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Disruptive Manufacturing, Part 1: The Rise of Robotics

Mar 7, 2019 2:22:13 PM

In this special blog series, we will review the disruptive technologies being introducing by today’s forward-thinking manufacturers. Over the next few weeks, you’ll learn about the cutting-edge tools transforming the industry and the ways ERP can support their implementation.

The monotonous, the laborious, the dangerous. The range of manufacturing tasks being handled by today’s robots may surprise you. With digital transformation becoming a norm around the globe, the pressure to automate is stronger than ever before, and manufacturers are increasingly turning to robotics to help them streamline processes and lower costs – all while boosting productivity, satisfying customer demand and pursuing continuous innovation.

So, how exactly are manufacturers employing robots to achieve these lofty goals?

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ERP & AI: The Next Wave of Business Intelligence

Feb 5, 2019 8:43:18 AM

From predictive analytics to instant decision-making, artificial intelligence (AI) is enabling progressive manufacturers to transform how they do business.

In a time when digital assistants Alexa and Siri have become household names, it should come as no surprise that artificial intelligence (AI)-enabled ERP systems are also becoming mainstream. Originally leveraged to automate mundane tasks, today’s AI is equipped for heavier lifting. Manufacturers can now use such technology to carry out complex tasks, sift through masses of business data and make snap predictions based on the information at hand.

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Keeping Your ERP System Compliant In 2019

Jan 21, 2019 1:29:39 PM

With regulations changing across industries and businesses expanding across the globe, is your ERP system prepared to weather changing compliance requirements?

As we enter 2019, New Year’s resolutions may be on your mind – not only for yourself, but also for your business. Depending on your company’s goals, be it expanding your footprint or maybe venturing into a new industry, your ERP system may be facing a new set of regulations. Or, perhaps it’s your regulatory body who has resolved to revise their data standards in the years ahead. In either case, your organization will need a nimble ERP system and experienced software partner to remain in compliance. Below are three areas in which to remain vigilant in the year ahead.

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Is Your ERP System Set Up to Support Globalization?

Jan 7, 2019 2:12:32 PM

Planning to expand your global footprint? First, ensure your ERP system is ready to support operations in international markets.

The term “globalization” used to be one used only by large corporations. International markets were once a sandbox exclusive to big businesses, where small and midsize businesses dare not venture. Today, progressive SMB manufacturers recognize that having an international presence is becoming synonymous with remaining competitive. Expanding your global footprint requires some investment, but like everything in business today, many of the logistics involved can be handled virtually. Adopting the right ERP system can help. Here’s how.


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Why Industry-Specific ERP is the Way of the Future

Dec 11, 2018 9:40:24 AM

Generic ERP Systems are being replaced with tailored software solutions. What's driving the trend?

It wasn’t that long ago that when software providers said “industry-specific ERP,” manufacturers heard “inflexible software.”

But thanks to the democratization of the cloud and the proliferation of software-as-a-service (SaaS) providers, industry-specific solutions are becoming the way of the future for manufacturers. How has ERP software evolved to help manufacturers stay competitive within their distinct industries?

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Industry Innovation is in our DNA

Dec 10, 2018 11:43:21 AM

The Copley Consulting Group was honored to have recently received the Channelnomics 2018 Innovation Award in the area of Industry Achievement.  This award recognizes an investment of resources into our FDA Regulated solution for Infor CloudSuite Industrial ERP. This has resulted in rapid growth for the company and several recent customer wins, including Femasys, Blickman Industries and Pine Pharmaceuticals.

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Why Corporate ERP Doesn't Always Work for Subsidiaries

Nov 26, 2018 1:07:51 PM

Is operating under one ERP system a requirement for successful subsidiary integration?

The rise of globalization and e-commerce, among other sources of financial pressures, has led to an uptick in mergers and acquisition (M&A) activity in a number of industries. For example, one Deloitte report found that 70% of large life sciences companies expected to be involved in some kind of M&A activity over the next three years.

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The Future of Traceability in FDA-Regulated Manufacturing

Oct 24, 2018 8:29:58 AM

As new technologies are introduced, how will expectations for tracking change for FDA-regulated manufacturers?

 A shift is happening among manufacturers in FDA-regulated industries. The popularity of generics, direct-to-consumer business models and the recent explosion of SKUs has brought new pressures to biotech developers, laying out new expectations for manufacturers. What was once a transactional relationship is becoming a more collaborative one, as developers and manufacturers partner together to obtain an edge in an increasingly competitive and complex supply chain.

