Word Press: Five Considerations When Justifying an Investment in ERP

Organizations entering into an ERP project begin their journey by making a business case for ERP. The effort involves determining an expected return on investment, anticipating total costs and fully documenting the business case for investing in a new or upgraded system.

This can’t-miss paper makes the case that it is critical to document the business reasons for an investment in ERP. You’ll see the reasons to calculate the expected value to offset the cost. Identifying risk is part of the process, as is putting in plans to mitigate risk.

This white paper by Ultra Consultants will identify five considerations to keep in mind when justifying an investment in ERP leveraging Ultra Consultants’ experience in helping manufacturers with this process.

View the full white paper below!


Automation Today

As manufacturers struggle to fill highly skilled production positions—according to NAM (National Association of Manufacturers), “80 percent of manufacturers report a moderate or serious shortage of qualified applicants for skilled and highly skilled production positions”—technology may need to step in to fill the gap.

As the article “Automation Today” by FARO Technologies states: “It’s no secret that manufacturing continues to become more automated, and manufacturing output per worker is on the rise.” Smart factories are sought after because they are quickly becoming the “factories of the future,” while growing changes in automation become difficult to ignore.

Find out more about the latest advancements in optical 3D measurement and automation technology in the article below including:

  • Advanced Manufacturing;
  • Automated Metrology; and
  • Cobalt.


Infographic: 8 Types of Meeting Personalities

Meeting Misery: Meeting Makeover Edition 

This year in Corporate America–that’s your company and mine–we are going waste over $37 Billion attending meetings. It is well documented that meetings are a source of pain and great frustration due to high levels of inefficiency and ineffectiveness.

Over the last 25 years, we have identified the eight most common meeting personalities that create this Meeting Misery! Find out more about the 8 types of meeting personalities below.

Competitive Solutions, Inc. has a three step Meeting Makeover Solution to be applied to a single team, a specific department, or an entire organization. Find out how to get these 8 personalities out of your meetings, and end your meeting misery today!

Shane Yount, Principal & Author at Competitive Solutions, will also be speaking on Business Bootcamp – Driving Greater Execution, Engagement, And Ultimately, Earnings! at our Amerian Manufacturing Summit taking place March 28-29th in Chicago, IL.

View the full infographic below!


Millennials Don’t Want to Work at Google?

3M knows a thing or two about attracting Millennials to the workforce!

In 2016 they took the number one spot from Google as a preferred workplace for millennials, according to an NSHSS (National Society of High School Scholars) survey published in Forbes magazine.

In light of this success, we are thrilled to have David Kadrie, VP, Lean Six Sigma join us at the upcoming American Supply Chain Summit to discuss the best strategies to attract and retain millennial talent.


In addition to their success managing the skills gap, 3M recently announced better than expected quarterly profits in January due to cost containment efforts. David has led an innovative team through their restructuring efforts to lower operating expenses and achieve better than expected results.

What are you doing on April 24th – 25th?

Join us for the American Supply Chain Summit in Orlando, Florida to hear first-hand case studies and strategies from some of the world’s leading practitioners!


CASE STUDY: How OSRAM SYLVANIA Used AGV Technology to Reduce Labor, Fork Truck Costs

In this case study, AutoGuide shares how OSRAM SYLVANIA was able to reassign four fork truck driver positions to more meaningful work within the plant, as well as reduce congestion on the facility floor by installing two Automated Guided Vehicles (AGVs).

Find out more about how AutoGuide helped improve OSRAM SYLVANIA’s manufacturing process below. 


The Myths and Facts of Manufacturing in Mexico

Deciding on the appropriate region for your manufacturing operations is a vital step.  Many US manufacturers consider Mexico when deciding on plant locations because of its proximity to US markets, access to resources and skilled labor, as well as the favorable trade agreements. But is Mexico the best decision for your organization?

To help manufacturers make an informed decision American Industries developed the eBook below which outlines the benefits, issues, myths and facts about manufacturing in Mexico.

Download the eBook below to gather the information you need to make an informed decision on whether Mexican manufacturing is the right decision for you.

Manufacturing in Mexico

Video: Christopher Murphy’s Experience At The American Biomanufacturing Summit

At the American Biomanufacturing Summit last May we had the opportunity to sit down with one of our key speakers, Christopher Murphy, VP, Operations at Genzyme to hear his thoughts on participating as a speaker and on the summit as a whole.

The American Biomanufacturing Summit is returning to the Hyatt Regency La Jolla in San Diego on May 10th – 11th, 2016.  To find out more about the two day summit taking place next month, visit: www.biomanamerica.com

eBook: Leading A Multigenerational Workforce

Manufacturers are facing unique labor challenges as baby boomers begin to age out of the workforce.  To help us understand the impact of this new workforce dynamic we sat down with Kim Huggins, Partner at CLG to gather her insights on the challenges of leading a multigenerational workforce.

For more than 20 years, CLG has helped organizations change by developing leadership capacity and driving performance. CLG works with companies to prepare leaders in how to select key behaviors that are linked directly to business results and then helps leaders develop and deploy change plans that use behavioral data to drive performance and measure progress.  If your goals include– managing costs; increasing productivity and efficiency; improving reliability & maintenance; ensuring safety, health & environmental compliance; encouraging product or process innovation; CLG delivers a measurable solution with speed, flexibility, and control to help companies achieve lasting results.

ebookcovereBook Leading A Multigenerational Workforce

Join CLG at the American Manufacturing Summit 2016 taking place next week in Chicago! Don’t forget to stop by Booth #7

Warehouse & Facility Safety: Forklift-Free Environments


According to the Federal OHSA there are over 100 forklift related fatalities annually in the US alone.  Forklifts are also the cause of over 20,000 injuries annually in the US.  In the hopes of developing a safer work environment many manufacturers are looking into options that will allow their facilities to operate forklift free.  Seegrid,  the pioneer and leader in three-dimensional vision navigation, has released the whitepaper below that discusses the use of vision guided vehicles as an  automation handling alternative to forklifts in warehouses and manufacturing facilities.

In the whitepaper below, Seegrid explores the causes of forklift related injuries and discusses the benefits of vision guided vehicles (VGVs) as an alternative.  The whitepaper explains how the adoption of VGVs will lead to increased safety as well as decreased costs and enhanced efficiency.

seegrid forklift-free


For more information on VGVs and their use in warehouses and manufacturing facilities visit Seegrid Online or join the discussion at the American Manufacturing Summit 2016 taking place on February 29th – March 1st in Chicago.