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Whether your company wants to grow by optimizing your current business model or transforming to introduce new revenue sources, you’re likely exploring a variety of digital tools designed to enhance and expand the organization. Leaders rely on CIOs and IT directors to recommend digital strategies and outline the benefits and challenges they can expect from new digital tools. For many businesses, the first step toward growth is deciding how ambitious their digital strategy should be in order to compete and succeed in today’s manufacturing market.
Technology leaders can help drive the company’s digital ambition by:
• Considering whether the business can support full digital transformation or more moderate optimization
• Observing digital trends across the industry and adjacent industries
• Evaluating your competitive position as it relates to your digital strategies
Learn more about how your company can determine its digital business ambition by downloading this research report from Gart
Manufacturers—like those in the retail and communications industries—are seeing modern technology and increased customer expectations drive new business models across the industry.
Industry 4.0 is a common name for the strategy that allows companies to automate and digitize the manufacturing process, as well as keep pace with the demands of today’s customers.
By downloading this Epicor-sponsored content, you’ll learn more about Industry 4.0 and how to apply it to your manufacturing business, including:
• How to deliver on the promise of Industry 4.0
• How to prepare your organization for Industry 4.0
Download the content now, and discover how your manufacturing business can keep pace with today’s trends.
If you’re a manufacturer and have questions about deploying your enterprise resource planning (ERP) system in the cloud, here’s your answer—it’s time to move.
Cloud ERP solutions provide a number of benefits for manufacturers, and those who make the switch are seeing how simple, economic, and reliable this type of deployment can be. In this eBook, you’ll discover the top 10 reasons why Epicor customers are choosing to deploy their ERP in the cloud rather than on premises, including:
• Economic benefits
• Better use of IT resources
• Greater security
• Easier updates
• Improved mobility and collaboration
• Faster time to value
Download the eBook to learn more about how cloud ERP from Epicor can help your manufacturing business.
Global organizations such as Nestle?, Shell and others retain their leadership by solving their toughest challenges with advanced optimization. Manufacturers are seeking ways to apply advanced analytics and optimization through the entire planning and production lifecycle. This can help you achieve:
Improved profitability, reliability and revenue by 10% or more
Deploy a new planning solution in as little as 3 months
Compute ready-to-implement plans for complex tasks within minutes
Reduce your dependence on IT and rapidly evolve solutions
Leverage industry-leading analytics and optimization and innovative modeling methodologies
Monetise your existing analytic, ERP and other solutions, accelerate growth and reduce costs
Learn How Three Manufacturers Are Using Optimization to Revolutionize Manufacturing
Today’s biotechnology and military companies have high expectations for software performance of electromechanical devices. However, attempting to satisfy all customer demands and features at the outset can lead to costly challenges and inefficiencies down the road. This white paper explains five benefits of taking a phased approach to the development, as well as what to look for when vetting potential contract manufacturing partners.
Hyper-complex production meets cognitive computing. Electronics manufacturing is surrounded by continuous complexity. Executives face rising resource costs in traditionally low-cost production markets. They must address increasing customization, shorter lead times, frequently changing requirements and shrinking order sizes – all while managing a sophisticated supply network. They need to examine automation potential and maintain critical institutional knowledge. Thinner margins and increased competition threaten consistent quality, risk greater downtime and reduce desired flexibility. Investments in new equipment and automation systems are increasing the amount of data available from the shop floor, but most is not used to its full potential. Now, cognitive manufacturing is transforming production to address such complexity.
The most recent decade has seen rapid advances in connectivity, mobility, analytics, scalability, and data, spawning what has been called the fourth industrial revolution, or Industry 4.0. This fourth industrial revolution has digitalized operations and resulted in transformations in manufacturing efficiency, supply chain performance, product innovation, and in some cases enabled entirely new business models.
