Factoring in the Labor Cost of Down Processes with MES.

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MACHINE TIME & LABOR TIME Access to the data is the start, interpreting that information towards a decisive action is where advancement occurs. Knowing what machine downtime costs can easily be found by contacting Accounting to detail the machine’s amortization schedule. It can also be calculated through lost revenue stemming from reduced production during the…

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KPIs & Dashboards Help with Productivity

Take Control of Your Data… and take control of your shop floor! Being able to gather information easily is one thing but having the ability to view it and then take action is the real reason for capturing the information in the first place. The KPI & Dashboard Add-On is designed to leverage shop floor…

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ERP Transition & the Benefits of MES Portability

Transitioning to a new ERP is undoubtedly one of the biggest decisions a company can make.  Definitely not a decision to be made lightly, as it impacts many departments, numerous people, and multiple processes.  However, that choice doesn’t always necessitate much time being spent thinking about the company’s MES. The MES is the tool that…

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Forging Ahead in the “New Norm” – Innovation & Awareness

HAPPY MANUFACTURING MONTH! Here we are in “new normal” for the manufacturing space… well in all spaces really.  Each day, more and more companies are adapting, finding ways to get back up to speed.  In navigating forward there seems to be a renewed emphasis on adaptation; being able to shift and evolve is more important…

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Infor XA, Why Upgrade?

Infor announced the end of life for its 9.1 Release of XA on June 30, 2020.  What this means is that Infor Support will still try to help Customers if they have a problem, but no new fixes for that problem will be implemented at the 9.1 level.  Many Customers are currently still on some…

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Restoring Your Missing PUI Database

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If you’ve tried to apply an update to Infor XA’s PUI (Product Update Information) Tool lately, you might have been surprised to see your entire PUI Database disappear!  Luckily, this is easy to fix.   PUI is a tool provided with Infor XA that can be used to check the level of each object in…

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Guest Blog: Cyber Security for Manufacturers

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  At a high-level, what is cybersecurity, and why should manufacturers care? Are there benefits to utilizing an active versus passive protection system for manufacturers?  Cybersecurity is about protecting your industrial computer systems from unauthorized access, preventing theft, damage, or manipulation of those systems.   Unfortunately, industrial control networks were designed decades ago, before cyber…

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$@&* passwords! (Multiple post-its vs. SSO)

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We all have a number of online accounts for which a password is required; the bank, credit cards, your physician’s portal, social media, shopping sites, etc.  At ISE we trust that you are diligent at constructing a password that you can remember, but also that others would not easily be able to guess.  That can…

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Guest Blog: Evaluating Leadership at Your Manufacturing Business

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I think we all realize how crucial a company’s leadership is for success. As Acuity’s manufacturing consultant, I see a wide range of companies, and one common thread among the successful ones is a strong leader.   For simplicity’s sake, this article will refer to the leader of a company as the CEO. We know…

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Guest Blog: How to Determine Your Equipment Effectiveness

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Do you know if your equipment is making or costing you money? Can you answer this question confidently and accurately, or do you have to guess the answer? Before we get to the bottom of this ever-important question, I want to dig into a few of the terms I will be using so we are…

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