Epicor: Augmenting Manufacturing Operations
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Epicor: Augmenting Manufacturing Operations

Joe Cowan, CEO, EpicorJoe Cowan, CEO
Change is constant and the manufacturing industry is evidence of it as the sector is poised to enter a new era with additive manufacturing, cluster manufacturing and near-shoring,” says Joe Cowan, CEO, Epicor. In addition, the digitization of the shop floor is creating a rush of device connections and data streams, which requires greater responsiveness than ever for profitable growth. To remove growth barriers, manufacturers need to turn their data explosion into intelligence and insights that supports real-time decision making, across every function in the organization. “They need to be able to ‘see the forest through the trees’.” While this sounds simple enough, many manufacturers struggle in this area, burdened by legacy ERP systems which add complexity and inefficiency rather than streamlining and simplifying the business of manufacturing. Overcoming this challenge, Epicor renders its latest version of Epicor ERP, which is built upon five key principles—collaboration, mobility, choice, responsiveness and simplicity—with increased functionality to support business growth, reduce business complexity and streamline businesses with ERP systems.

Epicor ERP helps manufacturers to optimize internal efficiency, increase the speed and standard of execution, and deliver quality products and solutions on time. “Epicor ERP delivers accurate and timely information that provides the insight needed to drive operational efficiency and effectiveness, enabling greater responsiveness to manufacturing opportunities,” cites Cowan. Driven by best practices, it easily accommodates organizations’ expanding user base, product lines, and geographic range.

In an instance, Boers & Co Fine Metalworking Group that develops fine mechanical parts needed a new ERP platform that could provide employees on the shop floor with up-to-the-minute information for their growing business. Once Epicor ERP was implemented, Boers immediately got easier access to accurate data from a single source, enabling them to communicate better with its customers. “We are committed to give customers a choice to deploy their Epicor ERP—on-premises installation, hosted operation or in a multi-tenant SaaS model,” says Cowan.


Epicor ERP delivers accurate and timely information that derives insight needed to drive operational efficiency and effectiveness, enabling greater responsiveness to manufacturing opportunities


The company provides easy access to point solutions that customers can leverage to connect and extend the value of their Epicor deployments.

Along with Epicor ERP, the company also delivers MES solutions that give consistent, accurate, and visible metrics to help maintenance managers and shop floor managers take proactive efforts to keep the equipments running. Since, performance efficiencies gained from MES can open up possibilities to increase output and profitability from existing production assets, Epicor Mattec MES—production control software provides 24/7 manufacturing information of all the plant operations, and instant monitoring and control of production. Mattec MES reduces scrap, waste and machine downtime, improves cycle times, Overall Equipment Effectiveness (OEE), automatic part qualification, while scheduling production effectively.

The integration between Epicor Mattec MES and Epicor ERP presents an out-of-the-box combination that radically simplifies deployment, empowering users to quickly unlock the power of a closed-loop enterprise system that connects the top floor to the shop floor in real time.

Epicor brings powerful capabilities with simplicity and accessibility—finding new ways to make ERP easy and intuitive to use, deploy and manage, which involves removing of barriers to access information, and minimizing steps in the flow. The company has consolidated and expanded a number of strategic functions to better support its global customers, which includes opening of its India Technology Center and integration of General and Administrative functions into shared service centers in Mexico, Slovakia and Malaysia. Epicor recently launched a major upgrade to its cloud-based ERP platform that boasts a new mobile framework. “We are also working closely with Microsoft, having chosen the Microsoft Azure Datacenter to support new cloud deployments,” concludes Cowan.