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5 Benefits of Cloud-Based ERP for Manufacturers

  • 28 March 2018
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The shift to cloud-based services and infrastructure is on the rise, and discrete manufacturing and process manufacturing companies are leading the charge when it comes to public cloud spending. The two industries alone make up just under one fifth of all market spending on these services. This isn’t a surprise; manufacturing benefits greatly from the efficiency, scalability, and agility provided by cloud-based solutions such as enterprise resource planning (ERP) platforms. Here are just five reasons why cloud-based ERP can keep…

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The Top 4 Challenges Facing Furniture Manufacturers

  • 21 March 2018
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Despite the uptick in US manufacturing as a whole over the past year, furniture manufacturers face a set of challenges that will make it difficult to compete in the coming years. While some of these obstacles apply to manufacturing in general, furniture manufacturing is especially sensitive to price fluctuations, customer demand, and a stiffly competitive environment. As with all industry trends, proper planning is key to navigating the competitive landscape. In this post, we’ll cover the top challenges currently facing…

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How ERP Helps Manufacturers Adjust to Changing Demand

  • 13 December 2017
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There are two inseparable factors that can make or break a manufacturing business: supply and demand. Without the right data, these factors can seem unpredictable. Sudden changes in demand can wipe out companies that don’t act quickly enough to satisfy customers. It can feel like a hurricane blew through unannounced — without data, that is. A healthy, state-of-the-art enterprise resource planning (ERP) solution can act like a meteorologist for demand, allowing companies to strategically control supply. Anticipating Demand Demand is…

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How ERP Systems Will Help With Additive Manufacturing

  • 29 November 2017
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When looking for an ERP system, you want to find a solution that will support not only your needs today, but also the needs that the future will bring. For many in manufacturing, that future is one involving additive manufacturing methods. Additive manufacturing — or AM, commonly referred to as 3D printing — has already revolutionized industries from healthcare to consumer electronics to the automotive sector. Now, additive manufacturing is coming to the aerospace and defense industry. The creation of new…

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Is Additive Manufacturing the Next Big Thing in A&D?

  • 27 September 2017
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Additive manufacturing (AM), colloquially known as 3D printing, has been around for more than three decades, but it’s only been stealing headlines in the past few years. “3D printed spine saves a woman from paralysis and death,” reads one headline in The Guardian. “Will We Be Eating 3D Printed Meat Next Year?” asks another headline. As manufacturers across many industries explore this exciting technology, it’s safe to assume there are many more AM headlines to come. Right now, AM is…

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3 Tips to Avoid New Product Delays In Engineer-to-Order

  • 20 September 2017
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Successful manufacturers need to be experts at process management. Understanding production costs, raw materials needed, and labor hours are all part of overseeing a process efficient enough to ensure customers receive high-quality products on time. Engineer-to-order put your processes to the test. These customized projects use different resources and take employee time away from your traditional products. Lack of proper planning can result in product delays and disrupt the schedule of other orders. That’s why we’re going share our three…

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What Medical Device Manufacturers Value Most About ERP

  • 6 September 2017
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In the past, medical device manufacturers have marketed their equipment without giving much thought to the cost involved. With a changing landscape that includes an older population and rapidly increasing medical costs, private insurers and governments are limiting reimbursement amounts for medical devices. We’ll explore the ways enterprise resource planning (ERP) software allows medical device manufacturers to save money, improve processes, and increase productivity. New Sales and Marketing Models Instead of sending salespeople out to physicians’ offices, many medical device…

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A Better Way to Manage Volatile Raw Material Costs

  • 23 August 2017
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Furniture manufacturers take heart: you don’t have to sit powerless to the ever-fluctuating costs of your raw materials. It’s been a longstanding challenge in furniture manufacturing — in a study from 2012, price fluctuation of raw materials ranked as the key concern among 51% of businesses. The volatility hasn’t improved much in the five years since then. This leaves furniture manufacturers constantly seeking ways to expand and secure their margins. You can’t stop material prices from rising and falling, but…

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What’s Happening in the Metal Fabrication Industry in 2017?

  • 21 June 2017
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While metal fabrication shops experienced a boom in the years that followed World War II, they face a very different environment today. The relatively stable economy and reliable market has given way to an inconsistent market and changing industries. Large deliveries and immense batches have given way to smaller orders. Today’s shops need to acquire specialized equipment and must be able to fabricate and deliver quickly. The end-result is that many shops are finding it difficult to remain profitable. Neither…

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Discrete Manufacturers Can’t Live Without These 6 ERP Benefits

  • 17 May 2017
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Discrete manufacturers are always on the lookout for systems and tools that provide tangible benefits — value that can be seen and experienced on the production floor. It’s no wonder enterprise resource planning (ERP) is spreading through the discrete manufacturing industry like wildfire. As more manufacturing leaders turn to ERP to improve production, they quickly find that the benefits extend far beyond just the plant. ERP is a type of management software that helps automate business functions. ERP solutions use…


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