Systems & Software

ERP, Management and Related Software
thumb_ERP-and-management-software.jpg ERP and Management Software refers to the various software tools that do not control any specific piece of equipment in the machine shop, but instead ensure that all of a shop’s resources are deployed in an efficient and profitable way. ERP stands for “Enterprise Resource Planning.” Some of the functions associated with ERP and management software include: ■ Costing or estimating, which means accurately predicting how much it will cost a shop to produce a particular part. ■ Scheduling, which has to do with assigning the various operations of various jobs to the shop’s various machine tools in an order that makes the most sense in terms of urgency, setup and machine availability. ■ Tracking, or logging each step in a part’s progress through the shop, so a part’s current status can be immediately known. ■ History, meaning the histories of particular parts in terms of personnel or machines, or the histories of particular machines in terms of outputs and in-cycle times, can be analyzed in search of trends. ■ Maintenance, or scheduling, tracking and alerting personnel to the routine maintenance needs of the various pieces of equipment in the shop.

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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.



More Than 1,000 Free Apps for ERP Offered

By: Edited by Jedd Cole
Global Shop Solutions offers more than 1,000 free, downloadable, custom applications for use with its ERP software products.

Line of Enterprise Management Software Available

By: Edited by Jedd Cole
MIE Solutions offers a variety of enterprise and cloud-based software products for integration of business data, enabling organizations to make informed decisions for streamlining their business processes and maximizing efficiency.

B&R Industrial T, C series

Terminal, Controller Use Touchscreens

By: Edited by Jedd Cole
B&R has added two series to its Power Panel family of human-machine interfaces: T-series terminals and C-series controllers, both featuring touchscreens.

Exact Online JobBoss

Cloud Solution Features 24/7 Access for Increased On-Time Delivery

By: Edited by Jedd Cole
Exact will introduce Exact Online JobBoss, a multi-tenant cloud solution designed to improve visibility and user control of manufacturing processes, job costs and profitability.

Dollars and Sense

By: Russ Willcutt
Not every streamlining project requires huge modifications to your production line. Sometimes taking a close look at how basic tasks are currently being performed can lead to simple, cost-effective improvements.


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