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Software Functionality Revealed in Detail
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How to Choose a Manufacturing System
If you’ve worked for more than one manufacturing company, you know that each one is different. Different processes, systems, problems—all these variations mean

custom manufacturing  allow non-programmers to design custom reports using industry-standard reporting tools. Is the system easy to use? Many buyers spend far too little time evaluating this aspect of the software. Yet ease-of-use will have a dramatic impact on the quality of your implementation. Poorly designed software leads to frustrated users who bypass the system or resort to manual short-cuts. If you want a system that delivers maximum productivity, focus on how easily your employees can use it. You want a system that

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Software Functionality Revealed in Detail

We’ve opened the hood on every major category of enterprise software. Learn about thousands of features and functions, and how enterprise software really works.

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Engineer-to-Order (ETO ERP)

The simplified definition of enterprise resource planning (ERP) software is a set of applications that automate finance and human resources departments and help manufacturers handle jobs such as order processing and production scheduling. ERP began as a term used to describe a sophisticated and integrated software system used for manufacturing. In its simplest sense, ERP systems create interactive environments designed to help companies manage and analyze the business processes associated with manufacturing goods, such as inventory control, order taking, accounting, and much more. Although this basic definition still holds true for ERP systems, today its definition is expanding. Today’s leading ERP systems group all traditional company management functions (finance, sales, manufacturing, and human resources). Many systems include, with varying degrees of acceptance and skill, solutions that were formerly considered peripheral such as product data management (PDM), warehouse management, manufacturing execution system (MES), and reporting. During the last few years the functional perimeter of ERP systems began an expansion into its adjacent markets, such as supply chain management (SCM), customer relationship management (CRM), business intelligence/data warehousing, and e-business, the focus of this knowledge base is mainly on the traditional ERP realms of finance, materials planning, and human resources. The foundation of any ERP implementation must be a proper exercise of aligning customers' IT technology with their business strategies, and subsequent software selection. 

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A Manufacturing Imperative: Enterprise SOA


In the past, full efficiency was almost impossible for most manufacturing sites thanks to lack of integration between plant systems and business systems. But that’s changing now, with the advent of enterprise service-oriented architecture (SOA). SOA allows you to change and improve your processes without expensive IT integration projects. Learn about the business opportunities SOA can create for you.

custom manufacturing  of connections to be custom designed for each application. With enterprise SOA, the more connections, the lower the price per connection. This opens up significant IT dollars for more innovative applications – a major benefit for companies as they increasingly distribute manufacturing and each of their plants runs its own applications. Semantic Interoperability Under enterprise SOA, each software component exposes a service in a standardized way to enable semantic interoperability with other Read More

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SaaS-ing the Manufacturing Opportunity


The software as a service (SaaS) delivery model is here to stay, and most vendors have noticed. Recently, the endorsement for SaaS in the realm of manufacturing enterprise resource planning has come from a veteran vendor and SaaS pioneer.

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Reference Guide to Discrete Manufacturing ERP Software Functions and Features


This reference guide provides insight into the discrete manufacturing ERP features and functions currently available on today’s market. It will help you determine which ERP features are a high priority for your organization, and which features are a lower priority.

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Discrete Manufacturing-Industrial Equipment Manufacturing (based on Dynamics AX)


Special industry machinery manufacturing is considered one of the most demanding segments of discrete manufacturing, in part because every machine you produce may be unique. Compared to standard production environments, manufacturing processes are complex. Your company faces challenges that include concurrent engineering and changes that must be addressed during the construction process. Microsoft Dynamics AX for Special & Large Machinery from To-Increase will help you streamline processes so you can: Integrate your business applications with product lifecycle management (PLM), product data management (PDM) & computer-aided design (CAD). Create and manage complex bids and quotations. Master complex engineer-to-order processes. Provide strong customer service and support. Integrate your business applications with computer-aided design (CAD), product data management (PDM), and product lifecycle management (PLM). Focus on lean project-based manufacturing

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Managing Lean Manufacturing Using Microsoft Dynamics AX 2009


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Manufacturing Software for an Integrated Steel Plant


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custom manufacturing  products. Therefore, the internal customer in the downstream flow of product manufacturing sets these product properties, used by the internal supplier to fulfill the internal orders. Scrap generation . At each production stage, there is scrap generation. The internal customer sets the intermediate product quantity required, and the supplier plant sets its own product quantity, keeping in view of internal customer orders and the percentage scrap generation. The software should be able to define internal Read More

Customer Relationship Manufacturing: the Symbiosis of Sales and Manufacturing


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Primary Metal Manufacturing


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custom manufacturing  Design in Oracle Flow Manufacturing You have convinced upper management that flow manufacturing will enable your company to leapfrog the competition. You have appointed a flow process leader, and selected a line for your flow pilot. Now it’s time to physically perform your first line implementation. The big question is, what exactly do you need to do to make the transition from discrete to flow? Read More