Business-Operations Solutions for Metal Formers in the New Norm

July 22, 2020

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Technology Focus: ERP
MetalForming brings you the July installment of our monthly Technology Focus newsletters as we highlight Enterprise Resource Planning.

Next Month: Tool Steels

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Business-Operations Solutions for Metal Formers in the New Norm
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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ATI Robotic/Automatic Tool Changers
ATI Industrial Automation Tool Changers allow for quick and easy changing of press tooling and transfer equipment. ATI offers a wide selection of Tool Changer models to cover a variety of applications. Key features include: Excellent repeatability, high rigidity, and a lightweight and compact design.

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Mastering ERP Implementation for Long-Term Success
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.

Get Visibility into the Plant with Manufacturing Productivity and Analytics
See how one manufacturer increased OEE by 30% in less than 3 months. With SensrTrx, you can stop problems as they happen, see where you stand against the schedule in real-time, know exactly how the floor is running, and eliminate manual reporting all in one simple manufacturing analytics solution.

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Hidaka USA Adds Physical-Inventory App
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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Get the Control You Need to Improve Press Production Systems
Link Systems engineers controls that increase the performance of every machine in a unique, integrated stamping press configuration. Intelligent press and automation controls give manufacturers a real-time window into their press production systems. These controls are increasingly important with automation, robotics, IOT connectivity, and shop floor data collection. Read the whitepaper on how intelligent press and automation controls can increase production, extend product life, reduce stress in operations, and provide room to grow.
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ERP Consolidates Order Management, Slashes Ops Costs for Texas Fabricator
Through 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.

Heyco Metals
Since 1969, Heyco Metals has rolled out high-precision, light-gauge coil and strip. Now celebrating its 50th anniversary, the company excels in copper, copper alloys and stainless steel as it continues a proven commitment to pristine surface quality, short lead times, exact specifications and unparalleled value for customers.

Hot Off the Press
Report Maps Future Trends in Tribology and Lubricants

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The PMA Educational Foundation 50/50 Raffle is Back!
No more than 200 tickets at $100 each will be sold, meaning you have a chance to win up to $10,000. Tickets are on sale now and will be sold through November 18. Buy your tickets online. For details, contact Nichol Lopriore, 216/901-8800 ext. 103.

July 2020 issue
July 2020
Data-Driven Manufacturing Improvements by the Day
Software, 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 offerings.

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.

Upcoming Issues
  • Servo-Press Technology
  • 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?
  • Tool Steels
  • Five-Axis Laser Cutting
  • Folding/Bending Technology
  • Arc Welding
  • Safety Update
  • Hydraulic Presses
  • Press Feeds
  • Lubrication
  • Cutting
  • Resistance Welding
  • Post-Processing
  • Additive Manufacturing
Industry-Related Terms: Alloys, Case, Download, LASER, Nugget, Run, Scrap, Stainless Steel, Surface, Transfer, Post-processing
View Glossary of Metalforming Terms



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