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NTMA (National Tooling and Machining Association) Welcomes ProfitKey International As A National Member

ProfitKey International Joins NTMA (National Tooling and Machining Association) As A Sponsoring National Member

Salem, NH, April 28, 2013 – ProfitKey International, a leader in ERP software for small to mid-sized manufacturers for over 30 years, has joined the NTMA family as a national member. Continue reading

ProfitKey’s ERP For Project-based Manufacturing Is Now TEC Certified (A guest blog)

Written by Aleksey Osintsev (see bio), Courtesy of Technology Evaluations Center (TEC)

TEC is pleased to announce that Rapid Response Manufacturing (RRM) software from ProfitKey International, a developer of enterprise resource planning (ERP) software for manufacturing, has been TEC certified for online evaluation in TEC’s ERP Evaluation Center. An in-depth demonstration of its capabilities was conducted in order to evaluate how RRM holds up to industry benchmarks. We saw the system in real time and assessed its performance on requested tasks and its workflow capabilities. We tried out the system’s navigation along with selected features and functions. Continue reading

ERP Management Implementation Tips Every Manufacturer Should Know (Part 5 of 5)

You’re almost there!  You’ve run the gauntlet of researching various ERP vendors, carefully selected your implementation team and personnel (part 1), conducted a workflow review (part 2) of your current system, while planning for the new system (part 3), and transferred all of your key data to populate the new and improved system (part 4).  The ERP vendor has left your facility and you now bear a heavy responsibility to ensure this implementation continues to be a success for your manufacturing company.  Fear not, if you are working with a trusted vendor, they will never truly leave your side.  Here are some key tips to remember post-implementation. Continue reading

ERP Management Implementation Tips Every Manufacturer Should Know (Part 4 of 5)

When we started our blog series on ‘ERP Management Implementation Tips Every Manufacturer Should Know’, we originally had four installations in mind.  Nearing the end of the series, we realized we didn’t want to leave you hanging post-implementation and make sure we had covered enough for you to be comfortable even after the conclusion of this blog series, just as you should feel in post-implementation.

ERP Management Implementation Should Not Be Like Ripping Our Your Hair

Preparing Your Data Should Not Be Like Ripping Out Your Own Hair

Thus far, we have covered your implementation team (part 1), a complete workflow review (part 2), and installation and training (part 3).  This fourth installment will take a deep look into your current database and what to expect to prepare to ensure your data has legs and can be effective right out of the gate. Continue reading

ERP Empowering Manufacturers to Deliver Quality Products On-Time

RReal-Time ERP Function Areaseal-time is a commonly used yet loosely defined buzz word in the manufacturing industry.  As a manufacturer, what does real-time mean to me and how is information flowing through my shop floor to the front office?   What does this mean in terms of ERP (enterprise resource planning) solutions and what does it take to be considered a real-time solution? More importantly, why would I need this?  For this article, we shall define an ERP system with real-time capabilities to mean that the ERP system has the ability to update information throughout the system and across your company as the new information is entered instantaneously.  Following the definition, an explanation into the benefits of real-time capability and the specific areas of a system where real-time is impactful will be provided.  Continue reading

To SaaS or Not to Saas. Not to SaaS, For Now

Cloud ERP

Think Before You Leap Into The Cloud

Industry Week recently published an article by Pete Zeppell, VP of Zilliant, ‘To Saas or Not to SaaS’ . The article spoke about the top five key reasons why people should make the shift to a SaaS, or cloud, model for their business performance software.  While I don’t believe the article was intended to address all manufacturing verticals, it did take a general approach where people in small to mid-sized manufacturing companies could get the wrong impression.  The purpose of this blog article is not to discredit Mr. Zeppell’s, but rather to address those philosophies as if they were speaking about ERP (enterprise resource planning) software directly.  Continue reading

ERP Management Implementation Tips Every Manufacturer Should Know (Part 3 of 4)

ERP Implementation TrainingIn the first segment of our ‘Your ERP Implementation’ series, we discussed initial steps, procedures, and introduced a philosophy for a core implementation team.  In the second, we examined the crucial aspect of a work-flow review, which then lead into installation and training.  In this new segment, we will take our newly found knowledge to refine a honed implementation plan, based on specific structures, needs, and requirements, to ensure best results throughout the ERP project. Continue reading

Tips To Help Balance Manufacturing Supply and Demand With ERP

Manufacturing Supply and demanWith the Presidential election just a few mere weeks away, there are a lot of rumors about what is to come in the manufacturing industry.  Will there be significant change, funds added, or funds cut, especially in the aerospace and defense industries?

Many manufacturers have spoken out, including customers and prospects of ours, who are genuinely worried and have cut back on certain expenditures in order to minimize risk for 2013.  With that said, the one trend which remains true is, regardless of what happens in the marketplace, more and more manufacturers are realizing that in order to continue growing and competing at a high level, they need a manufacturing system in place to help with their visibility on their shop floor through the front office and to increase quality, on-time delivery, and cash flow, amongst many other areas. Continue reading

Boy Scout Uses Manufacturing Software To “Be Prepared” For Eagle Scouts – The Finale

Eagle Scout Uses Manufacturing ERP SoftwareWhen we last left the story of my son, Owen, who was working toward his Eagle Scout rank in Boy Scouts , almost a year ago, Owen had just finished the biggest piece of the Eagle Scout rank, the Service Project.  His project was to build a walkway for our local church, to provide a safe and stable walking surface for employees and visitors to the church offices.  With the help of ProfitKey’s ERP (enterprise resource planning software) manufacturing software, Owen completed his project and earned the prestigious rank of Eagle Scout.   Continue reading

ProfitKey Continues Momentum at EASTEC 2013

Salem, NH – October 4, 2012 –

ProfitKey International LLC, a leader in providing ERP, MRP, and MES solutions to small and mid-sized manufacturing businesses for over 30 years, announced today that they will continue their marketing stride by exhibiting at the Society of Manufacturing Engineer’s (SME) EASTEC 2013.  From May 14-16 the Eastern States Exposition in West Springfield, MA will be the home of EASTEC 2013, a show held every two years designed to bring various manufacturing companies, experts, and students along the east coast together to network, discuss trends, and share knowledge, all for the betterment of the industry.  Continue reading