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2021 Manufacturing Trends: Connecting Workers Will Be Key

2021 manufacturing trends will be driven by the lessons learned in 2020.  Whether assisting workers on the shop floor or helping back-office employees to continue their jobs remotely, smart manufacturing technologies have been central to enabling business continuity in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic. This focus will only increase as companies compete for business based on the productivity of their people. That’s why we’re calling 2021 the year of the connected worker. 2021 Manufacturing…

What is Lean Manufacturing?

Lean manufacturing is a series of techniques and workflows designed to help companies reduce costs, increase product quality while improving shop floor efficiency, all leading to improved profitability. At the center of lean manufacturing are process and production monitoring techniques designed to provide the data needed for advanced analytical techniques, including Statistical Process Control (SPC) and Six Sigma. These techniques and others like them are designed to identify, solve, and remove variation in production processes…

Hosted Managed Services Benefits to Manufacturers

Bottom Line: Manufacturers are opting to deploy their ERP systems over Hosted Managed Services to slash high licensing and I.T. costs while saving I.T. staffs’ valuable time for projects that more closely support revenue and customer growth. The Covid-19 pandemic digitally transformed manufacturing faster than the most persuasive, profitable business case ever could. It has also made manufacturers rethink if they need to have their servers, I.T. infrastructure, and complex, expensive licensing agreements. For these factors and more,…

The Growing Reliance on Traceability in Manufacturing Supply Chains

Bottom Line: The heightened priority on health & safety is leading to a renaissance of traceability in manufacturing across many industry sectors as every business strives to keep its employees, customers, and suppliers safe. Manufacturers are racing to digitally transform their supply chains to gain needed insights to reduce risks to their employees, customers, partners, and the business itself. Acumen Research & Consulting, an advisory firm specializing in industry and vertical market research, predicts global demand…

Overcoming Production Challenges With a Manufacturing Execution System (MES)

Bottom Line: A Manufacturing Execution System can help manufacturers improve production accuracy and gain greater control and visibility across shop floors, leading to improving speed and scale of manufacturing operations.   A Manufacturing Execution System (MES) help manufacturers overcome production challenges by giving them greater control and visibility across the core areas of their operations. Five of the most important areas where MES is helping manufacturers overcome production challenges include the following:   Enables manufacturers across a diverse base of…

DELMIAworks 2020X Shows Our Commitment To Keep Innovating For Our Customers

The most valuable conversations we have every day are with our customers. Their challenges, needs, and requirements continue to be an excellent source of innovation. Our latest release, DELMIAworks 2020X, reflects our commitment to keep innovating by collaborating with them. SHOPWORKS, an easily configurable series of Work Center dashboards designed to improve shop floor efficiency, is an example. We’re accomplishing this by integrating with RealTime™ data capture into the application, helping to reduce their reliance…

Maximize Efficiencies With Overall Equipment Effectiveness (OEE) Software

A leading plastics global plastics manufacturer has standardized on Overall Equipment Effectiveness (OEE) as one of their primary metrics based on its proven value in stabilizing every production machine on their shop floor. An injection molding manufacturer was able to increase OEE performance by 7% in three months, increasing gross profit by $1.2M across six production plants globally. Attaining an OEE score in the 80 to 85% range is widely considered to reflect a world-class…

Our Customers And Their Collaboration With Us Defines DELMIAWorks2020

The best ideas for how to improve DELMIAworks comes from our customers. Our most recent release, DELMIAWorks 2020, reflects what they’ve asked for along with improvements we’re seeing are needed across our worldwide manufacturing customer base. Every DELMIAWorks customer has the opportunity to be a co-collaborator in creating new features, enhancements, and suggesting improvements on MyIQMS, where they can submit new ideas. Based on customers’ requests, we’re augmenting the core of DELMIAWorks2020 with improvements to…

Advantages Of Material Requirements Planning Software

Bottom Line: Material Requirements Planning (MRP) software helps to keep manufacturing operations in balance by managing all inventory requirements and resources necessary to meet production demand while maintaining lean inventory levels. Getting orders shipped on time at the highest quality levels possible is the goal of all manufacturers because everyone wants to keep the customers they have and gain more business from them today. Knowing there is enough inventory, skilled labor, machine or equipment, and work center…

How Manufacturers Can Benefit From The Theory Of Constraints

There are many valuable lessons in Dr. Eliyahu M. Goldratt’s classic book, The Goal regarding how manufacturers can benefit from the Theory of Constraints (TOC). What makes this book a must-read for anyone in manufacturing is how effectively it shows how constraints can also provide the needed data and insights to achieve greater process improvements. My favorite part of the book is how Dr. Goldratt defines goals in the context of the Theory of Constraints and sees…