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Critical Numbers in Manufacturing (Part 3)

Machines are just a resource for your shop, right?  Nope.  Not even close.  When you are talking...

Critical Numbers in Manufacturing (Part 2)

Last week, we talked about run rates in manufacturing: how critical and complex they are, how...

Critical Numbers in Manufacturing

No matter what you make, there are critical numbers you have to know if you’re going to be in...

How Distributed Work Gets Done in Manufacturing (Part 3)

You know that manufacturing is a bear.  Things never go as planned.  Machines go down.  Orders...

How Distributed Work Gets Done in Manufacturing (Part 2)

Last week, we talked about how manufacturing has been operating under a distributed work force...

How Distributed Work Gets Done in Manufacturing (Part 1)

There is so much talk now about the newness of a distributed workforce model; in reality, it's...

What Questions Should You Ask?

We’ve been talking about the business model the last few weeks.  We’re determined to interject...

How Do You Prioritize Customers?

As we climb out of this economic fall, every company will be faced with tough decisions on how...

How Do You Prioritize Your Customer Base? Further, Why Would You Need or Want To?

Let’s Look at Where You are Now Before We Assess Where You’re Going. 

We believe that all...

Let’s Look at Where You are Now Before We Assess Where You’re Going.

Let’s Look at Where You are Now Before We Assess Where You’re Going. 

We’ve been working...

Have You Considered a PEST Analysis? You Should.

It’s rare to say “you should” to someone until you really know their circumstances.  Even then,...

What Market Are You In?

Have you clearly identified the difference between your industry and your market?  So many of us...

What Power Do Companies Like Yours Have?

We’re spending the next few weeks talking big picture.  Everyone is heads down, with good...

What Else Can Do What You Do?

Notice that we didn’t ask who else can do what you do.  The question here is what else can do...

Where's the Power in Your Buying Model?

We’ve been talking about business strategy this week.  While everyone else is dealing with...

You Have the Tools and the Questions. Now You Need a Plan.

Over the last several days, we’ve talked about questions around productivity and growth when...

Next, You Need a Tool

Yesterday, we talked about a few questions that you might ask while you’re gone from the office...

Action Plans Start Here with a Question

Strategic plans aside, we’re “sheltering-in-place.”  How is your business going to function...

What We Learn From Failures

I almost hate to start the year off with failure, but it’s so critical that we’re going to talk...

Thinking differently in 2020

I’m going back 20 years for this one.  In 1999, sitting on the cusp of the millennium, we were...

Gratitude

Over the last year, I have established a daily morning routine that includes gratitude.  I wake...

Decision-Making Model Part 2

In the first piece on the Decision Making Model, we focused on data acquisition.  Data is...

Is The Cloud Safe?

SAAS – Software as a Service – is now just known as “the Cloud.”  Clouds, by their very nature,...

Thankful

At CIMx, we are very thankful to work with so many terrific companies and customers.  We speak...

Trust

Trust.  It’s a firm belief in someone or something.  The definition even goes so far as to say...

Decision-Making Model Part 1

We’ve talked before about decision methodology.  In brief, the theory we follow for...

Weather You Need Production Control (And We Did Spell That Correctly)

Update 09/03/19: today, as we post this blog, Hurricane Dorian is sitting over the Bahamas. ...

Curiosity in Manufacturing

As people, we are inherently curious.  Even as we age, that yearning for something new causes us to...

Why Pictures Matter in Manufacturing

Pictures solidify messages.  Science tells us that we forget most of what we read.  (This...

Why Manufacturing Will Never Live in the Cloud

You wouldn’t allow your competitors to walk your floor and rifle through your files, so why...

Assembling Your Production System Project Team - The Calibrator

Part 6  |  The Calibrator 

Now that you’ve found your Visionary, Connector, Implementer and ...

Assembling Your Production System Project Team - The Definer

Part 5  |  The Definer 

The surest way to take the wind out of the sails of a project is to...

Assembling Your Production System Project Team - The Implementer

Part 4  |  The Implementer 

To follow through on a successful selection and implementation of...

Assembling Your Production System Project Team - The Connector

Part 3  |  The Connector 

In addition to the steadfast guidance of your Visionary, your team...

