5 Tips for Smooth ERP Implementation 

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The early days of ERP implementation can present something of a frustrating paradox for business owners and employees alike. The basics design of ERP software is efficiency, continuity, and ease-of-use, yet the challenges of adapting to a new system can … Continued

3 Common Challenges in Inventory Management

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Inventory management represents one of the most important–and, oftentimes, most challenging–administrative aspects of manufacturing. Inefficiencies, and inaccuracies in inventory management can be quite costly and time-consuming to set right, which underscores the importance of ensuring that everything runs smoothly. In … Continued

Discrete Manufacturing: Why Software Matters

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What do yachts, smartphones, children’s toys, and refrigerators all have in common? They are all products of discrete manufacturing. Discrete manufacturing creates items that are easily distinguishable, and can be broken down into their component parts. Discrete manufacturing is distinguished … Continued

Job Shop and Tracking Software

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  Careful control of materials and processes is important for all types of manufacturing–but it is especially critical for small businesses. After all, because small businesses frequently deal with custom orders and unique, detailed specifications, they must be prepared to … Continued

One Alternative To Three Distinct Systems

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  Over the years, manufacturing has benefited enormously from the growth of technology. Though some small and even medium-sized businesses still use “homegrown” in-house technology solutions, the majority of companies are now switching over to standardized systems that offer increased … Continued

Three Distinct Types Of Manufacturing Processes

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Here at SMe Software, we dedicate ourselves to serving the needs of small and medium-sized manufacturing companies. Within that seemingly narrow definition, there is actually a great deal of diversity. That diversity certainly applies to the industries that we work … Continued

Is Advancing Technology a Double Edge Sword?

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      I came across an article this morning that indicated, according to reports published Thursday, computer giant Hewlett-Packard (HP) could cut as many as 30,000 jobs to compensate for dwindling demand for personal computers as more people are … Continued

Dealing With the Labor Shortage in the Manufacturing Industry

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      As I was researching and posting relevant (I think) information regarding the lack of skilled labor to accommodate the growth in the manufacturing industry. I came across several articles, but one that really caught my attention. Please … Continued

A Great Article that offers a view into the Manufacturing Engineering Workforce

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I’ve been posting about manufacturing returning to the United States and the concern over whether the manufacturing industry will be able to handle the load due to a shortage of skilled workers. I read this article this morning that gives … Continued

Tool and die makers desperately casting for workers

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An interesting article regarding the Tool and Die industry. Once again, good news on the manufacturing front, but more concern of a shortage of workers to accommodate the growth. Read the article here.