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Plex Systems at a Crossroads: Part 1
Plex Manufacturing Cloud is an integrated manufacturing software solution for managing the manufacturing process (including specific lean manufacturing needs

a part 16  Systems at a Crossroads: Part 1 Plex Manufacturing Cloud is an integrated manufacturing software solution for managing the manufacturing process (including specific lean manufacturing needs), with functionality for: engineering and design; financing and accounting; electronic data interchange (EDI) and orders; materials and inventory purchasing; receiving and tracking; shop floor production and control; process inspection; parts production and traceability tracking; packaging and shipping; and Kanban,

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Tools exist to support software testing at all stages of a project. Some vendors offer an integrated suite that will support testing and development throughout a project's life, from gathering requirements to supporting the live system. Some vendors concentrate on a single part of that life cycle. The software test tools knowledge base provides functional criteria you might expect from a testing tool, the infrastructure that supports the tool, and an idea of the market position of the vendor.  

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