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IQMS Sponsors New PMA Business Assessment Program for Manufacturers in the Metal Forming Sector

Through a sponsorship by IQMS, more metal forming companies have access to the new PMA Strategic Assessment Program delivered by manufacturing advisor Harbour Results, Inc.

PASO ROBLES, CALIF. – March 20, 2017 – IQMS, a leading manufacturing ERP software and manufacturing execution system (MES) authority, today announced that the company is sponsoring a new Strategic Assessment Program (SAP) tailored for the metal forming industry. The program, provided through a partnership between the Precision Metalforming Association (PMA) and Harbour Results, Inc., assists metal forming businesses in increasing their competitiveness and profitability. PMA is the leading association for companies creating precision metal products, while Harbour Results is a trusted advisor that optimizes manufacturers’ business strategy and improves operational efficiency.

SAP is a two-day assessment conducted by manufacturing and strategy experts at Harbour Results, who bring extensive expertise in metal forming industry best practices. The consultants work with metal stamping firms to identify areas of opportunity, provide recommendations, and propose a roadmap for implementing improvements. The SAP assessment normally costs $7,500. However, through IQMS’s sponsorship, it is available to PMA members for one-third less at $5,000, enabling many more manufacturers to take advantage of the assessment.

The IQMS-sponsored program was unveiled at the Forming Our Future Leadership Conference and PMA Annual Meeting, which ran March 8-11, 2017 at the Monarch Beach Resort in Dana Point, California.

“Today, many manufacturing best practices are driven by a well implemented and utilized ERP system, so we believe that having an ERP sponsor for our Strategic Assessment Program is appropriate,” said William Gaskin, president of the Precision Metalforming Association. “With more than a quarter century of providing ERP solutions designed to help manufacturers grow their businesses, IQMS is a natural representative, and it is an honor to have the company sponsor SAP.”

“It is critically important that manufacturers are utilizing a business process system, like IQMS, to have access to the data they need to make better decisions and better manage operations,” observed Laurie Harbour, president of Harbour Results. “We are thrilled to have IQMS sponsor SAP for PMA members as we team together to provide manufacturers the business health check they need to optimize their businesses.”

“At IQMS, we recognize that manufacturers’ success is directly tied to how well they navigate the rapidly evolving business dynamics facing the industry. That’s why we have been highly impressed by PMA’s ongoing efforts to advance the performance of metal forming companies, as well as Harbour Results’ tremendous success with a similar assessment program for the tool and die industry,” said Steve Bieszczat, CMO of IQMS. “Through the IQMS sponsorship, we are now proud to work with both organizations in bringing more of their services to the metal forming business community.”

About IQMS

IQMS uniquely combines ERP and MES functionality to give manufacturers a comprehensive end-to-end suite for running the business, backed by the real-time performance and scalability that companies demand. Developed specifically for mid-market repetitive, discrete and batch process manufacturers, IQMS provides robust capabilities for addressing strict customer and regulatory certification and compliance. IQMS achieves this by delivering traditional ERP functionality for accounting, sales orders, material requirements, inventory and purchasing, plus extended native features for CRM, human resources, production scheduling, shop floor control, warehouse and quality modules. With offices across North America, Europe and Asia, IQMS serves manufacturers around the world. For more information, please visit

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