Manufacturers need the powerful tools available in ERP systems. When ERP systems first appeared on the market, manufacturers were among the first businesses of any kind to use them. Now, the ERP market is thriving, with software constantly being updated and upgraded. There are many possible manufacturing ERP modules to choose from in systems today. The overload of choice can leave some businesses confused about which features are the best fit for their business, that’s why requirements gathering is so crucial. While it’s important to remember that each business will have unique ERP requirements, manufacturers of all kinds should find the four requirements listed below to be of use in the…Read More
Manufacturers and companies that have supplied to the A&D Electronics market have long had to settle for substandard, generic ERP business solutions that did not meet their specific requirements and business practices in their industry. This resulted in the added expense, inefficiencies of manual processes, bolt on software solutions, and customizations to augment their old ERP systems.
Infor, with the release of…Read More
Leading and Successful manufacturing companies manage their operations through the collection, reporting, and evaluation of critical business information usually referred to as Key Performance Indicators (KPI). Historically, this has been focused primarily on Sales and Financials. Additional KPIs often include: total sales revenue, gross-margins, customer orders, order forecasts, raw material costs, sales by product or region, A/P, A/R, and industry specific metrics. Having fast and accurate access to this information allows managers to make key decisions about how to reduce COGS (Cost of Goods Sold) and operating expense while improving top line sales.
There are several software tools available to allow businesses to collect, report, and manage this information; from simple spreadsheet programs to more complex ERP systems. However, the solutions available to collect, extract, analyze, and report business operating data are…Read More
Implementing a new ERP requires careful planning and execution. You know what the benefits are, but you also know you will face resistance from some colleagues - and potentially senior management - along the way. This is where a solid change management plan comes in - and it begins much sooner than you thought.
Let’s look at the steps you need to take for effective ERP change management . . .Read More
IIoT or "Industry 4.0" is one of the hottest and most highly rated technologies for manufacturers today. Picking the right partner and solutions provider is paramount to success.
As a manufacturer, there’s no doubt you have seen the high levels of information, stories and hype surrounding the Industrial Internet of Things market and the large number of providers that make claims to their expertise in the market. Recent numbers including IDC and their December 2017 forecast $772 billion for IoT spending, and Gartner’s March 2016 claims of 43% of companies using IoT would indeed indicate a market that is growing rapidly. Indeed, if you were to perform a simple Internet search on IoT, or more specifically Industrial IoT which is what industrial manufacturers should be looking at, you will find hundreds . . .Read More
Tax law impact is not always viewed from a manufacturing standpoint. In fact, most people look at the individual tax implications of any tax law change before they consider the business impact. The most recent tax law update does have several stipulations that will have a positive impact for manufacturers. As history has taught us, these laws may be changed in the future, so it is important for manufacturers to understand their implications and leverage the benefits now.
The first change that will positively impact manufacturers is . . .
This time of year brings us office parties, holiday parades, family traditions and lots of food. It is the time of year when some of us throw up our hands and just accept that we will start again in January with healthier eating and exercise. There will be new diet books, diet offers, and specially priced gym memberships available for anyone who is ready to hit the reset button. So we look at our budgets and make a plan. It isn’t just our financial budget that we consider, it is how much time we can afford to budget toward our plan.
So, all this personal planning and budgeting ironically coincides with the planning and budgeting that has become a year-end business tradition. January isn’t just a personal reset button for individuals; it is often a reset button for manufacturers.
By December, manufacturers know what kind of year they have had. The question is...
Saturday, November 11th marks the 98th Veterans Day celebration. It is a time to honor the men and women that have served our country or are actively serving our country.
Godlan and its employees would like to express our sincerest gratitude to those who have served or are serving our country. As a company, we value the freedom that we experience, and those who have fought, and continue to fight for its protection.
Originally, when known as Armistice Day, in 1954, President Dwight D. Eisenhower officially changed the name of the holiday to Veterans Day. A few facts* about Veterans Day:Read More
A key factor inERP project success is the strength of the team who help to implement it. It’s a common mistake, when implementing a new ERP system or upgrading an old one, to frame the project as the sole responsibility of the IT or accounting departments, forgetting that it will impact people enterprise-wide.
Here are three steps to help you structure your efforts and avoid common mistakes when thinking aboutputting together your ERP project team . . .Read More
Manufacturing processes typically are in place for quite some period of time, often months if not years. During this time changes in process can occur and the use of IoT collected data can be highly valuable to determining the impact of the change. Let’s consider our stamping operation again. We have been producing a specific part on the line for months and have collected significant data. We can use analytics and trend charting and reporting to see if. . .Read More
Just knowing an alert has occurred and sending it to a human user may not be the ideal outcome. Again, just like in the previous sections, depending on humans to handle tasks introduces variability and more important, excess cost. Let’s look at an example of a machine that is experiencing abnormally high hydraulic temperature. We have determined this is abnormal based on the specific machine, the in context item / part specific parameters and perhaps external sensors such as ambient temperature. An alert gets raised . . .Read More
There are many ways to present alarms and alerts from IoT data being collected, but in the case of manufacturing, we have an environment that has special needs. Maintenance people are working in loud, hot, noisy situations that a simple SMS phone message may not suffice - as it would in a front office or consumer environment. Alerting and Alarms must be generated in such a way to fit the needs of the recipient’s environment. As manufacturing. . .Read More
With huge amounts of data coming in from machines, some IoT vendors would make you think that’s all it takes. They can set up some alarms, alerts and flashing lights - and perhaps even send emails. From the surface, that may look interesting and bring some perceived value. The truth is, there is much more to it than simply aggregating data and when a threshold is hit, ringing the bell.