Assembling Your Production System Project Team - The Visionary

Part 2  |  The Visionary 

The first step in any successful manufacturing system project is to...

Assembling Your Production System Project Team

Part 1  |  Who Should Have a Seat at the Table?

You need to assemble the right team, both...

Why Other People Quitting Their Jobs Matters to You

The Workforce is Changing. Are You Ready?

The latest jobs reports have come in and the findings...

The 5 Critical Requirements When Researching Production Control Systems

Which ERPs Can Manage Production? | Part 2 of 2

In part 2 of our ERP for production series, we...

What the Size of Your Shop Says about Your Production Needs

Which ERPs Can Manage Production? | Part 1 of 2

I’m going to save you some time and get straight...

How am I going to pay for shop floor improvements?

Federal Award Programs Designed for U.S. Manufacturers

You are too busy to surf through the...

Where Can I Find Qualified Operators?

Increasing Production Without Increasing Hiring

In 1987, manufacturing jobs made up 33% of all...

The Truth about Production Scheduling Software – 2018 Edition

The majority of manufacturers schedule their daily work one of two ways: color-coded...

The Selling Power of a Great Manufacturing Audit

Industry standards and regulations are moving targets.

Maintaining your customer base is...

Manufacturing Has Changed - Why Haven't you?

Walk onto any shop floor in America and ask an Operator to tell you about all of the ways their...

The Margin Wars

How to Succeed in Global Manufacturing

Let’s be frank, most of your customers can’t tell the...

Turning Manufacturing Audits into Profit

 Audits can either cost you money or make you money. The choice is yours.

In the manufacturing...

The Risk of Manufacturing Automation

Standardized processes and machine automation are the driving forces behind modern manufacturing...

Creating a Culture of Compliance

Catch and resolve these common audit issues before the regulators do.

If you’re in the...

3 Manufacturing Slow Downs that are Impacting Your Bottom Line

Production and profit had plateaued at a Midwest Composites manufacturer. Orders were consistent...

What to Consider When Selecting a Manufacturing Software Vendor

In this day and age, customer service and reputable businesses are getting harder to find. There...

The 5 Reasons Why Everyone Hates Manufacturing Software

No one enjoys researching shop floor systems. You have plenty of other responsibilities on your...

The 9 Most Common Manufacturing Symptoms, and How to Cure Them

When looking for a solution to manufacturing problems, it’s important that you find the cure ...

Coast to Coast Production Control

Contracting more orders than you have the resources to complete seems like a great problem to...

CIMx Celebrates 22 years of Manufacturing Innovation with Release of Quantum 6.0

After two decades of advanced planning and production control, CIMx announces Quantum 6.0...

CIMx President Speaks at United Nations Small Business Forum on “Global Development of Female Entrepreneurs”

New York, NY - Saturday, May 12, 2018

Cincinnati small business owner and EO global board member...

5 More Easy Shop Floor Quality Improvements

Production Control Systems and Quality Improvement

We are all in the quality business. Wasted...

How one midwest manufacturer increased production by 35% while reducing scrap by 80%

Case Study: Scrap Down. Production Up.

A midwest make-to-order manufacturer was experiencing...

Accelerate and Achieve your Production Goals with Analytics

Companies often set aggressive business goals at the beginning of each year, only to find those...

How to Turn Production Data into Actionable Manufacturing Intelligence

 There’s a critical difference between raw data and actionable manufacturing intelligence. Data...

Use Your Data for Accurate Production Costs

For manufacturers, accurate estimates are critical to managing costs and margins. If estimates...

How to Turn your KPIs into Profit and Production

There’s an old saying, “If you can measure it, you can manage it.”

Where’d the money go? – How to turn Manufacturing Assets into Profit

If you don’t know where your materials are and how many you have, you don’t know where your...

The Problem with Managing Tools, Parts, and Materials in your ERP – and What You Can Do About It

Not long ago, we worked with a manufacturer struggling with a serious scrap problem.

What it Takes to Succeed with Machine Maintenance

Manufacturers invest millions in machines and equipment. These high dollar assets provide the...

Do You Know Where Your Production Assets Are?

While production requires tools, materials, parts and equipment, many manufacturers don’t track...

