Process Improvement

AI In Action: Real-World Examples of How Manufacturers Use AI for Results

  Artificial intelligence projects range from large and complex projects that overhaul production with robotics to smaller projects that solve targeted challenges and deliver big results. Many of the smaller, more manageable, targeted AI solutions are the more successful ones. They are often pilot programs to test the waters, develop a base for further digital […]

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A Powerful Production Planner for Any ERP System (even Homegrown)

Production planners rely heavily on their previous experience when planning out how to move orders through the system without missing a beat: no bottlenecks, no inefficiencies, no stops, and starts. However, today’s supply chain disruptions, labor force issues, wild market demand fluctuations, inflation, and other new challenges brought on by Covid-19 have changed the game. […]

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How Much Does your Product’s Quality Cost?

by Don Lindsey In the processing of modern supply chains, your organization must pay particular attention to the cost of ensuring the quality of its products. Revenue will suffer if poor product quality damages your organization’s reputation. The Cost of Quality Cost of Quality (CoQ) is a robust way to quantify the total cost of […]

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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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Achieving Successful On-Time Delivery

  We’ve talked to QAD users who are struggling with on-time delivery, especially in these times. If you had less than stellar scheduling practices before the pandemic and resulting supply chain shortages, chances are your situation has only worsened. But even companies with outstanding production scheduling and inventory control are scrambling to keep up with […]

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Data Loaders Help Ransomware Attack Recovery

  The large-scale ransomware attack of primarily small businesses in July 2020 has made small and medium businesses (SMBs) aware of how debilitating such an attack can be. A recent report of the leading causes of ransomware attacks reports that phishing is the most common cause of ransom attacks. This chart from Statista shows the […]

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Practical Steps for Successful Upgrades

  Many companies who use QAD are preparing for or considering an upgrade to QAD 2020 Adaptive ERP version. We thought we would offer these steps that ensure a successful upgrade experience. Bring All Your Stakeholders on Board You’ll want to get feedback and buy-in from everyone affected by the upgrade, both internal and external. […]

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Data Loaders and the QAD 2020 Upgrade

  QAD announced their new Adaptive ERP 2020 update last year, saying this latest version “enhances our customers’ ability to boost business intelligence, innovation, and agility that effectively address the increasing pace of change companies face today.” Here are some of the highlights of the QAD Adaptive ERP 2020 update: Added tools that help to […]

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