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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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Top Materials Used in Furniture Manufacturing

  • 19 April 2017
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We spend hours picking out just the right furniture for our living spaces; we consider comfort, size, shape, and — perhaps most of all — the material. Would the living room feel more cozy with a leather or fabric sofa? Would I prefer working at an oak or mahogany desk? Furniture is the everlasting staple of interior design, with seemingly endless forms and functions, built out of a great many materials. For furniture makers, considering and assessing the varieties of…

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Inventory Costs & Other Considerations for Manufacturing

  • 23 November 2016
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What’s stocked in your warehouse can inform any number of business decisions, from pricing and sales, to ordering and delivery. For those in the manufacturing industry, it can be difficult to manage the fine balance: You don’t want to have an overflowing storage space, but you don’t want to be too short on inventory, either. As a manufacturer, you need to avoid having too much or too little inventory cutting into your bottom line — and you definitely want to…

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How to Calculate Direct Manufacturing Labor Costs

  • 16 November 2016
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When you own a manufacturing business, your days are filled juggling inventory, shipping, operational costs, tracking, and more. Amid all the tasks you’ve got on your mind, there’s one area of your business that will remain very important: your employees. No matter how automated the manufacturing process may become, there’s always a need for a human being behind the work. It’s essential to calculate the cost of these employees into the budget of your entire business. Thanks to ERP software,…

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Industrial Machinery Manufacturing & the Benefits of ERP

  • 3 August 2016
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The industrial machinery manufacturing industry is a highly skilled market requiring proper and timely administration of many moving parts. This industry manages the production of industry machinery for heating, ventilation, air conditioning, commercial refrigeration, engines, turbines, transmission, elevators, escalators, scales and balances, and more. Industrial machinery manufacturing often has intricate engineering requirements, is exposed to swift changes in the market, and is often at the mercy of the industries it supplies. ERP systems can provide the streamlining and visibility necessary…

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Furniture Manufacturing Challenges Squashed by ERP

  • 25 May 2016
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There are a handful of common challenges that organizations face in the furniture manufacturing industry. For example, much of the product line is built to order, and traceability from original materials to the showroom floor and on to the customers themselves is a much-needed part of the process that often presents difficulty. Furniture manufacturing is also highly competitive, and customer satisfaction paired with cost reduction is key. Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) software can help ameliorate some of these challenges by…

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How ERP Makes Discrete Manufacturing More Profitable

  • 27 April 2016
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Discrete manufacturers face constant pressure to deliver a quality product on time, every time. Economic fluctuations, skilled labor shortages, and market governance and compliance mandates are only a few of the complexities manufacturers face every day. It is not easy to reduce costs and increase profitability while remaining competitive, but an enterprise resource planning (ERP) system can help. The right ERP can can improve your product planning, manufacturing, and product delivery. Our clients use ERP to improve their decision-making, to…

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Why Medical Manufacturers Need ERP

  • 20 April 2016
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The medical device industry isn’t like other manufacturing industries. Medical manufacturers focus on high-level clientele and face administrative complexities other manufacturers do not. There is constant pressure to provide the latest innovation in medical devices while managing rapid product development cycles. The right enterprise resource planning (ERP) system can help manage all the complexities of your medical manufacturing enterprise, with easy-to-use services that integrate throughout your supply chain to support all of your manufacturing processes. It provides the financial management,…

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Spotlight on Medical Device Manufacturing: Part 4 – 6 Ways to Justify Prices and Rein in Costs with Enterprise Software – Conclusion

  • 26 June 2013
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Part 4 – Conclusion Enterprise software serves as a central source for operational data, documents and automates workflows, and provides capabilities for collaborating more effectively with customers, suppliers and other partners.   PLM capabilities take advantage of these characteristics to make it easy to store and retrieve massive amounts of documentation that justifies the value—and price—of each medical device.  Portals and CRM capabilities give customers self-service access to information and allow them to place orders online, thus enabling new ways…


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