IQMS Blog for Manufacturing ERP Expertise

How to Measure Overall Equipment Effectiveness (OEE)

Posted by Randy Flamm on Thu, May 31, 2012 @ 09:28 AM

The IQMS EnterpriseIQ product line encompasses both ERP and MES functionality in a single system. The real-time shop floor data that flows automatically from the MES modules can be used to create a simple, intuitive presentation of Overall Equipment Effectiveness (OEE).

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Tags: manufacturing ERP software, IQMS, MES, Machine Monitoring

Production Equipment Downtime – Monitor, Analyze and Reduce

Posted by Lee Filbert on Thu, May 24, 2012 @ 10:31 AM

Depending on various factors, there are many different perspectives on the cost of shop floor downtime. This is a look at it from the perspective of a manufacturer that requires the use of capital intensive machinery to manufacture its products.

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Tags: manufacturing ERP software, IQMS, Real-Time, MES, Machine Monitoring

Introducing IQMS' New Website!

Posted by IQMS Manufacturing ERP Software on Tue, May 22, 2012 @ 08:51 AM

At IQMS, we believe change is good. On that note, we are excited to introduce our shiny new website! Besides the obvious design overhaul, one of the largest improvements we made is a better reflection of the variety of manufacturing industries that IQMS serves. From automotive to stamping and molding to machining, IQMS assists nearly every manufacturing process at a global level.

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Tags: manufacturing ERP software, IQMS, EnterpriseIQ, IQMS News, Training, Technical Support

Barcodes: Improving Manufacturing One Scan at a Time

Posted by Tina Jolicoeur on Thu, May 17, 2012 @ 09:33 AM

What did we do before barcodes? Many of you may not remember a time when the use of barcodes wasn't prevalent. To purchase $50 in groceries, which used to be a lot of food, you would have to wait for the checker to enter every item manually into the register, literally taking 15 minutes. Now you don't even have to deal with a checker, just self-check yourself at the grocery store. Not only do you save time, the use of barcodes improves efficiency and above all, accuracy. Yet for some reason, barcodes and their uses remain mysterious to many people.

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Tags: manufacturing ERP software, IQMS, EnterpriseIQ, Inventory Control, Automation, Hardware Reseller, Barcodes and Labeling, Shop Floor Control, Warehouse Management

Electronic Document Control: Meet Compliance and Increase Efficiency

Posted by Liz Alflen on Thu, May 10, 2012 @ 08:52 AM

… And do you want Document Control with that?

Ordering up the right information when you need it, in the format you need it, with the confidence you expect to have, can be challenging in the breadth of a manufacturing environment. A good manufacturing ERP software system provides the key performance indicators you need, the executive dashboard you want and the information processing required to run an efficient organization from sales to shipping. But what about all those associated documents? Material data sheets, CAD renderings, human resources information, sales contracts: no one enjoys looking at rows of binders and manuals or locked drawers, pawing through miles of files, trying to decipher someone else’s naming convention or filing methodology. 

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Tags: manufacturing ERP software, IQMS, Quality Management, CRM, Human Resources