The Fabricator: Making Sense of Manufacturing Acronyms
11/08/16
Plex’s Stu Johnson helps readers make sense of the most popular three-letter acronyms that crowd the enterprise software space and provides a back-to-the-basics look at how these acronyms help make managing business processes easier.
Assembly Magazine: Industry 4.0 – Myth vs. Reality
11/03/16
Industry 4.0 promises to transform the way that engineers design and build products over the next two decades. How will the manufacturing industry adjust? “Manufacturing is a very pragmatic industry not generally prone to jumping at every new trend,” notes Plex Systems’ Stu Johnson. “The rest of the market will generally fall in line once the return on investment is clear. Smaller companies generally do not have the resources to risk on low rate of return projects.”
ComputerWorld: 2016 Data + Editors’ Choice Award
09/01/16
MFC Netform, a leading supplier of powertrain parts for the automotive and agricultural industries, awarded the 2016 ComputerWorld Data + Editors’ Choice Award for leveraging technology, in this case a cloud-based ERP solution from Plex Systems, to grow its business from a start-up to an industry leader in just 10 years. “With Plex, we never have to prepare for customer visits or audits,” says Tim Cripsey, general manager. “Our documentation is always up to date and in order.”
Mint Jutras: Plex Systems Hits the Acquisition Trail
08/22/16
Industry Analyst Cindy Jutras shares her thoughts on the DemandCaster acquisition. “Plex’s intent here is to add supply chain planning to an already robust ERP and MES offering,” Jutras writes. “But in this case, no M&A pixie dust is required. Plex and DemandCaster have been partnering together for about a year and already 10 out of DemandCaster’s 50 customers are also Plex customers. The integration is complete and bidirectional.”
Shop Metal Tech Magazine: Enterprising Solutions that Click
08/15/16
G&W Products, a custom metal fabrication company, started from scratch implementing a new Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) solution for its shop floor. Now, G&W is reaping the benefits of having real-time access to documents and procedures. “I don’t think anyone understood the accessibility [the Plex Manufacturing Cloud] gave us. Having the ability to access drawings, work instructions…all the things customers require of us is now just a click away,” says Jeff Karan, Director of IT at G&W Products.
Strativa Blog: The Growing Circle of Cloud ERP
08/10/16
Cloud-based ERP functionality is not only catching up with traditional ERP providers, but now offering extended functionality. Frank Scavo, industry analyst, provides insight on Plex’s offering as a result of the DemandCaster acquisition. “As the first cloud ERP provider focused on manufacturing companies, [Plex] has a functional footprint that is wider and deeper than other ERP providers.”
Diginomica: Plex Acquires DemandCaster for Cloud-based Supply Chain
08/09/16
Industry Analyst Dennis Howlett shares his insight on the Plex acquisition of DemandCaster. “For the longer term, Plex now has a strong incentive to overlay supply chain analytics to its existing analytics roadmap.”
R “Ray” Wang Blog: Plex Adds Supply Chain Planning with DemandCaster Acquisition
08/09/16
R “Ray” Wang, analyst from Constellation, provides an overview of Plex’s acquisition of supply chain planning leader DemandCaster. “The first acquisition by Plex provides a win-win for customers who seek consolidation of capabilities in the cloud. Customers win with end-to-end manufacturing execution, ERP, and supply chain capabilities from one cloud vendor. The OEM partnership paved the way for a smooth transition for customers.”
WardsAuto: Connecting Factory Floor with the Top Floor
08/01/16
Automotive suppliers tackle how to use the Internet to improve factory operations at this year’s CAR MBS conference in Traverse City, Mich. “We are using less than one percent of the information available on the plant floor,” says Plex’s Stu Johnson. “You can’t manage what you can’t measure.”
Automotive News: Industrial Internet of Things Could Boost Plant Efficiency
08/01/16
The Industrial Internet of Things enables automakers and suppliers to operate their plant floors more efficiently by mining data on their machines. Stu Johnson, director of product marketing at Plex, talks about IIoT’s importance to manufacturers at the CAR MBS conference in Traverse City, Mich.
IndustryWeek: Connectivity Enabling Manufacturing Innovation
06/07/16
Manufacturers, who have steadily been reaping the benefits from using the cloud to collect and store data, are now looking at various ways to further increase the value of the data.
Lessons from Cloud ERP for Manufacturing Customers | Plex
05/06/16
Over the last week, I’ve had the opportunity to moderate two different panels with a total of five different Plex customers. One panel was during Plex’s PowerPlex user conference (in Detroit) and the other was at the Manufacturing & Technology Conference & Expo (in Chicago). Their very real, personal comments regarding their journey with cloud ERP were noteworthy.
Diginomica: PowerPlex 2016 – Day 1
05/02/16
PowerPlex has become firmly established on the Spring conference circuit among the cognoscenti and assorted curmudgeons that fancy themselves as sages of the enterprise world. The company has rightfully earned its place as the only cloud manufacturing suite player with deep functional capabilities that cater for the small and medium businesses in the Rust Belt and beyond.
Diginomica: Getting on the Plex UX beta program
05/02/16
Nick Jones, corporate operations, Aaron Thomas Packaging explains how persistence pays in getting on the Plex UX program.
Deal Architect: Cool Toys at PowerPlex
05/02/16
Plex employees always get to play with the coolest toys. Last week at PowerPlex, Barrie Vince was watching over 4 sets of smart glasses shown above: Google Glass Explorer, Vuzix M100, Epson Moverio BT200, and Recon Jet.
Diginomica: Cindy Jutras on Gender Diversity Progress
05/02/16
It's a year since Cindy and I discussed gender diversity at PowerPlex. Now is a good time for an update.
Diginomica: Factory of the Future – MFC Netform Running on Plex
05/02/16
One of the highlights of my visit to Detroit was the trip to Shelby Township and the MFC Netform factory. MFC Netform is primarily a maker of powertrain parts for the automotive industry using flowforming processes.
Deal Architect: Detroit's new Renaissance
04/29/16
I had two moments of self-doubt this week in Detroit where I attended Plex’s user conference. Was I safe walking down the riverfront from the Marriott at Renaissance Center (or the more contemporary name, RenCen) to the Cobo Center, which buzzes with visitors from around the world at the annual North American International Auto Show? And was I out of mind waiting all alone in deathly quiet for several minutes at the platform for the People Mover?
Deal Architect: An upbeat PowerPlex
04/29/16
I spent a few days at Plex’s user conference in Detroit this week. For me, the backdrop was the invigorated city as I describe here. That amplified the many upbeat conversations and presentations I witnessed at the event.
Accurate Shop Floor Scheduling is Important | Plex
04/01/16
Without a manufacturing schedule, workpiece materials don’t arrive on time, machine tools sit idle and customers fume. However, scheduling is difficult, especially when multiple-level assemblies and large numbers of components are involved. An enterprise resource planning (ERP) solution can help, but not all solutions consider shop floor activities. Avon Gear, a contract manufacturer and Plex customer, discusses how a cloud-based ERP solution allowed them to change how they were scheduling shop floor activities. Tasks that Avon Gear previously managed using Excel spreadsheets with five schedulers is now done in the Plex Manufacturing Cloud with just one scheduler.
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