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Thermoforming Company Starts ERP/MES Project with IQMS
C.W. Thomas, Philadelphia-based manufacturer of vacuum/pressure formed products, and IQMS, vendor of enterprise resource planning (ERP) and manufacturing

erp mes  implement several IQMS solutions: ERP software EnterpriseIQ and MES offerings that include, among other things, the shop floor control solution ShopData and production monitoring module RealTime. This packaged solution from a recognized manufacturing software vendor is supposed to replace an archaic DOS-based homegrown system combined with Excel spreadsheets. The existing tool requires many duplicate manual efforts to sustain production and is obviously not fully capable of supporting the business. As a

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Discrete Manufacturing (ERP)

The simplified definition of enterprise resource planning (ERP) software is a set of applications that automate finance and human resources departments and help manufacturers handle jobs such as order processing and production scheduling. ERP began as a term used to describe a sophisticated and integrated software system used for manufacturing. In its simplest sense, ERP systems create interactive environments designed to help companies manage and analyze the business processes associated with manufacturing goods, such as inventory control, order taking, accounting, and much more. Although this basic definition still holds true for ERP systems, today its definition is expanding. Today’s leading ERP systems group all traditional company management functions (finance, sales, manufacturing, and human resources). Many systems include, with varying degrees of acceptance and skill, solutions that were formerly considered peripheral such as product data management (PDM), warehouse management, manufacturing execution system (MES), and reporting. During the last few years the functional perimeter of ERP systems began an expansion into its adjacent markets, such as supply chain management (SCM), customer relationship management (CRM), business intelligence/data warehousing, and e-business, the focus of this knowledge base is mainly on the traditional ERP realms of finance, materials planning, and human resources. The foundation of any ERP implementation must be a proper exercise of aligning customers'' IT technology with their business strategies, and subsequent software selection. 

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Epicor Integrates Epicor ERP and Mattec MES


At the recent 2014 International Manufacturing Technology Show (IMTS) in Chicago, Epicor announced the out-of-the-box integration between the Epicor Mattec manufacturing execution system (MES) and the company’s next-generation ERP solution, Epicor ERP version 10.

erp mes  Integrates Epicor ERP and Mattec MES At the recent 2014 International Manufacturing Technology Show (IMTS) in Chicago, Epicor announced the out-of-the-box integration between the Epicor Mattec manufacturing execution system (MES) and the company’s next-generation enterprise resource planning (ERP) solution, Epicor ERP version 10 . The interest of manufacturers in closed-loop enterprise systems that connect the top floor planning to the shop floor execution in real time was also recently confirmed Read More

Sorting Through the ERP, Lean MFG, APS, and MES Clutter - Part 3


Part 1 of this blog series started with a discussion of the fact that the ability to sense demand and become a demand-driven (responsive) business is more than just the catch phrase du jour: it has become a recipe for survival. For the past few decades, the providers of a multiplicity of by-and-large integrated manufacturing software solutions have been offering help for embattled manufacturers

erp mes  possible to configure an ERP system to generate orders on an MTO basis (rather than on a “to stock” basis with large quantities) and let the scheduling system dynamically aggregate batches (based on order or operation) to increase efficiency. Via dynamic aggregation, dynamic batching, smart sequencing, companies can now trade off changeover frequency (as in the case of many small orders) against on-time delivery performance and  utilization . APS can also empower the planner with a ‘what if’ Read More

RB-ERP


WorkWise is a leading developer of Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) and Customer Relationship Management (CRM) software solutions along with comprehensive implementation and support services. Its flagship products, Role-Based ERP and OnContact CRM are customizable, easy-to-use and quick to implement. Use of these software applications enable users to enhance efficiency by performing their jobs in less time with greater accuracy and improved proficiency.Our unique and innovative Role-Based ERP software is a revolutionary ERP application that’s assembled to meet the individual needs of each user. Role-Based ERP is made up of Role-Based WorkBenches, which are screens that are configured to match each user’s role within the company. With WorkBenches, workflow is configured for each user’s role and designed specifically for his or her job. This way, users don’t have to move in and out of applications; everything they need is just a click away. In this environment, our customers work smarter and faster – improving productivity and reducing costs.   Role-Based ERP empowers users to make informed decisions on production processes and business activities by providing proactive, up-to-the-minute information. This allows you to shorten cycle times and optimize manufacturing information, supply chain management and manufacturing execution and planning. Role-Based ERP is specifically designed for make-to-order, engineer to order, configure to order, build to stock and mixed mode manufacturers.

