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Minimizing Scrap in Your Discrete Manufacturing Business

  • 11 October 2017
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Categories: ERP

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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Categories: ERP

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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Epicor How To: Ship To Address for a PO

  • 12 September 2017
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Epicor standard populates the Ship To address for a PO automatically, with the address stored in Site Maintenance, according to the current logged plant/Site. When a single site has multiple receiving addresses, this needs to be made more flexible. Cre8tive has a customization available that utilizes a User Code Type to store and maintain additional addresses to be selected for certain POs. It includes the ability for the system to select the correct ship to address for a PO, based…

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What Medical Device Manufacturers Value Most About ERP

  • 6 September 2017
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Categories: Manufacturing

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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What AI-Enabled ERP Could Mean for Your Business

  • 30 August 2017
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Artificial intelligence (AI) is more integrated with enterprise resource planning (ERP) than you might think. According to CIO, AI is transforming ERP solutions. And the impact has been profound. Already a buzz-word in the world of commerce, ERP refers to the automation of routine tasks which can then be performed at optimum efficiency and at the lowest cost. Not only this, but human capital is diverted to higher level tasks. Computer intelligence has the ability to learn to increase and…

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A Better Way to Manage Volatile Raw Material Costs

  • 23 August 2017
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Categories: Manufacturing

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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