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Supply Chain Problems? Custom Software Can Help

February 18, 2019
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Do you have supply chain issues? If you’re struggling with part of your supply chain, you’re not the only one. Plenty of our clients have dealt with these problems. At Ayoka, we’re always happy to help them with custom supply chain software. We’ve helped clients with all types of supply chain problems, so we’re ready for whatever you throw at us. Let’s talk about your issues and how we can help you solve them. First, though, let’s look at some of the most common supply chain software needs.

Get a Solid Foundation

First of all, you’d be surprised at how many supply chain issues come from using the wrong database. If you have communication breakdowns, inaccurate numbers, or similar issues, then chances are good that your database is to blame. Among our other supply chain software solutions, we can customize your database. Your database is the foundation of your work. You can clear up a lot of issues just by solidifying that foundation. For example, does your database always give you accurate information? We can help your database collect input from barcodes, PCs, manufacturing machinery, and more. Then, we can create automated reporting solutions that will give you more accuracy. As a result, everything will run more smoothly.

Of course, not every software solution involves changes to the database. Sometimes, businesses need a smaller fix. Whether you need a database upgrade or a different software solution, we’re here to help.

Inventory Movement

It probably doesn’t surprise you that inventory movement is one of the biggest issues in supply chain management. Clients ask us to help them improve both internal movement and external movement all the time. With internal movements, clients want to track how their products move from one station to the next. With external movements, clients want to track their products and equipment between entities. Either way, the right supply chain software can help you keep track. We’ve developed all sorts of solutions. For example, we’ve provided barcode tracking for a lot of our clients. We’ll help you find the solutions that work best for your business. Then, we’ll implement those solutions so you can keep track.

Chain of Custody

Now, let’s go a little deeper into the inventory movement discussion. Plenty of clients come to us because of issues with the chain of custody. Chain of custody solutions become especially important when it comes to sensitive materials. For example, pharmaceutical companies sometimes ask for our help to track drug transport from one entity to the next. We develop secure and accurate tracking methods. We also develop innovative ways to measure inventory from one stop to the next. Without these measures, the products in question can become a public safety hazard.

Our supply chain software solutions can also help you track the valuation and devaluation of certain assets. The agricultural industry often needs these solutions. For example, agricultural products with an expiration date must move through the chain of custody quickly. If necessary, your custom software can help you re-route your supply based on these factors. Expired agricultural products can’t be sold in Europe, for instance, but you can sell the product as grain feed in the US. With the right software, you can stay on top of these things. Without the right software, you could face some serious losses in shipping costs.

Efficiency and Accuracy

Your supply-tracking software can make your entire business more efficient and accurate. We’ve already established that your software can give you better supply chain tracking. With this accurate tracking, you can give better estimates to your clients. As a result, you’ll get better customer satisfaction.

With custom software, you can also make your supply chain process more efficient overall. When everyone knows the next step in the process, they’ll be prepared to step in during their part of that process. When everyone stays prepared ahead of time, you can keep things running on schedule without any unnecessary delays.

Create the Best Possible Product

Your custom supply chain software solutions can help you prevent product defects. When problems happen at any point in the supply chain, you can get real-time updates. Therefore, you can handle defects and other issues right away. You’ll save time, save money, and prevent major recalls. You’ll also reduce waste because you won’t have to scrap too much of your product this way. When your software enables prevention strategies, you’ll also get the most out of your regular maintenance.

Custom Supply Chain Software

Want to get the most out of your supply chain software? Let Ayoka handle it. We create personalized solutions for businesses. Isn’t it time that your software worked perfectly with your business? We can make that happen. Talk to an Ayoka engineer to find out how. Let’s get your consultation started today. With our solutions, you can have your best software ever.

Custom Software for the Manufacturing Industry

October 22, 2018
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Are you looking for custom software for manufacturing? The manufacturing industry has to deal with all sorts of problems and challenges. Often, your standard off-the-shelf software isn’t going to be enough to meet those needs or live up to those challenges. Between all the complexities that come with machinery and all of the interactions between employees, managers, and clients, manufacturing companies need more from their software than standardized options can provide. They need software that can balance all of these challenges with accuracy and efficiency.