erp mes  ERP Role-Based ERP is an innovation that allows your ERP system to be assembled to the particular needs of each individual or role. Historically, ERP Systems are organized by module, i.e. MRP, inventory, MES, general ledger and so forth. However, at any point in time, each user may need certain items from different modules to accomplish a specific task. This requires users to navigate in and out of various modules and screens to accomplish a single task. In many systems this also mandates that the data Read More

Real-time ERP/MES Empowering Manufacturers to Deliver Quality Products On Time


Real time is a commonly used yet loosely defined buzz word in the industry. What does it mean in terms of ERP solutions and what is a real-time solution? A real-time ERP system has the ability to update information throughout the system and across your company as the new information is entered instantaneously. Know the benefits of real-time capability and the specific areas of a system where real time is impactful.

erp mes  mean in terms of ERP solutions and what is a real-time solution? A real-time ERP system has the ability to update information throughout the system and across your company as the new information is entered instantaneously. Know the benefits of real-time capability and the specific areas of a system where real time is impactful. Read More

ERP as a Living System: The Power of Community-Driven Product Enhancement


Today’s manufacturer is challenged by static enterprise resource planning (ERP) with annual complex upgrades. See how powerful change-on-demand capabilities allow companies to instantly align their ERP and business processes without a time-consuming IT effort. With a community-driven development approach, enhancements are driven by a community of users, and the system constantly improves in the exact way a user requires.

erp mes  to instantly align their ERP and business processes without a time-consuming IT effort. With a community-driven development approach, enhancements are driven by a community of users, and the system constantly improves in the exact way a user requires. Read More

Epicor ERP Software System (v. 9.05) for Discrete Manufacturing ERP Certification Report


Epicor ERP Software System (v. 9.05) is now TEC Certified for online evaluation of enterprise resource planning (ERP) solutions for discrete manufacturers in the ERP Evaluation Center. The certification seal is a valuable indicator for organizations relying on the integrity of TEC research for assistance with their software selection projects. Download this report for product highlights, competitive analysis, product analysis, and in-depth analyst commentary.

erp mes  ERP Software System (v. 9.05) for Discrete Manufacturing ERP Certification Report Epicor ERP Software System (v. 9.05) is now TEC Certified for online evaluation of enterprise resource planning (ERP) solutions for discrete manufacturers in the ERP Evaluation Center. The certification seal is a valuable indicator for organizations relying on the integrity of TEC research for assistance with their software selection projects. Download this report for product highlights, competitive analysis, product Read More

Practical Guide to ERP for Recipe/Formula-based Manufacturers


Understanding the features, functions, and architecture of an enterprise resource planning (ERP) system best suited to your type of manufacturing will help you reevaluate your existing systems or replace your existing spreadsheet-based processes. This practical ERP guide for process manufacturers examines the functional capabilities of a process-oriented ERP system versus that of a discrete manufacturing-oriented ERP application.

erp mes  Guide to ERP for Recipe/Formula-based Manufacturers Understanding the features, functions, and architecture of an enterprise resource planning (ERP) system best suited to your type of manufacturing will help you reevaluate your existing systems or replace your existing spreadsheet-based processes. This practical ERP guide for process manufacturers examines the functional capabilities of a process-oriented ERP system versus that of a discrete manufacturing-oriented ERP application. Read More

Justification of ERP Investments Part 1: Quantifiable Benefits from an ERP System


Studies that surveyed manufacturers about the impact of ERP systems on firm performance indicate that company size and industry do not affect the results. Benefits have been indicated for large and small firms, whether they make standard or custom products or are in discrete or process manufacturing environments. This section explains the quantifiable benefits in terms of several areas of improvement. Reprinted from Maximizing Your ERP System by Dr. Scott Hamilton.

erp mes  of ERP Investments Part 1: Quantifiable Benefits from an ERP System Originally published - February 13, 2004 Justification of ERP Investments* The expected return on investment provides the cost justification and motivation for investing in ERP. There are quantifiable benefits as well as intangible benefits in the ERP investment decision. The quantifiable benefits have a bottom-line impact on profitability, asset turnover, and a potential effect on stock value. This section discusses the Read More

Justification of ERP Investments Part Four: Replacing or Re-implementing an ERP System


An investment analysis focusing on enterprise resource planning (ERP) benefits frequently applies to those firms initially justifying an ERP implementation. It can also be used to justify a 're-implementation' when the initial efforts have failed to produce desired results. Reprinted from Maximizing Your ERP System by Dr. Scott Hamilton.

erp mes  of ERP Investments Part Four: Replacing or Re-implementing an ERP System Replacing or Re-implementing an ERP System* An investment analysis focusing on enterprise resource planning (ERP) benefits frequently applies to those firms initially justifying an ERP implementation. It can also be used to justify a re-implementation when the initial efforts have failed to produce desired results. The box describing Classifications of ERP success identifies situations where the ERP implementation fal Read More

Is It Time to Purchase a New ERP?


