Selecting the Correct ERP Applications for Your Manufacturing

ERP software is a valuable tool that many manufacturers use to manage important operations like their vendor relationships, financials, shop floors, and more. Improving your bottom line, increasing accuracy, and reducing costs can all be accomplished with ERP software. 

Even though every manufacturing operation is unique, there are several common issues that all manufacturers face. Do you ask yourself any of these questions?

  • What can I do to better control my labor and production costs?
  • How can I keep a more accurate inventory?
  • How can I move parts through my shop faster?
  • How do I improve my quality?
  • How do I improve my scheduling so I can deliver on time?
  • How can I better serve my customers?
  • What can I do to grow my sales and improve my bottom line?

 If so, you are not alone. And there is great news – ERP applications can help you tackle these problems and answer these questions.

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Get an Integrated ERP System with These Top 5 Applications:

Below are the top 5 ERP applications that manufacturers use to improve their business:

  1. Shop Management: Everything begins and ends on the shop floor. A great shop management application will help you manage all your jobs with the detail and accuracy you need.
  2. Planning & Scheduling: Stay on top of every job in real-time with a planning & scheduling application. You’ll be able to optimize your scheduling so you can deliver a quality part on time every time.
  3. Inventory: A perfect physical inventory is possible with an inventory application in your ERP software. Accurately track all your material needs with real-time data and reporting, reduce cycle counts and physical inventory counts.
  4. Job Costing Accounting: With a job costing application in your ERP software you’ll get up-to-the-minute visibility into your job profitability during and after products. Always know exactly how much labor and material went into a part and how your cost breaks down so you can improve margins and lower your costs.
  5. CRM: Provide a higher level of service for your customers with real-time data. With a CRM application, your sales team will be able to track leads and opportunities and never miss a beat.

What’s next?

These five applications are only the beginning of what you can do with ERP software. It’s time to talk to an ERP expert who can explain each application and how it affects your manufacturing. Schedule your ERP demo today and see which ERP applications are right for your business. – Learn More About Global Shop Solutions

6 Steps to Create a Strong ERP Strategy

Build it and they will come, it’s been said. Building an enterprise resource planning (ERP) software strategy will bring your teams to a level playing field with the knowledge and information to implement, use, and succeed with ERP software. Before we can show you how to build one, we first need to define it.

What is an ERP Strategy?

An ERP strategy is the guide that manufacturing companies follow to influence and execute the implementation, application, and use of ERP software. The successful implementation of ERP software is the result of a calculated and well-planned ERP strategy.

As the manufacturing world modernizes, more and more companies are taking the plunge and making an investment in ERP software.

Manufacturers need software and technology to stay ahead of the curve but choosing to implement an ERP software is not a decision that is made lightly. Even if organizations have achieved success and things are going well, there is always room to improve and create processes that are more efficient. ERP software helps you take a deeper look into your business processes and identify areas where improvements can be made. This is the value of ERP software.

A Successful ERP Implementation Includes Three Important Factors:

  1. The right ERP software that fits your company’s needs
  2. The participation and engagement of your company’s people
  3. Processes that will minimize challenges and make for a smooth implementation

Couple those with a well thought out ERP strategy, and you’re primed to begin your journey into simplified manufacturing. So exactly how do you create an ERP strategy that works for your business?

How to Create an ERP Strategy

Learn the six steps to create a successful ERP strategy. We recommend you do these six things prior to or at the start of your ERP software vendor search.

  1. Identify and address IT issues: The IT system currently in place must be able to support the installation of an ERP software that will improve productivity and efficiency and generate more revenue. You might need updated hardware installed. Work with your internal IT team, your ERP vendor candidates, or consult with outside IT professionals to identify what you need.
  2. Set a budget: An ERP implementation often includes upfront costs, and it is not uncommon for an ERP implementation to exceed initial budgets. It is wise for companies to earmark appropriate funds to support the entire implementation, including a contingency budget should any costs overrun.
  3. Plan for integration tasks: If you have a legacy software programs you use such as Nesting or CAD software, there might be times when the new ERP system won’t be able to effectively communicate. You will need to adjust business processes or get tailored ERP software that will allow all your software systems to communicate with one another.
  4. Create a change management and training plan: A change management plan is needed to reinforce the importance of the software and the need to be able to use it correctly. Training is an important part of the ERP implementation process and getting staff members to understand how to use and embrace the new platform is paramount. Remind them that it is a great opportunity to remain open-minded. 
  5. Conduct a risk assessment: ERP software has a huge value. Decision-makers should identify any areas where risk exists and address it before the installation begins. Plan to be proactive rather than reactive.
  6. Outline an ERP roadmap: Before you commit to an ERP vendor, it’s a good idea to outline a roadmap to ensure a smooth implementation. Define clear roles and responsibilities, define a set of objectives, identify milestones, and determine if you have enough resources.

ERP software can take your manufacturing from good to great. It begins with building an ERP strategy. To learn more about how ERP software can benefit your business click here to visit the Global Shop Solutions website.

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Are Bad Habits Hurting Your Business?

We all know that bad habits are tough to break, especially in manufacturing. What you won’t do is as important was what you do. One thing that great manufacturers do is take note of what gets in the way of their success and make the effort to stop doing it and correct their processes.

Global Shop Solutions asked some of its best manufacturing customers to reveal the bad habits they stopped doing that were hurting their businesses. Surprisingly, many of them were quite similar and so compelling that they put the 10 most common into a whitepaper. 

What The 10 Things Great Manufacturers Won’t Do whitepaper does:

  • Reveals the “10 things” in detail. You’ll know right away if any of the 10 most common bad habits are slowing your manufacturing down.
  • Uncovers the negative impact of the “10 things.” You’ll learn how these common habits negatively impact a shop floor so you can act fast.
  • Provides customer examples of how to correct the “10 things.” Learn how other manufacturers acted to break bad habits and simplify their manufacturing.

Curious? Take a peek at reason number 1.

Great manufacturers don’t rely on manual processes.

Manual processes act like anchors on your business, slowing down your production times and increasing the chance for error. Not that long ago, you couldn’t get by without manual processes or spreadsheets. Now you can – when you automate. Check out some of the advantages of automating your processes:

  1. Eliminate waste by automating your inventory processes
  2. Reduce turnaround time
  3. Future-proof your business with the ability to forecast industry trends

“We used to manually trace everything throughout the plant. Now, Global Shop Solutions does it automatically. It gives us our costs quickly and efficiently, so that we can monitor runs when the material costs fluctuate rapidly, which they often do in today’s markets.”

Bo Adams, Vice President at C.E. Smith Company, Inc.

Keep reading and learn all 10 Things.

Download the 10 Things Great Manufacturers Won’t Do whitepaper today to learn all 10 of the most common bad habits manufactures make on their shop floors and how they reversed those habits and simplified their business.

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