ERP, Management and Related Software

ERP Makes Documentation Fast, Paperless

Touchscreen interfaces and digitized part and job data are the latest examples of an aerospace manufacturer taking advantage of its shop management software.

 

CNC Machine Shop Reaps Benefits of Hiring an IT Person

A database guru combined off-the-shelf technology with an elaborate proprietary shop management software to drive efficiency throughout all areas of a machine shop.

Facilitating Remote Work, Social Distancing with ERP Systems

As long as shops take steps to prepare, they can use their ERP systems to enable many employees to work from home and increase social distance for those who need to be in the shop during the coronavirus pandemic.

Video: The Impact of Artificial Intelligence (AI) on Manufacturing and Machining

The machine tool monitoring that many CNC machining facilities are doing today could be a first step toward their use of machine learning. In this conversation, MMS’s “Data Matters” columnist Matt Danford speculates on the coming role of AI for refining machining processes.  

CNC Machine Shop Captures Its Conversations

This shop found a way to make job quoting a better, faster process. The next step was improving shop communication.

Small Shop Achieves Logistical Autonomy with MES

A small laser shop depended on its parent company for invoicing while the shop manager had to juggle both orders and manufacturing. Workplan helped the shop become autonomous. 

The Manifold Benefits of Standardization

By locking in on manifolds, investing in one HMC model and developing custom software used on iPads in every department, this shop has set itself up for continuous improvement and its new employees up for success.

ERP Software Gives Shop Control Over Scheduling

After relying on time cards for labor tracking and dealing with hot stickers on almost every job, Watson Grinding switched to Global Shop Solutions’ ERP software for automated tracking and intuitive scheduling. 

Tackling the Aerospace Supplier’s Dilemma: Scalability

Automation and robotics can go a long way toward increasing capacity and growing a business dedicated to aerospace manufacturing. But Trinity Precision has learned that refining the indirect and unseen aspects of its operations can be just as valuable.

Workflow as a Competitive Advantage

As the cost of machine tools drops and the Baby Boomer generation enters retirement, the nature of competition between machine shops is trending toward data democratization and shop management software.

Your Competitors Can Do What You Do

With the barrier to entry for machine shops so low, competitive advantage is not necessarily tied to the ability to machine parts. Increasingly, it is a shop’s ability to document and streamline digital processes that sets it apart from competition.

Manufacturing Scheduling System Keeps Shopfloor Priorities Straight

Focusing on the now rather than adhering to a plan improves throughput, allows for variation and lays a strong foundation for predictive analysis.  

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