As technology improves, companies must adapt to stay current with the times, and take advantage of new ideas and solutions that will improve their business. Here at Tella Tool we have recently taken the step of adding a new ERP system from Plex which will give us a single platform for all of our ERP operations.
ERP stands for Enterprise Resource Planning, and is a business process management software that allows a company to integrate back office functions related to technology, sales and human resources. At Tella Tool, we chose a cloud based ERP system so we would have a system that is accessible to us anywhere in the world at any time. The centralized service and infrastructure saves us from having to host the system on internal servers which we would have to maintain, and allows for regular updates for security and maintenance purposes.
One of the biggest advantages of implementing this new system was the ability to have customer interaction in real time. We can now perform transparent EDI transactions with our customers in the new system without the need for any additional external software. In our new ERP system, we also now have all the sales tracking software we need to track leads, and save and view our customer’s purchase history with us. The security of our new system is top of the line, from ironclad firewalls to automated security sniffers that make sure our data and our clients data is always secure.
Our new ERP system also gives us the ability to collect and integrate plant floor data including up time and downtime in one easy system. We can also monitor efficiencies and keep track of inventory easily with it. With the Manufacturing Execution System (MES) built into the ERP system, we can now connect every machine, device or console on the plant floor to the system, forming a cloud-based backbone that removes the need for third-party software and allows for new features and functions to be rolled out which keeps both Tella Tool and its customers on the leading edge of technology.
As a leading custom job shop, with state of the art capabilities for tooling, stamping, fabricating and machining, moving to a new ERP system with Plex is the next step in providing excellent service for our customers. For the latest company news and updates follow us on Twitter and LinkedIn.
Imagine a manufacturing unit work floor. The machines are huge and archaic. And they turn workers into just another cog in the system facilitating rote jobs. In fact their presence is a nod to the company’s policy of retaining human employees. The truth is the computer is enough to get everything done!
Now turn the clock forward to 2016 and take a look at the global economy. Offshoring is no longer as lucrative as it used to be. Enterprises are returning to the US soil in record numbers and they need talent to get their factories operational. And lean production paradigms like Six Sigma are creating factories that are equipped with cutting edge technological advancements to minimize wastage. Machining is no longer a push button operation. Each unit comes with its own level of challenges requiring skilled craftsman with backgrounds in mathematics, metrology, metallurgy, and machining to ensure defect free final products. If the Best Workplaces in Manufacturing and Production survey is to be believed, punch and leave employees now make up just 26% of the workforce. 34% of the labor is now skilled and qualified. And the need of such white collar specialists will only grow with time.
Let’s Take a Look at STEM:
The skill gap in US is no secret. There are more available jobs in the manufacturing sector than there are potential candidates. And this is why many industries have to contend with employees who are not a good fit for the positions they are accepted into.
The country needs more young minds in the fields of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics collectively known as STEM. Currently only 5% of US laborers are engaged in jobs that require STEM knowledge. And 40% of students who plan to graduate in STEM disciplines end up choosing something else.
The problem lies in the image of STEM fields and manufacturing. They are both viewed as difficult, uninteresting and unrewarding. This perception has to be revised. Students need to be shown that a STEM background can allow them to earn roughly two times more than their peers in other disciplines and that manufacturing is now a futuristic space with potential for real growth and perks down the line.
Tella Tool Supports STEM & Manufacturing:
As market leaders in precision metal stampings, assemblies, fabricating and CNC machining, Tella Tool is proud to wholeheartedly support STEM endeavors and practices such as Manufacturing Week. To know more about our values and our services, contact us here.