To get the right software, manufacturers should choose a company that understands the industry. At Ayoka Systems, we have years of experience developing custom software for manufacturing. We work with manufacturing companies, taking time to get to know our clients so that we can meet all of their software needs.

Better Machinery Control

When manufacturers come to us with their software needs, they often mention the need for better machinery control. Custom software for manufacturing can help. In manufacturing, any slight change in machinery can make a huge difference. Different pressures, temperatures, and vibrations can cause problems and bring production to a halt. Ayoka can help you monitor your machines so that you can look for these small changes. Furthermore, custom software can also help you control the machinery settings. By noticing these small changes as they happen, you can save money and time on costly repairs later.

Business Intelligence for Manufacturing

The manufacturing industry comes with a lot of opportunities to collect and use data. However, those opportunities go to waste when a company doesn’t have the right tools. This is where business intelligence software comes in. Business intelligence software allows manufacturing companies to use data to improve their business practices. Managers can collect data from different parts of the business. For example, a company may use this data to examine their inventory. This way, they can order new supplies as needed and spend less money on the supplies that don’t move as well as the others. Manufacturing companies may also use business intelligence for employee management. For instance, when many employees don’t work regular 9 to 5 hours, business intelligence can help the company manage and post schedules. 

Business intelligence software can provide data mining and automated reporting so that manufacturers can make changes as needed. As a result, this software can help manufacturing businesses save time, keep customers satisfied, and potentially increase their revenue.

Customer Service Management

Speaking of satisfied customers, custom software for manufacturing can also improve a business’s customer service practices. First, companies can use the data we mentioned above to improve their communication. The information shows managers when and where customer service is needed the most. Second, custom software can provide forms and other means of customer relations so that customers can communicate more easily with the company. Finally, custom software can help these companies provide better and faster responsiveness, which, once again, leads to more customer satisfaction.

Custom Mobile Apps

As we’ve pointed out, adding mobility to your custom software can benefit your business in several different ways. Manufacturing businesses will notice the benefits of having mobile software built specifically for their companies. When your software is designed to work with your machinery, your communications, and your business practices, your company will run much more smoothly than it would have run with software that doesn’t conform to your business needs.

You can use custom mobile software in a lot of different ways. For example, you might use your mobile app to work with the PLC devices that will manage your machines. We already mentioned better machine control with custom software. With a mobile application, that machine control can become even easier and faster. You might also use mobility to communicate with your customers or with people within the company. In manufacturing, communication is essential, and a mobile app can make it easier and more efficient.

Room for Growth

The problem with off-the-shelf software is that for many industries, much of the technologies in these softwares are already obsolete. By the time they reach the shelves, these mass-produced softwares have already fallen behind many of the industry changes. Custom software, on the other hand, is better equipped to anticipate change. It provides the scalability that an individual company needs to adapt to different changes. As a result, when the company evolves, it won’t have to make expensive software changes.

Custom Software for Manufacturing

Are you looking for custom software for manufacturing? Ayoka Systems is ready to help in any way possible. At Ayoka, our software engineer teams have years of experience working with all the intricacies of the manufacturing industry. We provide client-centric solutions that will help you run a more efficient business. If you’re interested in learning more about custom software for manufacturing, you can start by contacting us today.

Benefits of Custom Manufacturing Software

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Interestingly, machinery gives us the perfect metaphor for the manufacturing industry. For example, your industrial business requires a lot of complementary parts to move in tandem. What happens to a machine if a belt becomes misaligned or a cog isn’t quite the right size? Depending on the machine and the size of the problem, you might be able to make it work for a little while. Eventually, though, the machine will demand a realignment or a replacement part. Otherwise, the process won’t run smoothly, and you may face significant problems in the future. For the manufacturing business, off-the-shelf software is just like that misaligned belt. Maybe it will work just fine, but why deal with it when you have an option that could operate so much better? Custom manufacturing software can give you everything you need for your machines, your customers, and your business.

