The metals industry is a cyclical business that rides the ebb-and-flow of raw material pricing and mounting pressure from global competition. The homegrown legacy systems currently in place can’t keep pace with the changing market dynamics. But as metals producers turn to ERP vendors for help, there are industry-specific best practices to take into account. Read this paper to learn how two metals companies pursued a metals-specific solution and how it helped them compete and achieve efficiencies.
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The business community has long embraced the notion that it is easier and more cost effective to keep a current customer than find a new one. Following this pattern of thinking, the importance of a manufacturer to keep its promises in regards to on-time delivery and other production-oriented timelines becomes obvious.
Virtual presence gets your experts into the field without packing a bag, boarding a plane — or even leaving the office. There are many video chat and online meeting options on the market today, but none are able to help your operations teams remotely troubleshoot assets, perform inspections, or assess environments instantly.
The lack of good supply chain coordination can lead to frequent changes in production schedules, expedited transfers and shipments in distribution, excessive stock-outs, erratic levels of customer service, lack of visibility into future demand, and inventory in the wrong place and at the wrong time.
This practical guide links the unique business processes of the pharmaceutical industry to specific software capabilities available in process-based ERP solutions.
ERP buyers in process manufacturing are vulnerable since the vast majority of the software offered in the marketplace has been designed for discrete manufacturing.
A 3D printer is a machine that creates objects from plastic or other materials using an additive manufacturing process. Additive manufacturing produces objects in a succession of layers from the bottom, up. This is the opposite of traditional subtractive manufacturing processes.
Today, manufacturers are surrounded by the buzz about Big Data — as well as by the flood of information it represents. Why should they care? The answer is that a Big Data strategy creates opportunities to transform existing information about their workforce into business value. With the right data collection, analysis, and action, manufacturers can turn everyday data "straw" into information "gold."
This paper addresses the capabilities, roles and positioning of systems geared for professional use. Beginning with the most basic information — the definition of 3D printers — this whitepaper positions the two product classes.
The Quality Toolkit will help you identify an approach that optimizes continuous improvement initiatives. The toolkit contains insight gained over 100 years of combined experience from current and former executives, quality directors, industrial statisticians and engineers who understand the challenges of getting product out the door on-time without cutting corners. The free guide will help you simplify your job and quickly identify methods that keep your manufacturing processes in control.
When it comes to capital-intensive assets such as production plants and manufacturing facilities, you have much to gain by optimizing performance. To do this, you need to manage all the associated content – such as technical specifications, equipment manuals, maintenance records, service contracts, drawings, and more. But with content spread all over the enterprise, how can you succeed?
The manufacturing industry is asset-intensive. Whether a discrete or process manufacturer within various industries, such as high tech, automotive, aerospace, consumer packaging, it takes a wide array of assets to keep your business performing efficiently.
Whether you are an owner-operator, EPC contractor, EMS vendor or working in the oil and gas, petrochemical, utilities or chemical sectors, your involvement in large-scale capital projects means you must manage a broad range of data, documents, records, plans, blueprints, regulatory guidelines and compliance documents—in structured and unstructured form. It is an enormous challenge and, if left to chance or tackled with multiple incompatible systems and platforms, can even be crippling. Companies looking to take their capital projects to the next level and meet the industry’s complex challenges require a higher level of Enterprise Content Management (ECM) quality, efficiency and integration
Collecting data is the critical first step. But you can quickly be overwhelmed. Knowing how to use data is what will give a company a strategic advantage – market intelligence, innovation, and use efficiencies to drive higher quality and higher productivity.
The majority of manufacturing enterprises, almost three quarters according to Aberdeen’s survey respondents, use Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) as their main business system. However, one aspect of ERP strategy that has always been assumed is that companies strive to have one single ERP system to unify all their parts and processes.
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