Advanced Technologies…it’s certainly a phrase we are hearing a lot about right now. If you joined us in Dallas for Explore, you heard about these technologies from the perspective of experts in many different fields. But how is QAD working with its customers to find success with advanced technologies?

QAD Chief Technology Officer Tony Winter spoke about how the manufacturing industry is changing as part of the Industry 4.0 revolution and what it will mean for our future. It’s definitely a future in which companies will have to ‘imagine’ the possibilities with these technologies…the smartest factories with robotics, 3D printing and augmented reality, for example.

Tony also joined a conversation led by IDC Vice President Bob Parker featuring QAD customer, Saint-Gobain’s IT Director Chuck Wierzbicki to discuss how they are using MES, the Internet of Things (IoT), Big Data and analytics to innovate within the four walls of their factories.

In addition, keynote speaker Neil Jacobstein, chairman of the Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Robotics track at Singularity University, shared with us real world examples of the use of AI and how we can solve problems in the world of manufacturing using these applications.

Customer Success with Advanced Technologies

Each year we travel the world filming customer success stories to share. Our goal is to highlight the unique industries that QAD serves and how they are using technology and solutions to address their needs. These videos feature customers from many different regions and industries, and identify some of the many challenges manufacturers are facing.

This year, we found interesting examples of the ways our customers are using some advanced technologies to implement change in processes within their organizations. In case you missed them, here are the five customers we featured:

Amtico International, a part of United States-based Mannington Mills, Inc., is a progressive, design-led flooring company headquartered in the United Kingdom. Amtico shares the story of their move to QAD Cloud ERP and how this move allowed their team to access real-time data while helping to enable the company’s rapid growth in international markets.

Brose (Thailand) Co., Ltd. develops and produces components for the top automobile producers around the world. This video highlights Brose Thailand’s strategy for competing in a global marketplace by leveraging advanced technologies and the digital processes behind those technologies.

Dana Colombia, part of Dana Incorporated, is a global leader providing sophisticated transmission, sealing and thermal management technologies that improve the efficiency and performance of vehicles. This video features the challenges posed by demanding customers and how Dana implemented many ERP systems, including a big ERP, before finding the right fit for their business with QAD.

Tower International is a leading global manufacturer of engineered automotive structural metal components and assemblies. This video focuses on the challenges the company faces from a constantly changing automotive manufacturing environment due to customer demands, and how Tower has responded by implementing a high degree of automation at numerous sites globally.

Wander AG produces and distributes food products including breakfast drinks, tea, coffee, snacks, muesli, spreads, desserts, vitamin and mineral supplements, and sports and weight control products through well-known brands including Ovomaltine, Caotina and Twinings. This video features the automation Wander AG has adopted to remain a manufacturing leader in Switzerland, a high-cost country with a very strong currency in the European Union.

Do you Have a Story to Share?

Is your company doing something in the field of these advanced technologies? We would love to hear what you are doing and the direction you are beginning to ‘imagine’ for your factories. Are you interested in participating in one of our customer success videos? Respond in the comments below and tell us all about it!