Doxsteel Fasteners Goes Live With Epicor ERP Implemented By Encompass Solutions, Inc.

Doxsteel Fasteners recently achieved a significant milestone in bringing its Mexico-based operations up to speed with a complete implementation of Epicor version 10 software and user training for their Mexico-based teams. Skilled consulting, implementation, and training services provided by Encompass Solutions, Inc. ensured the project was a success.

The Project

Up to the point of implementation, Doxsteel Fasteners had been utilizing Microsoft Excel to manage their business.   Because of the technological limitations of their current system and the company’s rapid growth, Doxsteel Fasteners had outgrown the capacity and functionality of the software.

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New Epicor 10, 9, Vantage, and Vista Support System Released

We’ve been communicating with our customers over the past few months to inform them that some pretty big changes were coming their way. The changes concerned updates to Epicor’s customer support policy. Those changes to Epicor customer support are now in effect. If you currently employ Epicor software in the operation of your enterprise, these changes could affect your level of support. Depending on your current version of ERP, you may find support considerably less comprehensive. This is a result of Epicor support rerouting resources to newer versions of ERP.

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How Proposed Metal Tariffs Will Affect US Metals Production, Robots, And The Price Of Beer

New tariffs on foreign materials are likely going to affect industries that employ millions of Americans. Beverage and robotics manufacturing are just two of the affected industries, but these two will be among the segment most heavily affected by the new tariffs on imported building materials. The tariffs recommended by the U.S. Commerce Department apply to aluminum and steel imported to the US from abroad. The tariffs reach as high as 53%, which could pose a big problem for industries relying on these essential metals for manufacturing purposes.

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How Small And Medium Businesses Can Tell It’s Time For ERP Implementation

It can be difficult For small and medium businesses to identify when it’s the right time to abandon internal systems, or implement if none exist, in favor of a complete ERP solution. Shedding siloed data structures and cobbled solutions that end up costing more in time and resources than they are worth can bring small and medium businesses into a new era of action.

ERP systems are the ideal solution, allowing small and medium businesses to compete with larger enterprises thanks to the more efficient use of company resources, more intelligent data, and improved analytics of day-to-day operations. Up to this point, small and medium businesses may have been able to operate on home-grown systems or just on-the-fly approaches to operations. However, these attempts to run a successful enterprise can only last so long. Eventually, serious hurdles will emerge and lead to setbacks. If left unaddressed, these setbacks can grow into more debilitating issues. Here are some indicators small and medium businesses can use in identifying that the time is right for an ERP implementation.

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Non-alcoholic Beverage Manufacturing On The Rise Globally

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.

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Virginia Wine And Beer Manufacturers Are Biting Their Nails Over Fungus-Spreading Fly

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The Spotted Lanternfly Has Virginia’s Brewers and Wine Makers Very Nervous.

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.

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The KPI That Satisfies Both Customers And Stakeholders

When it comes to delivering on your stakeholders’ expectations, there is only one action that defines success in the world of commerce. That is getting the right products to the right customers at the right price. Completing the trifecta while keeping costs to a minimum and efficiency to a maximum are what manufacturers, distributors, and retailers strive for. In the case of many enterprises, only a quality ERP solution can tackle each of these challenges head-on.

The commerce ecosystem, whether it be in traditionally grounded retail or exclusively an online operation, is a delicate one that relies equally on manufacturers, suppliers, and retailers to deliver the product to customers the way they want it, when they want it. Order fulfillment is the key performance indicator that illustrates when these systems are operating in harmony and out of order.

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Top 10 Automation Trends in 2018

Automation has experienced a substantial boom over the past several years and things are only gaining momentum. We couldn’t possibly cover all the latest updates and emerging trends, so here are the 10 we believe to be the most exciting emerging trends in automation for 2018.

1. Industrial Internet Of Things (IIoT) Technology Bringing Down Overhead

Lower cost and higher value products with the capability of connecting to existing infrastructure and relaying relevant performance data in real-time will continue to cut automation costs for operations, at scale. Higher-performance processors, detailed sensor equipment, more robust analytics software, ultra-precise vision systems, and cloud computing are only a few examples of IIoT tech that are shaking up automation in Industry 4.0.

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New Tax Cuts For Brewers, Distillers, And Vintners Paves The Way For Expansion

For those unfamiliar with the Craft Beverage Modernization and Tax Reform Act, the recently passed tax reform applying to alcoholic beverage manufacturers, the short of it is that the legislation offers two years of heavy relief from federal excise taxes applied to one of the most severely taxed industries in the US. So, what are craft brewers, distillers, and vintners going to do with it? For most, the word is grow.

The tax breaks will translate into substantial annual savings for these craft beverage makers, between $20,000 and $100,000 to be more precise, and allow them to hire more staff, expand operations, and invest in marketing to build their brands.

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Industry 4.0 – Automation, Robots, And Sustainable Job Growth

A new industrial revolution, Industry 4.0, is blending automation and data exchange in ways that have never been possible before. The change has strengthened the concept of a “smart factory” that integrates cyber-physical systems, the Internet of things, cloud computing, and cognitive computing to create an increasingly cooperative relationship between man and machine throughout the manufacturing process.

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Industry 4.0 Connects Cyber-physical Systems To Blend Automation And Data Exchange In Ways That Have Never Been Possible Before.

Some fantastic developments regarding the future of employment in this new landscape were revealed in a report released last week by the Association of Advancing Automation (A3). The document detailed how automation and, more specifically, robots work to create increasingly valuable and necessary work roles, how the skills gap is being addressed at home and abroad, and how worker wages figure into the equation.

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