This transformation should be top of mind for quality leaders, as quality improvement and monitoring are among the top use cases for Industry 4.0. Quality 4.0 is closely aligning quality management with Industry 4.0 to enable enterprise efficiencies, performance, innovation and business models. However, much of the market isn’t focusing on Quality 4.0, since many quality teams are still trying to solve yesterday’s problems: inefficiency caused by fragmented systems, manual metrics calculations, quality teams independently performing quality work with minimal cross-functional own
Every day, employees in various companies from oil & gas, manufacturing or chemical industries perform extremely dangerous jobs, including building construction, commercial diving, and hazardous chemical monitoring. Yet, in 2014, companies with such working environments were voted among America’s Safest Companies by EHS Today.
The technology market is giving significant attention to Big Data and analytics as a way to provide insight for decision making support; but how far along is the adoption of these technologies across manufacturing organizations? During a February 2013 survey of over 100 manufacturers we examined behaviors of organizations that measure effective decision making as part of their enterprise performance management efforts. This Analyst Insight paper reveals the results of this survey.
IoT has proven its value in the private sector. Ever since the 1980’s, US manufacturing has undergone a dramatic transition based on IoT. Machines that where once manually calibrated and maintained began to be controlled by specialized computers. These computers were able to quickly recalibrate tools which allowed manufactures to produce smaller batches of parts, but were also often locked into proprietary computing languages and architectures.
IoT describes a system where items in the physical world, and sensors within or attached to these items, are connected to the Internet via wireless and wired Internet connections. These sensors can use various types of local area connections such as RFID, NFC, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, and Zigbee. Sensors can also have wide area connectivity such as GSM, GPRS, 3G, and LTE.
Industrial enterprises around the world are retooling their factories with advanced technologies to boost manufacturing flexibility and speed, achieving new levels of overall equipment effectiveness (OEE), supply chain responsiveness, and customer satisfaction in the process. This renaissance reflects very real pressures industry players face today. For years, traditional factories have been operating at a disadvantage, impeded by production environments that are “disconnected”—at the very least strictly gated—to corporate business systems, to supply chains, and to customers and partners.
Many manufacturers are pursuing the immense business benefits available from digitizing and connecting their factories. Major gains in overall equipment effectiveness (OEE), reduced downtime, and manufacturing flexibility can be achieved with a factory that is digitized and connected. By providing visibility to machines and processes, manufacturers can anticipate issues that create unplanned downtime. By putting in place a secure, converged and wireless-ready network, manufacturers can have a platform that enables the agility to quickly start up new machines, cells, and lines, and rapidly deliver new products.
The Internet of Things can bring big benefits. But what exactly is IoT, and how are different industries taking advantage of it? This TDWI e-book explores in detail what IoT and the Industrial IoT (IIoT) do for retailers, the automotive industry, state and local governments working with utilities firms, and the manufacturing industry. Common themes include connectedness, data-driven insights, predictive capabilities and transformation.
Selecting the right enterprise resource planning (ERP) software often poses a challenge for many businesses in the manufacturing industry. With so many options out there, it’s difficult to break down each potential application and choose the one that’s the best fit for your business.
This Gartner report explains how ERP selection teams can come to a consensus and establish an understanding of all options by jointly populating and prioritizing a hierarchical, weighted ERP evaluation model.
A structured evaluation model helps put all the cards on the table by explaining and justifying to internal stakeholders, external auditors, and vendors how and why an ERP software decision was made.
Read the Gartner report and establish your own ERP evaluation model to see if the Epicor ERP solution is the right fit for your manufacturing business.
As the world around us becomes increasingly digital, manufacturers must follow suit. Digital transformation presents significant opportunities to achieve growth by addressing key operational issues and aligning products and services to the demands of today’s market.
Growth looks different for every company, and with the vast array of digital technologies available, it can be hard to know where to start. Which technologies offer the greatest opportunity for your company to grow? How can you successfully embrace the digital revolution?
Epicor has a history of helping manufacturers achieve growth by utilizing cutting-edge technology. By downloading these digital transformation assets, you will:
• Understand what growth might look like for your business
• Assess the capabilities needed to support your digital transformation journey
• Explore best practices to implement your digital transformation strategy
• Learn how to capitalize on growth opportunities with speed and conviction
Discover how the supply chain is undergoing tremendous change; once a complicated, siloed bundle of functions ranging from manufacturing to production and delivery, the supply chain is now extended to reflect the importance of networks to the modern business. Learn how these networks connect businesses to customers.