SYSPRO has recently been selected to drive rapid growth, replace seven currently used disparate software systems, and provide a single source for real-time operational data at Precision Fluorocarbon Inc. (PFI). The Tomball, Texas-based manufacturer specializes in compression-molded polytetrafluoroethylene (PTFE), thermally formed PTFE diaphragms, and custom machined plastic components. PFI, a privately held corporation, was founded in 1989 with the primary focus on custom made-to-order PTFE machined products, primarily for the oil field. The organization then diversified into other industries and today serves the medical device industry, OEM pump and valve manufacturers, the semiconductor industry, and many other industries requiring complex machined components.
Following on its recent win at Carolina Color, abas-USA announced that VC999 Packaging Systems has selected it to be its enterprise resource planning (ERP) provider. VC999 is a global leader in the design and manufacturing of vacuum chamber, thermoforming (rollstock), tray sealer, and flow wrapper machine systems as well as other packaging robotics, vision inspection systems, conveyer/converger systems, labeling, and product scanning.
If Dassault Systemes’ recent acquisition of Apriso was to cut into Siemens manufacturing execution systems (MES) and manufacturing operations management (MOM) prowess and advantage, the thrill might have been short-lived. Namely, Siemens quickly responded by acquiring the Preactor Group headquartered in Chippenham in the UK for an undisclosed price. Preactor’s advanced planning and scheduling (APS) software solutions will join the Siemens MOM portfolio. Once the deal is complete, the UK-based company will be assigned to the Siemens Industry Automation Division.
Preactor has been developing software solutions for efficient automated production planning processes for over 20 years—the company was founded in 1992—and currently employs a workforce of 70. Alongside its base in the UK, the company is also represented in North America, India, France, Spain, and China. Preactor’s APS planning software has been installed by over 4,500 small, medium, and large multinational companies in 75 countries, and is used to drive down production costs, boost productivity, and improve adherence to delivery deadlines.
Rootstock Software is a provider of cloud manufacturing and supply chain management (SCM) applications that integrate “out of the box” with native sales and accounting apps by salesforce.com and FinancialForce.com. This integration seems to have recently helped Rootstock ERP be selected by a couple of new customers.
Recently, the vendor announced that Sanergy, a social enterprise in Nairobi, Kenya that makes hygienic sanitation affordable and accessible in urban slums, has chosen Rootstock ERP to support its manufacturing facility in Nairobi. More recently, Rootstock announced that Ideal Power Converters (IPC), a developer of disruptive electronic power converter solutions, has chosen Rootstock ERP to be implemented at its Austin, Texas facility. IPC is committed to the rapidly growing power conversion markets of renewable energy, electrical energy efficiency, smart grids, and electric vehicles.
Infor recently announced that Truck-Lite Europe, a global provider of lighting, electrical harnessing, and mirror systems for commercial and automotive vehicles, has chosen Infor to implement a common platform across the group. The platform is expected to enable more comprehensive and integrated manufacturing and logistics business processes. Truck-Lite was seeking to improve the visibility of its manufacturing and supply chain operations, accelerate stock turnover, enable accurate demand planning, boost collaboration with suppliers, and drive faster responsiveness to Truck-Lite customer needs. The company wants to be able to see current manufacturing plans, experiment with alternatives, and share the risk of those changes throughout the supply chain.
IFS, the global enterprise applications company, recently announced that CalsonicKansei, a Tier One automotive parts supplier, has chosen IFS Applications as its new enterprise solution for its Brazil operations. CalsonicKansei was formed in 2000 through a merger of Calsonic Corporation and Kansei Corporation, and in 2005, CalsonicKansei became a consolidated subsidiary of Nissan Motor Co., Ltd.
