Manufacturers today face a volatile environment that requires a highly agile and flexible IT infrastructure. As a result, many organizations are turning to cloud computing to streamline and simplify IT while reducing overall costs. Cloud deployment offers straightforward ways to introduce new applications, remap business processes, and transition from legacy systems to advanced IT infrastructures.
The proteins industry is one of the most complex industries from a manufacturing perspective. It is driven by consumer demand and the unique problems associated with a push supply chain. Planners/schedulers often must deal with raw material that arrives at the dock every day, including live animals, (cattle, sheep, pork, fish, etc.). The challenge is to match this push supply to the current demand while minimizing the overstocking of certain products that may expire before their use or consumption.
The fascination with data continues to proliferate, just like data itself. “Big data” used to be considered a collection of data sets so large and complex that it was difficult to process using on-hand database management tools or traditional data processing applications.
For manufacturers of all sizes, competing in an increasingly dynamic marketplace means having the ability to understand and respond to change. To attain, sustain and further competitive standing in this environment, manufacturers need to be agile and responsive in the face of constantly changing market conditions.
The stakes have never been higher for chemical manufacturers as they replace or upgrade their technology systems: they need to boost quality, efficiency, safety, and regulatory compliance for maximum productivity and process. This white paper explores these requirements in more detail.
Most ERP enterprise applications have three major components: manufacturing, distribution and finance. In the world of process manufacturing, quality management--since it is so imbedded in all the processes--also becomes a core requirement. Most ERP solutions target either the process or discrete sector, but a few cover both.
Dramatic shifts in economics, technology, and global consumer demand have had a major impact on manufacturing today. The convergence of forces has brought together aging Baby Boomers, self-focused Millennials, and advanced technology.
Mass customization is a growing trend in manufacturing today. Fueled by customer demand and enabled by modern technology, customization is fulfilling two needs: It appeals to modern consumers, and it helps manufacturers find a much-needed competitive edge. These two benefits are the main drivers that are causing manufacturers, small and large, to explore new operational strategies for producing highly customized and configured products.
Lean has transformed manufacturing and continues to make a major impact on safety, quality, productivity, and cost. And while many leading manufacturers have been practicing lean for years, there are still gains to be made – especially in overlooked areas like industrial supplies and personal protective equipment (PPE).
New possibilities are born of new capabilities. The ability to dramatically lower production times and costs on complex, low-volume components, often while increasing functionality, is a game changer. What’s at stake for manufacturers are the prospects to improve current operational efficiencies and reduce costs, as well as capitalize on new product and market opportunities.
Cloud computing is changing the way the world does business; it's even affecting the manufacturing industry. In this informative white paper sponsored by Exact JobBOSS, you will learn everything you need to know about the Cloud's role in the manufacturing industry.
A recent UPS study of industrial machinery manufacturers found that one-third of midsize manufacturers attribute 75% of their profitability to parts, service and consumables. And 78% say their customers’ expectations for aftersales services are rising. Only 12% consider aftersales and service as an important differentiator for their businesses. These findings show that while manufacturers are rightly focused on meeting their customers’ demands for quality and performance, excellence in aftersales support offers untapped potential for many manufacturers.
Today's manufacturers are required to be increasingly innovative and more agile in decision-making to stay ahead of customers and provide greater value to customers. It is no longer safe to provide the same products to the same customers without change. Therefore, manufacturers must enable collaboration and access to greater amounts of data. Download this report to learn the Best-in-Class strategies.
In today’s world, manufacturing firms have a number of concerns in common, an indictment of the winds of change sweeping through the sector and the new challenges threatening their competitive advantage. Learn how how you meet these challenges while driving major growth!
Ageing infrastructure, high costs, reduced lead times and a need for improved visibility are continuing to make the environment a tricky one for process manufacturers as the global economy tries to transition back into one of growth. Learn how others are handling these challenges in this white paper.
Today's manufacturers are required to be increasingly innovative and more agile in decision making to both stay ahead of, and provide greater value to customers. As such, ERP has evolved to become a hub for collaboration and continuous improvement.