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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AYRE works with Make UK on the Manufacturing Awards 2020

AYRE works with Make UK on the Manufacturing Awards 2020

Leeds-based AYRE Event Solutions has supported Make UK in taking its Manufacturing Awards virtual for the first time in their history.

NTT reveals only 16.0% of UK and Ireland digital transformation efforts are optimised

NTT reveals only 16.0% of UK and Ireland digital transformation efforts are optimised

One year since the onset of the pandemic, organisations globally have undergone major transformations as they seek to strengthen resilience, increase agility and deliver greater efficiencies.

UK manufacturers prioritise cyber risks and a digital future post pandemic says PwC COO Survey

UK manufacturers prioritise cyber risks and a digital future post pandemic says PwC COO Survey

Managing cyber security risks, workforce changes  and growing demands for supply chain security and sustainability are the standout priorities for UK manufacturers over the next two years according to PwC’s latest COO pulse survey.

Accelerating business process design in ERP & digital transformation projects – New Lumenia White Paper published

Accelerating business process design in ERP & digital transformation projects – New Lumenia White Paper published

Business process design is a key component of most ERP and digital transformation projects. Established approaches to dealing with this are often resource intensive, time consuming and expensive and usually work best where the scope of the change is limited, and the objective is to identify and implement radically different business processes

Number of furloughed manufacturing workers is on the rise

Number of furloughed manufacturing workers is on the rise

There has been a significant rise in the number of workers furloughed in the manufacturing sector this year, with 312,800 people on furlough at the end of January.

Almost half of small manufacturing business owners are being kept awake by the current impact of COVID-19

Almost half of small manufacturing business owners are being kept awake by the current impact of COVID-19

Schools may be going back and the UK may be bracing itself for the easing of COVID restrictions by 21 June, but the long tail of COVID is still causing the majority of business owners concern.

Rockwell Automation named one of the world’s most ethical companies for the 13th time

Rockwell Automation named one of the world’s most ethical companies for the 13th time

Rockwell Automation, Inc. was recognised by Ethisphere as one of the 2021 World’s Most Ethical Companies.

Columbus UK moves into professional services – Announces partnership with Progressus

Columbus UK moves into professional services – Announces partnership with Progressus

Columbus, the global digital business services provider, has signed a partnership agreement with Progressus, the developer of Microsoft-based solutions for the Professional Services market.

Manufacturing activity remains patchy – CBI Monthly Industrial Trends Survey

Manufacturing activity remains patchy – CBI Monthly Industrial Trends Survey

Manufacturing output fell slightly in the quarter to February, but at a more modest rate than in the first lockdown last Spring, according to the latest CBI Industrial Trends Survey.

EOS expands its additive manufacturing metal materials portfolio with introduction of EOS NickelAlloy IN939

EOS expands its additive manufacturing metal materials portfolio with introduction of EOS NickelAlloy IN939

EOS, the technology supplier of industrial 3D printing technologies for metals and polymers, has added a new nickel alloy material to its growing and expansive list of metal powders available for use in powder bed additive manufacturing (AM).

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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