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Why ERP System Validation is Important for FDA-Regulated Manufacturers

Oct 10, 2018 10:34:07 AM

What are the consequences of a faulty software validation, and what do manufacturers stand to gain in verifying their ERP system?

For a manufacturer in a regulated industry, such as a medical device or pharmaceutical firm, compliance is a responsibility that permeates through all facets of your business, including the software you use in your manufacturing processes. A critical step in implementing your ERP system is validating that the software meets business requirements in accordance with FDA regulations. Many of these specifications are detailed in the US Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) Title 21, including GMPs and Quality System Management principles that must be followed. However, compliance is more than just “ticking boxes.” Early attention to software validation can benefit your company in the long run. Here’s how.

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3 Ways Your ERP Implementation Could Go Wrong

Sep 26, 2018 9:07:14 AM

With resources, capital and compliance on the line, how can you effectively manage risk during ERP deployment?

When you’re a small or midsize business in an FDA-regulated industry, implementing a new software can introduce a significant amount of risk. You’re dedicating a substantial portion of your annual budget to a system that will transform how you do business. This transformation is where the return on your investment lies, but to make it happen, you’ll need to manage your time, your resources and your budget – all while maintaining your compliance obligations. What could go wrong? Here are three scenarios to look out for during your ERP implementation – and how to get ahead of them.

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Tailoring Cloud ERP for Your Early-Stage Life Sciences Company

Sep 11, 2018 11:14:00 AM

How to confidently meet your regulatory obligations in a cloud-based environment.

Over the last few years, cloud-based ERP has become an increasingly popular option for manufacturers across industries. In contrast to an on-premise ERP solution, cloud ERP offers distinct advantages – most notably, easy online accessibility for employees who are away from the office. Deployment options for cloud ERP range from public, multi-tenant options to private, single-tenant clouds to hybrid models that lie somewhere in between. There is no one-size-fits-all solution, but as a life sciences company, you have regulations and compliance concerns to take into consideration. Below are some decisions you will need to make as you consider adopting a cloud-based ERP solution.

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Right-Sizing Your ERP Solution as a Life Sciences Startup

Aug 28, 2018 9:42:02 AM

How to select an ERP system that will help you safely scale-up in an FDA-regulated industry

Startups in any industry must master the skill of achieving short-term scale-ups without losing sight of their ultimate goal. For life and small and midsize businesses (SMBs) in the sciences startups industry, the long-term target may be FDA approval, sustained profitability or acquisition.

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ERP for SMB, Part 5: Verifying Your Growth Strategy

Aug 13, 2018 9:42:45 AM

In this special blog series, ERP for Small and Midsize Manufacturers, we’ll discuss how SMBs are gaining an edge in the Manufacturing industry through ERP software. From flexible deployment options to mission-critical functionality, you’ll learn what to look for to extend the value and shelf life of your next ERP system.

When your focus turns to growth as a small or midsize manufacturer, one of your first priorities is mitigating risk. We’ve already discussed how an ERP system can help strengthen your operations and keep your organization nimble when experiencing market shakeups. But how can ERP help SMB manufacturers prepare for a business shift they’re initiating themselves?

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Making Confident Business Decisions with Real-Time Data

Jul 30, 2018 2:14:28 PM

In this special blog series, ERP for Small and Midsize Manufacturers, we’ll discuss how SMBs are gaining an edge in the Manufacturing industry through ERP software. From flexible deployment options to mission-critical functionality, you’ll learn what to look for to extend the value and shelf life of your next ERP system.

As an SMB manufacturer, you probably have deep expertise in your particular niche. You are well-versed with your market and know where you fit into the mix. Likewise, you know your company, its strengths and its weaknesses.

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ERP for SMB, Part 3: Working Smarter with Automated Workflows

Jul 16, 2018 4:16:49 PM

In this special blog series, ERP for Small and Midsize Manufacturers, we'll discuss how SMBs are gaining an edge in the Manufacturing industry through ERP software. From flexible deployment options to mission-critical functionality, you'll learn what to look for to extend the value and shelf life of your next ERP system.

The priorities of SMB manufacturers differ from industry to industry. The requirements for a medical device manufacturer will be very different from those of a custom shipbuilder.

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ERP for SMB, Part 2: Meeting Evolving Business Needs with Modular ERP

Jul 9, 2018 10:53:46 AM

In this special blog series, ERP for Small and Midsize Manufacturers, we’ll discuss how SMBs are gaining an edge in the Manufacturing industry through ERP software. From flexible deployment options to mission-critical functionality, you’ll learn what to look for to extend the value and shelf life of your next ERP system.

