Industry 4.0 is the current trend of automation and data exchange in manufacturing technologies. It is driving manufacturers to become a “smart factory”, which is essentially connecting the entire supply chain without human interaction.  In order for manufacturers to be ready for Industry 4.0, their ERP system is going to play a crucial role. Every organization will need to make sure their ERP system supports connections between machines, production presses and systems. Next generation ERP solutions is what every manufacturer is going to need to have implemented to keep with the fast pace and requirements of Industry 4.0. This includes having a cloud ERP system with access to real-time data. Legacy and on-premise ERP systems are going to prohibit businesses from moving into the new age of intelligent manufacturing.
Industry 4.0 for Manufacturing and Epicor ERP
Epicor has taken strives over the past few years to deliver new and enhanced capabilities within their product suite. The manufacturing industry has been talking about Industry 4.0 for some time and since Epicor focuses in manufacturing, they had to ensure they weren’t going to be behind when the boom hits. Epicor introduced their multi-tenant Epicor Cloud ERP solution that has a modular platform, service-oriented architecture, and flexible cooperation across all departments. It also has an expanded mobile framework allowing organizations to access their ERP system from tablets and smartphones, at any time, and at any location. Another big change was with the social framework of Epicor ERP, which help external partners, suppliers and customers become part of the business process.
Industry 4.0 calls for a future of agile, affordable manufacturing fueled by technology enablers such as the Internet of Things (IoT), cloud computing, mobiilty and big data. It’s for any size manufacturers, in fact, it will make it more affordable for small manufacturers to keep up with the latest technology and their competition and put them on the same technoloy level as larger corporations. If you are looking to join the Industry 4.0 trend and have not yet implemented Epicor’s Cloud ERP system within your organization, give 2W a call today. 2W Tech is a certified Epicor ERP Partner and can help your organization modernize your technology and get you prepared for the boom.
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