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6 Essential ERP Benefits to Utilize

  • 15 November 2017
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Categories: ERP

The ability to hardwire best practices into business operations is more important today than ever before. American manufacturing companies are reaching a crisis point: an estimated 3.5 million skilled manufacturing jobs will need to be filled over the next decade as the baby-boomer generation retires. With this shift comes the retirement of valuable institutional knowledge. Investing in a cutting-edge ERP for your company means you have a way to maintain that knowledge, which will allow you to better bridge the…

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Enterprise Resource Planning For Small Shops

  • 8 November 2017
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An efficient and lean production pipeline is integral to the success of any manufacturing operation, regardless of size. The best way to effectively oversee all elements of these operations is to invest in an enterprise resource planning solution — ERP, for short. As a small manufacturing company owner, you have the best sense of what works for your operation. Up until this point, that may have been logging your information using a Microsoft Excel spreadsheet, your email service, or even by…

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What to Make of Industry 4.0

  • 1 November 2017
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The Industrial Revolution, wherein man harnessed mechanical power and new agricultural techniques to achieve great modes of production, forever changed global economics. In the centuries since, the world has experienced two further technological revolutions: the second saw mass production and assembly lines alongside the commodification of electricity, and the third centered on the shrinking of the computer chip to enhance automation. In the early decades of the 21st century, the fourth revolution has dawned: cyber-connected physical systems. Hallmarks of the…

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AS9100 Audits: What You Need to Know

  • 18 October 2017
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Categories: Aerospace & Defense

Specialized certifications can make all the difference in giving your company a competitive edge, especially when bidding for high-level contracts. Those in the Aerospace and Defense industry will be familiar with the AS9100 audit, which was created specifically to certify A&D manufacturers that adhere to the highest standards of production quality. It is endorsed by the three biggest players in American A&D: the Department of Defense, NASA, and the Federal Aviation Administration. The AS9100 audit examines all aspects of a…

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Minimizing Scrap in Your Discrete Manufacturing Business

  • 11 October 2017
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Let’s talk about cutting your scrap down to zero parts per million — that is, no material wasted during production. Sound like a manufacturer’s pipe dream? It’s not. Keeping scrap counts as low as possible has always been a challenge, but with today’s manufacturing tools and systems, it’s a realistic goal for industrial manufacturers to aim for zero PPM of scrap. While you probably won’t hit the zero mark every time, you can implement strategies so your plant reduces scrap…

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Make Faster, More Informed Decisions with ERP

  • 4 October 2017
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Who do you want at the head of your company: a manager who makes business decisions based on an informed analysis of relevant data, or one who makes decisions based on instinct? A 2015 survey commissioned by Epicor polled more than 1,500 financial business professionals in 11 countries. They found that: 46 percent of CFOs made important decisions based solely on instinct. Many others said that they relied on a combination of instinct and experience due to a lack of…

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

  • 27 September 2017
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Categories: Manufacturing

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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The Role of ERP in AS9100 Compliance

  • 25 September 2017
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Categories: Aerospace & Defense

In today’s competitive landscape, every Aerospace & Defense manufacturer must do what it can to distinguish itself in the industry. One way to do this is through third-party certifications, such as AS9100 compliance. An AS9100 audit examines the procedures for nearly all production operation to certify an A&D manufacturer as being in compliance with the highest standards of quality control. Though AS9100 isn’t a requirement, the certification is used for A&D companies looking to:      Demonstrate their ability to provide products…

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

  • 20 September 2017
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Categories: Manufacturing

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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How ERP Can Improve the Customer Experience

  • 13 September 2017
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Your manufacturing business may have counted on customer loyalty in the past, but the modern landscape reveals fragile customer relationships and a struggle for manufacturers to retain a solid client base. The level of service your customers receive means everything — it can be the difference between placing their next order with you or shopping around with your competitors. The solution manufacturers already turn to for streamlining internal processes, production, and inventory can actually help with client retention, as well.…


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