Manufacturing Insights

An ERP blog from MAX

Posted on Dec 28, 2016 4:00:00 PM by Joy Budnik

2017 Discrete Manufacturing Industry Trends

Topics: ERP, Trends

With the close of 2016, we look back on a year that has brought tremendous growth to the manufacturing industry for companies large and small. As we move into the new year, let’s take a look at some of the discrete manufacturing trends you should consider when developing your business strategy for...
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Posted on Dec 21, 2016 3:00:00 PM by Joy Budnik

How to Tell It's Time to Invest in a Manufacturing ERP Solution

Topics: Implementation, ERP, Manufacturing

As your manufacturing business expands, you may begin to find that the same manual systems and processes that help you manage day-to-day operations start to bring about operational inefficiencies and frustrations. How do you know it’s time to ditch your manual system and begin thinking about...
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Posted on Dec 14, 2016 9:00:00 AM by Joy Budnik

Seven Ways to Manage Change During ERP Implementation

Topics: Implementation, ERP, Manufacturing, Change Management, Process

ERP systems are an integral part of business operations for manufacturers, especially as small companies scale up production. An ERP system touches every part of your business: helping you track and plan from the moment you receive an order to the moment product ships, through every design change,...
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Posted on Dec 2, 2016 8:00:00 AM by Julie Johnson

How to Optimize Manufacturing Systems & Processes

Topics: Manufacturing, Efficiency, Process, System

Having spent the last decade working as an IT professional who supports ERP and related systems for manufacturers, I've helped hundreds of companies achieve manufacturing success. I’ve noticed the most successful manufacturers are those who have the following three straightforward objectives: Cut...
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Posted on Nov 14, 2016 11:45:00 AM by MAX

How to Improve Supply Chain Visibility

Topics: ERP, Supply Chain, Manufacturing Operations, SCM

Simplify SCM by improving visibility across complex supply chains. One result of globalization has been an increase in supply chain complexity. Execution and responsiveness within complex global logistics systems requires the orchestration of the “three flows of commerce” (goods, information and...
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Posted on Oct 27, 2016 10:00:00 AM by MAX

The Complete Guide to ERP for Manufacturing

Topics: manufacturing erp, erp system, Manufacturing software, Enterprise Resource Planning

Everything a Manufacturing Professional Needs to Know about Enterprise Resource Planning  There are many benefits of ERP for the manufacturing industry, but sometimes it can feel overwhelming to research different software options, or to even understand where to start the process. We’ve...
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Posted on Oct 16, 2016 11:00:00 AM by Rick Elder

ERP Use Concepts to Manage Your Supply Chain

Topics: Keys to ERP

Three Philosophies You Need to Know While there are many different philosophies in operations management today, the most significant stem from one of three predominant schools of thought. Those three schools are: Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) Lean Manufacturing (LM) Theory of Constraints (TOC)...
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Posted on Aug 29, 2016 6:00:00 AM by MAX

Building a Business Case for ERP

Topics: ERP

How to justify cost and demonstrate the ROI of an ERP Initiative One of the most difficult (and most important) steps involved in an ERP initiative is building a business case. It’s not easy to convince the people with the authority to write the checks that they should invest in a new system,...
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Posted on Aug 25, 2016 7:30:00 AM by Rick Elder

Know Your Manufacturing Environment

Topics: Keys to ERP

How to Define Success in Your Manufacturing Environment   Declaring the manufacturing environment for each product family sets the strategy for that family. It also identifies the proper set of tactics that must be paid attention to if you are to succeed. There are four primary manufacturing...
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Posted on Aug 18, 2016 3:07:49 PM by MAX

How to Select the Right ERP Software

Topics: ERP

Tips for getting ERP right the first time - or how to fix it if you think you got it wrong.   You already know that manufacturers can benefit significantly from using ERP software. However, not all ERP solutions were created equally and an ERP solution that’s a perfect match for one manufacturing...
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