IQMS Blog for Manufacturing ERP Expertise

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

5 Experts Forecast the Cloud Computing Market in 2015

Posted by Tina Jolicoeur on Thu, Jan 22, 2015 @ 09:39 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: Real-Time, IT/Data Services, Security

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

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

Are You Getting the Most Out of Your ERP Machine?

Posted by Lee Filbert on Thu, Sep 25, 2014 @ 09:05 AM

We at IQMS get the pleasure of dealing with manufacturing businesses on a daily basis. My whole career has been dedicated to the manufacturing industry and I have always enjoyed walking through a busy plant. Getting high utilization and maximum efficiencies out of constrained resources has been a lifelong goal of mine, regardless of what product is being produced.  

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Tags: manufacturing ERP software, EnterpriseIQ, Real-Time, Implementation

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

Updated Business Intelligence (BI) Solutions for EnterpriseIQ

Posted by Jason Slater on Thu, Jul 31, 2014 @ 09:12 AM

In the EnterpriseIQ customizable desktop dashboard, Smart Page, IQMS users can configure Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) that allow users to display a dashboard full of multiple charts. This analytics tool allows a user to quickly glance at the performance of the same user-defined metric without running reports that often take time to prepare and additional time to read. Many of our users display these KPIs in a slideshow on the shop floor to help their employees identify problems quickly. The KPIs paint a nice picture that is easy to understand, with visualize variation that may not be as evident in tabular spreadsheet or report form.

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Tags: manufacturing ERP software, EnterpriseIQ, Real-Time, Automation

Why Every Master Production Planner Needs Finite Scheduling

Posted by Randy Flamm on Thu, Jun 19, 2014 @ 08:49 AM

The Master Scheduler. Production Planner. Lord of the Shop Floor Calendar. By whatever title you call your employees in charge of the production schedule, this position is critical to the success of your plant. Your manufacturing business lives and dies by the effectiveness of your master production schedule, making the role of scheduler an unenviable position. It requires a deft hand and comprehensive knowledge about every work center, job type and operator on the floor, leading some to consider the process of advanced planning and scheduling as more of an art than a science.

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Tags: manufacturing ERP software, Inventory Control, Reporting, Real-Time, Scheduling

Customized Innovation: Finding the Tools to Automate

Posted by IQMS Manufacturing ERP Software on Tue, Jun 17, 2014 @ 09:23 AM

From straightforward pallet wrapper applications to complex and robust distribution systems, automation has a foothold in the competitive, modern manufacturing environment. Through applications that integrate seamlessly into your enterprise software solution, manufacturers are soliciting and creating custom programs that make production faster, easier and more accurate.

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Tags: manufacturing ERP software, EnterpriseIQ, Real-Time, Automation, White Paper, Implementation