Sikich Manufacturing Roundtable Featured in BizTimes Milwaukee

BizTimes’ Arthur Thomas quoted all of the manufacturers who participated in our roundtable last month in a “Shop Talk” article in the latest issue of the magazine. In print, online and in person, BizTimes Media provides up-to-the-minute business news, thoughtful analysis and valuable strategic insights to southeastern Wisconsin business leaders. Read the full article here: …

Proving the Value and Achieving Measurable Outcomes From Your First Industry 4.0 Initiatives

In specialty manufacturing operations, companies use various types of complex production machinery, such as blenders, centrifuges, tanks, pumps, extractors, motors, process controllers, and reactors. Systems that regulate temperature, the air quality, and other conditions are important in facilitating the environment required to perform quality manufacturing. Some of these industrial assets are business-critical; without them, production …

Transforming Relationships with Customers, Trading Partners, and Competitors in the Context of Industry 4.0

When you take your Industry 4.0 initiative to customer relationships and the product portfolio that you offer, you benefit from your sharpened focus on customer value and the insights gleaned in your proof-of-concept project. Until Industry 4.0 becomes the de facto standard in the specialty chemicals industry, you can enjoy the distinction of digital leadership. That …

Proven Technology and Tools Available Today Help You Realize an Industry 4.0 Effort and Generate Results From It

In a recent survey, 53% of the business leaders interviewed stated that adopting Industry 4.0 was a priority for the organizations. Ninety-three percent of manufacturing business execs in another survey agreed that Industry 4.0 offered better opportunities for productivity improvements than many other practices. Merging physical and digital systems, Industry 4.0 is a unified, strategic approach …

Why Should You Consider Reshoring Your Manufacturing Business?

The founder of the Reshoring Initiative, Harry Moser, wrote an article last year for Industry Week detailing all of the benefits companies could have if they move producing and sourcing products to the US shores. He hits costs over time right away. Localization, producing near the consumer, often reduces total cost due to shortening supply chains …

You Can Create a Better Customer Experience When Reshoring Builds on Cloud-based ERP and CRM

In North America and Western Europe, many companies have reshored call centers, support functions, and inside sales operations because the customer experience was abysmal. Operators in the offshore locations often did not understand the mentality of demanding customers and may have lacked the training and product knowledge that would have made them more effective. Offshoring …

The Internet of Things Boosts ERP as well as Increasing Connectivity

Manufacturers are enjoying the Internet of Things (the interconnection via the Internet of computing devices embedded in everyday objects, enabling them to send and receive data) because of the incredible connectivity they share with their industrial products, from their home office all the way down the supply chain. However, this connectivity can do more than …

The Cloud Opportunity: How Manufacturers Can Break Free From Hardware

Ben Hagler had his eye on expansion but found himself hemmed in by capital limitations and staring down operational inefficiencies and technical challenges. As co-owner and VP of engineering and operations at Hagler Systems, a mining and dredging equipment company, Ben knew the company had to cut costs, make better use of its manpower, and …

The Future of Manufacturing: Will Microsoft HoloLens be Part of It?

Let’s face it―the human-computer interface commonly found in most manufacturing environments has been pretty stagnant for a while now. Sure, we have seen broad-based adoption of technologies like touchscreens and bar code scanners, but for the most part, the last big transition to impact manufacturing in this area was more than two decades ago with …

Manufacturers Guide to Cybersecurity Initiatives

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Find a Perfect Midmarket ERP with This One Chart for Manufacturing and Distribution

Wish that when finding an ERP system, you could get a basic idea of what options you’ll need before picking up the phone or typing out an email? While product feature sheets can go on for pages, they don’t always make it easy to plot what types of businesses are a good fit for the …