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Jul. 25, 2016 - The advent of Cloud-based offerings for product lifecycle management (PLM) has reduced costs to the point where small manufacturers can afford to take advantage. Traditional PLM systems require a significant investment in IT infrastructure — making them complex and expensive — perhaps worthwhile for a large organization, but out of reach for most. With Cloud-based PLM tools, small manufacturers don’t have to buy, set up or maintain new computing infrastructure.
Jun. 14, 2016 - A legacy built from years of service, excellence and reliability is an asset to any company, but leveraging the long-standing relationships with partners and loyal customers built from that legacy can be the key to success in the manufacturing industry. However, when it comes to technology, an over-reliance on the past can be the quickest way to derail the future. Running a business on the stamina of an outdated, aging technology infrastructure is possible, but running a modern, successful business requires a modern IT strategy. 
Jun. 10, 2016 - When it comes to IT resources, manufacturing departments are frequently treated like little brothers — getting hand-me-downs of computers, monitors, etc., when engineering, sales and other departments upgrade. That’s shortsighted considering how real-time insights into manufacturing operations can give organizations the agility to make decisions that contribute to profitability, customer loyalty, and business growth.
Jun. 7, 2016 - Genius Solutions says the launch of its newest version of its enterprise resource planning (ERP) software solution — Genius Manufacturing ERP V8 — has been an international success, accounting for an 30-per-cent increase in sales of the solution in the North American market.
Jun. 6, 2016 - It is expected by software analysts that the global SaaS-based enterprise resource planning (ERP) software market has grown at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of better than 14 per cent in the last four years. Small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs) have been increasingly adopting Cloud-based ERP, a key factor being the reduction of their total cost of ownership due to a low initial investment and faster deployment. Cloud-based ERP software helps SMEs manage their business operations in an affordable pay-per-use model without having to invest in traditional on-premise software.
May 13, 2016 - Manufacturers in North America must balance a multitude of issues to stay profitable. Increased competition from overseas manufacturing with its access to cheap labour, the reduced availability of qualified workers in the manufacturing trades, and tightening employee and environmental regulatory requirements, are but a few of the key issues challenging the wits of manufacturing executives today. Equally important is the struggle to shift into a new era of production — from high-volume, low-mix work, to an increasing growth of low-volume, high-mix short-run projects coupled with just-in-time ordering — which has placed high demands on all aspects of manufacturing.
May 10, 2016 - Terumo Medical Corp. recently decided to market the medical device products it manufactures through its own sales teams rather than go through a distributor. After doing so, the company quickly realized it did not have the appropriate system or staffing in place to handle all of the incoming orders.
Mar. 17, 2016 - SYSPRO, a provider of enterprise resource planning (ERP) software solution for on-premise and cloud-based utilization, has launched a blog, which it says will provide content to Canadian manufacturers and distributors that will help them improve their business performance.
Feb. 17, 2016 - IQMS, an enterprise resource planning (ERP) software and manufacturing execution system (MES) company, has announced that automotive manufacturer Elio Motors has selected IQMS’ flagship product, EnterpriseIQ. Elio Motors, which is anticipating the rollout of its three-wheeled motor vehicle in Q4 2016, is implementing EnterpriseIQ to “provide a single system for managing the company’s processes and obtaining complete, accurate information to support decision-making.”
Feb. 4, 2016 - Reinhart Foods is a Canadian vinegar producer, supplying a wide assortment of vinegar products to manufacturers, industry and distribution partners for more than 60 years. More recent additions to the company’s successful product lineup include flaked coconut, pie fillings, and dried fruit. With three state-of-the-art facilities located in Ontario, Quebec and British Columbia, Reinhart Foods remains at the pinnacle of its industry through an unwavering commitment to quality, safety, efficiency, and customer service. Sage X3 is the business management tool Reinhart Foods selected to help it best manage and grow its success.
Jan. 15, 2016 - Memex has announced that Homeyer Precision Manufacturing has purchased MERLIN Enterprise Edition for a plant roll-out of Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) software in Marthasville, Mo. The sale includes 23 licenses of MERLIN for Overall Equipment Effectiveness (OEE) and Direct Numerical Control (DNC), plus nine MERLIN MTConnect hardware adapters for legacy CNC manufacturing machines.
Jan. 11, 2016 - Abatement Technologies is a worldwide designer and manufacturer of air abatement products that remove harmful particulates, bioaerosols and volatile organic compounds. Since its founding in 1985, more than 10,000 environmental abatement and HVAC contractors, commercial building owners, facility managers, and hospital infection control specialists have selected Abatement products to “clean the air” in millions of buildings.
Jan. 4, 2016 - Powering innovation in product development and manufacturing processes is critical today for any manufacturer, especially for the small- and medium-sized enterprise (SME) manufacturers that are competing against the larger, more established companies. Like Frost & Sullivan, we define SME manufacturers as those companies with revenues of $500 million or less.
Dec. 2, 2015 - To be viable, implementation of a new manufacturing ERP system must have a tangible return that exceeds the cost of the software, hardware and human resources required to implement the system. Although everyone performs a cost analysis for the software and hardware, that is where the exercise typically ends. Most companies never perform a cost benefits analysis at any other point during an implementation.
Nov. 18, 2015 - Large IT projects can present a seemingly endless array of complex and unexpected challenges, and that’s particularly true in the perplexing world of control tower projects.

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