The Benefits of an Integrated, ERP, MES and Scheduling Systems
Much is made these days of the Global, Interconnected world we live in, from Social Media to Smart-phones, but how interconnected is your own shop? Does purchasing know that Sales booked a bluebird, and materials are not available? Can the shop floor personnel have a schedule change at their station communicated instantly from the front office? How many separate spreadsheets does it take for you to run your plant?
Many manufacturers have implemented ERP (enterprise resource planning) software systems with the hope of improving their ability to deliver a quality product on-time, while maintaining manageable inventory levels. In an effort to save money, many companies purchased an entry-level ERP system that might manage inventory, or provide a particular focus for a given industry, but over time these systems have been outgrown as these companies face ever-increasing pressure to deliver on-time, improve quality and reduce prices. Continue reading
By the mid-1980′s MRP (materials resource planning) had become a blooming software industry expanding in 1.3 Billion dollars in sales throughout American manufacturing. MRP quickly became a necessity amongst major manufacturers in order to stay competitive in the marketplace. Fast forward to 2014, MRP has evolved into what is now coined ERP, or enterprise resource planning. While MRP is still very much alive within the realm of ERP, it has now taken a back seat to advanced functionality and is a must-have for modern day manufacturing. Continue reading
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Small to mid-sized manufacturers are constantly working towards new ways to streamline business practices & information (eliminate duplicate data entry), reduce carried inventory, and improve cash flow. Whether your current system consists of various excel spreadsheets, a homegrown system, or even the old white board, there is always room for improvement. Continue reading
Manufacturing software has been around for many years and has grown from simple material planning to enterprise-wide systems, tying your entire shop floor and front office together. Many manufacturers still consider systems such as ERP (enterprise resource planing) as a commodity, overwhelming, or simply unnecessary, if they’ve even considered it at all. This bodes especially true for small to mid-sized manufacturers who have been trapped in a ‘procedural inertia‘ or those who rely on various accounting systems and excel spreadsheets.
If you have the distinct opportunity of being a member of the NTMA (National Tooling & Machining Association), then you might already be aware of the roundtable discussion, next week, focusing on these very concerns. Continue reading
“If you ask a physicist about inertia, you will learn that it’s the tendency of matter to remain either at rest or in uniform motion unless acted upon by an external force. It’s the reason a loaded shopping cart is difficult to get moving – and then even more difficult to stop, let alone turn. Those of us who reside in the world of enterprise resource planning (ERP) implementations know inertia can apply to a host of things – and it can make them just as challenging to start, stop, or change.”
- Craig Schrotter, CPIM (APICS Certified) & Senior Applications Engineer for ProfitKey
Salem, NH, July, 2013 – Premier Manufacturing, one of the largest electronics manufacturing service providers in Colorado, announced that they have selected ProfitKey’s ‘Rapid Response Manufacturing’ as their new ERP (enterprise resource planning) system.
While looking to upgrade its current ERP management system, Premier Manufacturing focused on their need to improve several areas of the business. The key areas of focus were based on productivity on the manufacturing lines, better efficiencies, cost reduction, and the ability to demonstrate to customers their ability to control the process and meet their specifications with a system that demonstrated this in real time. Premier, being a small contract manufacturing company, needed to act in a frugal manner in regards to the cost of a new system, not only in the acquisition cost, but the cost to the company in time to train employees, the time spent in implementation and transfer from the old system to the new. Finally, Premier needed a system that could move them from the current product to a new one, in a reasonably quick time frame to minimize delay to their production schedules and avoid any impact to their customers. Continue reading
Experienced manufacturing workers looking for a new job often find out the hard way that many companies are looking to hire people who have more than experience — they want employees with specific industry credentials and certifications. In the manufacturing industry, many employers say they place weight on the American Production and Inventory Control Society (APICS) certification.
As a result, tens of thousands of operations and supply chain professionals are signing up for the demanding eight-month program to obtain (APICS) certification. Numerous manufacturing employees believe that these certifications increase their competitive edge, because it proves that their expertise extends further than a college degree and vocational experience. But is certification worth it? Continue reading