Systems & Software

ERP, Management and Related Software
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ERP stands for “Enterprise Resource Planning.” Some of the functions associated with ERP and related management software include: Costing or estimating the time and cost of production, scheduling a job for production, and in-process job tracking, or logging each step in a part’s progress through the shop, so a part’s current status can be immediately known. ERP systems also provide a historical view of resources required on prior jobs which can be very helpful in planning new work. 

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Understanding MTConnect Agents and Adapters


MTConnect agents and their corresponding device adapters are simply small computer programs that work together so that MTConnect can make shop equipment and networks more readily connectible. In a nutshell, adapters enable existing shopfloor devices “to speak MTConnect,” and agents enable MTConnect messages and data files to be transmitted across a network to MTConnect-compatible applications.

The Need to Know Is Basic


An MTConnect-enabled monitoring system gives this shop a clear and simple picture of machine tool usage.

Automated Production on HMCs Requires Automated Gaging


An innovative approach to automated gaging helps deal with a fundamental challenge inherent to a flexible, multi-machine environment: Many machines with many operations multiply the chances for error.

iPads Keep Shopfloor Supervisors on the Shop Floor


Watch this video to hear how Hadronics Inc. came up with the idea of using Pocketview and the E2 software on iPads.



CheckMate Job Tracking Software Eliminates Bottlenecks

By: Lori Beckman
When a customer calls, personnel will be able to give them an update from up-to-the-minute information. Managers will be able to identify if a job has been at a department or task too long, avoiding bottlenecks and facilitating smooth production.

Gilman on Google Maps

How to Use Google Street View to Market Your Shop

By: Emily Probst
Gilman Precision took an unusual approach to showcasing its capabilities.

Price Dynamics dial

Online Benchmarking Site Helps Shops Price Metals More Effectively

By: Mark Albert
Price Dynamics is designed to overcome pricing uncertainties when it comes to buying raw materials.

rescheduling jobs

Touchscreen Scheduling Eases Burden of Change Orders

By: Emily Probst
Littlestar Plastics had to change its magnetic scheduling boards multiple times per day, so it switched to Henning's Touch Scheduling Board for flexible, instantaneous scheduling.

Henning Touch Scheduling Board

Scheduling with Digital Job Cards Replaces Magnetic Boards

By: Katie Cattell
Henning Industrial Software demonstrates an add-on to its Visual EstiTrack ERP, the Touch Scheduling Board application.


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