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Mexico's Economic Environment and its Impact on Manufacturing

Posted by Nicole Smith on Thu, Aug 27, 2015 @ 11:29 AM

Mexico is currently being hit by a one-two economic punch: a weak peso and historically low oil prices. Since January of 2015, the value of the Mexican peso against the United States dollar has dropped 25 percent. A weaker currency makes imports more expensive, but it is typically offset by the increased value of dollarized exports.

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Tags: manufacturing ERP software

Why Big Data and Baseball Aren't So Different

Posted by Steve Bieszczat on Thu, Jun 04, 2015 @ 08:20 AM

Digital technology creates, records and stores a lot of data. That data could be from your personal vehicle, your company website or your factory floor.  If it is instrumented, it is churning out data. Status and history comprise the bulk of Big Data facts and that data can inform and guide your everyday decision making.

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Tags: manufacturing ERP software, Reporting, Real-Time

20 Real Manufacturers Talk Real ERP Benefits

Posted by IQMS Manufacturing ERP Software on Thu, Feb 19, 2015 @ 08:38 AM

Constantly striving to learn and improve, IQMS' management team follows a wide variety of blogs written by industry and subject matter experts. Over the past year, we have been struck by a number of articles that we feel need to be shared with our readers. From topics we consider very important to columns that we found inspirational or simply couldn't have said better ourselves, this new blog series is devoted to some of our favorite writers. We hope you enjoy the articles as much as we did.

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Tags: manufacturing ERP software, ERP Selection

Creating Great Places to Work Highlight of 2015 Executive Forum

Posted by Steve Bieszczat on Thu, Feb 12, 2015 @ 08:26 AM

I just returned from the Plastic News Executive Forum in Henderson, Nevada. A recurring theme at this year's event was the idea of creating a great place to work. By treating employees, the community and the environment with same respect we treat our customers, we can deliver better customer service and higher quality products.

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Tags: manufacturing ERP software, IQMS, Trade Shows, Plastics ERP

IQMS Customer, AMA Plastics, Featured by Plastics News

Posted by Lee Filbert on Thu, Feb 05, 2015 @ 08:45 AM

Constantly striving to learn and improve, IQMS' management team follows a wide variety of blogs written by industry and subject matter experts. Over the past year, we have been struck by a number of articles that we feel need to be shared with our readers. From topics we consider very important to columns that we found inspirational or simply couldn't have said better ourselves, this new blog series is devoted to some of our favorite writers. We hope you enjoy the articles as much as we did.

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Tags: manufacturing ERP software, User Group, ERP Maintenance, Plastics ERP

What Steps Should I Expect During My Custom Programming Experience?

Posted by IQMS Manufacturing ERP Software on Thu, Dec 11, 2014 @ 09:24 AM

Custom programming, like most things, starts with an idea. At IQMS, our manufacturers come to us with a need to automate a process that will make an everyday operation faster and easier. Together, the IQMS Automation Group collaborates with our customers to help them solidify that idea to the point where it can become reality. Once that idea has formed, what are the steps you should expect during a custom programming project?

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Tags: manufacturing ERP software, IQMS, Automation, MES, Shop Floor Control

Does Your ERP Software Come with a Turkey Pop-Up Timer?

Posted by Nicole Smith on Tue, Nov 25, 2014 @ 08:36 AM

Despite the fact that the large retail stores seemed to go straight from Halloween to Christmas, we are indeed in the season of Thanksgiving. It is that time of year where the calendar days start whizzing by and pumpkin spice baked goods tempt us almost daily from the break room.

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Tags: manufacturing ERP software, Real-Time, Automation, Machine Monitoring, Shop Floor Control

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

Stop Trying to Integrate Your Shop Floor MES and ERP Solutions

Posted by Glenn Nowak on Thu, Oct 23, 2014 @ 10:23 AM

It seems like one of the recent trends in ERP software functionality is a renewed focus on shop floor control. This trend has prompted many ERP companies to begin selling third-party shop floor systems that are "integrated" with their ERP software.

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Tags: manufacturing ERP software, IQMS, Real-Time, ERP Selection, MES, WMS, Shop Floor Control, best of breed