IQReport February 8, 2017
Surprise: Robots Aren't Replacing Humans In Key Areas Of Manufacturing
For workers, it’s intimidating to hear of industrial digitization plans that envision handing over anywhere from 60 to 80 percent of processes to robots and other programmable machines in the not too distant future. But while there are certainly highly repetitive jobs bots would perform more efficiently and economically, automating alone is not always the best path to higher productivity.
The real key to developing a competitive edge in an age of evermore automation is striking the right balance between people and robots. Click here to read the complete article on Forbes.com.
Manufacturing Economic Report Indicates Strong Start to the Year Trend
Economic activity in the manufacturing sector expanded in January, and the overall economy grew for the 92nd consecutive month, says the nation’s supply executives in the latest Manufacturing Institute for Supply Management® (ISM)) Report On Business®.
The PMI®, New Orders, and Production Indexes all registered their highest levels since November of 2014, and comments from the panel are generally positive regarding demand levels and business conditions. Click here to read the complete report.
DPS Skis Transitions from QuickBooks to IQMS ERP to Better Manage Growth
DPS Skis (DPS) designs and manufactures the world’s most advanced skis that are sold and shipped worldwide via dpsskis.com, and on five continents in the world’s best ski shops. To support that growth, the company has had to evolve; one significant change has been the software it uses to run its business.
DPS realized that "QuickBooks was good for a while.” However, as the company grew, it soon became apparent that the more they progressed, the more they realized that QuickBooks was holding them back. Read more about DPS Ski's big leap forward from QuickBooks to IQMS ERP.
IQMS Pinnacle User Conference Early Bird Rate Deadline Approaching
Time is running out to take advantage of the best rates for the upcoming IQMS 2017 Pinnacle User Conference. The event, held April 3-6th at the Loews Sapphire Falls Resort in Orlando, Florida, is the largest event of IQMS users, industry experts and IQMS staff gathered to learn, network and be inspired.
5 Supply Chain Metrics That Will Have the Biggest Impact on Improving Efficiency
When it comes to measuring supply chain performance, there are literally hundreds of metrics you can measure. Using too many metrics is confusing and makes it hard for your team to focus on priorities. Too few metrics may not provide enough information to guide the business and make proactive decisions.
The key is to find a few well-chosen performance indicators that can provide insight into current or potential problems that may affect revenue or customer satisfaction. Download the whitepaper, The Five Most Important Supply Chain Metrics, to learn more about the performance indicators that work together to keep your supply chain lean and your customers happy.