IQMS Blog for Manufacturing ERP Expertise

Video: How Horizon Die Company Controls Costs and Meets Production Challenges

Posted by IQMS Manufacturing ERP Software on Thu, Apr 30, 2015 @ 09:57 AM

Horizon Die Company is a first generation manufacturer pushing the envelope on technology by taking on the tough technical challenges other metal stamping suppliers decline. As a premier provider of high speed (sometimes up to 10,000 parts per minute!), tight-tolerance precision metal stampings, Horizon Die needs to have all production and order requirements at its fingertips for continued growth and success.

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Washington D.C. Week in Manufacturing - April 29, 2015

Posted by IQMS Manufacturing ERP Software on Wed, Apr 29, 2015 @ 09:00 AM

Manufacturing Production Rises a Tiny Bit in March
Manufacturing production increased a paltry 0.1 percent in March, following declines in both January and February. The year-over-year pace of manufacturing production in March was 2.4 percent, down from 4.5 percent in November. On a more positive note, retail sales grew 0.9 percent in March, with strong growth in motor vehicles and parts, and housing starts rose 2.0 percent last month. As such, the data suggests manufacturers have started 2015 on a very soft note, despite optimism for better demand and output moving forward. To learn more, visit
here.

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Motivational Manufacturing Monday: What Activities Drive You to Success?

Posted by George Korn on Mon, Apr 27, 2015 @ 01:07 PM

I am always looking for ways to motive myself as I try to be as successful as possible. When it comes to motivation, every person is different and what each individual does to be successful varies from background to career type and a thousand other things in between. 

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Three Rules for Managing Your Manufacturing Data

Posted by Nicole Smith on Thu, Apr 23, 2015 @ 07:47 AM

The future of manufacturing lies in the hands of the businesses that can best capture and manage their shop floor data. But the increase of information does not come without challenges. For example, once you have the data, what do you do with it? When embarking on a big data initiative, there are three rules to follow to make the most of your newly acquired information:

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Tags: Inventory Control, Automation, Machine Monitoring

Washington D.C. Week in Manufacturing - April 22, 2015

Posted by IQMS Manufacturing ERP Software on Wed, Apr 22, 2015 @ 10:08 AM

March Global Manufacturing Update Reveals Modest Growth Overall
Despite modest growth overall, the global economic environment remains challenged, with manufacturers in half of the top 10 markets for goods manufactured in the U.S. reporting declining levels of activity in March. For example, the Chinese economy continued to decelerate and Canadian manufacturers reported weaker conditions in the past two months due to energy markets. In contrast, the U.S. economy remains a bright spot despite headwinds that dampened activity in the early months of the year. To learn more, visit
here.

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Motivational Correctness Means Not Putting Projects on the Back Burner

Posted by George Korn on Mon, Apr 20, 2015 @ 01:35 PM

There is a new show on Fox that I love/hate called The Last Man on Earth (Spoiler alert, I give away some show details below). If you have not seen the show, it is a comedy about the last man alive (so he thinks) and his journey. The show has progressed from being one person to a small group of seven characters who are making a home out in Arizona. The main character, Phil Miller, is a guy who just can’t seem to do anything right. 

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Motivational Manufacturing Monday: Success Doesn't Mean You Can Ignore Change

Posted by George Korn on Mon, Apr 13, 2015 @ 09:33 AM

Everyone knows that technology is constantly changing at a great rate. This change can be a beautiful thing and really bring beneficial new tools to the forefront. However, not everyone embraces change and some insist on wearing blinders and doing it their way until forced to adjust.

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Using ERP Software to Ease Your Financial Reporting Headaches

Posted by IQMS Manufacturing ERP Software on Thu, Apr 09, 2015 @ 11:31 AM

ERP software is a multifaceted product that can house a vast amount of information and give manufacturers the opportunity to make better informed decisions for their companies. However, one of the challenges many manufacturers face on what seems to be a daily basis is making sense of all the data that is in their systems.

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Tags: Financial Management

Washington D.C. Week in Manufacturing - April 8, 2015

Posted by IQMS Manufacturing ERP Software on Wed, Apr 08, 2015 @ 08:34 AM

Weekly Economic Report Shows Continued Dampened Activity
Significant headwinds, such as weak economic growth abroad, a significantly strengthened U.S. dollar, the sharp drop in crude oil prices, winter storms and the West Coast ports slowdown, has resulted in a continued deceleration of economic activity in the early months of 2015. While the final figures are not in, the real GDP growth in Q1 of 2015 will likely land around 1.8 percent, less than the 2.2 percent real GDP growth rate seen in Q4 of 2014. Fortunately, the manufacturing sector is expected to see some rebounds moving forward and the outlook continues to be upbeat. To learn more, visit here.

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Change is Necessary to Achieve Business and Personal Growth

Posted by George Korn on Mon, Apr 06, 2015 @ 01:19 PM

The point of my weekly blog is to help motivate readers to kickstart their Mondays. Motivation is different for everyone and begins at different stages, whether it is getting you off the ground on a project or re-invigorating you to keep going. 

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Video: How the Largest Injection Molder in the West Maximizes its Success

Posted by IQMS Manufacturing ERP Software on Thu, Apr 02, 2015 @ 08:06 AM

AMA Plastics is a Top 100 Custom Plastic Injection Molder in North America. In its 156,000 square foot facility that includes an ISO Class 8 (100,000) clean room and tooling department, AMA Plastics uses its 92 molding machines and 60 Yushin robots to serve the consumer, medical, industrial, military and automotive industries. Employee-owned, AMA Plastics runs 24/7 and is the largest injection molder in the West.

In the beginning, AMA Plastics was running its business on a combination of spreadsheets, whiteboards and separate accounting and manufacturing packages. As is common when maintaining a company with multiple software systems, AMA Plastics was experiencing challenges growing its business to the next level.

Rather than continue to operate with insufficient software, AMA Plastics selected to implement a comprehensive ERP system that would support its future growth. Over the years, IQMS' manufacturing-specific ERP solution has helped AMA Plastics develop into the manufacturing leader it is today.

Click on the video below to hear more about AMA Plastics' impressive story.

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Washington D.C. Week in Manufacturing - April 1, 2015

Posted by IQMS Manufacturing ERP Software on Wed, Apr 01, 2015 @ 08:23 AM

Chinese and Japanese Manufacturing Activity Declined in March, Europe and U.S. Increased
The China Manufacturing PMI declined again in March, from 50.7 in February to 49.2. The PMI has contracted three of the past four months, causing China to reduce its target 2015 real  GDP growth rate to 7 percent. The Japan Manufacturing PMI also decreased in March, from 51.6 to 50.4, its lowest level since May 2014. Overall, the Japanese economy is growing slowly, with real GDP up 0.4 percent in the fourth quarter. In contrast, the Eurozone Manufacturing PMI rose from 51.0 to 51.9, its highest level since May 2014 and the United States Manufacturing PMI rose from 55.1 to 55.3, indicating decent growth. To read more, visit here.

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