When bound to regulation and compliance, process manufacturers find opportunities to grow through enterprise resource planning (ERP). However, 50% of process manufacturers execute non-integrated ERP strategies. This Aberdeen Group research study reveals best practices to help you adapt or select an ERP vendor that improves your business performance.
A fast-growing supplier, NEI's delivery performance was declining, creating a significant problem with past-due shipments, even though the company had an excess of finished goods. Access this case study to learn about how they addressed their challenges.
Over 250 process-industry specific manufacturing customers have partnered with Infor to implement their ERP and Supply Chain Essentials at more than 700 facilities and used by thousands of people around the world. These customers include some of the world's largest companies in their respective industries.
In order to align their production plans with customer's demand, metal fabricators must integrate seamlessly into the customer's own processes. As a result, integrated systems are essential, bringing design, product lifecycle management and service together in ways that predict, act and rapidly change in accordance with the customer's needs.
In today's process manufacturing environment, innovation is viewed as critical to sustainable growth and profitability. While open innovation is regarded as the answer, few companies can effectively measure the return on R&D investment, have acceptable product success rates, achieve acceptable promotional effectiveness, or have visibility into their compliance risks or operational readiness for new product launches.
There are seven keys to becoming a world-class manufacturer that distill the broad concepts above into specific actions that can be addressed and accomplished in your company. Download this white paper to learn more.
"Lean" is defined as a process to improve manufacturing and service operations, reduce waste, improve quality and drive down cost. While many packaging companies have embraced a number of Lean Manufacturing concepts, many have yet to fully realize the benefits of a fully-integrated Lean environment. Leveraging an ERP system that embraces "Lean" principles and incorporates industry specific best practices can facilitate and support the process. In this white paper, learn how lean manufacturing can apply to printing and packaging, and how an ERP system fits into the process.
Buying an ERP system that doesn't closely fit your business processes can be a costly mistake. This is particularly true if you try to fit a generic manufacturing ERP solution into a packaging/printing business environment. Reworking a non-industry specific system to meet the day-to-day operational needs of a printing/packaging operation requires significant modifications to the core product. The resulting software can end up so heavily customized that it can be difficult and very costly to maintain.
Real-time, visibility on materials, process, or machine interactions can be leveraged to fix real-time production problems by quickly identifying the source, enable product recalls, or validate the end product for customers. A contact-less solution based on RFID, Wi-Fi and sensor technologies will accomplish all this without impacting the manufacturing process.
Adhering to the constraints and limiting design freedoms are necessary for conventional manufacturing processes. Rapid manufacturing eliminates all of the design constraints imposed by conventional manufacturing methods. It offers designers and engineers an unprecedented freedom to design a product and its components exclusively for the desired form, fit and function.
Direct digital manufacturing, otherwise known as rapid manufacturing, is a process that employs additive fabrication technology (aka rapid prototyping) to produce end-use items. Directly from CAD data, components are manufactured without molding, casting or machining. The impact of direct digital manufacturing is far-reaching, and the opportunities and advantages are extensive. This is why direct digital manufacturing is heralded as the next industrial revolution.
Manufacturers evolve to extend business process and embrace digital technologies across the supply chains to adapt in today’s ever changing marketplace. Watch the video for insights from Simon Ellis, the Program Vice President of IDC Manufacturing Insights.
This white paper outlines a framework that emphasizes digitization and business transformation and the new opportunities pull processes bring.
The mechanism of “Pull” processes—those triggered by an actual event instead of a forecast—is nothing new. It is at the heart of many successful manufacturing strategies. Recent technological advances in digitization, including the harnessing of Big Data analytics, the use of the cloud, Business Process Management (BPM), social media, IIoT, and mobility, have extended the power of Pull beyond Lean manufacturing. In the wake of the current technological innovation wave, it is not uncommon for manufacturers to not know what next step to take.
In light of these new developments, this white paper will focus on the mechanism of business transformation enabled by these technologies, which can be attributed to two major forces: the power of Pull and digitization. Nine practical applications are detailed, showing how innovative manufacturers can better
Sage provides an enterprise-level business management solution for manufacturing operations that assists customers with the entire process: from financial management to supply chain management and production management. Sage commissioned Forrester Consulting to conduct a Total Economic Impact™ (TEI) study and objectivelyexamine the potential return on investment (ROI) enterprises may realize by deploying its Enterprise Management solution as part of Sage Business Cloud. The purpose of this study is to provide readers and prospects with a framework to evaluate the potential financial impact of the Enterprise Management solutions on their manufacturing organizations. To better understand the benefits, costs, and risks associated with this investment, Forrester conducted in-depth interviews with four Enterprise Management manufacturing customers, each with at least three years of experience using Enterprise Management. For this TEI study, Forrester has created a composite Organization to
Published By: 3D Systems
Published Date: May 15, 2019
Jigs and fixtures offer manufacturers a reliable process for delivering accurate, high-quality outcomes, whether for a specific part or feature, or for consistency across multiples of parts. Although the methodologies and materials for producing jigs and fixtures have evolved beyond the conventional metal tooling of years past, their position as a manufacturing staple remains constant due to the benefits they offer.
This eBook discusses the use of additive manufacturing (AM) for jig and fixture applications, and demonstrates how production support can be improved in terms of speed, cost and functionality. The applications included within this eBook offer a mere glimpse at what is possible with AM for production support. The examples chosen illustrate opportunities for applying design principles and technology capabilities that are transferable across a wide range of applications.
Robots play a major role in making manufacturing processes more efficient and
less labor intensive. They can help control costs and improve quality, as well as
increase productivity. The complexity of robotic system design, however, creates
obstacles for many manufacturers, and this is made more difficult by the need to
identify and integrate subsystems from multiple vendors.
NexCOBOT, a NEXCOM company, offers a flexible, modular robotics solution
integrating artificial intelligence (AI) with machine vision and powered by the
new Intel® Vision Accelerator Design products. The solution brings together
the insight of artificial intelligence, the mobility of robotics, and the capabilities
of machine vision, providing a new level of precision and optimization for
manufacturing and industrial implementations.