Dassault Systèmes, a renowned provider of 3D design software, 3D Digital Mock Up, and product lifecycle management (PLM) solutions, recently announced its intent to acquire Apriso, a provider of manufacturing software solutions, for approximately US$205 million in cash. The acquisition of the California-based Apriso, which recently celebrated its 20th anniversary, enriches the global manufacturing operations management (MOM) capabilities of Dassault Systèmes’ umbrella 3DEXPERIENCE platform. The completion of the acquisition is subject to normal closing conditions, including regulatory approvals. The transaction is expected to be completed in July 2013. Read the rest of this entry »
Plex Systems, the enterprise resource planning (ERP) provider of the Plex Manufacturing Cloud (formerly Plex Online), has announced its collaboration with Insequence Coporation, provider of manufacturing sequencing technology. The joint capabilities should improve the process of delivering components to the manufacturing supply chain in an efficient fashion.
The recent Epicor Insights 2013 conference highlighted how the 2012 Solarsoft acquisition strengthens Epicor’s presence in the lumber and building materials, wholesale distribution, print and packaging, and automotive sectors. In addition, Solarsoft gives Epicor new presence in process manufacturing (i.e., food and beverage, pharmaceuticals, mills, metals, and chemicals), whereas Epicor has traditionally focused on discrete manufacturing.
One byproduct of Solarsoft’s acquisition was Epicor Mattec, a standalone manufacturing execution system (MES), for which there reportedly is growing customer demand among manufacturing organizations worldwide. The product is also creating new opportunities for Epicor as an integrated solution with its next-generation enterprise resource planning (ERP) system, Epicor ERP (a.k.a., Epicor 9).
SYSPRO recently announced that Freedom Smokeless, a manufacturer of e-cigarettes, has selected SYSPRO ERP software to facilitate growth. According to the California-based company, SYSPRO ERP will be a cloud enterprise resource planning (ERP) implementation in the company’s new factory, where the software will manage manufacturing and facilitate bar code scanning, inventory controls, and product traceability.
Deacom, Inc., a provider of DEACOM, a broad enterprise resource planning (ERP) system for process manufacturers, announced recently that Cloverdale Foods Company, a food manufacturer of high-quality processed meats, has licensed the DEACOM ERP system to streamline its manufacturing operations. Cloverdale has an aggressive plan for growth in mind and recognized that it would need a new ERP system in order to handle increased demand. Read the rest of this entry »
Abas-USA recently announced that Carolina Color Corporation has chosen abas Business Suite for its future planned growth and business. Carolina Color provides accurate matching services and eco-friendly, proprietary colorant solutions for unique customer applications.
Carolina Color reportedly started an enterprise resource planning (ERP) selection process in 2007 to replace a homegrown system. Read the rest of this entry »
Apriso, a provider of global manufacturing software solutions, has introduced a Packaging Solution for Global Manufacturers to better manage complex packaging operations and conversion processes. Manufacturers in the consumer goods, food and beverage, and consumer electronics industries who implement this solution should have up-to-the-minute visibility into and control over plant floor systems, processes, and performance to enable better informed decisions and respond faster to change with accuracy, while still retaining the operations intelligence necessary for world-class product traceability and regulatory compliance adherence.
IQMS, a manufacturing enterprise resource planning (ERP) and manufacturing execution system (MES) software provider for the repetitive, process, and discrete industries (automotive, medical, packaging, consumer goods, etc.), announced that Rebling Power Connectors has selected IQMS EnterpriseIQ as its new unified manufacturing solution. For more than four decades, Rebling Power Connectors has been manufacturing high current battery receptacles and disconnectors for the aviation sector and defense land vehicles, in addition to its custom thermoplastic and thermoset moldings for the medical, consumer products, and automotive industries.
After a recent win at Rice Packaging Solutions, Epicor AVP has been chosen by another New England specialty packaging company, Volk Packaging Corporation, for corrugated packaging manufacturing. Volk Packaging Corporation is a third-generation family-owned and -operated company based in Biddeford, Maine, that designs, manufactures, and distributes corrugated and specialty packaging products. Since 1967, the company has grown to serve more than 1,000 customers throughout New England and Canada, and it manufactured more than 28 million boxes in 2012.