Machines on the production floor make items – that’s your life’s work and why you are in business. Each of these items have unique requirements in the production system. Perhaps it’s a tolerance, or an oven temperature something must be cured at. Perhaps it’s the punch press dwell time that’s critical – too quick and you get cracking, too slow and you get parts that are too weak to perform. Most times, production equipment will...Read More
Currently, you cannot avoid the deluge of hype and pitches around the ‘Internet of Things’ – IoT and how this is going to revolutionize the world in which we live. As a manufacturer you may be asking yourself how IoT can benefit your organization by making you more profitable, reduce risk and grow your business. Indeed IoT can play a major role in doing this and helping you achieve your goals, but you need to take a careful look - and not get caught up in the hype that providers of IoT with no manufacturing experience are pitching.
For IoT to work properly in manufacturing, the supplier of the tools and systems needs to have a deep understanding of how manufacturing works. Let’s face it, we can have appliances in our homes connected and talking but this is not the same as manufacturing production equipment providing real time production operation data and as well since IoT is bi-directional in nature, having costly and potentially dangerous machines being controlled via IoT. Let’s take a few minutes to put IoT into the context of manufacturing and see how it can be deployed properly for companies in the manufacturing and assembly environments.Read More
Home renovations can be challenging. As a “do-it yourself” kind of person, it was even more of a challenge to bring in a project manager and other assistance for a large renovation project. If I am only relying on myself, then there is no one to blame if I am behind schedule or if the project isn’t turning out exactly the way I planned. Relying on others to show up, care about the project, and your budget is a lot to ask. That is why the project manager could potentially be the most important piece of the puzzle.
It is the same concept when selecting an ERP professional services provider. There is a lot of information available about how to choose ERP software, but what about the real challenge of implementation? Implementation is definitely more costly and time consuming than the actual software purchase . . .Read More
Recently I was having a discussion with a client who uses CPQ (Configure Price Quote) for the creation of custom products. The conversation was around the requirements for maintaining engineering controls – ECNs (engineering change notice) and revision management and how to maintain control with rule sets.
Engineering controls such as maintain BOM details and routing processes is straight forward when it comes to standard products. Most contemporary ERP solutions such as Infor CloudSuite Industrial (SyteLine) allow for the locking down of any BOM and routing changes unless ECNs are enacted, routed and approved. This is usually enforced as well with Quality Procedures that may be specified in an ISO QC method. When it comes to configured products however, the engineering controls...Read More
No doubt you have seen the growth and interest of 3D Printing and additive manufacturing over the recent years, especially as the capabilities of the technology permit not only prototypes to be created but fully functioning metal and ceramic parts and assemblies. This manufacturing method coming to the forefront has the capability to radically change the way production is done, especially for products that have low volumes or more importantly high degrees of configuration options. The ability to take a base assembly and allow for dynamic changes to be made to the unit to exactly meet the customer’s demands will bring the most value to the technology and yield the largest revenue and financial outcome.
So let’s take a look at what we shall call the trifecta of digital manufacturing. Starting with . . .Read More
ERP and other Industrial / Manufacturing Software Implementation projects can be (and usually are) complicated endeavors with many facets that need to be managed and executed effectively. The simple definition of a “Project” is that it is a temporary activity with a Start date and a Completion date and milestone dates in between. The purpose is to create a unique result (i.e. implementing a new ERP system). If you’ve been involved with a project that seems to keep on going, maybe even well past the original “Completion Date”, then chances are it is being poorly managed, even though it may seem successful and some objectives have been achieved.
Key Factors for Project Success:
This “open-ended”, never-ending project syndrome is most likely due to several (missing) factors. These factors should have been set in the earliest stages of project definition and typically include:
Project Objectives are usually set by the Management team. It defines the purpose of the project; what are the benefits to the company, department, or individual in qualitative and/or quantitative terms. Without aRead More
Over 600 million apps are downloaded worldwide each day. Moore’s law observes that the number of transistors in a dense integrated circuit doubles approximately every two years. With computing moving into nanotechnology, this continues to be true. I recently read that knowledge is doubled at least every year (soon to be measured in hours?). Just a few years ago it was unheard of for a mid-sized manufacturing company to have a terabyte of data. But, now I have a quarter of a terabyte of storage on my iPhone. How do you keep up? How do you keep your business systems up-to-date? How much of your competitive advantage is based on this ever changing technology? How much better are you than your competitors? It’s such a blessing to have all this incredible technology and data storage available. What’s hard is sifting through all the noise and settling on what’s right for your business. You want to upgrade, but is your upgraded business system going to result in “Better, Faster & Cheaper”?Read More
It’s become standard operating procedure to offer maintenance contracts on a variety of electronics that we purchase. Maintenance and warranty offers extend far beyond cars, televisions, and appliances.
You have already committed to . . .Read More