Both specialty chemicals producers and suppliers of chemicals to manufacturers of all types feel downward pressures on margins and increased industry competition. That’s why Aptean has future-ready software solutions to help you modernize your operations, streamline your processes, maximize relationships with your customers, and dive into global trade with confidence.
Aptean Activplant MES
Aptean Activplant MES provides a set of world-class analytical tools for manufacturing companies to turn unstructured data into actionable business intelligence. Equipped with real-time insights—tracked through configurable reports and key performance indicators (KPIs)—users can begin modernizing their manufacturing enterprise in no time.
Aptean Factory MES
Aptean Factory MES (Manufacturing Execution System) uses real-time, shop-floor data to give operators, supervisors and executives actionable intelligence and complete visibility into production and quality to optimize plan attainment and OEE (overall equipment effectiveness). Available on-premise and in the cloud, Factory MES replaces non-value-added paper systems with user-friendly technology to drive continuous improvement and collaboration across your organization.
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In today’s challenging business environment, midsize manufacturers are faced with increasing pressures from both domestic and overseas competition—pressures to reduce costs, improve and maintain quality and decrease lead times. Designers and builders of capital equipment face special challenges due to the complexity of the products they build and the unique requirements of this engineer-to-order (ETO) environment. If you are an ETO or project-based manufacturer, here are ten questions traditional manufacturing software vendors don’t want you to ask.
Aptean released Aptean Factory MES 9.2 which introduces new collaboration features and more intuitive reporting functionality.
If you are going to replace existing systems, how do you get started, particularly if you have no experience in selecting and buying packaged software? This paper will help you avoid some fatal flaws when choosing an ERP system.
When beginning your quest to purchase an Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) solution, building a case for the cost benefit should be priority. However, focusing on all of the bells and whistles of a new ERP often overshadows looking at an actual cost benefit and understanding the overall value you are getting with your ERP.
The first step in successfully implementing Industry 4.0 technologies is understanding what they are and how they can be utilized. Let’s start with the basics: defining three pairs of critical Industry 4.0 terms that are often confused: (1) IoT & IIoT; (2) Data Mining and Predictive Analytics; and (3) Artificial Intelligence & Machine Learning.
Industry 4.0 shouldn’t be seen as a destination, but as a journey toward incorporating the latest technology into manufacturing. Taking that first step, such as implementing a manufacturing execution system (MES), makes it easier to wade into the world of A.I. and automation. When starting your Industry 4.0 journey, keep the following three points in mind.
Email messages of order confirmations, shipping notices, delivery receipts, and feedback requests are eight times more likely to be opened since the recipients are anticipating them. Automating these communications can save an untold number of hours, allowing employees to focus on value-add activities; they also deliver quality, personalized content that can solidify relationships with customers, vendors, and even internal stakeholders.
Choosing a maintenance and asset management software solution is no easy task. This article provides an understanding of why you need to make a change and what benefits will be most important to your organization so you can make the right choice.
Asset and maintenance management has evolved significantly over the years. Modern CMMS/EAM solutions provide the means to improve maintenance effectiveness, increase profits and ensure product quality and throughput. In today's economic environment, organizations are looking to gain efficiencies and competitive advantages from their maintenance organization, so how do you turn the vast amounts of data entered by the maintenance group into actionable information?
Organizations are under pressure to squeeze more profits out of their assets by reducing their maintenance and operational costs and increasing equipment uptime. Implementing a Computerized Maintenance Management Software/ Enterprise Asset Management (CMMS / EAM) solution, however, can help transform maintenance into a profit center by allocating operating costs to improve efficiency and maximize asset performance, resulting in higher profits.
As you consider whether or not it’s appropriate to upgrade your ERP, it’s critical to a take a fresh new look at your selection criteria to find a system that will fit your needs now and years from now. Following are some critical factors that should be on your shortlist when replacing your ERP systems.
Because of Industry 4.0, supply chain managers are able to increase efficiency, reduce cost and expand manufacturing operations. While a few skeptics remain, they risk being left behind to debate – leaving early adopters to capitalize on technological growth. Learn how Industry 4.0 solutions can have a direct impact on your operations.
As you consider where you may need to upgrade your systems to meet Industry 4.0 demands, consider what you can achieve with the technology you have in place. Here’s some food for thought as you consider moving toward Industry 4.0.
It’s easy to get overwhelmed by the daunting prospect of developing an advanced maintenance strategy, especially if you’re a small- or medium-sized manufacturer. But relying solely on preventive maintenance, which does little against random breakdowns that cause the majority of asset failures and is often conducted too often, can be costly. Here are three key steps that will help you head towards a proactive maintenance approach
Unscheduled asset downtime results in lower production efficiency and higher maintenance costs, directly impacting profitability. In the chemical industry, unscheduled downtime can also incur the costs of wasted product that must be disposed of when a production process halts and cannot be completed. Aberdeen Group has identified the following Key Performance.
Indicators (KPIs) of Best-in-Class companies:
ERP, WMS and accounting solutions have grown enormously popular over the past two decades and dominate installations across thousands of organizations in hundreds of industries. But is the safe option always the best option? Not necessarily.
Ensuring the availability and maximizing the capacity of your assets is critical to success. Many assets are also part of more complex and larger networks of equipment, and appropriate maintenance may rely on efficiently managing shutdown projects and/or remotely identifying asset health and condition. A robust Asset Management system will help organizations in all sectors of the manufacturing industry with specific needs while maximizing asset performance.
Environmental incidents, occupational illnesses and injuries are preventable through proper training, engineering controls and management controls. Best-in-Class CMMS/EAM solutions support reliability and maintenance process improvement by providing historical data, helping control maintenance processes and functioning as a tool for implementing improvement, and to be effective, maintenance organizations need quick access to critical information to perform tasks effectively, efficiently, and safely.
Does your business have real-time anywhere access to the relevant and comprehensive CMMS/EAM data that is needed to support your asset performance goals and objectives? Have you identified the KPIs that are vital to your operation? If not, how are you measuring the results and able to see how well each business area is functioning?
As a chemical company with plants in the US and abroad, Hammond Group knew that if the company was to grow and maintain its reputation for customer care, it needed to invest in systems that would cut costs from its operations while still allowing it to focus on its customers. They implemented Ross ERP and Pivotal CRM to handle both front and back office needs.
An ERP solution for the chemical industry needs to address its unique manufacturing and financial businesses processes, including manufacturing formulation, costing and quality control, materials and production planning, maintenance management, accounting, budgeting, planning, and forecasting. To help you evaluate and select the ERP application that is right for your business, use this checklist to create your own side-by-side comparison of ERP applications.
The right ERP solution can significantly improve product costing, production predictability and scalability, as well as compliance issues related to traceability and MSDS. This guide will help you identify the right solution for your operational needs by focusing on what questions you’ll need to ask during the evaluation process.