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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Made Smarter backs 200th manufacturing technology project

Made Smarter backs 200th manufacturing technology project

A programme helping manufacturers boost productivity and growth using digital tools has reached a major milestone, having now backed its 200th technology project.

Launched in 2019, the Made Smarter Adoption programme in the North West has now supported 161 businesses with £3.9 million matched funding for 201 projects, leveraging £10.5 million of private sector investment.

Why is quality management more important in manufacturing and engineering than ever before?

Why is quality management more important in manufacturing and engineering than ever before?

By Claire Price at QMS International, one of the UK’s leading ISO certification bodies.

Quality and consistency have always been benchmarks of good business in the manufacturing and engineering sectors, but after the turmoil brought by COVID-19 they have become even more crucial.

How SME manufacturers are upskilling 1,800 workers to create the teams of tomorrow

How SME manufacturers are upskilling 1,800 workers to create the teams of tomorrow

SME manufacturers, supported by Made Smarter in their drive to digitalise, are upskilling over 1,800 workers to create the teams of tomorrow.

The Made Smarter Adoption programme in the North West has worked with more than 1,200 businesses since 2019, supporting them to introduce digital tools and technologies to help boost productivity and growth, and navigate the impact of Covid-19.

Coca-Cola Beverages Africa collaborates with Flintfox and Microsoft to streamline pricing, promotions, and rebate management

Coca-Cola Beverages Africa collaborates with Flintfox and Microsoft to streamline pricing, promotions, and rebate management

As part of an on-going programme of digital transformation at its bottling plants, Coca-Cola Beverages Africa (CCBA) is collaborating with pricing and rebate management solutions provider, Flintfox, and Microsoft to modernise how it uses technology. The collaboration will help the bottling giant retire legacy solutions, to better manage pricing and overcome existing challenges at all stages of the supply chain.

Tetra Pak calls for more women to join the food and beverage manufacturing industry

Tetra Pak calls for more women to join the food and beverage manufacturing industry

Tetra Pak has identified an opportunity for more women to join the F&B manufacturing industry, to help drive transformational change.

Digital.ai introduces AI-powered innovation platform to help enterprises

Digital.ai introduces AI-powered innovation platform to help enterprises

Digital.ai, the intelligent value stream management company, has announced the Digital.ai Platform, an AI-powered end-to-end solution that enables enterprises to orchestrate the delivery of software-driven business outcomes.

What is the difference between machine vision and computer vision?

What is the difference between machine vision and computer vision?

By Donato Montanari, Vice President and General Manager, Machine Vision, Zebra Technologies.

Many supply chain organizations are exploring the potential of more automated and intelligent technologies right now, Zebra Technologies included.

UK Manufacturing PMI: pent-up demand drives ongoing boom but inflation threat looms large – MHA comments

UK Manufacturing PMI: pent-up demand drives ongoing boom but inflation threat looms large – MHA comments

Atul Kariya, Head of Manufacturing and Engineering and Partner at MHA, comments on today’s UK Manufacturing PMI as high demand and increased CapEx propels the UK manufacturing sector, but warns of dangers posed by ongoing supply chain issues and global inflationary pressure:

Tetra Pak calls for more women to join the food and beverage manufacturing industry

Tetra Pak calls for more women to join the food and beverage manufacturing industry

Tetra Pak has identified an opportunity for more women to join the F&B manufacturing industry, to help drive transformational change.

Automotive and aerospace quality excellence being transferred to other manufacturing sectors

Automotive and aerospace quality excellence being transferred to other manufacturing sectors

Manufacturers in the rail, marine, defence and household good sectors can now benefit from more than 25 years of automotive and aerospace quality excellence as G&P is undergoing a proactive diversification drive across adjacent sectors.

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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