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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Pupils interview manufacturers at flagship Bradford Manufacturing Week event

Pupils interview manufacturers at flagship Bradford Manufacturing Week event

Representatives from four major West Yorkshire manufacturers were ‘grilled’ by local school pupils in an event held to mark Bradford Manufacturing Week.

Advanced signs four new partners to TruePartner programme

Advanced signs four new partners to TruePartner programme

Increasing demand for Cloud-based services has seen a further four resellers join Advanced’s partner programme TruePartner, since its launch in February this year.

Honeywell to transform Austrian Sappi plant into one of the world’s most modern paper mills

Honeywell to transform Austrian Sappi plant into one of the world’s most modern paper mills

Honeywell technology will be used to transform one of Europe’s oldest paper mills into one of the world’s most modern under a €30 million project being implemented by Sappi Austria Produktions-GmbH & Co. KG, to upgrade its paper mill in Gratkorn, Austria.

Microsoft Showcases New AI Products at Ignite 2018

Microsoft Showcases New AI Products at Ignite 2018

The cloud and AI are two of the biggest growth areas in technology. Combining the two is big business, and Microsoft is right at the forefront as always. As migration towards cloud-based apps continues, the role of AI in the delivery and deployment of services is likewise gathering pace.

IET celebrates London Venue Awards success

IET celebrates London Venue Awards success

IET London: Savoy Place joined the winners circle at the Hurlingham Club on Friday 5 October for the London Venue Awards as the team scooped the Best Space for Screen and Sound.

Why modern manufacturing environments require rethinking safety

Why modern manufacturing environments require rethinking safety

The variables to manufacturing success are vast. Supplies, equipment, customisation, and people represent some of the broad categories that need to be considered by manufacturers.

Another category that impacts successful manufacturing operations, and should be assessed regularly, is factory overhead which includes utilities to power machines and illuminate assembly lines as well as insurance and risk remediation (also known as safety)

- a Datalogic Industry brief.

Frost & Sullivan recognises RE’FLEKT with the 2018 European Product Leadership Award for its AR platform, REFLEKT ONE.

Frost & Sullivan recognises RE’FLEKT with the 2018 European Product Leadership Award for its AR platform, REFLEKT ONE.

Based on its recent analysis of the European enterprise Augmented Reality (AR) market, Frost & Sullivan recognises RE’FLEKT with the 2018 European Product Leadership Award for its AR platform, REFLEKT ONE.

Connected Manufacturing Leaders Summit 2019

Connected Manufacturing Leaders Summit 2019

Taking place on 30-31 January 2019, Connected Manufacturing Leaders Summit is Europe’s only event to bring Ops Tech and Info Tech professionals together in smart manufacturing.

Epicor announces latest version of Epicor ERP to expand omnichannel commerce strategy for manufacturers and dealers

Epicor announces latest version of Epicor ERP to expand omnichannel commerce strategy for manufacturers and dealers

Epicor Software Corporation, a global provider of industry-specific enterprise software to promote business growth, today introduced Epicor Dealer Network Portal as part of its upcoming release of Epicor ERP 10.2.300.

Future manufacturing now: SLM Solutions to present full product range at Aluminium 2018 in Düsseldorf

Future manufacturing now: SLM Solutions to present full product range at Aluminium 2018 in Düsseldorf

Aluminium World Trade Fair & Conference from October 9 - 11 in Düsseldorf

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.

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