For decades, enterprise resource planning (ERP) replacement has been compared to brain surgery: You just don't do it unless the patient is dying. So how do you know when it really is the time to invest in a new ERP system? Download this white paper to find out.

erp mes  invest in a new ERP system? Download this white paper to find out. Read More

IFS Applications


Developed using open, component-based technology, IFS Applications provide extended enterprise resource planning (ERP) functionality, including customer relationship management (CRM); supply chain management (SCM); product lifecycle management (PLM); corporate performance management (CPM); enterprise asset management (EAM); and maintenance, repair, and overhaul (MRO) capabilities. IFS Applications' service-oriented architecture (SOA) is designed to help companies collaborate with partners, suppliers, and customers. IFS Applications are a comprehensive business system for midsize and large organizations. In addition to the processes that are supported by all business systems, such as finances, inventories, traditional manufacturing, and customer management, IFS Applications support the entire lifecycle of products from construction to maintenance and aftermarket services.  

erp mes  IFS Applications provide extended enterprise resource planning (ERP) functionality, including customer relationship management (CRM); supply chain management (SCM); product lifecycle management (PLM); corporate performance management (CPM); enterprise asset management (EAM); and maintenance, repair, and overhaul (MRO) capabilities. IFS Applications' service-oriented architecture (SOA) is designed to help companies collaborate with partners, suppliers, and customers. IFS Applications are a comprehensive Read More

ERP Trivia - Every Why Should Have Its Wherefore Part 1: ERP Trends


We take the liberty to comment on the findings of a report, which was recently released by a renowned research organization, and which pinpoints ERP implementations’ dissatisfactions in no uncertain terms.

erp mes  Its Wherefore Part 1: ERP Trends ERP Trivia - Every Why Should Have Its Wherefore Part 1: ERP Trends P.J. Jakovljevic - August 25, 2001 Executive Summary  What has long been a general feeling based on rumors, news headlines and some casual survey reports hidden within analyst houses' vaults and largely inaccessible to the mass audience owing to exorbitant subscription fees, has recently been confirmed in a more tangible manner. Namely, many major companies are having difficulty achieving effective Read More

Changing Perceptions on ERP Strategy


Enterprise resource planning (ERP) is designed to be the system of record for operating and managing a business. But there's still a common perception that ERP is a luxury—and a high-risk implementation. The key to successful implementation of an ERP system that will adapt to your needs is a strong ERP strategy. This report examines changing perceptions around ERP strategies, and how best-in-class companies develop and maintain them.

erp mes  Perceptions on ERP Strategy Enterprise resource planning (ERP) is designed to be the system of record for operating and managing a business. But there's still a common perception that ERP is a luxury—and a high-risk implementation. The key to successful implementation of an ERP system that will adapt to your needs is a strong ERP strategy. This report examines changing perceptions around ERP strategies, and how best-in-class companies develop and maintain them. Read More

Pronto Xi Dimensions


PRONTO-Xi is an enterprise resource planning (ERP) solution designed to help companies maintain visibility over the extended enterprise—including field sales and technical staff—and closely manage the entire supply chain. It includes a business intelligence (BI) analytics tool that can help employees analyze data, interpret trends, and make decisions based on the most up-to-date information. PRONTO-Xi includes fully integrated business functionality covering: accounting, sales orders (SOs) and purchase orders (POs), customer relationship management (CRM), warehouse management systems (WMS), electronic data interchange (EDI), retail point-of-sale (POS), facilities management (FM), manufacturing resource planning (MRP), supply chain management (SCM), and other related functions. PRONTO-Xi runs on a variety of hardware platforms and operating systems (OSs), and includes built-in mobile and Internet technology.

erp mes  Dimensions PRONTO-Xi is an enterprise resource planning (ERP) solution designed to help companies maintain visibility over the extended enterprise—including field sales and technical staff—and closely manage the entire supply chain. It includes a business intelligence (BI) analytics tool that can help employees analyze data, interpret trends, and make decisions based on the most up-to-date information. PRONTO-Xi includes fully integrated business functionality covering: accounting, sales orders (SOs) Read More