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Factory of the Future for Manufacturers

October 03, 2018 / 0 Comments / in Manufacturing ERP Software, Dynamics 365 for Operations / by Nancy Phillippi

What is the factory of the future? When I think about the future for manufacturing companies I envision the basics and at a minimum, workers having mobile access to their work orders, instructions, and their time sheets. Ultimately having immediate access to quality tests and results, and deprecating inventory from the work order would be ideal. Integration to suppliers and distributors through EDI with a robust ERP with strong inventory forecasting or master planning module would be key. The next steps would be building a service department focused on the repair and maintenance, and preventative or predictive maintenance of the products produced. Adding a set of technology tools such as remote monitoring through Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) and AI to next to existing ERP would be ideal.

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Internal Maintenance, Repair and Overhaul - MRO

February 13, 2018 / 0 Comments / in Dynamics 365 Enterprise, Dynamics 365 for Operations, MRO (maintenance,repair, overhaul) Software, Manufacturing ERP Software / by Hope Enochs

Most, if not all, organizations have machinery or equipment that requires regular maintenance. In addition to timely preventative maintenance, repairs and even complete overhauls are sometimes necessary so an asset can produce its’ expected return on investment. An organization can have a tremendous investment in its’ machinery and equipment as well as be dependent on their being available and working at optimal performance. Managing this well is imperative to the success of an organization.

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Adding Custom Fields in Dynamics 365 Enterprise

February 01, 2018 / 0 Comments / in Dynamics 365 Enterprise, Dynamics 365 for Operations, Cloud ERP SaaS, Manufacturing ERP Software / by Nancy Phillippi

Dynamics 365 Enterprise is now even a better value for businesses with the recent new feature release, Custom Fields. This feature allows any user with security to add custom fields to form windows. I am amazed daily by the depth of Dynamics 365 Enterprise and the constant flow of new features in an already feature rich environment. Now with this latest feature there is very little this solution can not do. In fact we had an all day presentation recently and the prospect had spent the previous day on a SAP demonstration. We got immediate feedback that Dynamics 365 Enterprise was easier to navigate and more user friendly than SAP. Not only was the prospect impressed, but the consulting firm they hired to help them evaluate ERP solutions agreed. The consultant also stated that they were very impressed by the deep functionality of Dynamics 365 Enterprise.

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Gain More Engineering Manpower by Integrating CAD with ERP

January 05, 2017 / 0 Comments / in Manufacturing ERP Software / by Nancy Phillippi

Do your engineers find themselves so busy with projects coupled with doing BOM clerical work that your company needs to outsource engineering services?  If your manufacturing business is in constant BOM version hell, then join us for CADLink webinar, showing a seamless integration of CAD with Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP).  Invest an hour to get information on CADLink that integrates CAD with ERP.  This solution typically has a 6 month ROI as product design accelerates by around 25% because of the automation of BoMs from engineering to manufacturing to operations or ERP. 

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How To Get Started With Microsoft Business Intelligence

November 09, 2016 / 0 Comments / in Business Intelligence - BI, Microsoft Dynamics AX, Dynamics 365 for Operations, Manufacturing ERP Software / by Anita Smallwood

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Advice to Mfg. C-Levels Who Need Raw Material Traceability

August 04, 2016 / 0 Comments / in Microsoft Dynamics AX, ERP Software, Manufacturing ERP Software / by Anita Smallwood

Evidenced by five major stories about food contamination in the last month alone, there is no doubt that a need for raw material and finished good traceability during the manufacturing process exists.  The traceability needed should allow for easier product recalls and aid in quality controls.  

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Lean Manufacturing Movement

July 20, 2016 / 0 Comments / in ERP Software, Microsoft Dynamics AX, Manufacturing ERP Software / by Nancy Phillippi

If you’re a manufacturer in the MRO sector or job shop, you can cut down on wasted costs and create a lean manufacturing environment by adopting lean maufacturing tools and lean manufacturing principles.  Your company can begin this process by making small, but high level changes, that will make your company more productive. In this blog we will be discussing, the lean concept of Movement.

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7 Wastes & Steps to a Lean Manufacturing Environment

July 15, 2016 / 0 Comments / in Microsoft Dynamics AX, Manufacturing ERP Software / by Nancy Phillippi

If you’re a manufacturer, MRO, or job shop you can cut down on wasted costs and create a lean manufacturing environment by obtaining:

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Lean Away From The Biggest Waste That Is Costing Your Company $1000s

June 24, 2016 / 0 Comments / in ERP Software, Microsoft Dynamics AX, Manufacturing ERP Software / by Nancy Phillippi

One way to achieve your primary job function as a CFO of resolving problems and implementing changes to be more profitable involves implementing lean manufacturing. A lean six sigma certification is not required to become more lean in manufacturing. Your company can become more profitable by asking this question, “Does this activity add value or detract from the product?”

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What’s The Best System for Inventory Control: Excel? MRP? Kanban?

May 05, 2016 / 0 Comments / in ERP Software, Microsoft Dynamics AX, Manufacturing ERP Software / by Nancy Phillippi

About a decade ago, The Aberdeen Group studied the percentage of manufacturers using spreadsheets for demand planning vs. material requirement planning (MRP) or other automated tools. The overwhelming majority of manufacturer’s (71%) used spreadsheets because they found it easier than using the tools in their enterprise resource planning (ERP) or inventory control system.

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