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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SolutionsPT announces three appointments to drive technical innovation

SolutionsPT announces three appointments to drive technical innovation

SolutionsPT has made three key appointments to drive strategic decision-making and innovation in the delivery of its industrial IT solutions.

Two thirds of SMEs are more concerned about cyber-attacks now than they were 12 months ago

Two thirds of SMEs are more concerned about cyber-attacks now than they were 12 months ago

Businesses in the UK are more concerned about cyber-attacks now than they were a year ago, according to the latest Close Brothers Business Barometer research.

Two thirds of SMEs (67%) said they were more worried about cyber security threats now, with a third of these (31%) reporting that they were significantly so.

Five steps to preparing for the future in the manufacturing sector

Five steps to preparing for the future in the manufacturing sector

By Andy Coussins, senior vice president and head of sales, international, Epicor Software.

The manufacturing sector currently contributes £6.7 trillion to the global economy. Despite being subject to regular negative reports, the UK continues to play a significant role in the evolution and growth of global manufacturing.

Epicor announces ‘Customer of the Year’ Global Winners in the Third Annual Customer Excellence Awards

Epicor announces ‘Customer of the Year’ Global Winners in the Third Annual Customer Excellence Awards

Epicor Software Corporation, a global provider of industry-specific enterprise software to promote business growth, has announced the ‘Customer of the Year’ winners in its third annual Epicor Customer Excellence Global Awards program. The awards recognise innovative organisations that have successfully transformed operations by deploying Epicor solutions and services to achieve excellence in business efficiency, customer experience, and overall performance.

Manufacturing skills shortage increases pressure on current industry employees

Manufacturing skills shortage increases pressure on current industry employees

A recent survey has uncovered some concerning findings that could have a serious impact on skilled workers for the manufacturing sector now and in the not too distant future.

Comment from Epicor: UK manufacturers set cash aside in case of hard Brexit

Comment from Epicor: UK manufacturers set cash aside in case of hard Brexit

Following the news that UK manufacturers are setting cash aside in case of a hard Brexit, Mark Hughes, regional vice president UK and Ireland at Epicor, provides his views on how UK manufacturing firms can use this cash to invest in the correct technology to prepare for the changes that this particularly uncertain and turbulent time may bring.

Theorem’s latest Visualize 3D solution for SolidWorks-JT supports SolidWorks 2018

Theorem’s latest Visualize 3D solution for SolidWorks-JT supports SolidWorks 2018

Theorem Solutions of Tamworth, Staffordshire has released the latest version of its Visualize 3D SolidWorks-JT product.

UK manufacturing is facing its biggest worker shortage in 30 years – Epicor comment

UK manufacturing is facing its biggest worker shortage in 30 years – Epicor comment

Mark Hughes, regional vice president UK and Ireland at Epicor, comments on the news that Britain’s manufacturers are facing the biggest shortage of skilled workers since 1989 amid record levels of UK employment and falling numbers of EU27 nationals coming to the country to work since the Brexit vote:

Manufacturing output picks up as year comes to a close

Manufacturing output picks up as year comes to a close

Manufacturers reported that output growth picked up in the three months to December, according to the latest monthly CBI Industrial Trends Survey.

IT and ERP Manager appointment at Blachford

IT and ERP Manager appointment at Blachford

Mark Morgans has been appointed as IT and ERP (Enterprise Resource Planning) Manager at Blachford UK, a manufacturer of acoustic components for industrial and agricultural vehicles.

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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