the new customs controls relating to security.

Safe harbor principle

I have been involved in some conversations related to these principles and the consequences on the future strategies for the workforce management.

It’s interesting the point of the principle where this is a system where the companies are incorporated and where they declare to be agree wth the principles, nevertheless they are not obliged to go with them…

Automotive coatings, a review

The typical process is that a vehicle takes through a series of immersion or spray baths by the original equipment manufacturer (OEM).

These baths are: pre-treatment, electrocoat followed by a layer of primer, basecoat and clear-coat.

These five layers protect the vehicle underneath from corrosion, scratches and chips, while also improving its appearance, it is both expensive and time consuming.

Three leading global players are PPG Industries, BASF and Dupont.

The global downturn hit the automotive coatings sector hard.

In part, thanks to incentives introduced by many governments worldwide the industry is facing a more positive picture about the future. In Spain for instance these incentives has increased a lot the sales.

Sales are still very slow and this is going to be a difficult few years, (2012??).

Main goal now: cost and efficiency;


Through innovation: trying to reduce the time required to apply the numerous layers of coatings to vehicles or compacting process technology.

The approach is to remove some of the baths after improve some of the others, so you reduce the time and the cost of the process.

Transformational Vs Transactional Negotiations

I have read this interesting post in Mosaic Project’s blog,

Transactional negotiations: “it’s essentially about trading or exchanging ideas, positions or things of value”.

Transformational negotiations : “it’s about creating something new. At the point the parties enter a transformational negotiation they don’t know what the outcome will be. The outcome will be created by jointly melding and building on ideas to create new possibilities that were unthinkable at the start”. They require trust and respect.

Brainstorm meetings can be classified as transformational negotiations, isn’t it?

At the end of the day, each one of the communications, actions, activities you perform is part of a negotiation activity.

DuPont, not KKR, to buy Herberts

Some history to remind,

it was November 1998 when… link

“DuPont is to buy the Herberts coatings operation of Hoechst, replacing US
financial buyout specialist Kohlberg Kravis Roberts
They continually are exceptional:

“DuPont says it has been looking at the Herberts business for several years and feels it is an ‘exceptional’ fit in terms of complementary regional market strengths and technology. DuPont earns 75% of its sales in North America, while Herberts’ sales are 80% European. The aim, says DuPont, will be to forge a global leader in the automotive coatings sector.”

Aspen InfoPlus.21®

For my personal learning from Aspen InfoPlus.21

It’s an information management system for real-time manufacturing processes.

Basically you buy an empty box. On top you can purchase additional applications, for instance:

  • Batch.21 to track batches.
  • AspenCalc to create specific calculations without programming.
  • Aspen CIM-IO for interfaces to plant measurements.
  • Aspen SQLplus, it’s a real-time applications development (all you don’t have in other products, you can do it here).
  • Aspen Event.21 process events and alarms.
  • Aspen Health Monitor; it can monitor of multiple IP.21 systems.
  • Aspen KPI Builder; it allows you create real-time, operational KPIs.

People who work with these systems need to be properly trained, they have to attend a training course that InfoPlus provides, for instance:

  • PME101 Aspen InfoPlus.21: Real Time Information Management Foundation
  • PME305 Aspen InfoPlus.21: Advanced System Administration
  • PME123 Aspen Calc: Using and Configuring
  • PME311 Aspen InfoPlus.21: Applications Development

Control-M (batch scheduling)

For my personal learning (from Wikipedia)

Control-M is workload automation (traditionally called batch scheduling) software produced by BMC Software, originally written for mainframes but also available for distributed computing platforms including Unix, Windows, Linux and OpenVMS environments.

BMC Software claims that Control-M is the most widely used scheduling software in large enterprises. It has many features which help maintain an organized job flow environment. It is mostly used in relation to finance and accounting where it can schedule JCL or scripts that perform daily, monthly, yearly tasks. Tasks in this sense could be anything, for example, calculating the month revenue and expenditure.
Control-M can also schedule jobs to run in set intervals such as every 15 minutes, every hour, etc…
Control-M can be integrated with applications such as SAP and Oracle’s PeopleSoft, to act as a scheduling organizer in these platforms.
With the addition of BMC Batch Discovery in 2007, Control-M is now positioned to integrate directly into the Remedy Configuration Management Database (CMDB). This integration helps identify the relationships between batch processes and other business and IT infrastructure components.

Nepal & come back


Great Country Sir, if you have the opportunity to visit it, don’t hesitate, does it.

Mainly if you love mountains, the trekking we did on Annapurnas was amazing. You will find pleasant people that always are delighted to attend you and all the “tourist” questions you have for them.
I use to be a little bit pain in the ass asking about all but here everybody stays calm.
The come back to the office has been very hard, some bad news that makes me need to rest during this weekend.