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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Manufacturers set to embrace new digital technologies after Made Smarter event

Manufacturers set to embrace new digital technologies after Made Smarter event

Manufacturers from varied industries including aerospace, engineering and food and beverage, are set to embrace new digital technologies following a successful Made Smarter event in Blackburn.

What is legacy software?

What is legacy software?

We’ve all heard the term legacy software, but who knows what it really means?, asks Nick Whiteley, CEO of HFX, workforce management systems.

Legacy Software simply put is the generalised term used for 'old outdated software and systems that are still in use'.

AIM Computer Solutions attending Southern Automotive Conference

AIM Computer Solutions attending Southern Automotive Conference

AIM Computer Solutions, provider of enterprise ERP technology solutions and business process improvement consulting to discrete and repetitive manufacturers, has announced its attendance at the upcoming Southern Automotive Conference in Nashville, Tenn., from 25 to 27 September. AIM will be presenting demonstrations of its technology solutions at booth #230.

Access Control Group releases new feature for Vital

Access Control Group releases new feature for Vital

Access Control Group (Access) has announced an update to its wireless asset tracker device, Vital. The latest updates now make it possible for Vital to create multiple automated preventive maintenance (PM) scheduling, send maintenance requests right from the trucks, and receive alerts of approaching due dates via email or SMS.

Kronos receives quadruple praise as a Great Place to Work in Technology and for Women

Kronos receives quadruple praise as a Great Place to Work in Technology and for Women

Kronos Incorporated has announced that, in less than a month’s span, it was named on four separate best workplaces lists by Great Place to Work, as it was named a Best Workplace in Technology in the UK; a Best Workplace in Technology in Canada; a Best Workplace in Technology in Mexico; and a Best Workplace for Women in India.

New Balance updates recently launched TripleCell platform

New Balance updates recently launched TripleCell platform

New Balance has updated the TripleCell platform, created with 3D printing technology from Formlabs, delivering components that are closer to traditional performance cushioning than ever before.

Siemens launches Digital Academy to nurture next generation of engineering and tech talent

Siemens launches Digital Academy to nurture next generation of engineering and tech talent

Siemens has launched a new undergraduate sponsorship programme to discover, inspire and nurture the next generation of engineering and tech talent.

‘Bring on the Robots, but bring us with you’

‘Bring on the Robots, but bring us with you’

Research from global analytics and advice firm, Gallup suggests that people feel unprepared for the introduction of new technologies, despite being optimistic about their job prospects.

Oden Technologies and WorldWide Polymer Compounding partner to deliver Industry 4.0 solutions to polymer and food compounding industries

Oden Technologies and WorldWide Polymer Compounding partner to deliver Industry 4.0 solutions to polymer and food compounding industries

Oden Technologies, the intelligent industrial automation provider, has partnered with WorldWide Polymer Compounding (WWPC), the specialist in process development and troubleshooting for the compounding industry to offer Oden’s products to polymer and food compounding manufacturers in North America.

Make UK/Santander analysis shows Europe remains dominant market for UK goods

Make UK/Santander analysis shows Europe remains dominant market for UK goods

The importance of the UK agreeing a deal with the EU which avoids barriers to trade is laid bare today by new analysis which shows the value of trade with the bloc is worth more than twice that of the United States, with seven of the UK’s top export destinations being within the EU.

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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