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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Rockwell Automation levels up industrial computing portfolio following acquisition of ASEM SpA

Rockwell Automation levels up industrial computing portfolio following acquisition of ASEM SpA

Rockwell Automation has introduced its VersaView 6300 family of Allen-Bradley industrial computers, which will be available starting August 2020.

Lumenia publishes new white paper – ERP Contracts: A foundation for controlled ERP projects

Lumenia publishes new white paper – ERP Contracts: A foundation for controlled ERP projects

ERP projects are collaborative design and build projects that get to the heart of business processes. Without having clearly contracted scope, responsibilities and deliverables – like any design and build project – they can run far over budget and schedule and diverge from any original notional scope.

Epicor enables UK distributors to optimise supply chain efficiency

Epicor enables UK distributors to optimise supply chain efficiency

Epicor Software Corporation, a global provider of industry-specific enterprise software to promote business growth, has announced the availability of Epicor Prophet 21 – a fit-for-purpose ERP solution for wholesale distributors operating within the UK.

D2C eCommerce Webinar: What to Consider When Going Direct-to-Consumer

D2C eCommerce Webinar: What to Consider When Going Direct-to-Consumer

Due to the popularity of our first ever webinar, D2C eCommerce: What to Consider When Going Direct to Consumer, we've decided to make this session available again on Wednesday 15th July at 2pm.

Let’s discuss why setting up an eCommerce presence will help you secure ALL your sales channels - and help you serve your customers better in a post-covid19 landscape.

FACT24 CIM – New integrated SaaS solution for proactive digital crisis management

FACT24 CIM – New integrated SaaS solution for proactive digital crisis management

F24's FACT24 CIM SaaS solution combines the capabilities of FACT24 and CIM, which have for decades both proved themselves effective in their separate functions.

Rockwell Automation and PTC deliver enhancements to FactoryTalk InnovationSuite, powered by PTC for simplifying and accelerating digital transformation

Rockwell Automation and PTC deliver enhancements to FactoryTalk InnovationSuite, powered by PTC for simplifying and accelerating digital transformation

Rockwell Automation, Inc. and PTC have announced strategic enhancements to FactoryTalk InnovationSuite, powered by PTC, to serve the needs of the fast-growing industrial digital transformation market.

What can go wrong with your MES implementation?

What can go wrong with your MES implementation?

MES systems can significantly benefit your company, but the implementation may be somewhat overwhelming and can pose challenges that could be difficult and time-consuming to overcome. In the following article, you will learn about issues that you can potentially encounter in your MES implementation and practical recommendations on how to avoid them.

Disruption in manufacturing sector due to Brexit will have sizeable negative impact on UK economy, new academic report finds

Disruption in manufacturing sector due to Brexit will have sizeable negative impact on UK economy, new academic report finds

Brexit will have significant adverse effects on a UK manufacturing sector highly integrated with the EU single market, and that disruption will have a sizeable negative impact on the wider UK economy, a new report by UK in a Changing Europe finds.

Manufacturers must rethink global operations in face of COVID-19 - study

Manufacturers must rethink global operations in face of COVID-19 - study

Manufacturers must redesign and reform their Global Supply Chains or Global Production Networks (GPN) if they want to survive and prosper in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, a new study reveals.

Alfa Romeo Racing ORLEN and Acer keep pushing innovation

Alfa Romeo Racing ORLEN and Acer keep pushing innovation

Alfa Romeo Racing ORLEN will have a high-tech boost ahead of the start of the 2020 season as a global ICT leader, Acer joins as official partner.

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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