For better or worse, the pandemic is changing how companies do business. Some metal formers will embrace change, coming out of this with improved processes and standards, a leaner workforce and better communications. Unfortunately for others, surviving this period will be a challenge. Given the impact and automation-related benefits being driven through technology, it’s critical to investigate ways in which metal formers can leverage business-operations solutions. Manufacturers that first leverage enterprise resource planning (ERP) and material requirements planning (MRP) software are more successful with industrial internet of things (IIoT) initiatives.
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So you’ve just bought an ERP system and are ready to start planning the implementation. It should be a simple matter of transferring all of the data from the old system to the new ERP, right?
Not so fast. Implementing ERP is not simple. This complex process
requires a great deal of planning, teamwork, communication and
collaboration. More importantly, begin planning long before the purchase
of an ERP system to achieve the best results. Otherwise, the only thing
to show from all of the sweat, blood and tears is an attempt to
implement an ERP system that does not meet the needs.
Hidaka USA upped its front-office game in 2008, around the same time that management set its course to diversify away from automotive, by implementing an ERP system, Aim Vision, from Aim Computer Solutions. In the front office, the system helped to automate processes for accounting, invoicing and shipping. However, inventory tracking and visibility, as well as tracking work-in-process through the manufacturing plant, remained a sore spot. That’s when the company decided to invest in the Aim Mobility physical-inventory app, to integrate with Aim Vision. Aim Mobility is a collection of apps that run on Android-based tablets, and use Wi-Fi and Bluetooth technology to communicate with and collect data from barcode scanners located on the plant floor. The consistent flow of data produces cycle and physical inventory counts in real time.
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the use of an ERP system from Epicor Software Corp., Anchor
Fabrication, even through recent expansions, has been able to employ a
frictionless inventory and order-management protocol while taking on a
higher volume of daily transactions. The result: a 200-percent increase
in productivity and a reduction in order-planning costs to the tune of
$100,000 annually, according to Anchor Fabrication and Epicor officials.
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sensors and controls all help provide the ability to capture, store and
analyze machine and process data. Those tasked with implementing such
technology must determine how to employ the array of new capabilities
offered in data gathering and analysis.
Suppliers are busy developing and releasing products to best-position
metal formers and fabricators in the brave new world of Industry 4.0 and
IoT. Read on to learn more about some of the latest technology
Five Tips for a Successful Digital Transformation With evolving and complex supply-chain needs, and rising pressures on price, quality and delivery lead times, the transition to an Industry 4.0 environment surely is accelerating. Five tips for transitioning to Industry 4.0 include this nugget: ROI First and Always―Start with the Business Case. The success of a digital transformation must be tied directly to the business profit and loss, and measured through improvements in uptime and asset utilization, reduction in scrap and rework, and overall improvement in labor productivity (throughput)—all translating to hard-dollar savings for the business.
Supply-Chain Snags―The pandemic has revealed just how fragile the links can be between metal formers and fabricators, and their suppliers and customers. What have the challenges been, and what solutions—reshoring and others—are available?