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Top apps and software for manufacturers

Posted by IndustryNet on Monday, March 4, 2019

100000350_manufacturing_worker_with_laptop_skillsgapManufacturing is becoming more and more digitalized, thanks to increased awareness of the benefits of digital technology. Over 80 percent of CEOs consider mobile apps as a competitive advantage that is key to the success of their investments.

Evidence of the industry's desire to integrate technology can be seen in a recent survey, which indicated that mobile apps perform 48 percent of inspections.

As a result, there is an ever-growing group of companies that are focused on transforming manufacturing into a fully connected industry through the use of apps, dedicated software and IoT enabled sensors.

Top manufacturing apps and software



Manufacturers have no shortage of data. Unfortunately, managing and utilizing that data can be a challenge. Where does one start? How can it help the manufacturing processes?

At Raven Telemetry, the use of AI is being leveraged to help manufacturers get the most out of their data. Founded and operated by a team with extensive experience in all aspects of manufacturing, Raven provides solutions that focus on providing guidance that can be acted on immediately.

Raven Sense is the data collection portion of the solution. Compatible with machine sensors, PLC, servers, MES, ERP and OEE software, this program can gather thousands of individual metrics for use in other parts of the Raven system.raven

Raven Brain is the data analysis component of the solution. The software utilizes machine learning and data scientists behind the scenes to "study" manufacturing processes and optimize them based on the manufacturer's requirements. Monthly reports are generated with a focus on usable information rather than random data.

Raven Flight is a mobile-compatible app, which allows the right people to see critical information at appropriate times. This interface can alert leaders not only to time-sensitive issues but also to potential solutions for the problems.


Inventory control is simplified through the use of the cloud-based Verusen platform. It automatically integrates into a manufacturer's ERP and various data sources.

Verusen's AI learns how the inventory control specialists operate and synchronize procurement with requirements. Enhanced by AI, Verusen automatically identifies and alerts users to the presence of duplicate parts.


Capable of suggesting optimal times to place orders, Verusen takes just-in-time manufacturing to levels of efficiency previously unheard of in the industry, while retaining a 99 percent or higher reliability rating at scale.

Optimum Output

The BPR is a platform from Optimum Output that assists in business process reengineering. From producing product manuals and visually compelling content to internal methods for improving procedures, the BPR is designed to allow companies without dedicated IT personnel to harness the power of software.

AccuSpeech Mobile

Enterprise level apps are an effective way to improve productivity for companies. However, is there a way to improve on that capability? AccuSpeech Mobile has the answer in their mobile-based voice-control system.

Aware of the expense associated with server-based voice-solutions, AccuSpeech Mobile operates from individual devices.

By eliminating the need to modify the code of ERP, WMS or other cross-platform apps, the cost is substantially reduced without sacrificing performance. This solution can be fully implemented in days rather than the months it would take for server-based programs.

Multiple industries are supported with various functions within each that benefit from voice control. These functions include:

• Ticket management.

• Machine inspection and repair.

• Asset management.

• Fire and emergency.

• Building status.

• HVAC and energy management.

• Dispatch and proof of delivery.

• New orders.

• Fleet management.

Ashwood Computer

One of Ashwood Computer's many solutions is a hybrid ERP platform named ForeMost. Fully customizable, ForeMost can integrate accounting, payroll, reporting, .NET and SQL systems offered by third-party providers.

It is designed to replace one-size-fits-all solutions by being fully customizable by the end user. Among the benefits to raw materials management are:

• Inquiries and analysis.

• AR, AP and GL.

• KPI reporting.

• Pre- and post-sales activities.

• Finished goods and sub-assemblies.

Tuliptulip logo

Founded five years ago by engineers from the MIT Media Lab, Tulip has recently received $18 million in investment funding.

Investors recognize the power of IoT in manufacturing, and Tulip is uniquely positioned to take advantage through open architecture apps, connectors and hardware customized for the industry.

Rather than creating apps that may or may not be what a customer needs, Tulip provides a platform for companies to make their own apps without the need to learn code.

A growing database of apps includes hundreds of functions in dozens of categories. These functions include:


• Interactive work and repair instructions.

• Rework management.

• Cycle time.

• Defect tracking.

• Kitting.

• Production dashboard.

• Product genealogy and traceability.

• Ambient condition monitoring.

As an example of the efficiency of Tulip apps, Merck recently saved 57 percent on training costs and slashed the amount of time required for training by 92 percent.


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Click here for a full list of software providers for manufacturers. 


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