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Growth Drives Discussions at 2016 European Pinnacle User Conference for IQMS Manufacturing ERP Software Customers

Experts from the British Plastics Federation, Oracle and IQMS examined expansion in three areas: the plastics sector, use of the cloud, and automation of manufacturing operations

Paso Robles, Calif. – November 3, 2016 – Growth was the driving theme at the IQMS European Pinnacle User Conference, the inaugural event for European customers of IQMS, a leading manufacturing ERP software and manufacturing execution system (MES) authority. Collectively presenters from the British Plastics Federation, Oracle and IQMS discussed the growing plastics manufacturing sector, the increasing role of the cloud, and expanding automation of manufacturers’ operations.

The IQMS European Pinnacle User Conference ran October 26-28, 2016 at the Hilton Metropole in Birmingham, U.K. The event brought together European manufacturing executives, enterprise resource planning (ERP) technical experts, and industry thought leaders in 15 sessions examining manufacturing technology and business best practices, as well as how to get the most of IQMS software.

Growing Plastics Production

Plastics continue to grow as a primary manufacturing material, according to Bob Hawkins, who handles membership services at the British Plastics Federation, in his keynote presentation, “Plastics in Europe.” In his talk, Hawkins cited a report from the Ellen McArthur Foundation stating that worldwide plastics production has increased 20%, from 260 metric tons in 2010 to 311 metric tons in 2014. These industry-wide trends dovetailed with observations from manufacturers attending the conference.

Liam Price, operations director at Nordell Plastics noted, “Advances in materials, engineering and molding equipment allow more and more plastic parts to be produced that outperform metal parts at a lighter weight and lower cost.”

Meanwhile, Paul Mason, managing director at Nordell, observed, “The newer generation of product engineers have a more plastics-first mindset, enabled by rapid prototyping and 3D technologies.”

Increasing Roles of the Cloud and Automation

To compete in the global market, more manufacturers are taking advantage of the cloud and automation technology. Those were the key takeaways from presentations by Will Childs, director of cloud and SaaS business development and strategy at Oracle, and Steve Bieszczat, IQMS CMO. In his “State of Technology” keynote, Childs stated that the cloud represents the fastest growing segment of Oracle’s business, with manufacturers comprising a large part of customers in this area.

The Oracle observations aligned with those of IQMS’ Bieszczat, who noted, “For the last several years, I would have said 3D printing was the hottest technology in manufacturing. This year I get the sense that the cloud and Industry 4.0 are reaching critical mass.”

“And it is not just the Fortune 500 manufacturers who are building the next generation of Internet-enabled manufacturing centers,” Bieszczat explained, “It is also apparent in the mid-market where I see many of our customers, like Flambeau Europlast Ltd., interconnecting information systems, production, and materials handling equipment to create entirely automated work centers.”

IQMS Integrated System for MES and ERP

IQMS software uniquely combines robust ERP and MES functionality into one comprehensive system. All modules operate as a powerful, cohesive system, capable of handling all extended ERP needs using a single, embedded database. This empowers manufacturing enterprises to take a streamlined approach to centralizing activity across the supply chain and ensuring that complete, accurate information is available to all authorized users at all times. The comprehensive MES functionality is also available as a standalone solution that can be readily integrated with manufacturers’ existing ERP systems.

The Choice is the New Cloud program features three deployment models for the IQMS system that are designed to support the needs of manufacturing firms—from software as a service and managed cloud solutions to on-premises software.

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 https://www.iqms.com.

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