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The Steel Manufacturing Industry: What Use Is an ERP System, Anyway?
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steel and level 3 mes  layers of operations in steel manufacturing, as well as to understand which system needs to communicate with which layer, and at which point of the process. ERP solutions satisfy a broad range of requirements, from financials to the supply chain, but when it comes to manufacturing execution, most ERP solutions have gaps in fulfilling the requirements. Areas such as financials, human resources (HR), customer relationship management (CRM), forecasting, planning, order management, inventory management,

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ERP for Mill-based and Material Converting Environments

The ERP for Mill-based and Material Converting Environments knowledge base focuses on a range of industrial activities that add value to raw materials by processing them into a form suitable for further manufacturing or for immediate end-use. These activities include traditional mills that turn grain into flour or extract sucrose from sugar cane; the spinning and weaving mills of the textiles and carpets sectors; the rolling plants of steel, aluminum, and other metals semi-fabricators; to the continuous outputs of paper and board mills. 

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Do Chinese Enterprises Really Need MES and WMS?


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steel and level 3 mes  commodities, from oil to steel and cement, and its surging appetite is driving spot prices up in global markets. Western manufacturers criticize China for keeping the Yuan Renminbi's value artificially low, which protects China's competitive advantage as an exporter, but the currency peg also makes imports relatively expensive, putting margins under pressure. Labor costs are rising and the labor market is tight in urban areas. Although still very low by Western standards, wages of manufacturing workers Read More

Not Yet Sold on SaaS ERP in Manufacturing? Take a Hard Look at Plex Online - Part 3


Part 1 of this blog series explained Plex Systems’ ebullience and growth despite a hostile and depressed environment, especially in the discrete manufacturing sector. While the software as a service (SaaS) model is now mainstream in many functional areas of business, the article concurred with Frank Scavo’s recent assertion that, for the time being, there is only one true SaaS enterprise resource

steel and level 3 mes  material (e.g., bundle of steel, box of parts, gaylord of resin, engine block, etc.) gets a unique label, often a barcode. When a worker goes to record production at a work center, they or Plex Online identifies the specific material/parts being consumed. Plex Online then depletes the source material and creates an electronic link between the input and output. This happens at every operation, including the shipping step. If it is determined that there is a problem with a given source material/part, the Read More

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Taking Collaboration to the Next Level: Moving from Your Document-centric Enterprise 1.0 to the People-centric World of Enterprise 2.0


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The Wizardry of Business Process Management - Part 3


Part 1 of this blog series provided a lengthy discussion about business process management’s (BPM's) necessary parts and parcels, and the software category’s value proposition. At the end of the article, I mentioned my recent attendance of a witty presentation that attempted to explain the essence of BPM via some humor and metaphor of the classic “Wizard of Oz” movie. Namely, on March 23, 2009,

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Plant-level Systems: Facing and Dealing with Obstacles


Production supervisors and plant managers are constantly fighting problems within a plant because they lack visibility in the supply chain and do not have an automated exception-based management system. However, a value-adding processing layer can create transparency and link information to unify company processes.

steel and level 3 mes  level Systems: Facing and Dealing with Obstacles Obstacles to Overcome Unfortunately, there still seem to be walls, not to mention the ivory towers of management, that stand between the plant and the rest of the business. One wall obscures supply chain visibility, preventing people in the plant from getting relevant visibility into the upstream and downstream supply chains. Even large, well-equipped companies with modern supply chain management (SCM) systems suffer from information gaps. For example, Read More

Saba Software: All about People (Cloud) - Part 3




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ARINC Selects Deltek Costpoint MES for Aircraft MRO Operations


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Protecting Digital Assets: A Higher Level of IT Security


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Marcam Solutions: Shifting its Focus to MES


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