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Video: Digital Transformation, IIoT and Making the Move to Predictive Maintenance

For manufacturers, the capabilities offered by the 4th Industrial Revolution, particularly the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT), automation and connected machines, are enabling greater operational efficiency, higher product quality and improved maintenance processes – and are driving changes to long-established business models.

Will Biden Infrastructure Plan and Trade Changes Boost IEM?

Changes in the national political landscape inevitably have a significant impact on the business environment. And the Biden Administration, working with the Democratic Party-controlled U.S. Senate and U.S. House of Representatives, already is proposing transformative change to the nation’s economic policy. Will these changes benefit industrial equipment manufacturers?

Video: Pacific Plumbing Supply Enables Future Success With Broad Change Now

Like many mid-sized distributors, Pacific Plumbing Supply Company chafed against the limitations of its legacy management platform and scraped by with a number of time-consuming manual workaround processes. Owners and managers knew it was well past time to implement a modern ERP solution and gain the advantages it would offer.

Expert Q&A: Manufacturing Execution Systems

A manufacturing execution system (MES) offers different things to different manufacturers – and different things to manufacturers in different industries. To reduce the confusion, and to provide insight into the value of MES solutions in the IEM and industrial products verticals, we asked a longtime consultant to share his insight.

Ultra Insight: 4 Questions on Manufacturing Execution Systems

What exactly is a Manufacturing Execution System? What are its core functions? How do MES and ERP systems work together? What are the primary benefits of an MES? Get the answers to these four questions now.

7 IEM Pain Points (and How Modern ERP Offers Solutions)

With extraordinarily complex products, complicated production processes and unique management, financial, integration, quoting and planning challenges, industrial equipment manufacturers are looking at today's advanced ERP solutions to ease their pains.

Ultra Insight: Finding the Right ERP Consultant

ERP projects are difficult and complex. Which is why the expertise and experience of an ERP consultant is highly valuable, and often necessary for a successful project and, ultimately, the realization of critical benefits. How do you find and select the right ERP consultant for your company?

Ultra Insight: What is the Role of an Independent ERP Consultant?

We find that most mid-market manufacturing and distribution organizations are challenged when selecting and implementing new ERP technologies. The reasons center on project scale, skills, resources and experience. Which is where an independent ERP consultant comes in. Expertise is valuable.

Video: Outlook for 2021 Manufacturing Jobs Recovery

In the fourth of a four-video series, economist Dr. Christopher Kuehl and Ultra Senior Consultant Dave Lechleitner discuss the potential for a manufacturing jobs recovery, the persistent skilled labor shortage and ongoing job training challenges.

Video: Are Recovery-Driven Consumer Buying Shifts Ahead?

In the third of a four-video series, economist Dr. Christopher Kuehl and Ultra Senior Consultant Dave Lechleitner discuss pandemic-driven marketplace changes, the potential for a mid-summer return to services buying and a possible downturn for consumer products (and more).

Video: How Politics Affects Manufacturing and Distribution

In the second of a four-video series, Ultra Senior Consultant Dave Lechleitner and economist Dr. Christopher Kuehl discuss how the shift in the political landscape, the Biden Administration and the Democratic-controlled Congress will impact business, supply chains, trade relations, tariffs, regulation and taxes.

Nine Resources in One Place: Industrial Manufacturing ERP

Industrial manufacturers face complex business challenges. And in many cases, the solution is to upgrade your ERP and become more efficient. But what is the best solution for your organization? We've compiled these resources to help you make the right choice.
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