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Breaking Down Information Silos Between Manufacturing and Design: A New Approach to CAD/ERP Data Integration
What would you do if a critical error occurred during production—all because the wrong data was input into your enterprise resource planning (ERP) system? You’d

difference between production and manufacturing  teams can mean the difference between production success and failure. Avoid these snafus with a system that can integrate the data of both the design and ERP systems.

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Discrete Manufacturing (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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What Are Manufacturing Execution Systems?


A manufacturing execution system (MES) can be defined as a collection of business processes providing event-by-event, real-time execution of planned production requirements. However, market ambiguity and functional overlap with enterprise resource planning systems obscure what an MES can bring to an enterprise.

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Process Manufacturing ERP in a Nutshell


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Proactive IT Managers Can Make a Difference


IT managers, under increasing pressure to align their activities and spending with the strategic objectives of the enterprise, need to find new ways to raise the awareness of IT opportunities throughout the enterprise. This paper presents a framework for IT managers to use as a foundation to their planning processes and as a basis for influencing enterprise strategic planning.

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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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IFS Applications (v. 7.5) for Mixed-Mode Manufacturing ERP Certification Report


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Lean Tools and Practices that Eliminate Manufacturing Waste


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Plex Manufacturing Cloud ERP—Running Your Business from the Shop Floor to the Top Floor


Plex Systems was one of the earliest adopters of the cloud deployment model for software delivery. Plex Systems’ flagship product, Plex Manufacturing Cloud (formerly Plex Online), is a SaaS ERP solution that extends beyond the boundaries of typical ERP software for manufacturers to provide a comprehensive “shop floor to top floor” coverage. Find out what this means for its customers in this spotlight report from TEC Senior ERP Analyst Ted Rohm.

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Ramco Enterprise Series - Discrete Manufacturing


Please remove (put offline) Ramco Enterprise Series Discrete Manufacturing product  Sherry Fox (3/9/2015 11:30 AM): This product will be updated in the Ramco on Cloud Enterprise RFI. Request put in earlier.   Use the scores from this questionnaire to prepopulate the other.   The Ramco Discrete Production (DP) application is a manufacturing, planning, and control solution. Ramco DP was designed to address enterprise manufacturing requirements, ranging from production planning to scheduling and execution. It addresses the made-to-stock and made-to-order manufacturing environments, with the ability to handle ordinary configure-to-order requirements. While most organizations can benefit from DP applications, those enterprises with multiple manufacturing locations can benefit the most. This is because manufacturing planners in these enterprises can elect to have any of the following planning and execution models: centralized planning, with execution at respective locations; decentralized planning and execution at each manufacturing location; and mixed mode, where high level planning is done centrally and then devolved to the locations for further planning and execution. Ramco DP allows users to define processes in a flexible manner, in order to enable them to adapt to current or changed manufacturing management practices. The planning hierarchy can be changed to suit industry and organisational needs, without compromising on security issues. Its concept of "layered planning" enables flexible planning for any component in the bill of materials, at any time during the planning process. The DP application group is made up of three individual applications: Production Definition, Planning and Execution, and Engineering Change Control.  

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ERP in Manufacturing 2009: an Aberdeen Report


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