Business is increasingly complex and running a modern manufacturing business can seem like a juggling act. Every business leader is striving to keep everyone on track, sharing the same vision and striving for the same goals. Yet when dealing…
Visibility of data is now integral to a successful manufacturing business. Retaining control of day to day management requires insight into every nook and cranny. Only when business leaders can view, access and interpret what is happening from…
Those in manufacturing and engineering are resetting the boundaries of what is possible as new techniques and materials are being developed with which to manufacture. So as we enter the fourth industrial revolution, and these methods become more and more prevalent, so too do the conversations about them.
There’s nothing to get excited about. There are no bells and whistles, you can’t eat it, it doesn’t fly, and even if it is beautifully designed and made; it is destined to play second fiddle to the product it is packaging. Unfortunately, that’s just the nature of the packaging – it’s a throw-away. So how do manufacturers of packaging make the throw-away profitable?
Plastic is still the most used material in the world but a different revolution is on the horizon. A revolution affecting all sectors of manufacturing, not just plastics. A revolution that you can’t possibly fail to have heard of. Yet like so many, may not fully understand how it will affect their industry.
There is now a way for manufacturers to overcome these hurdles and become more efficient and competitive. SYSPRO’s new MOM solution provides a real-time link between the shop floor, the core ERP system and a business’ management. By improving visibility of the shop floor through employee and machine tracking, MOM equips customers with invaluable information so they can plan more accurately, reduce lead times and loss and maximise the ‘up time’ of machines.
Not all waste is physical and according to lean manufacturing theory, there are seven types of it. Any action that the customer wouldn’t be willing to pay for is “muda” or waste to the proponents of lean manufacturing, so keeping these actions to a minimum forms the basis of lean. Although initially designed for “just in case” rather than “just in time”, manufacturing management software such as ERP can be an effective way of reducing waste in these seven areas.
Implementing ERP is never going to be a walk in the park, even the smoothest of implementations aren’t without some turbulence. Supply chains are increasingly complex, refined and subsequently, fragile, so to prise an ERP implementation into a business without disruption is short of a miracle. But that’s not an excuse for failure. There are several reasons why an implementation may not go to plan, many of them intertwined, here’s our take on what they are and how to keep stress to the minimum.
ERP systems can be complicated. Let’s not pretend otherwise. But just as we don’t need to know the inner workings of the internal combustion engine to be capable of driving a car, we also don’t need to know the complexities of SQL or C# coding to use ERP. Although the additional knowledge certainly won't go a miss, what really matters is that it works and that you can use it well!