Implementing a Manufacturing Information System (ERP) to Generate Optimal Results

Posted by Simone Erskine on Jun 13, 2018 2:06:34 PM

What will happen when you to refine, standardize, streamline and integrate all of your business processes across finance and accounting, IT, HR, R&D, sales, distribution, and other departments with an effective ERP system? You will see greater efficiency in your practices with an organization performing at its peak.

"Before implementing a new ERP or manufacturing information system, a company should recognize that a new system, alone, cannot solve work-arounds and inefficient processes. Investing time to improve your internal workflow in conjunction with the new system will allow for a smoother transition to a more effective implemented solution. Don’t let fear of failure or going over budget keep you from taking your company to the next level." – John Remsey, Technical Specialist (IMEC)

How much time does your company spend gathering and distributing information?

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Don’t Risk Losing your DoD Contracts!

Posted by Simone Erskine on Jun 5, 2018 11:30:32 AM

 

In a world where information security threats are constantly looming, it is important for companies – and required for manufacturers with Department of Defense contracts – to ensure they are protected and compliant. With the December 31, 2017 deadline for U.S Department of Defense’s cybersecurity compliance behind us, government contractors are required to demonstrate compliance in order to keep their contracts and gain new ones in 2018.

“Manufacturers have a variety of tools available to help pursue comprehensive organizational security, starting with cybersecurity. The first step is to determine one’s existing cybersecurity protections and tools and identify easy gaps to fill. Taking protective steps can decrease the time and resources spent on a security breach.”  - John Remsey, Senior Technical Specialist (IMEC)

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Is Your IT System Living Up To Its Capabilities?

Posted by Amy Fitzgerald on Mar 27, 2018 4:35:26 PM

Companies that purchase a new manufacturing information system do so to better manage the business, cut costs, and improve customer relationships – i.e. the “strategy”.  However, when it comes to implementing the system – the “art of execution” – many companies settle for a less than fully-functional solution.  An audit, or gap analysis, of your existing system may yield substantial opportunities for improvement, especially if your company:

  • Does not have an IT manager or other personnel intimately familiar with the system.
  • Is upgrading an existing system but wants to pinpoint the potential benefits first.
  • Experiences disruptions because of underutilized or incapable systems.
  • Is in an industry where customer requirements or regulations change frequently.
  • Is on a lean journey.
  • Has concerns about system fault-tolerance and/or disaster recovery.
  • Is experiencing very large year-over-year growth patterns.
  • Customer or supplier information exchange interfaces have changed.
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Developing a Digital Manufacturing and Design (DM&D) Roadmap

Posted by Dimitrios Saranteas on Jan 17, 2018 11:43:36 AM

Written by Dimitrios Saranteas, IMEC Technical Specialist

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In 1953, Honeywell introduced the T87 Round Thermostat - a ubiquitous and easily recognized device due to its classic round shape. It was easy to manufacture, easy to install, reliable and easy to use. To this day, Honeywell still manufactures a variant of this thermostat (the CT87 is the current model)

For its longevity, the residential thermostat that we all know hasn't fundamentally changed in the last 60+ years. It is still mounted to a wall, wired to an HVAC system and responds to the reactive input of a user's desired temperature. For homeowners, the way to interface with their HVAC equipment has been limited to the analog input and output of the thermostat. There’s no feedback or other way to make intelligent decisions.
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Report: The Future of Manufacturing

Posted by Amy Fitzgerald on Nov 9, 2016 8:46:54 AM

Recently, IndustryWeek Custom Research and Kronos Incorporated released a new manufacturing industry report titled "The Future of Manufacturing: 2020 and Beyond".  The report explores the current and future states of the manufacturing industry and focuses on the strategic management and technological priorities required for manufacturing competitiveness in the years ahead.

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