Custom programming, like most things, starts with an idea. At IQMS, our manufacturers come to us with a need to automate a process that will make an everyday operation faster and easier. Together, the IQMS Automation Group collaborates with our customers to help them solidify that idea to the point where it can become reality. Once that idea has formed, what are the steps you should expect during a custom programming project?
IQMS Blog for Manufacturing ERP Expertise
Despite the fact that the large retail stores seemed to go straight from Halloween to Christmas, we are indeed in the season of Thanksgiving. It is that time of year where the calendar days start whizzing by and pumpkin spice baked goods tempt us almost daily from the break room.
Every day, we take steps to mitigate risk in our daily lives. We wear our seat belts when in the car. We exercise regularly (well, semi-regularly) to keep healthy. We apply sunscreen before we head to the beach. We carpool and recycle to fight climate change.
It seems like one of the recent trends in ERP software functionality is a renewed focus on shop floor control. This trend has prompted many ERP companies to begin selling third-party shop floor systems that are "integrated" with their ERP software.
I am fortunate to be able to call myself the Mom of a beautiful baby girl named Avery. Upon meeting her for the first time, many acquaintances compared her name to the label and office supply producer of the same moniker. Some even followed this parallel with a joke along the lines of: Well, that's a name that will "stick!" And even though I groaned at these jokes, they did later get me thinking about labels.
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.
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?
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.
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.
IQMS' Manufacturing Execution System (MES) product offering has recently expanded with the introduction of the PMIU88. This stands for Process Monitoring Interface Unit and 88 is a reference to the Programmable Logic Controller (PLC) hardware inside the box. If you're still asking: "What does that mean?", I can't blame you, but please give me a minute and I'll explain what can be achieved with the new PMIU88.