Increase Production Velocity and Profit in 2018

To kick off the New Year, we launched an exclusive 18-in-18 promotion. CIMx will completely...

Manufacturing Trends to Watch For in 2018

As 2017 winds to a close it’s time to start setting goals and preparing for success in the New...

Does Your ERP Speak MFG?

Manufacturers come to CIMx Software with critical manufacturing issues and need solutions to the...

Four Tips for Delivering Manufacturing Success in 2018

As 2017 draws to a close, businesses are planning for success in 2018. For make-to-order...

Solving Problems and Improving Production with Behavior Science

While many make-to-order manufacturers are highly successful at guiding the economic side of...

A Rapid ROI for MES and Manufacturing Software

Today, with improvements in software technology and lower hardware costs, Manufacturing...

How to Lower Costs and Eliminate the High-Price of Doing Nothing

Profitable revenue growth and increasing the bottom line is the goal of every business. Any...

Accelerate Production with Shop Floor Visibility and Quantum

As we’ve discussed in previous posts, manufacturers without shop floor visibility struggle to...

Unlock Smart Manufacturing and Production Visibility with an MES

Once you cut through the hype-cycle surrounding Smart Manufacturing you will find that, if...

5 Critical Benefits of Shop Floor Visibility

Do these common complaints sound familiar?

How much Does the Lack of Production Visibility Cost Manufacturers?

When mistakes occur on the shop floor – a part doesn’t meet specifications or a piece is out of...

The Broken Promises of Manufacturing Innovation

We received a lot of feedback, positive and negative, regarding our blog on market consolidation...

How to Find the Best Partner for Your Manufacturing Software

Last week I read a press release announcing a merger between two manufacturing software...

What Can Turnkey Manufacturing Software Do for You?

A manufacturing software solution is only as good as the data that fuels it.

5 Powerful Benefits of Production Data Visibility

Production data fuels the manufacturing industry. Putting this strategic information to work...

Five Steps and 12 Weeks to a Manufacturing Solution

If you’re struggling with manufacturing problems – failed audits, late shipments, scrap, waste...

The Key to Success with Data-Driven Manufacturing

Data-driven manufacturing – using facts and data rather than conjecture and guesswork to manage...

Manufacturer’s Guide to Software Implementation

In a recent survey, Automation World and ARC Advisory found that MES systems were critical to...

Defining the ERP and MES Connection

When problems crop up in production, savvy manufacturers immediately search for a solution.

What Quantum MES Can Do for You

The internet can be a confusing place for anyone doing research – especially for manufacturers...

Five Steps to Eliminating Manufacturing Tech Debt and Optimizing Production

Recently, we’ve heard reports of manufacturers waiting to begin technology and manufacturing...

Bridging the Gap between Your PLM and Manufacturing

Manufacturing and engineering are both symbiotic and disjointed. While manufacturing relies on...

The Future of Wire and Cable Harness Manufacturing

Every year, wire and cable harness manufacturers and suppliers descend on the Wisconsin Center...

Simple Steps to Improve Production Quality

Every manufacturer struggles to improve quality during production.  Any level of defect is...

Tips to Stay Focused on Production Improvement in 2017

It may be hard to believe, but we are already entering the third quarter of 2017. With every...

Manufacturing Software and Paperless Manufacturing in 2017

We regularly review the manufacturing software market.  Last year, we were twice caught...

2016 Year in Review for Manufacturing Technology

At first glance, 2016 was a year of promise linking production priorities with emergent...

Manage Change on the Shop Floor with Manufacturing Software

With any software system, there’s a balancing act between flexibility and standardization. ...

Overcoming Failure: Simple Steps to Improve Manufacturing Software

Not long ago, I wrote about a concept known as “sunk cost.”  The Sunk Cost Fallacy is a...

How to Successfully Replace Manufacturing Software

There are manufacturers out there struggling with outdated and inefficient legacy software...

How a Workflow System Helps Manufacturers Improve Production

I’m beginning to understand why so many manufacturing companies are frustrated when they work...

5 Ways You Can Optimize Production Today with MES

The benefits of an MES go beyond just solving problems. You should also consider the increased...

