The thought of replacing an existing manufacturing software system is inarguably daunting when you start adding up the steps it would take to make a change without disruption. Here are the modern technologies that made the journey to a modern ERP worthwhile.
Big Data and Analytics
Unlike on-premises software, cloud computing enables manufacturers to focus on manufacturing rather than the tenuous systems supporting day-to-day operations. Big data and analytics provide deep insights with actionable information to manage complex supply chains and advanced processes. Cloud computing provides scalability for increased computing power when needed while staying cost-effective.
The Acumatica ERP application is built for the unique needs of manufacturers. Acumatica Manufacturing Edition includes:
Flexible reporting tools with dynamic inquiry capabilities
Roles-based dashboards to manage anything from payroll to production
On-board Microsoft Power BI connectivity so your managers and executives can gain new insights into every business area, from shop floor to top floor.
Quality Management Systems (QMS)
Quality is job one for any manufacturer. Taking control of your QMS by connecting data, systems, and processes with your ERP can help you:
- Bypass competitors
- Improve brand reputation
- Increase customer retention
You get useful insights into quality with Acumatica’s native manufacturing reports and built - inquiries. Acumatica seamlessly supports a variety of advanced QMS for quality testing, non-conformance, and other activities.
Enable swift response when machines are down, see which orders are over budget, and project the impacted customer orders with the help of MES. Timing is crucial for adjusting work center resources to increase capacity and drive throughput. It’s nearly impossible to do this in real-time unless you have automation collecting data in real-time from the shop floor.
Acumatica’s Manufacturing Data Collection (MDC) application provides light MES features to clock-in and off production orders with material transactions from mobile devices. In one example, Acumatica’s automated data collection updates inventory in real-time which eliminates confusion regarding what’s on hand or how many are inbound.
Discrete Manufacturing Software Collaboration Tools
Collaboration, internally and externally, is essential for reducing costs and delivering the best product possible. For example, if you’ve designed a new product you’ve never built before, collaboration with a supplier can help you modify your design based on suppliers’ components to save money.
Internal collaboration between departments can improve your profitability. An example is when Engineering collaborates with the Manufacturing team on a design. Ultimately, the products come together faster and with reduced cost.
To both maintain and grow your business, you need people-centric software for collaboration and visibility across the plant and supply chain. This will improve decision-making. Improve the design process with agility to adapt supply chain strategies for unforeseen disruptions.
Systems and devices in manufacturing are growing increasingly connected. Modern applications provide open APIs for connecting ERP and other applications with:
- Supervisory control and data acquisition (SCADA)
- Programmable logic controllers (PLC)
- Machine-to-machine (M2M) communication.
Acumatica offers Device Hub, Open APIs, and no-code / low-code integrations to simplify machine and device connections. Acumatica provides mobility to access every system process and data anytime, anywhere, on any device through secured connections and mobile apps.
An Acumatica Partner Can Guide You
Aqurus believes in a custom approach to migrating your ERP and implementing it into your business. By providing better and targeted communications and AI-driven technologies to manage new customer expectations, Acumatica’s applications can provide improved organization and efficiency to grow your business powerfully.
At Aqurus, we know how valuable Acumatica ERP software is for businesses – especially those in Distribution, eCommerce, and the retail industry. If you’re interested in how Acumatica’s Cloud ERP Software can boost your business, the Aqurus team is passionate about smooth implementation and ongoing support. Contact us today.