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Artificial Intelligence in Manufacturing

  Artificial intelligence (AI) has the power to transform manufacturing. It is still early in its implementation and particularly in scaled deployment. Still, more and more manufacturers are discovering that they can plan, manage, and improve processes and productivity throughout their enterprise by leveraging artificial intelligence. A recent MIT survey revealed that 62% of manufacturers […]

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Make-To-Order: The Future of Supply Chain

  Many organizations find that their customers want more than just off-the-shelf products. Customers are asking for the ability to order products that are customized for their needs. This customer demand coupled with supply chain disruptions and a need to drive down costs has prompted many manufacturers to consider a make-to-order (MTO) production strategy. The MTO […]

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Are You Ready for a Recall?

  Thousands of products are recalled every year, and they impact every industry. They are a fact of life that manufacturing companies continually face. The chance that a recall will hit your company is high. How do you reduce your risk? Continual process improvement is a significant way a company can reduce its recall risk. […]

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Data Loaders not affected by Log4j Vulnerabilities

  A flaw in the Apache Log4j, a Java library for error messages logging in many applications, has a severity score of 10 out of 10. It is the highest-profile vulnerability on the internet right now. Any device running Apache Log4J, versions 2.0 to 2.14.1., is at risk if exposed to the internet. NCSC notes […]

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New Data Loader for QAD: DRP Workbench

Expected Release Date: February 2022 If your company has multiple distribution centers and is using or planning to use QAD Distribution Requirements Planning (DRP), you’ll be happy to know we’re currently developing the DRP Workbench Data Loader (12.17.21). Our DRP Workbench helps you manage distribution orders to multiple manufacturing facilities more efficiently, enabling you to […]

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Error: Invalid character in numeric input C. (76)

What does this message mean? QAD users will get this message when a process, such as a CIM process or Data Loaders, feeds data to a QAD maintenance program that has a field value that is contrary to what QAD expects. As an example, the data to load to a specific field may contain character […]

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Turn Supply Chain Shortages into Strengths

  Due to a number of circumstances, the weaknesses and fragility of our supply chain have been exposed in 2020, and American automakers have certainly borne the impact. Notably, the semiconductor chip shortage has the auto industry spinning. Vanessa Miller, a partner with Foley & Lardner in Detroit, explains the shortage to MH&L’s chief editor […]

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WECUG Presentation: Achieving Successful Sales & Operation Planning

It was great to connect in-person at the QAD West Coast User Group Fall 2021 Conference. Thanks to all who stopped by our booth and attended Don Lindsey’s presentation, Achieving Successful Sales & Operation Planning (see below for a video of the presentation). Don also attended the QAD Reconnect event at the conference and can be […]

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Using QAD Tools to Manage Recalls

Recalls are one of the most feared occurrences in modern-day manufacturing. Should it happen to your company, your ability to adequately respond to a recall is critical to the continued existence of your business. Your understanding of where and how your data is accumulated in QAD will be critical to the successful mitigation of any […]

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Make-To-Order: The Future of Supply Chain

Digital transformation requires us to reexamine old models and to become more nimble in our response to our customers. Customization will play a larger and larger part in our supply chains as customers will demand products designed or specified to their own desired, distinct definitions. From Configured Products to customized lot/serial numbering processes to a […]

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