Chances are, your factory uses an ERP—and that’s a good thing. ERPs help manufacturers operate more efficiently in a number of ways. However, one thing ERPs don’t do is to track and optimize machine activity on the shop floor. That’s where Amper comes in.
Today, most manufacturers have ERP software, whether on-premises or cloud-based. The vast majority Amper customers certainly have them, including systems by Oracle, SAP, Epicore, and Proshop, to name a few.
ERPs help manufacturers manage many aspects of the business, including:
In other words, ERPs allow manufacturers to operate more efficiently, while providing visibility into their work processes.
Unlike ERPs, factory operating systems like Amper, give manufacturers insights into how their shop floor is performing—in real-time and over periods of time.
In addition to measuring machine utilization, Amper can also be used to communicate on the shop-floor, log downtime, digitize tallysheets and automate functions such as alerting users when problems arise and reminders when maintenance is due.
In other words, unlike ERPs, factories operating systems like Amper allow manufacturers to:
Amper provides an immediate, data-based answer to the questions: exactly what’s happening on the shop floor right now? What happened last week? And how can we do better?
When you bring in a factory operating system to work alongside your existing ERP, you’ll get much more from both systems. In essence, you’re filling in the missing puzzle piece that gives you comprehensive visibility into—and control over—every aspect of your operation, from the warehouse to the front office and the loading dock to the shop floor.
In fact, you can take data generated from an operating system like Amper and upload it to your ERP to produce even more advanced insights.
If you’re familiar with an ERP, but new to Amper, here’s a few things to keep in mind:
So, in summary: no, your ERP Is not a manufacturing operating system—they’re two entirely different things—but it would certainly benefit from having one. And so would you. To learn more about Amper—the simplest, most affordable factory operating system on the market—schedule a demo.