IQMS Blog for Manufacturing ERP Expertise

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

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

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

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

Actual Versus Standard Costing: Which is Better For Your Plant?

Posted by Tina Jolicoeur on Thu, May 01, 2014 @ 09:43 AM

At the end of the day, as the truck carrying your freshly manufactured goods pulls away from the dock, you wonder what sort of profit your hard work and quality products delivered. Unfortunately, the costs of running a manufacturing business are not completely straightforward. When you factor in material expenses, overheard such as rent and utilities and employee wages, how do you determine whether you are losing money or making money on each product that you manufacture?

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Tags: manufacturing ERP software, EnterpriseIQ, Inventory Control, Supply Chain, Shop Floor Control, Financial Management

Manufacturing and the Internet of Things: Destined for Greatness

Posted by Randy Flamm on Thu, Mar 27, 2014 @ 10:39 AM

Loosely defined, the Internet of Things (IoT, for short) is the concept of connecting everything imaginable to a network so that information can be quickly and easily shared through network connections with everything else. Today, there are more devices connected to the Internet than there are people in the world, resulting in a vast collection of data that can be analyzed, communicated and acted upon.

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Tags: EnterpriseIQ, Real-Time, Automation, MES, Shop Floor Control

Customizable Automated Manufacturing Systems A Required Daily Vitamin

Posted by Jason Slater on Thu, Mar 20, 2014 @ 09:45 AM

Several years ago, I said that automation and specialized systems were a requirement for companies seeking product differentiation and profitability. Today, that statement has grown and automated systems for manufacturing companies have become the required daily vitamin for both simple and complex companies to survive. 

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Tags: manufacturing ERP software, IQMS, EnterpriseIQ, Real-Time, Automation, MES, Shop Floor Control

IQMS MES Product Expansion: The PMIU88 PLC for Shop Floor Monitoring

Posted by Jason Slater on Thu, Aug 08, 2013 @ 09:28 AM

IQMS' Manufacturing Execution System (MES) product offering has recently expanded with the introduction of the PMIU88. This stands for Process Monitoring Interface Unit and 88 is a reference to the Programmable Logic Controller (PLC) hardware inside the box. If you're still asking: "What does that mean?", I can't blame you, but please give me a minute and I'll explain what can be achieved with the new PMIU88.

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Tags: EnterpriseIQ, Real-Time, Automation, MES, Shop Floor Control