Easily one of the most mundane and repetitive of tasks, picking and sorting of objects is activity few humans look forward to with great elation. However, the tedious nature of the task is a prime candidate for automation using robotics. Beyond the obvious hardware that it takes for a robot to operate within the confines of a designated task, a less obvious one, machine vision, acts as a critical component of efficient robotic sorting. The technologies involved with machine vision, sensing, and object interaction are already being used by robots with great success on the International Space Station in completing even complex tasks, semi-autonomously.
A recent comparison of Epicor ERP, NetSuite, and Infor SyteLine in the small business category revealed that in 10 of the modules tested, Epicor ERP outscored the competition. A Vendor dedicated to proving powerful capabilities alongside ease of use, Epicor seeks to redefine the relationship workforces share with ERP. This includes the visualization, interaction, and information consumption for organizations.
The three vendors were compared across 10 main modules that include 2500 features and functions. After Epicor received top marks for five of the 10 main modules tested – General Ledger, Accounts Payable, Accounts Receivable, Job and Projecting cost, and Sales Management – Technology Evaluation Centers’ (TEC) Vendor Showdowns placed Infor SyteLine and NetSuite in second and third place respectively.
Traditional honey-wine, more commonly known as mead, is fast becoming a popular drink of choice among many New Yorkers. The ancient beverage has a growing following as well as a small but dedicated contingent of manufacturers in the north-eastern state. Governor Andrew Cuomo has recently proposed an allowance for mead producers to take advantage of an NY state “farm beverage license”. The provision allows these beverage manufacturers to enjoy the same benefits afforded to wineries, breweries, and distilleries, which have experienced a significant economic boom because of their commitment to using New York-sourced ingredients.
Often, Small and Medium-sized Businesses (SMB) get their start using home-grown systems and those they’ve pieced together for specific purposes within their operations. However, as time passes and the organization grows, those same systems don’t scale and can hinder a business’ competitiveness because of poor performance. That’s where Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) comes into the picture. An ERP system is one that integrates all your business’ essential operations into one interface, connecting the data you need to the departments that need it.
The latest component of Industry 4.0, Robotic Process Automation (RPA), maybe be an unfamiliar concept now, but soon these three words will be on the lips of operators big and small all over the world. RPA is already generating substantial revenue savings for businesses, with $50 million recovered in 2017, with a projected compound annual growth rate of more than 60% through 2026. Coupling this emerging technology with a business-centric solution like ERP systems will ensure your workforce is free to engage in the more demanding aspects of your operations, all while automation handles the rest.
There are a host of reasons why businesses ask the question: Do We Really Need an ERP solution? You may be asking yourself the very same regarding your business’ current state. For many growing enterprises, ERP is a “four-letter word”. However, operating within cobbled systems that demand attention with every little update or modification is like putting a Band-Aid on a bullet wound. This approach bleeds businesses dry. Addressing the shortcomings of siloed systems and preparing for growth before you’re inundated with orders, data, and paperwork by implementing an effective ERP solution will make all the difference.
Non-alcoholic beverage manufacturers are finding their niche in the brewing world. With 5% market growth for low and non-alcoholic beer brewers recorded during 2015, things are looking up for suds without the buzz.
Granted these brews don’t typically appear at your local brewpub, but wholesalers and retailers are picking up these brands to serve a population that respects the flavor but doesn’t want a more holistic approach to their consumption habits. Because alcohol is associated with a myriad of health risks, global consumption of traditional beer has dropped over the last few years.
Virginia’s brewers and winemakers are exceptionally anxious following the recent discovery of an invasive species in Virginia that could potentially threaten hops and grape growing operations throughout the state.
The spotted lanternfly, a sap-eating insect like the large Aphid, first appeared in the state early last month. Native to Asia and notoriously good at stowing away. It is suspected the potential nuisance arrived on a shipment of construction materials from China. In recent years the bug has been spotted in Pennsylvania and Delaware, which hasn’t done much to allay fears that the population is growing in number and reach.
Encompass Solutions’ Greensboro office had a great time last night meeting with Avalara to reconnect after the new year and discuss integration opportunities with clients in need of automated tax compliance in the form of an end-to-end solution.
Melt Kitchen and Bar was the venue, which served up some exceptional appetizers and beverages throughout the evening. The restaurant is known for their crispy Brussels sprouts and after ordering a few plates for our own research purposes we can definitely agree they are a must for anyone visiting. Sampling the craft brews on tap alongside good conversation kept the night’s event flowing smoothly at this local hot spot many of us will be revisiting in the future.
With the successful launch and reentry of Tesla’s Falcon Heavy rocket, now is an excellent opportunity to talk about robots, machine vision, and their roles in expanding space research and exploration.
Space robots. Emulated after us in terms of morphology and size, they are superior to industrial robots when it comes to versatility and capability. While right now they may not look as advanced or operate as nimbly as their representations in sci-fi features from the Star Wars and Star Trek franchises, that gap is quickly shrinking. Taking on repairs and other tasks deemed too dangerous for astronauts, these specialized robots are the obvious candidates for many of the precarious activities taking place beyond the relative comfort of Earth.