Simple versus Simplicity: The MES App Conundrum

Some manufacturers latch onto solutions that never really address the core problems facing...

Solutions to Manufacturing Skilled Labor Shortage

Modern manufacturing requires skilled workers – a fact many companies aren’t prepared to address.

Good Samaritans, Guarantees and Paperless Manufacturing

The core of customer service in manufacturing software is ensuring the system works as promised....

Unravelling the Truth of Manufacturing Software Implementations

Software companies are quick to make claims about their implementation process, but the answers...

Managing the Speed of Change in Manufacturing

Manufacturers are continually looking for ways to improve, but are reluctant to actually embrace...

Sustainable Products, Consultants and Paperless Manufacturing

Manufacturers have options when selecting a software solution, but often they lose sight of the...

5 Benefits of Simplicity for Paperless Manufacturing

Technology doesn’t have to be complex, no matter what some manufacturing software suppliers tell...

The Waiting Game, MES and Paperless Manufacturing

As manufacturers decide to wait to implement a modern manufacturing system, they fall further...

Four Clues to Evaluating Current Manufacturing Software

If you take the pulse of the manufacturing software market, you’ll be surprised by what you...

Email is not Manufacturing Software

As many manufacturers outgrow their process plan solution, some end up using email to manage...

What to do when an ERP vendor wants to be an MES

There is a big difference between an ERP and an MES, as companies using their ERP on the shop...

Getting to Zero in Manufacturing

For production, the goal shouldn’t be minimizing quality escapes, but eliminating them, and that...

Implementing a Successful Strategic Plan for Manufacturing

Many manufacturers use aggressive strategic plans to improve production, but without a shop...

How to Increase Efficiency with New Employees Using MES

An MES or Paperless Manufacturing system offers the most effective resource in onboarding new...

Are There “Gentlemen’s Rules” in MES Sales?

Many software suppliers are more focused on the sale than the solution when working with...

What Does Paperless Manufacturing Mean for You?

In the world of manufacturing software, there are many who aren't sure of the difference between...

How to Manage the Smart Manufacturing Revolution

For companies still reluctant to change in the face of the next industrial revolution, there are...

What Tesla Teaches You about MES

The software sales process has never been customer-centric, but that may be changing.

...

The Curious State of the MES Industry

Manufacturers shouldn’t expect MES projects to be late and over-budget, but many do. They should...

The Importance of an MES to Optimizing Manufacturing Quality

Procedures and checks can only take your quality improvements so far. To maximize your quality,...

How Much Can You Trust Your KPIs and Data Collection?

There is more to effective manufacturing analytics than reports. You need an effective and...

6 Tips for Forecasting an ROI for MES

Assessing the potential ROI for an MES is difficult, but you can improve results by recognizing...

Why Do MES Implementations Fail, and What You Can Do

An MES Implementation can be a high-risk project, but there are steps you can take to minimize...

What is Paperless Manufacturing?

Many companies ask us about paperless manufacturing and how it fits with other systems. Here’s...

How to Start an MES Project without a Budget

Companies without a specific budget for paperless manufacturing end up living with shop floor...

Identifying Customer-centric MES Customization

Your company may need a viable custom MES solution, but not all software companies will offer it...

Improving Quality with Paperless Manufacturing

As manufacturers struggle to reduce costs and improve production, more and more companies are...

Delivering Solutions with a Data Migration Engine

Quantum's Data Migration Engine gives companies a reliable and safe tool to transfer their...

Get Started with Digital Manufacturing Today

We offer an easy way to start a paperless manufacturing project today, giving you a kick start...

Phased Implementation: A Guide to Getting Started with MES

Companies with a critical production need will wait on implementing an MES, believing it to be a...

6 Reasons to Invest in Paperless Manufacturing in 2016

For companies waiting to invest in manufacturing software, now is the perfect time to stop...

Can You Navigate Your Manufacturing Software?

In this virtual and connected world we live in a website should represent who you are and what...

Digital Manufacturing Strategies and MES

We offer simple tips for success for companies looking to improve manufacturing with a digital...

5 Steps to Assessing Your Digital Manufacturing Strategy for 2016

Experts agree a digital manufacturing strategy is a critical component to success moving forward....

