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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JCT600 invests over £1million in comms technology overhaul

JCT600 invests over £1million in comms technology overhaul

Privately owned motor firm JCT600 has invested over £1 million in a new cloud-based communications system to further improve its level of customer experience and legislative compliance.

India’s growing manufacturing sector props up industrial automation equipment demand, despite global slowdown

India’s growing manufacturing sector props up industrial automation equipment demand, despite global slowdown

By Nitin Sharma, analyst, manufacturing technology, IHS Markit.

Despite a worldwide slowdown in the growth of the industrial automation equipment (IAE) market, the strong expansion of India’s manufacturing sector is allowing the global IAE industry to remain on an expansion trajectory in 2019.

Ensuring your print estate is included in your digital transformation journey is key to manufacturing sector productivity

Ensuring your print estate is included in your digital transformation journey is key to manufacturing sector productivity

The manufacturing sector has faced increased pressures in recent years, with greater emphasis on faster, better products, services and experiences, customers and their changing needs and expectations.

Checklist for third party risk: key considerations for businesses to safeguard their data

Checklist for third party risk: key considerations for businesses to safeguard their data

By AJ Thompson, CCO of Northdoor plc.

Organisations are increasingly aware that they should take their own cyber security and compliance requirements seriously. However, what security measures are in place for their third parties?

Onboarding: the key to a successful EDI project

Onboarding: the key to a successful EDI project

By Karolina Piotrzkowska, Business Solution Manager, Comarch.

Onboarding business partners is a crucial step in any EDI project. Indeed, it may be said to be the most important, for a technically perfect EDI solution has no value if business partners are not connected and exchanging messages effectively. Given the complexity of the issue, this article presents the most important aspects of the process to help you increase your chances of success with your EDI project.

UK exports fall in the face of global trade tensions

UK exports fall in the face of global trade tensions

Whilst the export of goods from the UK fell in Q2 2019, larger UK manufacturers remain focused on export growth with the highest proportion of companies exporting in nearly four years, according to the latest Lloyds Bank International Trade Index, compiled in partnership with IHS Markit.

Five tips for delivering better customer experiences through agile manufacturing

Five tips for delivering better customer experiences through agile manufacturing

By John Bruno, VP of Product Management, Elastic Path Software.

Agility is now a vital attribute for modern manufacturers however, it requires a different mindset. One that goes against years of conditioning and forces manufacturers to think quite differently than they have in the past.

Epicor 2019 International Partner Excellence Awards celebrate exceptional achievements around the globe

Epicor 2019 International Partner Excellence Awards celebrate exceptional achievements around the globe

Epicor Software Corporation, provider of industry-specific enterprise software to promote business growth, has announced the 2019 winners of its international Partner Excellence Awards program at its annual international partner summit in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

AIM Computer Solutions hosts user group event, reveals details of Service Pack 8 enhancements for AIM Vision ERP

AIM Computer Solutions hosts user group event, reveals details of Service Pack 8 enhancements for AIM Vision ERP

AIM Computer Solutions, provider of enterprise ERP technology solutions and business process improvement consulting to discrete and repetitive manufacturers, recently hosted customers at its quarterly user group meeting. Customers attended the event at the company headquarters and accessed the event remotely.

Hepco V Guide Systems: the bread and butter for food applications

Hepco V Guide Systems: the bread and butter for food applications

One of the largest industries globally, the food and beverage industry is a core element of the UK manufacturing economy. Comprising many different sectors including the bakery sector, confectionary, meat processing, drinks industries, dairies and fish processing – the range is wide and demand is high.

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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