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6 Signs It’s Time to Upgrade Your ERP

  • 18 July 2018
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Categories: ERP

Your enterprise resource planning (ERP) system is the lifeblood of your organization, but like any other element of your business, it can become outdated — especially in the face of the rapid digital transformation that’s currently sweeping through the manufacturing industry. If you aren’t working with an up-to-date solution, you could be missing out on all the benefits a modern ERP system offers. How can you determine whether your software has passed its use-by date? Here are the 6 telltale…

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Using ERP to Overcome the Generational Skills Gap in Manufacturing

  • 11 July 2018
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Categories: ERP

The manufacturing skills gap is expected to result in 2 million jobs going unfilled over the next decade, according to a study from the Manufacturing Institute and Deloitte. There’s a serious shortage of young people entering the workforce who are interested in these jobs and who have the practical skills to do them. On top of that, many senior managers and skilled workers with years of experience are retiring — Deloitte’s study estimated that 2.7 million jobs will be needed…

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4 Steps to Take Before Getting Your Company AS9100 Compliant

  • 6 June 2018
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Categories: Aerospace & Defense

AS9100 is the gold standard when it comes to compliance within the aerospace and defense (A&D) industry — and it’s something that any company working in or around this sector should consider. Unlike the basic ISO 9001 standard that oversees general quality management across various industries, AS9100 is specific to the nuances of the A&D sector. In addition to ensuring quality management standards, third-party AS9100 auditors consider employee training procedures, data measurement, post-delivery support, and much more when granting companies…

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Reducing Lead Time With Industry 4.0

  • 4 April 2018
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Categories: ERP

Manufacturing in today’s major industries means being able to balance increased demands and customization requests without slowing down production. Not only does demand continue to rise, but customers are more frequently seeking specific items that need to be made in smaller batches rather than produced in mass. Current manufacturing models weren’t built with these demands in mind, which can result in long lead times or delays in production for such orders. Fortunately, Industry 4.0 is beginning to catch up to…

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5 Benefits of Cloud-Based ERP for Manufacturers

  • 28 March 2018
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Categories: ERP,Manufacturing

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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Categories: Manufacturing

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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Calculating the Business Value of ERP

  • 14 March 2018
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Categories: ERP

Return on Investment (ROI) is one of the most important considerations for company leadership. After all, any investment must yield some value to be worthwhile. The ROI on some investments, like a new piece of equipment that increases your shop’s daily production, is easier to calculate due to your familiarity with their direct benefits. But what about the ROI of an Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) system? Understandably, executives may be hesitant to invest in a costly software solution like ERP.…

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Implementing a Proactive ERP Risk Management Strategy

  • 7 March 2018
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Categories: ERP

So, your company is considering implementing an enterprise resource planning (ERP) system. By bringing all data and technology under a unified system, your organization can enjoy access to detailed information, reduced costs, and streamlined processes. It’s no question that the benefits of ERP far outweigh the risks. Of course, risk can’t be completely eliminated. Companies that fail to implement a new software solution successfully may face employee pushback, incomplete training programs, and a lack of commitment to the project as…

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Top 5 Challenges Facing A&D Manufacturers

  • 28 February 2018
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Categories: Aerospace & Defense

The aerospace and defense (A&D) industry is enjoying slow yet steady growth. The industry grew by 2.4% in 2016 to $674.4 billion, which slightly outpaced the United States’ GDP growth of 2.3%. This was driven by continued growth in the European A&D industry, increased global defense spending in the US, as well as increased revenue in sectors such as original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) and electronics. Nevertheless, this incremental growth shouldn’t be taken for granted. A&D manufacturers, in particular, face challenges…

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5 Barriers to Adopting Additive Manufacturing in Aerospace and Defense

  • 21 February 2018
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Categories: Aerospace & Defense

Additive manufacturing, a technology estimated to be worth $87 billion globally by 2020, has the enormous potential to revolutionize aerospace and defense (A&D) product development and supply chains. Also known as 3D printing, additive manufacturing can create localized, personalized, and flexible production. Though it certainly sounds promising to any A&D executive, several barriers still exist that are hindering additive manufacturing from becoming the gold standard in production within the A&D industry. 1. Lack of Consistency Additive manufacturing suffers from variability…


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