Small and medium-sized businesses (SMBs) must often make forward-thinking investments to reach the next phase of growth.

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ERP for SMB, Part 1: Staying Nimble with Cloud-Based ERP

Jun 22, 2018 9:43:17 AM

In this special blog series, ERP for Small and Midsize Manufacturers, we’ll discuss how SMBs are gaining an edge in the Manufacturing industry through ERP software. From flexible deployment options to mission-critical functionality, you’ll learn what to look for to extend the value and shelf life of your next ERP system.

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The Benefits of an Integrated QCS

May 14, 2018 2:11:55 PM

In this special blog series, ERP Software & FDA Compliance, we’ll discuss the advantages of using an ERP system in an FDA-regulated industry. From organizing mission-critical documents to vendor management, you’ll learn how ERP helps keep product timelines in place and manufacturers in compliance.

From managing suppliers to delivering on your customer’s expectations, quality is a responsibility that is fulfilled by everyone at your organization, whether they realize it or not.

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ERP Software & FDA Compliance, Part 4: Approved Supplier Management

Apr 30, 2018 3:33:19 PM

In this special blog series, ERP Software & FDA Compliance, we’ll discuss the advantages of using an ERP system in an FDA-regulated industry. From organizing mission-critical documents to vendor management, you’ll learn how ERP helps keep product timelines in place and manufacturers in compliance.

It is not uncommon for manufacturers in FDA-regulated industries to utilize suppliers for components of their finished products.

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ERP FDA Compliance, 3: Obtaining Approval with eSignatures

Apr 23, 2018 2:05:19 PM

In this special blog series, ERP Software & FDA Compliance, we’ll discuss the advantages of using an ERP system in an FDA-regulated industry. From organizing mission-critical documents to vendor management, you’ll learn how ERP helps keep product timelines in place and manufacturers in compliance.

It used to be that manufacturers in FDA-regulated industries could get by handling approvals the old-fashioned way – with a stack of papers awaiting signature in an executive’s office.

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ERP Software & FDA Compliance, Part 2: Full Lot & Serial Tracking

Apr 9, 2018 3:23:54 PM

In this special blog series, ERP Software & FDA Compliance, we’ll discuss the advantages of using an ERP system in an FDA-regulated industry. From organizing mission-critical documents to vendor management, you’ll learn how ERP helps keep product timelines in place and manufacturers in compliance.

From food and beverage to medical device, manufacturers in FDA-regulated industries have a critical responsibility to maintain end-to-end lot and serial number tracking and management.

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How the Internet of Things (IoT) Is Transforming Manufacturing

Apr 3, 2018 10:46:42 AM

In this special blog series, Digital Transformation & the Evolving Role of ERP, we’ll discuss ERP’s new place at the heart of Manufacturing’s digital transformation. From business analytics to artificial intelligence and the Internet of things (IoT), you’ll learn about the cutting-edge technologies disrupting how manufacturers do business.
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ERP Software & FDA Compliance, Part 1: Managing Your DMR, DHR, and Product Documentation

Mar 26, 2018 11:19:22 AM

The development of a medical device can take years. Over the course of this time, product information amasses and evolves. From quality documentation and design data to computer-aided design (CAD) files and part specs, the device master record (DMR) and design history file (DHF) are critical but volatile entities in the medical device life cycle. The proper maintenance of these files is essential to not only FDA compliance but also operational success.

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Digital Transformation & the Evolving Role of ERP, Part 5: Blockchain- ERP Integration: The Next Big Thing?

Mar 20, 2018 1:30:11 PM

In this special blog series, Digital Transformation & the Evolving Role of ERP, we’ll discuss ERP’s new place at the heart of Manufacturing’s digital transformation. From business analytics to artificial intelligence and the Internet of things (IoT), you’ll learn about the cutting-edge technologies disrupting how manufacturers do business.
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Digital Transformation & the Evolving Role of ERP, Part 4: Integrating Artificial Intelligence (AI) and ERP

Mar 5, 2018 11:19:07 AM

In this special blog series, Digital Transformation & the Evolving Role of ERP, we’ll discuss ERP’s new place at the heart of Manufacturing’s digital transformation. From business analytics to artificial intelligence and the Internet of things (IoT), you’ll learn about the cutting-edge technologies disrupting how manufacturers do business.
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