IQMS Blog for Manufacturing ERP Expertise

Trailer Manufacturers: Stop Settling for Generic ERP

Posted by John Lutz on Thu, May 21, 2015 @ 08:30 AM

truck_trailerTrailer manufacturers are unique in both their processes and business needs. Unfortunately, when it comes to ERP software, trailer makers are typically lumped together with other manufacturing industries (automotive) that are not a good fit for their day-to-day operations.  

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Tags: Inventory Control, ERP Selection, Automotive ERP, best of breed

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

Scanners and ERP: A Look at Some of the Common Considerations

Posted by Lee Filbert on Thu, Nov 20, 2014 @ 09:12 AM

One of the most frequent questions we get asked in the IQMS Hardware Division is, "What scanner works with EnterpriseIQ?" 

Before answering that question, I would like to clarify the term "scanner." Most people refer to any device that is able to read a barcode as a scanner. That is true, but many of the scanners deployed in a warehousing operation are actually mobile computers with scanners built in. The scanner is just the imaging component on the front of the device that projects a line, dot or crosshatch to read the barcode. Think of it like your smartphone. Yeah, we call it a phone, but it is also a mobile computer, camera, navigation device, etc.

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

Meet Risk Management's New Sidekick: Your ERP Solution

Posted by Glenn Nowak on Thu, Nov 13, 2014 @ 09:12 AM

Every day, we take steps to mitigate risk in our daily lives. We wear our seat belts when in the car. We exercise regularly (well, semi-regularly) to keep healthy. We apply sunscreen before we head to the beach. We carpool and recycle to fight climate change.

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Tags: manufacturing ERP software, Inventory Control, Real-Time, ERP Selection, Quality Management, EDI, Shop Floor Control

5 Tips to Being a Better Buyer with EnterpriseIQ - Part II

Posted by IQMS Manufacturing ERP Software on Thu, Oct 02, 2014 @ 09:09 AM

In Part I of this two-part series, I discussed three different tools available when using the EnterpriseIQ software to assist with the purchasing process

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Tags: IQMS, EnterpriseIQ, Inventory Control, Supply Chain, Purchasing

How Proper Label Controls Can Help Your Manufacturing Plant

Posted by Nicole Smith on Thu, Aug 21, 2014 @ 08:46 AM

I am fortunate to be able to call myself the Mom of a beautiful baby girl named Avery. Upon meeting her for the first time, many acquaintances compared her name to the label and office supply producer of the same moniker. Some even followed this parallel with a joke along the lines of: Well, that's a name that will "stick!" And even though I groaned at these jokes, they did later get me thinking about labels.

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Tags: IQMS, EnterpriseIQ, Inventory Control, Automotive ERP, Barcodes and Labeling, WMS, Shop Floor Control

What is the Value of Real-Time Data in Manufacturing?

Posted by IQMS Manufacturing ERP Software on Tue, Aug 05, 2014 @ 09:55 AM

What do you consider real-time information? For some manufacturers, accurate data can only be acquired when a shift ends and the production reports are logged or the data from the shop floor is uploaded, resulting in an unfortunate up to eight hour "real-time" reality. For others, the real-time information range is shorter, spanning between four to six hours, depending on the design and technology limitations of their reporting software.

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Tags: Inventory Control, Real-Time, Scheduling, Automation, MES, White Paper

5 Tips to Being a Better Buyer with EnterpriseIQ - Part I

Posted by IQMS Manufacturing ERP Software on Thu, Jul 24, 2014 @ 10:04 AM

There's a lot that goes into being a buyer for any kind of business - from evaluating different suppliers to negotiating contracts to understanding supply chain management. You've got quite a bit on your plate to manage, but EnterpriseIQ is here to provide the tools you need to make your job easier and help you execute the purchasing strategies that will make your company more profitable. The tools I'm going to highlight in this two-part series include the AKA Buying feature, Material Exceptions List tool, Budget Comparison calculation, Vendor Performance Analysis report and the Vendor RMA module.

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Tags: IQMS, EnterpriseIQ, Inventory Control, Supply Chain, Purchasing

Together, Double H and IQMS are Automating to the Top

Posted by IQMS Manufacturing ERP Software on Thu, Jul 03, 2014 @ 09:45 AM

What do you get when you combine an innovative manufacturer with a progressive ERP software automation team willing to push the boundaries of shop floor control? Competitive advantage, increased efficiency and a match made for the future.

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Tags: manufacturing ERP software, EnterpriseIQ, Inventory Control, Scheduling, Automation, MES, Shop Floor Control

Gain Supreme Inventory Control with IQMS' New Advanced WMS

Posted by IQMS Manufacturing ERP Software on Thu, Jun 26, 2014 @ 09:49 AM

Every day, we spend a lot of time looking around for things in our lives and if you think about it, we waste a lot of time doing this activity. Yes, some of us have routines that we stick to (trust me, I am guilty of that), but there are times the routine just does not work. For example, we try to always put food in a certain place in the cabinets and make sure that our keys are on the hook, etc. But as humans, we have our moments where we fail in this due to something else taking its place or we just get rushed. Unfortunately, many of us are all too familiar with that moment of panic when we realize the keys are not where they belong and so we must play everyone’s favorite game: Hide and Seek. Now take a moment and think about the manufacturers out there who are doing this on a massive scale in their warehouses.  

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Tags: manufacturing ERP software, EnterpriseIQ, Inventory Control, User Group, WMS, Warehouse Management