Manufacturing Software, ERP, MRP

Manufacturing software systems are important tools for the automation and management of production processes. A wide range of manufacturing companies covering many different vertical sectors rely on manufacturing software to better manage the sourcing and use of material or parts quantities, scheduled production timelines, inventory management and the planning for future order demand. One commonly deployed example of a manufacturing software system is an Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) solution, designed to better manage information concerning orders and materials, finance, Customer Relationship Management etc. over the whole organisation.

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Reply launches Brick Reply – the new Manufacturing Operations Platform for Industry 4.0.

Reply launches Brick Reply – the new Manufacturing Operations Platform for Industry 4.0.

As a specialist in the design and implementation of solutions based on new communication channels and digital media, Reply has announced the release of Brick Reply, a new manufacturing operations platform (MOM) for Industry 4.0 to make production process flexible and connected.

M3 User Association – UK Conference 1-2 March 2017

M3 User Association – UK Conference 1-2 March 2017

The M3 User Association (M3UA) has announced the 2017 UK Conference details for 1-2 March 2017 .Attending the conference is free for all members so save-the-date and register now.

Wonderware Ireland to host next generation conference in Cork

Wonderware Ireland to host next generation conference in Cork

Wonderware Ireland, the industrial software provider, is hosting a special event at Fota Island Resort, Cork, where it will give manufacturers and system integrators an exclusive look at the company's new developments.

Enterprise Resource Planning system helps manufacturing company reduce lead times

Enterprise Resource Planning system helps manufacturing company reduce lead times

By Chip Johns, President and Chief Operating Officer, Butler Automatic Inc.

Why would a relatively small business choose to make the significant investment needed to implement an enterprise resource planning (ERP) system?

Manufacturing driving production increase in the UK but IoT investment must not leave Britain behind

Manufacturing driving production increase in the UK but IoT investment must not leave Britain behind

UK manufacturing contributed to a 1.1 percent increase in total production between November and December 2016, according to Office for National Statistics figures.

Why CRM is essential for effective contact centre engagement

Why CRM is essential for effective contact centre engagement

Colin Hay, VP Sales, Intelecom UK looks at the advantages of smarter CRM.

Customer relationship management (CRM) is a moving target of definitions and associations. Even full time professional industry watchers have to update their standard definitions to reflect the evolution of a market that Gartner forecasts will be worth US$36.7 billion in 2017.

Let your ERP do the talking

Let your ERP do the talking

By Michiel Schipperus, CEO, Sana Commerce.

With investment in ERP pretty much a certainty, most manufacturers have sweated both time and money to build, integrate and automate their back office functions and are now reaping the rewards associated with improved product planning, purchasing and delivery.

Streamlining processes yields savings and efficiency gains

Streamlining processes yields savings and efficiency gains

By Chip Johns, President and Chief Operating Officer, Butler Automatic Inc.

Why would a relatively small business choose to make the significant investment needed to implement an enterprise resource planning (ERP) system?

Manufacturing celebrates its stars at national award ceremony

Manufacturing celebrates its stars at national award ceremony

Dynamic manufacturers and talented apprentices from across the UK were recognised as national manufacturing champions at the EEF Future Manufacturing Awards held in London last week.

Elbit Systems standardises on Infor to transform business

Elbit Systems standardises on Infor to transform business

Infor, provider of business applications specialised by industry and built for the cloud, has announced that Israeli defence technology giant Elbit Systems has selected Infor's suite of applications for the aerospace and defence industry as the platform for a comprehensive business transformation project.

Manufacturing software systems

Manufacturing software systems provide the automation and computational support for complex manufacturing processes. Manufacturing companies leverage manufacturing software systems to carefully manage the timing, types and quantities of materials they purchase in order to ensure that they are able to meet current and future customer demand while at the same time achieving the lowest possible cost and inventory accumulation.

 

Enterprise resource planning (ERP) systems integrate internal and external management information across an entire organization, embracing finance/accounting, manufacturing, sales and service, customer relationship management, etc. ERP systems facilitate the flow of information between all business functions inside the boundaries of the organisation and manage the connections to outside stakeholders.

 

Manufacturing resource planning (MRP II) addresses operational planning in units, financial planning, and has a simulation capability to answer "what-if" questions and extension of closed-loop MRP.

 

CRM or Customer Relationship Management concerns the relationship between an organisation and its customers. The scope of CRM which can vary drastically as it can be used by management, salespeople, people providing service, and even customers could directly access information to find out information.

 

Cloud computing can be defined as the set of hardware, networks, storage, services, and interfaces that combine to deliver aspects of computing as a service. Cloud services include the delivery of software, infrastructure, and storage over the Internet and is based on user demand. Cloud Computing  is the latest stage in the Internet's evolution, providing the means through which everything , from computing power to computing infrastructure, applications, business can be delivered to you as a service wherever and whenever you need.

 

Cloud computing has some essential characteristics: scalability depending on requirements, offers a way to increase capacity or add capabilities on the fly without investing in new infrastructure, eliminates the need for on-site personnel to maintain computer equipment. No up-front CAPEX (capital expenditure) required, as billing is a pay-as-you-go model, access to the very latest application programming interfaces (APIs).

 

SaaS (software as a service) is a type of cloud computing delivering a single application through the browser to thousands of customers using a multitenant architecture. On the customer side, it means no upfront investment in servers or software licensing; on the provider side, with just one app to maintain, costs are low compared to conventional hosting. SaaS is emerging to provide service to all aspects of an organisation`s activities in the areas of Manufacturing, ERP, Demand Forecasting, Advanced Planning, S&OP, Supply Chain, Warehousing, Transport Management and HR (human resource).

 

Business intelligence (BI) is a set of theories, processes and technologies that convert raw data into useful information for business purposes. BI can handle large amounts of information to help identify and develop new opportunities to gain market advantage over competitors. The amounts of data that are now being gathered as a result of because they are increasingly being gathered by a growing range of diverse and ubiquitous information-gathering devices.

 

These data sets become so large and complex that it becomes difficult to process using on-hand database management tools or traditional data processing applications. The trend to larger data sets is due to the additional information derivable from analysis of a single large set of related data, as compared to separate smaller sets with the same total amount of data. The current challenges of BIG DATA include the capture, storage, search and share capability, transfer, analysis, and visualisation. Every day, we create 2.5 quintillion bytes of data — so much that 90% of the data in the world today has been created in the last two years alone. This data comes from everywhere: sensors used to gather climate information, posts to social media sites, digital pictures and videos, purchase transaction records, and cell phone GPS signals to name a few. This data is big data.

 

It is estimated that the world's technological per-capita capacity to store information has roughly doubled every 40 months since the 1980s. The challenge for large enterprises is determining who should own big data initiatives that straddle the entire organisation and how this data can be used as a source of revenue and to gain competitive advantage.