New software, systems enhance responsiveness, save time for stampers and other manufacturers
Replace ERP system- Most stamping manufacturers have integrated an enterprise resource planning (ERP) system of some sort over the last decade. Most likely it ushered in operating system improvements and efficiencies not experienced before. However, modern technology improvements—especially Industry 4.0—may have made those legacy ERP systems obsolete.
Now it’s easier than ever for manufacturers to update their systems using the features of Industry 4.0 so they don’t have to rely on outdated ones. Today’s ERP software harnesses data so that manufacturers can make better decisions, faster.
Here are five signs that your ERP system is outdated.
1. Lack of Real-time Data
Speed to market and critical decision-making during the production process are competitive advantages. That means every minute counts. Time is money, and digging through data is tedious and time-consuming.
That critical time is wasted when staff on the production floor and in the front office have to wait for reports to be generated to make their next moves. Modern manufacturing ERP software offers individual users access to the reports they need at the click of a mouse from their own dashboards.
Cloud access and mobility features are also important for those in the field, whether for the sales team, remote employees, or technicians serving a client. Having up-to-date business intelligence about inventory levels, sales orders, and where things are in the production cycle is critical.
Your ERP system should allow access at the touch of a button and on any mobile device to these and other types of information to help you make better decisions, capture more sales, and satisfy customers.
2. Too Complex for Users
Is everyone across your organization comfortable using your ERP software? Do they use it at all? Or are you finding more and more employees using workarounds to accomplish tasks that your ERP system should be capable of handling?
You also may find yourself hiring software programmers to write new capabilities into your ERP software. Inevitably, such efforts will likely make it even more complex—depressing user adoption instead of enhancing it.