Universal Plastics has been in the custom thermoforming business for more than 50 years. With expertise in both heavy and thin gauge thermoforming and pressure and vacuum forming, Universal Plastics is a leading manufacturer of products such sleds and kayaks for the outdoor industry, jet engine covers for the aerospace industry, HDPE enclosures for the electronics industry and much more. Its sister company, Mayfield Plastics, specializes in thermoforming highly cosmetic, pressure-formed medical parts used in everything from medical lasers to X-ray equipment, bone density scanners, CT scan machines and MRI machines.Read More
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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.
The eCommerce module within the EnterpriseIQ suite of ERP & MES software is a very powerful and versatile tool that includes integrated inbound/outbound EDI processing, standard and customizable business logic, messaging and, ultimately, automation of the supply chain.
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.
When consulting with prospective manufacturers, a conversation about their preferred deployment method always arises. There are three common delivery choices available on the market today (on premise, hosted or a hybrid of the two), yet some of our prospects mistakenly answer: Software as a Service (SaaS). Since the question isn't how the customer prefers to license his software, but rather where he wants to store his data, I know that we need to have an in-depth conversation about what SaaS is, and what it is not. Because a hosted solution in the Cloud is not SaaS, even though they are commonly lumped together.
Tonight, manufacturing leaders from around the nation will gather for the 2014 Manufacturing Leadership Summit Awards Gala at The Breakers in Palm Beach, Florida to recognize and celebrate the brightest, most innovative manufacturers in the nation. IQMS will be in attendance to support four of our customers who are being recognized with Manufacturing Leadership Awards in categories that range from Engineering & Production Technology to Operational Leadership to Sustainability. These awards are bestowed by the Manufacturing Leadership Council, a unit of Frost & Sullivan.
You may feel that it is time to make use of your ERP software's automation to quicken the pace of closing out your books at month-end and to maintain your perpetual inventory value. Regardless of whether you pursue standard or actual costing in your manufacturing plant, there is no doubt that implementing costing is critical to understanding where your money is being made and lost on the shop floor.
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.
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.
You have invested in a new ERP system, endured the implementation process and have begun using the software to manage your business. But somewhere along the line, you start to lose momentum. Slowly, without realizing it, your employees begin reverting to their old ways and processes. Frustrations with the system surface and suddenly, you find that your ERP software is not performing as you had envisioned. As more time goes by, you realize that your ERP system is failing your needs. How did this happen?