Setting Smart Manufacturing Goals for 2016

In 2016, technology opportunities abound for savvy manufacturers looking to grow their business....

The Benefits of MES Expertise

Spend enough time in the manufacturing software industry, and you’ll find software experts,...

Say Goodbye to “MES Fear” in the New Year

Many companies play a waiting game with their shop floor improvements, letting profit and...

Reasons to be Thankful for a Smart MES

Ever consider why you should be thankful for a modern, smart manufacturing system? 

In the USA,...

How to Calculate Whether your Manufacturing Software is Technology-Ready

Now more than ever, manufacturers need software solutions designed to accommodate change. Learn how...

​How Your Choice in Manufacturing Software Might be Holding You Back

Manufacturing software companies shouldn’t put limits on how you use their product, but many...

5 Ways You Find Real Value with a Smart MES

Not all manufacturing software is the same. Critically evaluate your current software or a new...

4 Tips for Understanding the Cost of an MES

Though it may seem counter-intuitive, cost is rarely reflective of benefit in a manufacturing...

A Simple Measure of Partnerships and Software Systems

Like your software systems, the success of a partnership is measured by the overall benefit to...

Press Release: CIMx announces partnership with UAE-based Information Technology Services (ITS)

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

CIMx announces partnership with UAE-based Information Technology Services...

5 Reasons You Need Real-Time Shop Floor Data Collection

A company relying on paper-based data collection isn’t giving their shop floor the tools they need...

Improve Production with Smart Data Using the Quantum Archive

Don’t waste your manufacturing records. By converting them to Smart Data, you can improve...

An Easy First Step toward MES and Paperless Manufacturing

Companies struggle with the decision to implement MES. We remove the fear with a simple first step...

4 Ways You Can Attract and Retain Skilled Manufacturing Workers

As the demand for manufacturing increases, the need for a skilled workforce will grow, but many...

How Data-Driven Manufacturing Will Impact Your Shop Floor

More and more manufacturers are benefitting from paperless manufacturing and systems such as MES –...

What Will Shop Floor Control and Visibility Mean for You?

Many manufacturing software companies claim they offer visibility and control, but gaps in their...

The Innovation Conundrum in Manufacturing Software

In a scramble to out-innovate the competition and increase profits, many MES suppliers cram...

Calculate the Benefit of Innovation in your Manufacturing Software

Optimize your investment with a disciplined approach to judging innovation in MOM, MES and...

Paperless Manufacturing Made Simple

Many people are reluctant to investigate MES because they think it’s difficult to use, and their...

Easy Solutions to Legacy Software for Manufacturing

Many companies cling to dusty, inefficient software, hindering production and holding back shop...

How You Can Get Real Value for Your MES

Time and technology have changed, but many software companies are still selling dated manufacturing...

Paperless Manufacturing and Procrastination

You may not realize it, but many companies procrastinate away profit and production. We offer...

Is Your MES Sunk Cost Software?

Want to improve production and increase profit? We borrow tips from one of the top poker players in...

Do You Need a Two Comma MES?

Some companies throw money away for software that will never do what they need, not knowing a...

The Curious Connection between Manufacturing and the 2015 Women’s World Cup

Just like the World Cup, competition is fierce between manufacturers, but with paperless...

Making Sense of the ROI for an MES

Many shop floors struggle to justify the cost of an MES, even as errors and inefficiencies that...

Seeing Through the MES Demo Smoke and Mirrors

Don’t be fooled – for some software companies, the demo is more about hiding the truth than...

Successfully Navigating MES Growing Pains

The MES continues to come of age as technology and shop floor needs change. We take a look at...

4 Tips for Evaluating New Technology for Manufacturing

Use these insider tips to cut through the hype and evaluate new tech and tools with a critical...

Who Owns the MES Project?

Many times an MES or Paperless Manufacturing implementation becomes internal political struggle,...

Is Your Shop Floor Ready for Vacation?

Ever wonder how production will continue if you, or someone else, isn’t there? If so, you have a...

Newton’s Laws and MES: What the Laws of Motion Tell You about Your Shop Floor?

Isaac Newton’s physical laws have become the basis of modern manufacturing. They also help...

