5 Types of Manufacturing Processing and How They’re Different

Most manufacturing environments fit into one of five general categories. Repetitive, Discrete, Job Shop, Process (batch), and Process (continuous). 1.     Repetitive Processing Repetitive processing has dedicated production lines that produce the same or similar items consistently without change. It requires minimal setup or changeover, so it can be accelerated, slowed down, or another production line added. 2.     Discrete Processing Discrete processing is also an assembly or production line process, but it is highly diverse, with a wide variation of setups and changeover frequencies. The variation is based on whether the products being produced are alike or very disparate. If the
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Choosing the ERP System that’s Right for Your Manufacturing Business

Manufacturing companies have many options when it comes to ERP solutions. Many don’t realize the type of manufacturing requires different ERP software capabilities. It’s important to choose the ERP software system that fits with the type of manufacturing you do. There are basically two types of manufacturing: discrete and process. Discrete Manufacturing Discrete manufacturing refers to production or assembly line manufacturing. Examples would be the assembly of automobiles, computers, or the like. They consist of separate parts and components that can be put together or taken apart. If one part is missing, the final product cannot be completed. This type
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Benefits of ERP Manufacturing Software

The manufacturing industry has become increasingly competitive. The need to design, build and deliver the highest quality products in the timeliest manner at the lowest cost possible is essential to win and retain customers. Enterprise Resource Planning, or ERP, can be the answer to manufacturing businesses looking for an integrated solution that encompasses all aspects of the business, including resources, operations, monitoring, reporting, sales, accounting and finance. Manufacturing ERP systems solve a number of challenges and provide invaluable benefits to manufacturers seeking to reduce costs, manage growth, streamline processes and gain a competitive advantage. In this blog, we highlight some
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Microsoft Dynamics GP — Your ERP Solution

Enterprise Resource Planning, or ERP, integrates the core processes needed to run a company into a single smooth-running system. These processes include finance, HR, manufacturing, supply chain, services, procurement and perhaps others. ERP can provide you with visibility, analytics and efficiency across all aspects of your business, facilitating the flow of real-time information across departments. This allows management to make information-based decisions and track performance in the here and now. There are a variety of tools on the market to employ to facilitate ERP. Microsoft Dynamics GP is one of the best in this area, helping small to medium-sized business
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Why are some projects successful while others fail?

I am always being asked why our projects are successful when all you ever hear about are failures, cost overruns, projects that don’t seem to have an endpoint and overall disappointment in the process.  To me it’s always like running a family in that first and foremost you need a leader who facilitates all of the communication. As a kid every night we would sit at the dinner table and discuss our problems, achievements and future plans. It always started with my father asking us what we completed today. These regular meetings are crucial to maintain continuity in the family
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6 Steps to build an effective Sales and Marketing Business Presentation

By Brad Tornberg To me the answer is pretty easy and doesn’t require a lot of crazy creativity. What I find to be the most effective is simple, straight forward and to the point. The presentation in front of a potential prospect should address the following points: 1)      Give me your background. How do I know you can do the job or provide the answer to my business need? Why should I trust you? The history of your world isn’t important to me unless the areas highlighted have specific application to my needs. 2)      What is it you do and
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Small Business ERP Implementation Projects – Is the cloud the best bet for me?

By Brad Tornberg Everyone today feels the cloud is the way to go. It’s the greatest love of the technologists and developers. No systems overhead, no IT issues, no problems! Picture the blue water and the little island paradise with just a row boat on it. It’s as real as that – but not really. Sure you have no on site network or hardware to deal with but you also give up a little bit and even a little more if you are a manufacturer. First, ERP is an application that requires expertise in terms of support and in terms
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Manufacturing ERP Software Perspective

I was encouraged the other day when I read the NY times report on how Manufacturing is growing again in the US. Certain products and industries we still continue to dominate and our capital and technology leadership still favor production in the United States. What restricts manufacturing from dominating is in the application software space. With all of the push today towards sexier technology use- social media, internet, etc. there still remains somewhat of a technological lag in terms of Flexibility and ease of use of Core Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) software systems. The problem isn’t the way calculations are
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Vendor Management and ERP Upgrades – Don’t learn the hard way.

It amazes me that after 30 years in the technology industry the weakest link on my chain when it comes to project management is still managing the vendor. It makes sense that this is an area of major concern and risk for many projects and worthy of a discussion and some feedback from my readers. Vendor Risk is tough to mitigate. You can check vendors references, you can delay payment (progress payments) to the vendor based upon performance, you can add guarantees until the cows come home but what I have found is Vendors are like contracts; they only apply
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Social CRM – The True Picture of What Your Customer Thinks

Customer Relationship management Solutions tend to track  transactional related information from your customers. It tells you what they  purchased, what their interests are, what buying patterns they may have and a  variety of other metrics that help you anticipate what and when the customer is  interested in when it comes to your company and products. Social media allows you to integrate what the customers are  saying as well as look at the transactional data to get a better picture of the  customer (and prospect) overall. It means gathering all of the social data from  all the social sites and then
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