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Robotic Process Automation (RPA) for Manufacturers Drives Automation

Jerry Foster June 23, 2020

With efficiency as an ever-present strategy for modern manufacturers, automation can be a key component to achieving success. Automation reduces strain on resources required for data entry and review, allowing teams to focus on higher value activities, such as re-investments in the company, streamlining the supply chain, or continuous improvement. It’s not just individual manufacturers who sees…

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The Hatch Stamping Transformation Story: From Humble Beginnings to Global Leadership

Plex Team June 16, 2020

In 1952, brothers Raymond, Walter and Joseph Hatch launched a small family business. Their first job: stamping parts for model trains. Little did they know, this basement-based operation would become a global, leading manufacturer of highly engineered metal stampings and assemblies for the automotive industry. Talk about transformation....

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Will Jobs Be Lost to Automation?

Anurag Garg October 22, 2019

Product and technology innovation has transformed life as we know it in the last few decades, and the pace of change is only getting faster over the next decade. Inventors and innovators continue to look for ways to make life easier, automate repetitive tasks, and remove the likelihood of human error by teaching machines to do what humans would otherwise do. ...

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Gill Industries Finds Its Single Source of Truth with Cloud ERP

Lori Zoellner July 16, 2019

After the acquisition of GR Spring & Stamping in 2015, Gill Industries had an urgent challenge to address: How would it serve its customers more effectively and efficiently across the new enterprise?...

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Manufacturers: Risk is an Opportunity, Not a Cost Driver

John Dancoe July 9, 2018

As a fastener manufacturer, delivering high quality ensures (among other things) that scrap rates are kept low and first pass yield remains high. But did you know that it could also influence which business you’ll win next?...

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General Data Protection Regulation and Plex Customers

Plex Team May 9, 2018

The European Union’s (EU) General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) is set to take effect May 25, 2018. Now is a good time to discuss the capabilities Plex offers to help customers meet their GDPR obligations. What is GDPR?...

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Family-Owned, Precision Metalforming Company Ready for IIoT, Wearables, and What's Next

Dave Morfas February 28, 2018

The phrase “manufacturing leader” often conjures images of large, multinational companies that are household names. Unfortunately, you rarely hear about leaders among smaller, often family-owned operations. Yet small manufacturers make up the majority of the market—98.5% of US manufacturing firms have less than 500 employees1—and have positive effects on local communities for generations....

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Active Planning at Plex and How Manufacturers Can Leverage It Too

Hemant Makhija October 19, 2017

Most businesses do planning and budgeting using spreadsheets. Everyone knows how to use them and they provide a good enough tool but, they are error-prone and time-consuming when it comes to sharing and collaboration. Links get broken and formulas have to be manually copied and pasted. Not a great solution when business moves at light speed or when things change, and they always do....

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Four Key Considerations Manufacturers Need to Know with a Global ERP Implementation

Javier Tamayo and Monti Piccioni October 9, 2017

In today's highly competitive marketplace, chances are good you're considering, have decided, or have been asked by customers or suppliers to expand your business across borders. Growing your company's global footprint can indeed bring competitive advantages. It also brings added complexity and the need to expand business processes to seamlessly encompass multiple locations....

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Why It’s Critical for Manufacturers to Embrace Digital Transformation Now

Stu Johnson October 2, 2017

Running a manufacturing business is not easy: complying with strict industry regulations, consistently producing quality products, and responding to a rapidly fluctuating customer demand. And your IT team (or person) doesn’t have an easy job, either. Their days are spent fighting fires, manually consolidating from paper-based processes, keeping point solutions running, creating reports, and…

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