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ERP for Mill-based and Material Converting Environments

The ERP for Mill-based and Material Converting Environments knowledge base focuses on a range of industrial activities that add value to raw materials by processing them into a form suitable for further manufacturing or for immediate end-use. These activities include traditional mills that turn grain into flour or extract sucrose from sugar cane; the spinning and weaving mills of the textiles and carpets sectors; the rolling plants of steel, aluminum, and other metals semi-fabricators; to the continuous outputs of paper and board mills. 

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O'Brien Steel Deploys Invera’s STRATIX ERP


O’Brien Steel, a carbon general line metals steel service center, has implemented STRATIX metal service center software from Invera, a metal industry enterprise resource planning (ERP) software specialist. O’Brien Steel implemented critical metal industry features.

metal bending  center, has implemented STRATIX metal service center software from Inver a, a metal industry enterprise resource planning (ERP) software specialist. STRATIX was implemented at O''Brien Steel and the division Wausau Steel, a recently acquired company.   For more than 30 years, Invera has been providing enterprise software for steel and metal service centers, metal distribution, steel stockholder, and metal processing industry. The company’s metal industry software products STRATIX and eSTELPLAN are used Read More

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For a decade, IndustryWeek and the Manufacturing Performance Institute (MPI) Census of Manufacturers have provided data to US manufacturers. This year, MPI fielded a similar survey in Canada, offering an intriguing look into the differences between the Canadian and US manufacturing landscapes. This executive summary presents combined data from these surveys, aimed at helping manufacturers meet future challenges.

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metal bending  in the mining and metal sector—and I feel there are many things worth discussing. IT is becoming more involved in environmental issues and we need to talk more about it. It is a great honor to become a part of TEC. I believe it is an excellent place to learn, to contribute, and to have a lot of fun. I’ll see you around. BEGINLYX Read More

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metal bending  this combined campus, sheet metal and other raw materials are trucked into one side and finished autos roll out the other end sound familiar? Figure 2 - Ford''s Chicago Supplier Park But this is very different than the Rouge-style vertical integration of the past. 11 suppliers are co-located on one campus, forming a physically integrated plant, with different sections run by each different supplier 2 . Bodies stamped out by Tower Automotive and Sanderson Industries pass through a huge door to have Read More

Solarsoft iVP Certification Complete


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metal bending  rubber, or foam) and metal stamping, hydro-forming, welding, machining, extrusion, casting, and wire producers; •    users running IBM legacy systems, such as BPCS, MAPICS, PRMS, JD Edwards, etc.; •    small plants of large businesses that use tier-one ERP systems at the parent company and that have a mandate to start operations within limited time frames or other circumstances where large ERP system implementation may be too expensive or too complex. iVP software can be especially beneficial Read More

Ariba LIVE 2014—Spotlight on Procurement and Predictive


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metal bending  holes and openings into metal cases for its trendy consumer electronics products. As another example, sourcing and procurement were crucial in ensuring the production of the cheap Tata Car in the Indian market.   Sourcing and procurement is also about protecting the company’s brand—think of using fair trade suppliers, non-conflict minerals, minority owned suppliers, and other socially responsible ways of doing business. Corporate social responsibility (CSR), or the lack thereof, in these days of Read More

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Solarsoft Tropos ERP Is Now TEC Certified


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WorkWise Role-Based ERP Certification Report


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RB-ERP is accessed via workbenches that are customizable to match the user’s job function and role within the organization. The workbenches are not just a user interface layer, but are built on top of an application framework. The workbench designs make it possible for users to navigate and work across a broad range of operations quickly and efficiently.

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metal bending  project for a midsize metal manufacturer): in the middle of the project, we converted existing bills of materials (BOMs), BOM routings, and hour tariffs into the new system and realized that the products’ new lead times exceeded real ones twice or more. Thanks to adequate project planning, we had some time to fix the data immediately by dedicating engineers and analysts full-time for a few months and accordingly modifying the implementation plan; but even in this case, the project was delayed for two Read More