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Primary Metal Manufacturing
The primary metal manufacturing industry includes manufacturers of iron, aluminum, steel, titanium, copper, and other metals@with steel representing the largest

primary metal manufacturing  Metal Manufacturing The primary metal manufacturing industry includes manufacturers of iron, aluminum, steel, titanium, copper, and other metals—with steel representing the largest segment of the market by far. The industry also includes manufacturers and processors in related industries like automotive manufacturing, machinery manufacturing, and construction. Challenges for primary metal manufacturers are rooted in the highly competitive nature of the market, volatile global economic conditions,

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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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Meeting Process Manufacturing Challenges Through More Potent Functionality


The process manufacturing market remains one of the most competitive and dynamic segments of manufacturing. Process manufacturers must evolve to meet the challenges of changing market demands, the increasing commoditization of products, and the volatility of pricing in energy and raw materials.

A powerful enterprise resource planning (ERP) system with detailed functionality should help process manufacturers manage active ingredients throughout their operations by enabling them to buy raw materials and cost goods more precisely; scale formulas up or down, automatically; track lot inheritance; and define product sequencing, which is evaluated based on multiple characteristics, to reduce downtime and changeover costs in the production schedule.

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TEC 2015 ERP for Discrete Manufacturing Buyer's Guide


The TEC ERP for Discrete Manufacturing Buyer’s Guide was developed to provide unique perspectives on the state of the enterprise resource planning (ERP) solution market for manufacturers. Discrete manufacturers face a number of business challenges in the 21st century, including the traditional challenges of planning and managing production, managing costs, and staying compliant with regulations, and newer challenges related to the ability to support customizable and complex products and global markets, and hiring qualified staff.

How are manufacturers and vendors dealing with these changing requirements for manufacturing ERP? Read on to find out. In addition to a functionality comparison of manufacturing ERP products currently on the market, the TEC 2015 ERP for Discrete Manufacturing Buyer’s Guide includes the results of TEC’s ERP trends survey (showing some surprising trends and stats), a discussion about how ERP vendors are differentiating themselves these days with elements enhancing user experience, and a special section dedicated to configure, price, and quote (CPQ) solutions and their growing importance to discrete manufacturers. Case studies and thought leadership from leading vendors in the discrete manufacturing ERP software space are also included as examples of recent successful ERP implementations and upgrades. Download the free guide now for TEC's expert analyst insight into manufacturing ERP trends, functionality comparisons, and vendor differentiation.



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About this Guide

Preface

The Makings of a Great User Experience

2015 ERP Snapshot

Product Comparison

Configure, Price, Quote (CPQ) Solutions – Growing in Importance

TEC Selection Project

TEC Helps UniCarriers Americas with ERP Selection though Merger


TEC Resources

Casebook

Acumatica Customer Success Story: New Zealand Electronic Manufacturer Gets ISO-certified with Acumatica

FinancialForce.com Customer Success Story: Chambers Gasket & Manufacturing Company

Glovia Customer Success Story: Automotive Supplier Decreases Inventory and Downtime with GLOVIA G2; System will be Implemented Across Operations Globally

IFS Customer Success Story: Six-company Manufacturing Group Adjusts to Higher Petroleum Resin Prices in Only Two Days

IQMS Thought Leadership: What is the Value of Real-time Data: How Much Does it Cost You to Wait Hours for Updated Information?

Kenandy Customer Success Story: Merrow Sewing Machine and Kenandy: Stitching Together Success Seamlessly

Oracle Customer Success Story: Goldwind Shortens Financial Consolidation Time, Improves Production Efficiency, and Reduces Inventory Holding Costs

Rootstock Customer Success Story: Unionwear: Succeeding While Others are Fleeing

SAP and Navigator Customer Success Story: Kalmar RT Center: Moving Forward in a Rough Terrain Environment


Vendor Directory

About the Author


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ERP for Discrete Manufacturers: Mobile and Wearable



It’s no secret that mobile devices of various forms (phone, tablets, and wearables) are now being used more than ever. However, a recent survey by Epicor indicated that although 65% of organizations see mobile access to ERP as important, only 25% access the ERP system through a mobile device. Tablet and larger phablet users can access and manage ERP information via user experience components described above as long as the ERP front end has been designed to support any browser and any device. Some of the user interface components we’ve discussed are fairly easily tweaked to allow automatic adjustments for screen size, scrolling, and tapping functions (to select icons or links) for larger mobile formats.

But using phones or wearable to enter or update detailed data in an ERP system is far on the horizon. ERP vendors are rolling out a number of point solution applications to perform low-complexity operations such as purchase order approval, time sheet approval, or work order execution on the shop floor. Customer relationship management (CRM) functions such as entering contact details are currently being rolled out by vendors. For the most part, these screens look like we have taken a step back.

Some new paradigms need to be developed to make it possible to get complicated work done with a small form factor. Voice recognition, automatic zooming on a database object to show details, or new interaction methods such as the double-blink on a wearable are examples of adjustments to the user interface on smaller form factors. The increasing availability of 3D cameras is also bringing gesture recognition (popularized in the gaming world) into the enterprise application space.


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Line Design in Oracle Flow Manufacturing


You have convinced upper management that flow manufacturing will enable your company to leapfrog the competition. You have appointed a flow process leader, and selected a line for your flow pilot. Now it’s time to physically perform your first line implementation. The big question is, what exactly do you need to do to make the transition from discrete to flow?

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