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ERP Mobile Apps for Manufacturing

Mobile apps empower customers, partners, and employees to accomplish a task, receive an alert, answer a question, or send a message. What happens when ERP solution providers develop mobile apps? You get solutions that enable employees to perform focused tasks that are backed by a robust ERP database solution. Mobile apps allow the user to …

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A New ERP Standard of Excellence: Alerts, Advisories, Warnings, and Watchdogs!

In order to still turn a profit today’s average manufacturer is running lean. Generally, companies have trimmed all wastefulness out of their production process and reduced the number of employees on staff. That’s when having an ERP system that acts as a watchful guardian to protect against unacceptable standards, shortages, and penalties comes in handy; …

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Is ERP a Vertical? What’s Up with this Vertical Thing?

Background In today’s competitive landscape Dynamics Resellers are being encouraged to adopt a vertical approach to their marketing and sales effort. Leveraging this vertical business practice can drives great benefits to the end users who are in a vertical specific industry and are looking for ERP software. As an end user of ERP, it is …

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How Automotive Suppliers Can Address Scrap Accounting Requirements

There is a step in a manufacturing operation before quality investigates a defective part for root causes, Pareto charts, and the subsequent corrective action in the Quality Management System. That step is merely to separate the possible defective parts from those qualified to move to the next step, or to the customers receiving dock. This …

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Manufacturing Costs: Standard Cost vs. Job Cost Collection

How much does that cost? Do you really know? In most ERP systems, costs are collected against a job ticket that accounts for labor, material, and workcenter hours, and often G&A overhead costs. This sounds simple enough, but if you are a repetitive supplier with a core fabrication competency, then your cost structure follows a …

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Blanket Releases… It’s About Supply Chain Management

Most ERP systems have sophisticated purchasing requisition and approval systems, but few have an order processing system that can manage blanket orders with ship schedules against the blankets. In a Blanket Purchase Order, a fabricator takes a customer order for, say, 20,000 pieces of an item but asks to take delivery on a schedule. The …

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Scheduling in These Lean Times

How much is enough? Too much or too little can be big problems. In the automotive supplier world the principals of Just in Time require specific attention to what quantities of parts are shipped to various plants on a weekly, daily, or even hourly basis. If too many parts are shipped, the receiving plant will …

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Material Tracking Systems – Sometimes Smaller is Better than Bigger

It’s true for some fresh water fish, certainly true for laptops, and almost always true for luggage that you are carrying on a trip. Also true for the price, complexity, and implementation of a materials tracking system, as opposed to its warehouse management system [WMS] counterpart. The WMS world fits large wholesale distributors and fairly …

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Automotive Supplier Quality Awards and Scorecards – How the Right ERP Software Solution Leads to Supplier Success

The very foundation of the automotive business is focused on the component suppliers’ success. These manufacturers are over-lean, red-lined in some states, and faced with ever increasing logistical requirements for the Supply Chain integrity. Automotive suppliers must adhere to strict quality standards that include participating in Advanced Product Quality Planning (APQP) including efforts such as …

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Did You Get the Memo? Automotive Production Part Suppliers Face Challenges in Getting and Interpreting Their Mail

...automotive suppliers typically cannot use a “standard” ERP system, and need to have a system that can interpret mixed EDI and spot buy orders, without missing a beat.

 

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