Demand-driven: IQMS forms automation group to advance Lean manufacturing
IQMS recently launched an Automation Group to expand the interface capabilities of its EnterpriseIQ ERP system with manufacturing equipment on the shop floor. The goal is to work with existing IQMS customers to create greater efficiency and automation between shop-floor hardware and ERP software, resulting in leaner manufacturing operations.
“As the economy continues to require higher levels of efficiency from every manufacturing sector, the link between the shop floor and the enterprise software is crucial. Many ERP solutions, however, ignore existing shop-floor capabilities,” says Randy Flamm, president and founder of IQMS.
“IQMS led the innovation between ERP software and shop-floor equipment with solutions like our wireless Real-Time Machine Monitoring, which automatically delivers critical production data to the ERP system," Flamm continues. "Having real-time shop-floor data from various pieces of equipment that works in tandem with the ERP system delivers such a great benefit that we saw a need to formalize a group dedicated to advancing this capability and driving even better, leaner results.”
The IQMS Automation Group launches with several custom developed projects at a number of customer beta sites, with capabilities for:
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After almost a decade of uncertainty, the confidence of plant floor managers is soaring. Even with a number of challenges and while implementing new technologies, there is a renewed sense of optimism among plant managers about their business and their future.
The respondents to the 2014 Plant Engineering Salary Survey come from throughout the U.S. and serve a variety of industries, but they are uniform in their optimism about manufacturing. This year’s survey found 79% consider manufacturing a secure career. That’s up from 75% in 2013 and significantly higher than the 63% figure when Plant Engineering first started asking that question a decade ago.