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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Boom Supersonic and Dassault Systèmes partner to advance the development of Overture

Boom Supersonic and Dassault Systèmes partner to advance the development of Overture

Dassault Systèmes has announced that Boom Supersonic is deploying the 3DEXPERIENCE platform to accelerate the design and development of Overture, its Mach-2.2 commercial airliner, with an aim to make supersonic travel mainstream and affordable.

SolutionsPT to host free roadshow for manufacturers

SolutionsPT to host free roadshow for manufacturers

Industrial IT software provider SolutionsPT will host a free roadshow on Tuesday, 18 June, allowing attendees to explore the latest industrial technology trends that are improving efficiency and productivity in the manufacturing industry.

Sage research reveals 99 per cent of process manufacturers preparing for growth despite challenging market conditions

Sage research reveals 99 per cent of process manufacturers preparing for growth despite challenging market conditions

Sage, the cloud business management solutions provider, has released its global state of the nation report on process manufacturing, revealing a sector that’s taking charge of its own destiny despite growing change and uncertainty.

Research finds manufacturing industry hindered by a lack of data skills, but businesses are working hard to address this

Research finds manufacturing industry hindered by a lack of data skills, but businesses are working hard to address this

New research from analytic database firm Exasol has found that without data analytics 75 per cent of manufacturing business leaders operational decision-making would either be completely or significantly disrupted.

The importance of growing the manufacturing workforce

The importance of growing the manufacturing workforce

Comment by Dean Group – a UK-based investment casting company and UK supplier that sources, manufactures and sells British products.

Traceability within the manufacturing sector: why it matters more now than ever before

Traceability within the manufacturing sector: why it matters more now than ever before

With increased commitment to quality control and compliance across the manufacturing sector, it goes without saying that traceability is now a greater priority than ever before. From eliminating unforeseen issues, to meeting high end-user expectations, The Access Group discusses why what happens in the factory, should not most certainly not stay in the factory:

Is it possible to make your EDI system more modern?

Is it possible to make your EDI system more modern?

Every technologically advanced solution can be improved – EDI is no exception to that. With the ongoing digital revolution already in high gear, companies that have been using EDI systems over the last decade are now turning to IT service providers for help and guidance in how to make their data exchange processes even more efficient.

Oracle Cloud is in Fashion for Global Retailer Gap Inc.

Oracle Cloud is in Fashion for Global Retailer Gap Inc.

Following the success of Oracle’s Retail Cloud at INTERMIX, Banana Republic is the latest Gap Inc. brand to go live on the solutions. Banana Republic is a global apparel and accessories brand available online and in over 600 company-operated and franchise retail locations worldwide.

Beating the pack: How manufacturers can win in the IoT revolution

Beating the pack: How manufacturers can win in the IoT revolution

By Alex Guillen, Go-To-Market Manager, Insight UK.

It’s staggering to think that this year more consumer devices will be sold than there are people on earth – and, as time marches on, the democratisation of the Internet of Things (IoT) means in a few years virtually all of the devices sold will be internet connected.

The new 250 million-euro Rittal plant in Haiger embraces the principles of Industry 4.0.

The new 250 million-euro Rittal plant in Haiger embraces the principles of Industry 4.0.

Rittal – provider of solutions for enclosures, power distribution, climate control and IT infrastructure (as well as corresponding software and services) – is creating a smart factory which it claims will become the world’s most advanced production plant for compact and small enclosures.

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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