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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Essity leans on digital tools to fortify their manufacturing supply chain while improving machine health and productivity

Essity leans on digital tools to fortify their manufacturing supply chain while improving machine health and productivity

Augury, the AI-based Machine Health solution provider, has announced that Essity, the global provider of professional hygiene, consumer tissue and personal care products, has chosen Augury’s machine health solutions to help drive the digital transformation of its supply chain.

Rolls-Royce signs Iotics to power its Digital Twin Technology

Rolls-Royce signs Iotics to power its Digital Twin Technology

Rolls-Royce business unit Power Systems, has selected Iotics’ technology to enable digital solutions with asset-focused digital twins. Iotics’ technology delivers Rolls-Royce the capability to unlock over 200 data sources, brokering interactions to create digital twins of their in-field assets, and receive real-time event insights across customer, supplier and partner boundaries.

Unit4 recognised as one of top three most highly rated ERP systems in 2020 according to SoftwareReviews user survey

Unit4 recognised as one of top three most highly rated ERP systems in 2020 according to SoftwareReviews user survey

Unit4 has been named a gold medalist according to Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) software users in SoftwareReviews’ latest Data Quadrant, and awarded top vendor in customer relationship management, vendor support, and ease of data integration.

Sustainable Manufacturing 101: Why It Matters

Sustainable Manufacturing 101: Why It Matters

Concerns that used to reside primarily in the domain of “green” or “eco-friendly” companies are now going mainstream. Manufacturers of all stripes are slowly starting to see that a successful business enterprise is one that incorporates sustainable methods and practices.

Reports highlight COVID-19 anti-counterfeiting investment, says trade body

Reports highlight COVID-19 anti-counterfeiting investment, says trade body

An international trade body says new reports about criminals cashing in on the COVID-19 crisis highlight the urgent need for more investment in anti-counterfeiting technologies.

Severe data breach could cost tech companies $174 million per day

Severe data breach could cost tech companies $174 million per day

Tech companies could lose an average of $174 (£141) million per day - or $37.3 (£29.9) billion per month - as a result of compromised records per data breach, new research shows.

Aro launches pro-bono PR service for manufacturers helping fight Covid19

Aro launches pro-bono PR service for manufacturers helping fight Covid19

Aro PR and Marketing is launching a pro bono PR service to celebrate the work of engineering, science and composites businesses helping to fight Covid19.

UK manufacturers seeing biggest marketing improvement during COVID-19

UK manufacturers seeing biggest marketing improvement during COVID-19

UK manufacturers have the best open rates for marketing emails among all industries during the COVID-19 crisis, according to data analysis by growth platform HubSpot of its 70,000 global customers.

COVID-19 has brought cloud services to the forefront, says GlobalData

COVID-19 has brought cloud services to the forefront, says GlobalData

An unplanned, widespread move to home-working would have brought businesses to a grinding halt had large investments in cloud computing not been made over the past ten years, says GlobalData, the data and analytics company.

CBI hails manufacturing ‘business heroes’ stepping up to tackle coronavirus

CBI hails manufacturing ‘business heroes’ stepping up to tackle coronavirus

Local businesses are finding practical ways to alleviate the impact of the pandemic on their communities. 2M Group in Cheshire, Croda International Plc in East Yorkshire and Nice-Pak in Flintshire, Wales are just some of the manufacturing firms involved in this campaign, each offering their help to protect lives and the economy from the effects of the crisis.

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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