Custom Profile, a profile extruder based in Grand Rapids, Michigan, has a notable company motto: It strives every day for zero product defects and 100 percent on-time delivery. With only three late customer shipments in 2012, Custom Profile is pretty darn close, boasting a current benchmark of 99.99+ percent on-time delivery for the past year and zero shipping errors from incorrect quantity or item selection for the past three years!
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Now that we have numerous customers using our new RTStations in their manufacturing facilities, I would like to take a moment and discuss the many uses this device offers. The second iteration of IQMS’ shop floor device, the RTStation 10.1, was soft launched a few months ago to our customers based on their valuable development feedback to the legacy RTStation (for example, the more modern version offers a larger screen (10 inch versus 7 inch) and wireless capabilities to allow more flexibility on the shop floor - Manufacturers can now mount the RTStation to a forklift for improved inventory tracking and warehouse management). Much of the success of a program like this is not possible without our customers’ valued input and it is always a great feeling to provide our users with products that resulted from their direction and feedback.
For those of you who have read some of my past blogs, you've heard me mention the IQMS SolidWorks add-in. I explained some of the integration our Automation department has done within SolidWorks, but I didn't go into much detail about what exactly the add-in does. In the past month, this application has seen some significant advancement in functionality that I can see being a huge benefit to our SolidWorks users. However, before I get into these new features, a little more detail of how the SolidWorks add-in works is in order:
This week's guest blog post was written by Inside MES Sales Specialist, Quentin Cate.
While the struggling economy has touched us all, it has especially affected the manufacturing industry. Difficult economic conditions have forced many consolidations through mergers and acquisitions, and while new partnerships are a common occurrence in the world today, there are some negatives that accompany the consolidation process.
I recently sat down with IQMS’ RealTime™ Product Manager, Neil Gow, to chat about how IQMS utilizes the EnterpriseIQ Return Material Authorization (RMA) module. Unlike many other ERP vendors, IQMS prides itself on using the software that we sell every day. EnterpriseIQ runs our business, just as it runs our clients’ businesses. And while RMAs are not something that any company enjoys, they are sometimes unavoidable, and you need a traceable, consistent way to handle them.
Many of our longtime managers at IQMS dislike the word "integration" in regards to our ERP product line. They feel that the word integration has long been used by the software industry to describe the “bolting” together of software (such as MES offerings) that was not designed to work together out of the gate. But the EnterpriseIQ manufacturing ERP software by IQMS has always encompassed MES functionality as part of its core.
What do you get when you combine a powerful ERP system with a full blown MES solution? The answer is an Enterprise Execution System (EES).
Depending on various factors, there are many different perspectives on the cost of shop floor downtime. This is a look at it from the perspective of a manufacturer that requires the use of capital intensive machinery to manufacture its products.
Problems are often masked with symptoms that lead us away from the root cause. I recently had an experience I would like to share with you that sheds some light on this concept and it involved one of our RealTime Production Monitoring devices and its connection to the Local Area Network (LAN).
During a road trip through the Mojave Desert a few weeks back, I embarked on an interesting conversation with my family. The discussion started when my husband and I were talking about old songs. I mentioned casually that I couldn't remember who sang "Jessie's Girl."