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Comau Earns Volvo Quality Award

Tuesday, March 22, 2016
Comau, Turin, Italy, a provider of automatic manufacturing systems and robotics as well as integration services, has been awarded the Volvo Quality Excellence Award by Volvo Car Corp. for an industrial project undertaken five years ago that is still in full development.
The project related to development of production facilities for the Volvo XC90, S90 and V90 vehicles, in which Comau used its geometric transportation system, the VersaPallet. The system is the centerpiece of a framing station where 10 robots simultaneously assembly the bodies of the three different models.
To successfully complete the project, Comau employed virtual engineering and virtual commissioning, which facilitates a significant reduction in design time as well as in project-deployment risks.
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Egbert Taylor Group Deploys Cloud ERP from Infor

Friday, March 18, 2016
UK-based Egbert Taylor Group, a manufacturer of four-wheeled metal bins, has successfully deployed a cloud-based ERP application, CloudSuite Industrial from Infor. The software is expected to help improve decision-making, drive growth and boost customer service by improving the sales-order process and enhancing visibility into the availability of new products, stock and production capacity, according to company officials.
As a configure-to-order business offering more than 1.5-million combinations of bin sizes, colors, lids and end-customer logos, the Egbert Taylor Group will use Infor CloudSuite Industrial to track stock levels and provide accurate delivery schedules, and use Infor Configure Price Quote to manage the guided selling process for configured items.
The company selected the software for two reasons. First, it enabled a tightly integrated business process between customer sales ordering and procurement – of critical importance to the Egbert Taylor Group’s customer-service improvement objectives. Second, the completeness of functionality for build-to-order businesses in the application suite means minimal customizations, as the Egbert Taylor Group replaces legacy ERP software, which company officials say was restricting growth. Over the course of 15 years, the legacy system had become extensively customized with many undocumented modifications. This began to restrict new-product development and time to market, inhibiting the ability of the Egbert Taylor Group to respond quickly to changes requested by new and existing customers.
The company chose to deploy via the cloud to capitalize on the lower upfront costs, help reduce risk, support business continuity and ensure that the business always has access to the latest version of CloudSuite Industrial. The cloud infrastructure also enables the company to roll out the software to its field sales team with minimal disruption.
“Our legacy systems were reaching the end, and as such we required an effective system that enables us to have greater visibility of the business and its processes,” says Andrew Davies, Egbert Taylor Group finance director. “Our objectives included improving working capital management through streamlined production processes as well as integrating our quoting process into a single cloud-based solution.”
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JMP Engineering Earns Enhanced Partner Status with Rockwell

Wednesday, March 16, 2016
JMP Engineering Inc., London, Ontario, Canada, announced an enhanced partnership with Rockwell Automation, from a Recognized System Integrator to a Solution Partner. JMP is an engineering-services company providing turnkey solutions in controls, information and smart robotic applications for manufacturers. The enhanced relationship with Rockwell Automation, coupled with being CSIA (Control System Integrators Association)-certified and RIA (Robotic Industries Association)-certified, sets JMP apart as being the only company in the world with these three unique and complementary classifications, claim company officials.
The new partnership status “enables our engineers to better guide customers in areas of hardware migration, technology roadmaps, product knowledge, IIOT (Industrial Internet of Things) solutions for the connected enterprise, and more,” says Steve Szamocki, JMP vice president of sales and marketing.
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