Manufacturing Business Technology is devoting this week to ERP. Check here daily for articles, blogs and videos being featured this week. Hear from industry experts on how they've integrated technology, the solutions currently being offered in the industry and gain insight on making the most of your operations.
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As manufacturing specialists visits facilities throughout the U.S. each week, one consistent theme continues to come into focus: the knowledge and skill-level that is exiting the organization with retirement is becoming increasingly difficult to replace with today’s applicant pool. In fact, it’s the buzz in manufacturing media almost daily now.
Headquartered in Plymouth, Michigan, FNST’s North American plants are the company’s benchmark for lean manufacturing practices, with QAD Enterprise Applications as its core ERP solution. Managing more than 400 suppliers and more than 8,600 stock-keeping units (SKUs) requires a high degree of supply chain collaboration.
Most can agree that Cloud ERP, and certainly MFG Cloud ERP, is in its infancy. Interestingly, while analysts project that the adoption rate for Cloud HR is over 60 percent and for Cloud CRM over 75 percent, the present adoption rate of Cloud ERP for manufacturers is less than ten percent (versus 90 percent of On Premise ERP). Yet, there is a general consensus that, by 2023, most of the installed MFG ERP systems will be Cloud-based.
Equipment downtime, lost production, delays in product reviews and high travel costs to troubleshoot problems can kill the bottom line. Time is money and it’s never been truer for companies with operations spread across the globe. When the best expert is located in New York and the assembly line is in the Far East, costs mount quickly when decisions are delayed.
Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) software is an essential part of a manufacturing company’s operational strategy. ERP provides the information backbone that companies rely on for managing internal resources (inventory control, production scheduling), planning and managing the business, and interconnecting with customers and trading partners in the supply chain.
Eighty five percent of companies with global supply chains experienced at least one supply chain disruption in the previous 12 months. Risk is inherently unpredictable. Fortunately, the current workforce is undergoing its own transformation to be able to identify and manage risk on a global basis.
Manufacturing Business Technology took some time to talk with Sanjay Ravi, managing director of discrete manufacturing at Microsoft Corp. about cloud computing in the manufacturing sector and how companies can benefit from it.
For a long time sophisticated inventory management software solutions were too costly for most small and mid-size businesses. In addition to paying for the software license, you needed appropriate hardware to house the data and an IT staff to maintain the software and address problems. All of this adds up to high cost of ownership.
If you are working on a new product development initiative (NPI) for a discrete manufacturer, you’re likely under pressure to develop those products within specific cost, weight, market and quality targets under very tight timeframes. Developing and producing products that can meet all of these criteria, particularly cost, can be extremely challenging.
Food Manufacturing spoke with Roger Kilmer of the Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP) about the importance of maintaining a strong manufacturing presence in the United States, and what resources are available to domestic manufacturers.
For an IT department, working with cloud applications and their providers can present a number of new challenges. Where the IT department previously took a facilitating role that is now transitioning to a coordinating role. In addition, it can be significantly more difficult to control user and access privileges in cloud applications.
Manufacturing Business Technology is devoting this week to Cloud Computing. Check here daily for articles, blogs and videos being featured this week. Hear from industry experts on how they've integrated technology, the solutions currently being offered in the industry and gain insight on making the most of your operations.
Call it the Logistics Cloud. It’s cloud-computing technology for logistics service providers, or LSPs, and it’s a huge universe that encompasses every industry. It’s computing that involves delivering hosted services over the Internet and employs a network of remote servers to store, manage and process data rather than a local server.
Manufacturing companies have a notorious need to store large files and provide access from multiple offices, all on a restricted budget. In a world where manufacturing production is king, capital expenses are laser-focused on tools and equipment, leaving IT to strategically minimize capital investment while delivering enterprise-class IT operations.
The fundamental DNA of our business is to unleash the potential of people and organizations. And we have a long history of success in productivity tools. So that’s what we want to continue to do for our manufacturing customers — provide the tools to unlock their potential in growth, innovation, quality and customer service and help them improve productivity by optimizing and connecting their operations.