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Four IQMS Manufacturing Customers Win 2017 MAPP Awards for Innovation and HR Best Practices
[September 12, 2017]

Four IQMS Manufacturing Customers Win 2017 MAPP Awards for Innovation and HR Best Practices


IQMS, a leading manufacturing ERP software and manufacturing execution system (MES) authority announced that four of its customers were recognized with awards from MAPP Inc., the Manufacturers Association for Plastics Processors. For the MAPP Innovation Award 2017, Intertech Medical won first place, while Wisconsin Plastics, Inc. tied for third. In the MAPP HR Best Practices Award 2017, Nicolet Plastics, Inc. earned second place, while Harmony Systems & Service tied for third.

"The common perception is that business leadership comes from large corporations. However, our customers are demonstrating that companies of all sizes can drive innovation, whether it's smart manufacturing on the shop floor or creative strategies for building strong teams," said Gary Nemmers, IQMS CEO. "We are thrilled by the recognition that Intertech Medical, Wisconsin Plastics, Nicolet Plastics, and Harmony Systems & Service have earned for their leadership with the 2017 awards from MAPP. It is a tremendous honor to support some of the best manufacturers in the country."

MAPP Innovation Award 2017

Intertech Medical, an affiliate of Intertech Plastics located in Denver, Colorado, earned first place in the MAPP Innovation Award 2017 for its zero-defect solution, which identifies defective parts and automatically scraps start-up rejects. The company's machine-side, automated work-cell utilizes integrated process control and quality control on behalf a customer. Handling more than 3 million parts per year, it delivered a return on investment (ROI) within 8.4 months in hard cost savings alone. Additionally, the solution has driven customer satisfaction while eliminting the burden on Intertech Medical's quality department, which previously had to perform additional manual inspections.

Wisconsin Plastics, Inc., based in Green Bay, WI, tied for third place in the MAPP Innovation Award 2017 for combining a new Universal Robot with a standard machine robot to pick, place, and pad print parts as part of the company's human assembly line. The "cobot" has enabled the company to increase the throughput for the assembly line by 25% while removing three assemblers per shift from the overall process. The assemblers have been reassigned elsewhere, enabling Wisconsin Plastics to run another complete assembly line.

MAPP HR Best Practices Award 2017


Nicolet Plastics, Inc., headquartered in Mountain, Wisconsin, earned second place in the MAPP HR Best Practices Award 2017 for the company's employee onboarding program. The company's goal in 2017 was to onboard a production operator within 60 days. As of June 30, 2017, only 4% of production operators extended their onboarding training beyond 60 days. Additionally, the percentage of new hires leaving within 90 days has declined by more than half, from 33% in 2016 to 14% in 2017.

Harmony Systems & Service, Inc., located in Piqua, OH, tied for third place in the MAPP HR Best Practices Award 2017 for the company's employee retention strategy. The company focuses on hiring individuals for their attitude, including people with disabilities through RT Industries, and then providing training with support from an onsite job coach. All 10 RT employees have been converted from temporary status to the full-time payroll, with a retention rate of 760-plus days versus 436 days for other full-time employees.

About IQMS

IQMS uniquely combines ERP and MES functionality to give manufacturers a comprehensive end-to-end suite for running the business, backed by the real-time performance and scalability that companies demand. Developed specifically for mid-market repetitive, discrete and batch process manufacturers, IQMS provides robust capabilities for addressing strict customer and regulatory certification and compliance. IQMS achieves this by delivering traditional ERP functionality for accounting, sales orders, material requirements, inventory and purchasing, plus extended native features for CRM, human resources, production scheduling, shop floor control, warehouse and quality modules. With offices across North America, Europe and Asia, IQMS serves manufacturers around the world. For more information, please visit http://www.iqms.com.

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