THE CHANGING WORLD OF MANUFACTURING Never before have the challenges or the rewards been greater for manufacturers. Global markets, the Internet and improved technologies enable the winners to reap substantial benefit. Yet, at the same time, competition and increasing customer expectations require an enormous effort just to stay in the game. This is where a planning can help and ensure customer requirements and manufacturing processes are followed eM-Planner enables the planning, developing and managing of complete manufacturing processes from preplanning to ramp-up. The group-work platform allows users to visualize and optimize resource utilization and operations. eM-Planner captures existing manufacturing processes and resources for reuse across multiple product lifecycles. By facilitating the creation of electronic Bills of Processes referred to as eBOPs eMPlanner provides an mobile unit of information exchangeable throughout the extended enterprise.