CMS Research, Inc was founded in 1980 as a result of several years of research on low inventory manufacturing systems. Dedicated to the development and application of useful software tools, CMS has successfully served hundreds of business clients and thousands of software users throughout the world.With software installations in 25 countries, CMS has experience with world-wide organizations and global manufacturing. The ever changing nature of the global market place has guided CMS in its development of software and engineering services. This global approach for the innovation of the factory has kept CMS at the forefront in a rapidly changing technical environment. The focus and strength of CMS is in the application of low inventory flexible manufacturing operation.Products and Engineering ServicesCMS specializes in providing software, education, and expertise in advanced manufacturing projects. Its two primary products provide a comprehensive set of tools for the analysis and engineering of low inventory, flexible labor, and flexible machine operations. The MAST software is used primarily as an engineering tool in the review and implementation of new manufacturing techniques. CMS extends its software tools to the day-to-day operation with its SAIL software. In addition to software, CMS provides technical engineering services for Lean Manufacturing practices, technical seminars on flexible manufacturing, and e-learning materials on the Lean Roadmap. CMS seminars have been attended by engineers, educators, managers, and shop floor personnel from a wide range of organizations throughout the world.This expertise and software started with extensive involvement in one of the most complex advanced production environments: the flexible manufacturing system. Based on years of effort over a wide range of applications, CMS has developed useful analytic and simulation-based tools directed at understanding the complex relationships between inventory, balance, flexibility, capacity, and scheduling within a production facility. This innovative CMS approach to the low inventory unbalanced production problem results in uniquely insightful methods for the engineering and implementation of minimal cost manufacturing operations.