Rootstock announces free cloud manufacturing ERP webinar
Rootstock Software, the leader in cloud manufacturing and supply chain applications, has announced that companies needing to update their ERP system can overview moving to a Manufacturing Cloud ERP solution in a free webinar commencing on the 30th of March. They will also learn how to support the three major flows within the enterprise - Quote to Cash, Procure to Pay and Plan to Purchase.
"To succeed in today's dynamic, evolving markets, companies need to be active, agile, mobile and connected to real time data," says Rootstock CEO Pat Garrehy. "The legacy systems of old can no longer scale fast enough to keep up with business demands, not to mention being difficult and expensive to maintain. This seminar will show them how a cloud-based manufacturing ERP can address every aspect of their business including the three major flows."
No other process has more touchpoints with the customer than the Quote to Cash process. From the point of identifying an opportunity in one's Salesforce CRM, the Manufacturing Cloud ERP takes the handoff and runs with it. Users can build quotes for simple or complex manufactured items, take the customer through a guided selling process, configure to order and produce pricing scenarios.
Procure to Pay (Purchase to Pay or P2P) is the process of obtaining and managing the raw materials needed for manufacturing a product or providing a service. It involves pricing to quote creation to invoicing and through to payment receipt. The process should be seamless from point of order to payment and that is exactly what Cloud Manufacturing ERP ensures.
Cloud Manufacturing ERP users can also turn demand into shipped product. Demand can come from sales, forecasts and manufacturing requirements. MRP analyzes the demand requirements and plans the supply as purchases, sub-contracts and work orders. Capacity planning and scheduling provide the sanity check to turn the material plan into reality. Work orders are the vehicle for communicating the manufacturing requirements to the floor and the collection point for costs, from time cards, material issues and more. Completion of items into stock or to shipping make inventory available for order fulfillment.
For information on how to see this free webinar, click here.
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Ultium Cells LLC/Li-Cycle: Sustainable Battery Manufacturing
Ultium Cells LLC - a joint venture between General Motors and LG Energy Solutions - has announced its latest collaboration with Li-Cycle. Joining forces the two have set ambitions to expand recycling in North America, recycling up to 100% of the scrap materials in battery cell manufacturing
What is Ultium Cells LLC?
Announcing their partnership in December 2019, General Motors (GM) and LG Energy Solutions established Ultium Cells LLC with a mission to “ensure excellence of Battery Cell Manufacturing through implementation of best practices from each company to contribute [to the] expansion of a Zero Emission propulsion on a global scale.”
Who is Li-Cycle?
Founded in 2016, Li-Cycle leverages innovative solutions to address emerging and urgent challenges around the world.
As the use of Lithium-ion rechargeable batteries in automotive, industrial energy storage, and consumer electronic applications rises, Li-Cycle believes that “the world needs improved technology and supply chain innovations to better recycle these batteries, while also meeting the rapidly growing demand for critical and scarce battery-grade materials.”
Why are Ultium Cells LLC and Li-Cycle join forces?
By joining forces to expand the recycling of scrap materials in battery cell manufacturing in North America, the new recycling process will allow Ultium Cells LLC to recycle cobalt, nickel, lithium, graphite, copper, manganese and aluminum.
“95% of these materials can be used in the production of new batteries or for adjacent industries,” says GM, who explains that the new hydrometallurgical process emits 30% less greenhouse gases (GHGs) than traditional processes, minimising the environmental impact. Use of this process will begin later in the year (2021).
"Our combined efforts with Ultium Cells will be instrumental in redirecting battery manufacturing scrap from landfills and returning a substantial amount of valuable battery-grade materials back into the battery supply chain. This partnership is a critical step forward in advancing our proven lithium-ion resource recovery technology as a more sustainable alternative to mining, " said Ajay Kochhar, President, CEO and co-founder of Li-Cycle.
"GM's zero-waste initiative aims to divert more than 90% of its manufacturing waste from landfills and incineration globally by 2025. Now, we're going to work closely with Ultium Cells and Li-Cycle to help the industry get even better use out of the materials,” added Ken Morris, Vice President of Electric and Autonomous Vehicles, GM.
Since 2013, GM has recycled or reused 100% of the battery packs it has received from customers, with most current GM EVs repaired with refurbished packs.
"We strive to make more with less waste and energy expended. This is a crucial step in improving the sustainability of our components and manufacturing processes,” concluded Thomas Gallagher, Chief Operating Officer, Ultium Cells LLC.