 

Your Machinery Should Have the Best

You work with complex machinery. If something goes wrong, production can slow down or stops entirely. Remember the last time one of your machines overheated? How much time did you spend on troubleshooting? How much easier would your work have been if you’d had seamless integration between your software and your machinery? With custom manufacturing software, you have a system built with your specific machines in mind, not just machinery in general. Moreover, you can monitor the assembly line, have faster troubleshooting, and smooth the manufacturing process between one machine and the next. With custom manufacturing software, the whole process comes together like, well, a well-oiled machine.

 

Make Your Data Work for You

What are you doing with your data collection? Are you putting it to good use? You probably have more data collection opportunities than you realize, and when you take advantage of those opportunities, you can reap so many benefits. You’ll get better ROI out of your machines and materials, for instance. Our business intelligence solutions work beautifully within the manufacturing industry. Data mining, for example, allows you to collect the data that you need and make decisions based on that data. You can gather vital information about your customer base, making adjustments based on customer preference and habits. Automated statistical analysis means that you’ll have easy and reliable access to the information that you need to create best practices.

 

Connection and Communication

Communication is the backbone of manufacturing. Your company cannot run without proper communication between assembly line workers, suppliers, management, and many other people. For example, you need clear communication in inventory tracking. The people who inspect and maintain your machines need to keep track of supplies like lubricant and cleaning materials. Those who manage orders need to keep track of ingredients, packaging, and unprocessed materials. When communication falls apart, you risk not having everything you need for production. Why bring the process to an unnecessary halt when your software could help you keep track of everything? Custom manufacturing software can do just that, and it can be tailored to fit your specific inventory.

What about non-inventory communication? Custom manufacturing software can give you that, too. Maybe there’s a production discrepancy within the assembly line. Maybe an employee has to leave early because of an illness. Perhaps your storage area needs to a more regular cleaning schedule. No matter what happens in your manufacturing business, you need to make sure that the right people know about it. Knowledge gives you a way to deal with whatever may happen.

 

Custom Applications

Custom manufacturing software also gives you the option of creating a remote application. Moreover, apps also help you maintain good communication, especially if you have employees who work remotely. Do you need a better way to reach your clients? Applications provide a great portal between B2B clients. If you find that your business needs a custom application, wouldn’t you want an app that is designed to work well with the rest of your software?

 

Evolving Technologies

Manufacturing technology evolves all the time and adapts to the market. Every day, engineers develop machines with new capabilities. Likewise, manufacturers tweak their practices to reduce waste. Think about how much your own company has evolved. Your software should evolve, too. Thankfully, custom manufacturing software gives you the scalability that you need. Your software architects can analyze your business needs and craft a software that will adjust to changes.

 

Custom Manufacturing Software

Ayoka Systems is here for all of your custom manufacturing software needs. Ayoka is a solutions-based software development company. We’re focused on getting to know our clients and understanding their needs so that we can develop the solutions that will work best for them. With years of experience working with the manufacturing industry, we understand that you have unique needs and challenges. We’d be honored if you allowed us to help you deal with those needs and challenges. If you’re ready for personalized software to take your manufacturing company to the next level, contact us today.

Tech Solutions for the Shop Floor

 

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The shop floor can be the busiest, most complicated part of your company. As the heart of your business, the shop floor contains a host of different products, jobs, people, and technologies. Without clear communication and seamless software integration, your well-oiled machine can quickly devolve into chaos. Thankfully, custom software development can give you the solutions that your company needs.

Custom Software Development

You have a lot of options when choosing your software. There’s certainly no shortage of off-the-shelf software choices. On the surface, these choices seem fairly convenient. However, what looks like a time-saving decision can often cost you in the long run. Custom software development can address very specific and personalized needs. You can seamlessly integrate your software into your business, creating shop floor solutions that would not have been available if you had chosen a more generic option.

