What do you consider real-time information? For some manufacturers, accurate data can only be acquired when a shift ends and the production reports are logged or the data from the shop floor is uploaded, resulting in an unfortunate up to eight hour "real-time" reality. For others, the real-time information range is shorter, spanning between four to six hours, depending on the design and technology limitations of their reporting software.
IQMS Blog for Manufacturing ERP Expertise
Ever take a quiz to find out what "kind" you are? For example, what kind of sports fan, boss or cookie are you?
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.
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.
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.
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.
How do you get to the Carnegie Hall of efficiency for the sweet music of success in supply chain management software? Practice, practice, practice.
Single Database – Single Source ERP for Manufacturing
A Little History - Lessons Learned
From the beginning of my career in manufacturing I saw the need for a comprehensive system to control the whole process from start to finish. It was clear to me that a single database was the way to go. One version of the truth was very illusive when it came to manufacturing information - how to make a product or even how many to make and when. There were many places to look for answers and sometimes none of them were correct.
One unfortunate morning a few years ago, I got an early call at home from my boss informing me that my 1st floor office had been broken into and my computer was stolen. It so happened that I had left my laptop on my desk, hooked to an external monitor, a VOIP phone and a printer. When the burglar alarm/noise-intrusion sensor went off, scaring the intruders into a more heightened sense of urgency, they made a quick grab for my laptop, but ended up dragging along the monitor, the phone and the printer. Pieces of my printer (the paper tray, paper, little broken plastic pieces) were strewn across the parking lot. By the time the police arrived on the scene, the intruders were long gone, miscellaneous plastic parts left behind, and they were likely on the highway headed out of town.
There is one thing that I am aware of when a consultant comes on-site to assist with an Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) Implementation, they ask "why" a lot.