IQMS Blog for Manufacturing ERP Expertise

How Integration Can Bring Together Businesses and Employees

Posted by Liz Alflen on Thu, May 15, 2014 @ 10:33 AM

When a software provider such as IQMS talks about integration, we are typically referring to the seamless flow of information from function to function (module to module, department to department, etc.) as it relates to data, the database and the application, as well as access to that data. From the database to the plant floor to personal and professional relationships, integration of information is the most efficient way to get things done at the workplace.

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Tags: IQMS, EnterpriseIQ, Human Resources

Assembly Manufacturing ERP Implementation - Initial Considerations

Posted by IQMS Manufacturing ERP Software on Thu, May 08, 2014 @ 09:37 AM

Manufacturing is an ever-changing endeavor. The days of a manufacturer specializing in only one type of process (for example, machining, injection molding or stamping) have evolved into more solutions-based enterprises. IQMS customers are no exception. Despite the recent economic recession, our customers have seen growth in multiple directions as their product offerings and process expertise expands. Clearly, IQMS customers are not afraid of innovation

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Tags: manufacturing ERP software, EnterpriseIQ, Scheduling, ERP Selection, Production Reporting, Implementation

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 IQMS: Full Steam Ahead for the Rest of the Year

Posted by Neil Gow on Thu, Apr 24, 2014 @ 09:39 AM

2014 has flown by! I can hardly believe that it is the middle of April. The major league baseball season is underway, Easter egg hunts were enjoyed by many last weekend and the weather has been calling it in at a consistent 75 degrees. With the first four months of this year passing by so quickly, I know it will be November before I can blink an eye. Looking ahead, what does the rest of 2014 appear like for the greater manufacturing industry, the IQMS company as a whole and my manufacturing department? Let's begin with the global picture and work our way down to a more micro level:

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

Poly-Cast Conquers Financial Management in China with IQMS

Posted by IQMS Manufacturing ERP Software on Tue, Apr 22, 2014 @ 09:00 AM

When Poly-Cast Plastics (Suzhou) Co., Ltd. first established its facility in China, it outsourced its financials to a Chinese CPA. But the sub-contracted CPA was only managing the People's Republic of China (PRC) tax law side and not providing any data to Poly-Cast to help it make better business decisions.

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Tags: manufacturing ERP software, IQMS, EnterpriseIQ, Implementation, Financial Management

25 Reasons You Should Attend User Group 2014

Posted by Nicole Smith on Thu, Apr 17, 2014 @ 08:25 AM

It's official: Registration for User Group 2014 has opened! In celebration of IQMS' 25th anniversary, we have compiled a list of the top 25 reasons you don't want to miss this conference. Jam-packed with strategic guidance, tips and tricks, best practices, software development and dynamic networking, you are certain to leave with actionable takeaways to maximize your software utilization. So without further ado, here are the top 25 reasons you should attend User Group 2014:

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Tags: manufacturing ERP software, IQMS, EnterpriseIQ, IQMS News, Automation, User Group, Training

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 Quality Assurance Predictions (With Carnac the Magnificent)

Posted by Tina Jolicoeur on Thu, Mar 13, 2014 @ 08:53 AM

If you are a fan of TV shows from the 1970s, especially late night TV, then you'll remember Carnac the Magnificent. This recurring comedic character was Johnny Carson in a Swami hat. In his sketch, Carson would delight viewers by announcing the answer to a question stored in a hermetically sealed envelope that he held up to his head. He would then tear open the envelope and read the question. The answers seemed pedestrian until Carson read the question, then you giggled like you were part of an inside joke. 

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Tags: manufacturing ERP software, IQMS, EnterpriseIQ, Automation, Quality Management

A Look at IQMS' Growth: How Long Until Our Size Doubles Again?

Posted by Liz Alflen on Thu, Mar 06, 2014 @ 10:01 AM

Back in late 2011, when we began the planning process for our second building at our IQMS corporate headquarters in Paso Robles, we prepared workforce projections for two years, five years and 10 years, based on our then-current headcount and our projected growth. Being conservative optimists, we decided on straight-line appreciation at 20 percent year upon year (44 percent over the first two years). When we completed the calculations and looked at all those numbers, we were excited about the prospects. The rewards of our corporate philosophy on long term decision-making were manifesting in an increasing headcount. 

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Tags: IQMS, EnterpriseIQ, IQMS News, Human Resources