Manufacturing

Discrete manufacturers are constantly looking at the supply chain: their suppliers, the cost of transportation, increasing global competition, and higher demands from customers with more options. The goal is to drive efficiency keeping costs down and maintaining excellent customer service and profitability—a challenging balance. Aptean offers technology that fits the needs of these uniquely different industries to help them attain those goals and keep that balance.

Manufacturing

In discrete manufacturing, the goal is to manage costs by streamlining processes through improved automation, yet maintain a high level of customer satisfaction to compete against a global market.

Discrete manufacturers are always looking for new levels of efficiency and profitability through inventory reductions, increased productivity, better control of material acquisition, improved quality, and reduced lead times. They need full cooperation across production, materials, planning, engineering, finance and sales/marketing with tight data and process management—not only to improve productivity, but to catch production before they become bigger issues. Measurements, analysis and simulation capabilities can help companies plan better and react sooner and more effectively to changes in demand, competitive actions, and supply chain disruptions.

The challenge is to find the right software that fits your industry. At Aptean, we know one size definitely does not fit all. Each of our manufacturing software applications have been designed from the ground up based on the best practices and an understanding of the core challenges of the manufacturing industry—as well as input from some of the world’s leading manufacturers—our customers.

Aptean offers several options for discrete manufacturers to meet their unique requirements for managing their business processes, from the warehouse floor to the back office. 

How Aptean helps you in Enterprise Resource Planning

Aptean knows enterprise resource planning software (ERP systems). With more than 4,000 ERP customers, Aptean has a solution to meet a broad range of needs for both small and large discrete manufacturers. Each of our ERP software applications is built to align with the best practices and core challenges of your industry.

Made2Manage ERP

Who it’s for

Made2Manage ERP is for small and medium-sized manufacturers with dynamic, to-order environments such as engineer-to-order (ETO), make-to-order (MTO), assemble-to-order (ATO), and mixed mode operations focused on driving down costs while increasing efficiency, on-time delivery and customer satisfaction.

How it’s different

Made2Manage seamlessly integrates enterprise resource planning and scheduling with shop floor execution better than any other ERP software provider. Built in 1986 by the president of a machine tool company, and expanded through the years via the input of more than 1500 discrete, to-order manufacturing companies, Made2Manage has never strayed from its focus on the manufacturing industry. What’s more, in its latest release, Version 7.0, Made2Manage debuts its 100% .NET, SOA, n-tier architecture—with “future proof” technology that won’t become obsolete the moment you buy it.

Why you need it

The shop floor is where the real work gets done in dynamic, to-order environments. When you need to create sophisticated plans that will help your shop floor run at maximum efficiency while still being able to quickly react to customer demands, you need industrial-strength manufacturing ERP software that operates at the speed of your shop floor. With Made2Manage ERP, you can:

  • Plan using real world constraints and what if scenarios
  • Improve on-time delivery using Theory-of-Constraint scheduling
  • See the entire enterprise operations right down to the shop floor
  • Execute changes on the shop floor swiftly

Intuitive ERP

Who it’s for

Intuitive is a solution for manufacturers building products for regulated industries, such as electronics, medical devices, and aviation who must comply with strong regulatory requirements such as component serial number traceability, product configuration, quality management, and engineering change management

How it’s different

Intuitive offers the most affordable, comprehensive, and tested ERP feature set for regulated manufacturing environments. With more than 800 customers in 20 countries, Intuitive ERP stands out in the marketplace for its ability to increase the quality and visibility of information manufacturers need to make the strategic and tactical operational decisions that achieve core business goals. By leveraging a Microsoft .NET architecture, Intuitive provides capabilities that are faster, more secure, and easy to administer, modify, and integrate with other applications.

Why you need it

Tracking, reporting and ensuring the integrity of information are one of the most important aspects of manufacturing for regulated industries. An inability to react to quality or customer issues can be or to be able to plan and deliver in a timely manner can be the difference between success and failure. With Intuitive ERP, you can:

  • Provide seamless integration of planning, materials management and procurement, manufacturing, financial, and business intelligence processes.
  • Leverage eCommerce and customer relationship management (CRM) capabilities, and a well-developed services and support offering to make it easy for your customers to do business with you.
  • Make it easy for your employees to do business with each other by standardizing and integrating business processes across the enterprise.
  • Provide data analysis tools to enhance decision making.
  • Support multi-national manufacturers with multi-language and multi-currency capabilities.

AXIS ERP

Who it’s for

For metals, wire and cable manufacturers, processors and service centers, ranging from global corporations to family owned businesses that require advanced business solutions Axis ERP is designed to drive increased efficiency, reduce costs and maximize profitability.

How it’s different

Axis ERP has the specialized functionality that metals and wire and cable companies need to address the business challenges they face every day. Built by industry experts and continually updated based on the input of some of the world’s largest metals, wire and cable manufacturers—our customers, Axis delivers innovative, yet practical, solutions to your strategic operational challenges and real return on investment.

Why you need it

Axis ERP makes it possible for metals companies, and wire and cable manufacturers to manage their business operations using a common base of industry-specific information and business processes. Axis ERP contributes to the long-term success of companies by helping them:

  • Quickly develop, quote, and produce new products to exacting customer expectations
  • Consistently deliver high-quality products while decreasing lead times
  • Reduce costs and improve profitability
  • Effectively manage complex business models involving many customized products for many customers
  • Efficiently manufacture products in either low volume or high volume
  • Put high-cost capital equipment to the best possible use

How Aptean helps you in Manufacturing Execution

In today's competitive environment manufacturers need to shave every cent they can from their costs per unit. This means being able to see production issues as they arise and act upon them immediately in order to impact the current shift's output. Our Factory MES solution transforms manufacturing performance on the factory floor by empowering people to make real-time actionable decisions.

