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IQMS Principal to Present Session on How to Enable Mistake-Proofing via Automated Connections at IoT for Metalformers and Fabricators Conference

Two-day event hosted by MetalForming Magazine will examine how metal formers and fabricators can leverage IoT technology on the plant floor for strategic decision-making

PASO ROBLES, CALIF. – April 12, 2018 – The latest generation of Internet of Things (IoT) technology is presenting new opportunities for metal formers and fabricators to optimize their operations via plant-floor connectivity and enhanced insights. To help manufacturers leverage IoT technology in their businesses, MetalForming Magazine, a publication of the Precision Metalforming Association (PMA), is hosting the IoT for Metalformers and Fabricators Conference. There, IQMS Principal Louis Columbus will present a general session on how to enable mistake-proofing via automated connections. The event runs April 18-19, 2018, at the Hilton Garden Inn Vanderbilt in Nashville, Tennessee.

Mistake-Proofing via Automated Connections

Columbus will present the general session, “How Automated Connections to Equipment Enable Mistake-Proofing Within Metalforming and Fabrication Plants,” on Thursday, April 19, at 8:45 a.m.

In the session, Columbus will examine how direct connections to production equipment enables smart logic to mistake-proof job setup and start-up. He will discuss how leveraging information from embedded sensors, machine controls, and scanners allows parts makers to use manufacturing execution software (MES) to assure correct materials, operators, tools, containers, and product labels are available in place before the start of a work-order run.

Additionally, Columbus will review how eliminating mistakes in the setup for a job before the run minimizes the number of problems and scrap resulting from product changeovers. He also will explain how this approach reduces the risk of unnecessary rework and customer concerns over product quality and mislabeling. He concludes by discussing how the result is the ability to maximize the output of conforming parts, utilization of process equipment, and customer satisfaction.

About PMA

The Precision Metalforming Association (PMA) is the full-service trade association representing the $137-billion metalforming industry of North America—the industry that creates precision metal products using stamping, fabricating, spinning, slide forming and roll forming technologies, and other value-added processes. Its nearly 900 member companies also include suppliers of equipment, materials, and services to the industry. PMA leads innovative member companies toward superior competitiveness and profitability through advocacy, networking, statistics, the PMA Educational Foundation, FABTECH and METALFORM Mexico tradeshows, and MetalFormingFabricating Product News and 3D Metal Printing magazines.

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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