Filling the gaps between your systems

Topics: Lean Manufacturing, ERP, Software, Manufacturing, Job Shop

Posted on Feb 21, 2017 2:07:13 PM by Kaila Berg

Storing your valuable data in different places and formats hardly makes life easier for busy manufacturers of fabricated metal products. Excel is frequently used to fill in the gaps between these disparate, disconnected software and systems. But that’s obviously far from ideal and comes with its own set of challenges for calculators.

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Is Excel up to the job for machinery manufacturers?

Topics: ERP, Software, Manufacturing, Job Shop

Posted on Feb 13, 2017 9:28:29 AM by Kaila Berg

Technology is transforming the way we work. Innovative software and advanced systems are making manufacturing more integrated, more efficient and more profitable. And they’re consigning the old ways of doing things, like Excel, to the recycle bin. Well, that’s the theory at least.

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Last orders for the mighty Excel?

Topics: ERP Software Integration, Software, Manufacturing, Job Shop

Posted on Feb 6, 2017 9:36:53 AM by Kaila Berg

Software systems are becoming more powerful, integrated and intuitive. Even so, most manufacturers of metal products continue to use Excel for the day-to-day accounting. But why stick with software that’s getting left behind in the age of connectivity?

Order costing and profitability

Take the visibility of processes on the shop floor, for example. If they aren’t directly connected to the rest of your operation, from orders and planning to quantities and status, the current status of any given shop order is anybody’s guess. But how much insight does Excel provide?

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Why manufacturers should make the switch

Topics: Lean Manufacturing, ERP, Software, Manufacturing, Job Shop

Posted on Jan 30, 2017 10:24:00 AM by Kaila Berg

Excel, manual processes and other ERP solutions have been around the block. And sure, they might do a few things pretty well. Yet for today’s busy manufacturer, the virtually ubiquitous solutions are far from ideal for running a business. So why stick with it? 

Excuse 1: “We’ve always used Excel.”

It’s easy to stick with what you know. Sure, you’ve always done things in a certain way and if it ain’t broke why fix it, right? But while Excel may not be broken, it is starting to show its limitations – of which there’s hardly a shortage.

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