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.
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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.
The IQMS Development and Automation staff are working on some exciting new development projects for 2013, over and above the hundreds of software enhancement requests (SERs) that we receive from our customers every month through the customer support website, MyIQMS. We believe that our commitment to continuous improvement has been one of the keys to our high growth and overall success.
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.
Editor’s Note: Nicole Smith is the Marketing Associate at IQMS and this is part two of a three days series chronicling her experiences at User Group 2012 [Read part one here].
Today’s User Group 2012 schedule (#IQMSUG2012) was focused completely on the breakout sessions. At every User Group event, IQMS wants to be sure and offer the maximum benefits to our attendees, so back in February, we surveyed our customers to get feedback on what they wanted to see and discuss at this year’s event. Based on the responses, IQMS tailored the User Group sessions to feature the most popular survey subjects and modules.
In part three of the Automation Group development projects blog series (check out parts one and two here), IQMS has even more exciting projects in the works that I can't wait to tell you about. I promise not to do a part four anytime soon and start using better blog titles, but every good series must have three parts, right?
Every week, I'm involved in a conference call or meeting where a customer presents another interesting idea to IQMS’ Automation Department as an opportunity to extend our EnterpriseIQ manufacturing ERP system. In my first years at IQMS, anxious excitement would precede these types of calls, as well as a certain level of doubt as to how the project would come together, combined with little knowledge of how the other system worked and always a target completion date of yesterday.
What did we do before barcodes? Many of you may not remember a time when the use of barcodes wasn't prevalent. To purchase $50 in groceries, which used to be a lot of food, you would have to wait for the checker to enter every item manually into the register, literally taking 15 minutes. Now you don't even have to deal with a checker, just self-check yourself at the grocery store. Not only do you save time, the use of barcodes improves efficiency and above all, accuracy. Yet for some reason, barcodes and their uses remain mysterious to many people.
As we approach the end of the year (I know, it's too soon), I thought I would take a moment to reflect on the EnterpriseIQ RealTime products. For those who have been with IQMS awhile, you may recall the genesis of our RealTime Machine Monitoring system. It has been going strong for more than 15 years now, with more than 15,000 individual machines reporting at more than 500 customers' facilities.