It’s Not Just About Sales – It’s About Building Lasting Relationships

Even in the manufacturing software industry, every company has a different tactic for building...

Making Sense of the MES Module Conundrum

If you buy a manufacturing software solution as “modules,” how much benefit and potential is...

5 Easy Tips for Building Support for Paperless Manufacturing

Many manufacturing companies are resistant to change. Build consensus and excitement for an MES...

5 Keys to Effective Shop Floor Data Collection

Want to Increase quality, improve production and increase profitability? An effective shop floor...

The Curious Connection between Waffle House and your MES Vendor

Waffle House has turned its commitment to customers into an enduring brand. What commitment has...

The Shop Floor Culture Wars and Paperless Manufacturing

Conflict and miscommunication between IT and Operations may be hurting your company more than...

3 Keys to Effective Software Customer Service

Don’t be fooled by marketing smoke and mirrors, effective customer service can be defined by a few...

What Is the Foundation of Your Paperless Manufacturing Solution?

Position your shop floor for success by identifying and focusing on the key priorities in a...

Myths and Legends of MES and Paperless Manufacturing

Many companies end up throwing away money and production by looking for the wrong software...

Simple Tips for Selecting the Right Manufacturing Software

Don’t get stuck with a software solution that causes more problems than it solves. Learn what...

5 Easy Shop Floor Quality Improvements You Can Make with Paperless Manufacturing

Sustainable quality improvements aren’t made with a committee or additional processes, but by...

Evaluating the Trust Factor in Paperless Manufacturing

Position your project for success by using these criteria for evaluating trust in your...

The Most Critical Factor in a Successful MES Implementation

After more than 18 years of offering shop floor software solutions to manufacturers, we’ve...

What Can You Do to Keep Your Company from Drowning in Technology Debt?

Many companies today are drowning in tech debt, and they don’t even know it. A few simple tips...

Technology Breakthroughs That Will Deliver Manufacturing Success in 2015

Many manufacturers struggle to capitalize on the latest technology, instead using outdated...

Overcoming the Shop Floor Grinch and Finding MES Success

Many paperless manufacturing projects fail not due technology, but cultural or personality...

How to Find an MES Solution You Can Trust

Don’t be “wowed” by software solutions that aren’t addressing the challenges facing your shop...

Benefits of Agile to your Paperless Manufacturing Implementation

Customers often ask us how we can ensure the accuracy of our project estimates and budgets. Our...

5 Truths to Shatter the “Too Big to Fail” MES Myth

Many companies seek out the biggest MES vendor, believing it is the “best” option for their...

5 Reasons to be Thankful for Paperless Manufacturing

Paperless Manufacturing and MES are some of the best investments manufacturers can make.  We...

5 MES Misconceptions That Are Hurting Your Business

Don’t get suckered in by MES and Paperless Manufacturing misconceptions, especially when reality...

How You Can Embrace the Full Potential of Paperless Manufacturing

An MES is more than a list of features.  Maximize the impact of a new system by embracing...

Insider Secrets to System Integration for MES and Paperless Manufacturing

There’s confusion out there in the MES and paperless manufacturing market about what “system...

5 Ways Market Acquisitions May Hurt Your Manufacturing Business

Market acquisition is changing the manufacturing software solutions market, but not always for...

CIMx Announces the Release of Interax V 7.4

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

CIMx delivers productivity improvements with Interax 7.4 release

CIMx...

Information Management: The Greatest Gift You Can Give Manufacturing

Information management, when implemented on the shop floor, will unlock production potential...

One Simple Step that Improves Manufacturing Productivity

Your shop floor hides dangers that eliminate more than 13 hours of productivity each week for every...

Are You Letting Your Most Valuable Manufacturing Resource Slip Away?

As one generation of employees retires, companies struggle to capture their knowledge and pass it...

Insider Tips for Avoiding High-Cost Service Charges

Software companies know upgrades are necessary for your manufacturing solution.  They may even be...

The Secret to a Successful Manufacturing Strategy

Manufacturing is changing, as disruptive technology force companies to adapt.  Learn how to manage...

5 Ways You Can Tell If Your Software is Wasting Money

Is your software getting old and dusty?  If so, it is likely costing you money, resources and...