Factory MES

Who it’s for

For process and discrete manufacturers in the food & beverage, consumer packaged goods pharmaceutical, metals and industrial manufacturing industries with either single or multi-plant operations, Factory MES provides out of the box capabilities to: monitor shop floor data in real-time, allowing operators to act immediately to improve and become accountable for their individual and team performance; Paperless Quality and SPC to improve product quality and reduce waste/giveaway, and structured reviews to drive action and focus improvement efforts.

  • Out of the box
  • People/Process focused
  • Performance and Paperless Quality
  • Easy to use operator interface
  • Minimal automation required

How it’s different

Factory MES is a purpose-built packaged application, designed for specific industries, which requires no customization and is typically deployed in less than six weeks per factory. This ensures a higher probability of success, shorter time to benefits and the flexibility needed to support growth and change. Different to other MES systems our technology is combined with a proven change method that focuses on developing operator skills and a structure of daily performance reviews to drive a better performance every run, every shift, every day.

Why you need it

The shop floor is the heartbeat of any manufacturing organization. The ability to see data in real time and enable your operators to act upon it immediately is critical in today's competitive environment where every opportunity for improvement, no matter how big or small, counts. With Factory MES you can:

  • Identify all manufacturing losses in real-time
  • Measure metrics such as Overall Equipment Effectiveness (OEE)
  • Identify potential capacity by highlighting constraints
  • Eliminate arduous and time-consuming paper based systems
  • Reduce downtime/changeover times
  • Improve daily work control practices
  • Formalize the continuous improvement initiatives already in place
  • Improve workforce culture on the shop floor
  • Use it as a strategic tool to make business decisions for the future

How Aptean helps you in Business Intelligence

Discrete manufacturing is dependent on the supply chain, so business intelligence is a key weapon in any manufacturer’s arsenal. However, most business intelligence software is “generic”—not designed with the needs of the supply chain in mind, so manufacturers often run blind in many areas. These companies need a BI solution that will provide them with the visibility they need not only across the entire organization, but across the supply chain to ensure they are making the most intelligent decisions possible. Aptean Analytics was built with those companies in mind.

Aptean Analytics

Who it’s for

Aptean Analytics delivers the perfect combination of specialization, simplicity and actionable data for companies that want true visibility into their operations. Powered by industry-leader QlikView and delivered in a user-friendly format, Aptean Analytics will help you drive decisions with the right amount of data provided in the right way.

How it’s different

Aptean Analytics is powered by the industry-leading QlikView platform. With more than 30,000 customers across the globe, QlikView drives real decisions by providing actionable insight through a Business Discovery capability. Business Discovery enables users to dig further into data associations from any number of data sources. By combining this unique capability with a fully mobile-enabled and widget-based platform, QlikView puts the power of the platform in the hands of any user, anywhere.

Why you need it

Data is only good if you can use it. This sounds simple, but businesses understand the underlying truth in this message. The challenge is taking a seemingly infinite amount of data and making it usable in a short period of time. Powered by analytics leader QlikView, Aptean Analytics delivers ready-to-use graphical dashboards designed for your business that allow you to easily spot and resolve any business issues, from profitability to the sales pipeline. And perhaps most importantly, those dashboards are geared toward any organization and any user, not just data analysts. They take away the complexity typically associated with traditional Business Intelligence (BI) solutions. Aptean Analytics serves up data in straightforward charts, tables, dashboards, and other advanced visuals.

Coupling industry-leading analytics and business intelligence with time-tested enterprise solutions provides a powerful, specialized toolset that enables you to manage your business efficiently and gain insight into challenges and opportunities that may exist.

How Aptean helps you in Data Integration & Monitoring

The ability to understand today and predict the future is an advantage. You need technology to help you sense and respond to business events faster, while proactively shaping your business future. Many enterprise systems generate alerts to help you identify trends and react to processes that are outside the normal range. For maximum business impact, however, you need a comprehensive view—a perspective on events that are, or will soon be, affecting your organization.

Event Management Framework

Who it’s for

For organizations that require an enterprise-wide view into business issues that can escalate into material problems, Aptean’s Event Management Framework (EMF) monitors systems across the organization to provide a ‘big picture’ view of the events that affect your business and alerts you to anomalies for swift resolution.

How it’s different

Many enterprise systems generate alerts to help you identify trends and react to processes that are outside the normal range. For maximum business impact, however, you need a comprehensive view – a perspective on events that are, or will soon be, affecting your organization. Event Management Framework is designed to provide actionable insight into events across your business. Easily linked with your existing systems and configured to generate alerts in the format you choose, Event Management Framework is a one-stop shop for your alerting requirements.

Why you need it

An organization with state-of-the-art risk management across the enterprise is always a step ahead of the competition. EMF oversees and provides peace of mind so that companies can focus on growth and providing outstanding customer service. EMF combs through vast data from various sources and flags issued based on pre-set parameters. The EMF early-warning system provides notifications through a variety of communications channels, allowing you to run a more agile organization and quickly react and resolve events that could threaten business. It enables you to predict and react to events in any enterprise system, delivering targeted information to the appropriate organizational departments via automated notifications.