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.Read More
IQMS Blog for Manufacturing ERP Expertise
When we all started school as young children, we were given the same speech about keeping our binders nice and tidy. We all had to go to the local office supply store, buy the colorful subject dividers and begin the year on a good note by placing every piece of paper in its proper spot. But if anyone saw those same binders at the end of the year, they would see an exploding paper basket in place of the once neat and tidy Filofax.
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.
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.
Happy New Year! January is a time for new beginnings, resolutions and tax reporting! While the first two sound much more fun than the latter, with a little planning, preparing government reporting files for the previous year can go off without a hitch and be a positive experience too.
I recently attended IQMS' User Group 2012 conference at the MGM Grand Hotel in Las Vegas, Nev. Having been to several previous User Groups, I can honestly say this was the most gratifying User Group I have ever attended. I don't know if it was any one thing that made it so great - the venue was new, the agenda was modified, the IQMS attendees list was modified, the meeting materials were greatly enhanced and half of the customer attendees were new to User Group. But whether one or many things made it great, I'm grateful to have been given the opportunity to attend and present.
You've been cruising along with your manufacturing ERP and MES software solution. Everyone seems to be following their SOPs, material is delivered on time, product is manufactured and shipped out on time, cash is coming in and bills are being paid, employees come in on time, do their jobs, you are paying them a fair wage and you are making a profit.
Good report writing adds value to the success of a company. If data isn't extracted and presented in an easy-to-read manner, it's not worth any more than the data itself. As a report writer, you have to know who your audience will be, exactly what data needs to be displayed, where is it stored and how much data and detail to present to the user. A report writing program I'm very familiar with is Crystal Reports. It's easy to use and the savvy report writer has a lot of tools at his disposal while the rookie report writer can write simple reports in a matter of minutes.
If you can't measure it you can't improve it?! How many times have we heard that before? But when we go into manufacturing companies looking for ERP systems and ask some of the basic questions, like "what is your on-time shipment accuracy?" or "what is your machine efficiency?" or "what is your daily cost of scrap?" we get blank stares or answers like "it's over 90% I think" or "it's in the 70 to 80% range I think" or "we don't have that much scrap." That would be like an ERP software company responding to the question of "how many of your customers meet the target go live date" with the answer "most of them". "Most" can mean a lot of things - 95%, 75% or 51% which is a big difference in the bottom line.