Start With Your Database

Your custom database will become the core of all of your shop floor solutions. It’s the foundation on which you can build your entire business and send all of your communication. Your database can capture information from several different sources, including barcode scanners, test equipment, operator’s PCs, and so much more. Shop floor managers can then use this information to create better communication between the shop floor and other areas of the company. The increased communication will increase efficiency and result in a better ROI from your software. Managers will be able to answer questions quickly. Shop floor employees will get clear answers so that they can quickly solve problems with minimal interruption to the work day.

Product Tracking from Start to Finish

Imagine that you’ve shipped a large quantity of products only to realize that something went wrong in the supply chain. Custom software development can help you avoid this problem, reducing your need for recalls. Whether you produce just one type of product or several different products, tracking from beginning to end can help you produce excellent quality. Your company provides a product for many customers on a daily basis. You want to make sure that each one gets the best quality product that you can provide. Custom software development can help you achieve that goal with product tracking.

The shop floor deals with product development from every stage of the building process. At the beginning, the product looks like a stack of raw materials, and by the end, you have a fully-developed product that you’re ready to ship to customers. The number of steps that product has to go through in between those two stages, of course, depends on the product. You can track each and every one of those stages. With a barcode scan or other simple update, you can track a product from start to finish. If anything goes wrong at any point on the shop floor, you’ll know about it. You can correct the problem immediately, saving the company from a lot of lost time and lost revenue.

Better Customer Communication

You’re not the only one who wants updates on your product development. Your customers want to know, too. When a customer purchases a product, he or she will often check for updates on that product. By providing better customer communication, your custom software development helps to satisfy the part of the customer’s brain that wants access to the product immediately. Although they cannot get their product right away, they can stay updated on the process.

Improved Workflow Solutions

Tracking workflow with a pen and paper – or even with an outdated, off-the-shelf software, can slow down production. With a team that is well-versed in custom software development, you can have an application solution to track and increase workflow. Furthermore, better communication between management and shop floor increases workflow by default. With custom shop floor solutions, management can answer requests for service right away. Management can also receive immediate updates if problems arise on the shop floor. They can address these problems as soon as possible so that these issues no longer interrupt workflow. By improving shop floor workflow, software solutions can increase productivity, giving you an excellent ROI.

Ayoka Software Solutions

Ayoka is a solutions-based custom software development company. We can help you develop custom software solutions to help you manage the shop floor more efficiently. We have years of experience working with the software needs of different companies, and we get consistent results with our shop floor management solutions. With our custom software solutions, you can increase customer satisfaction, streamline your production, reduce the need for scrap and rework, and see many other benefits. If you’re ready to start building your custom software solution, contact us today. You can reach us at 817-210-4042 or get in touch with our contact form.

Custom Software Solutions & Supply Chain Optimization

June 23, 2015
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Today’s technologies offer solutions to quickly streamline supply chain management processes with custom software development and the standardization of the shipment of goods to optimize manufacturing jobs, reducing scrap and error while increasing efficiency.

Inefficient Processes Lead to Product Overstock

The paradigm of increasing congestion among logistics solutions like railways, highways, and port shipping, calls for a reevaluation of existing processes that get products out of the warehouse and to consumers. Inefficient processes directly influence supply chains, leading to an increase in both inventory and warehousing costs. Product overstock results in lower demand-and lowering of prices-in order to manage potential marginal loss.

Boost Productivity with Custom Software

Reducing the time needed to communicate and deliver a product can double the productivity of both labor of working capital. The foundation of an optimal warehouse management solution begins in its database, which can manage information from devices in the warehouse network integrated with PLC (Programmable Logic Control) systems communication functionalities, like RFID scanners that can be attached to machinery and operators’ PCs, allowing managers to download purchase orders and accurately account for inventory levels. Accessibility to this data gives sales and inventory-level managers a sense of product demands in real-time, reducing the effects of congestion within the supply chain. These software-based warehouse management systems ultimately offer cost savings for both labor and warehouse space while offering improving the accuracy of operations, orders, and audits.

Today’s custom software development costs have dropped considerable with the maturity of open-source software and database solutions, leading to broader adoption in the industrial automation environment. At Ayoka, our enterprise application development services offer understanding and experience in a local, Made in USA, business model that emphasizes collaboration and hands-on care for our customers.