IQMS Sponsors New PMA Business Assessment Program for Manufacturers in the Metal Forming Sector

a leading manufacturing ERP
and manufacturing
execution system (MES)
authority, today announced that the company
is sponsoring a new Strategic Assessment Program (SAP) tailored for the
metal forming industry. The program, provided through a partnership
between the Precision
Metalforming Association
(PMA) and Harbour
Results, Inc.
, assists metal forming businesses in increasing their
competitiveness and profitability. PMA is the leading association for
companies creating precision metal products, while Harbour Results is a
trusted advisor that optimizes manufacturers’ business strategy and
improves operational efficiency.

SAP is a two-day assessment conducted by manufacturing and strategy
experts at Harbour Results, who bring extensive expertise in metal
forming industry best practices. The consultants work with metal
stamping firms to identify areas of opportunity, provide
recommendations, and propose a roadmap for implementing improvements.
The SAP assessment normally costs $7,500. However, through IQMS’s
sponsorship, it is available to PMA members for one-third less at
$5,000, enabling many more manufacturers to take advantage of the

The IQMS-sponsored program was unveiled at the Forming Our Future
Leadership Conference and PMA Annual Meeting, which ran March 8-11, 2017
at the Monarch Beach Resort in Dana Point, California.

“Today, many manufacturing best practices are driven by a well
implemented and utilized ERP system, so we believe that having an ERP
sponsor for our Strategic Assessment Program is appropriate,” said
William Gaskin, president of the Precision Metalforming Association.
“With more than a quarter century of providing ERP solutions designed to
help manufacturers grow their businesses, IQMS is a natural
representative, and it is an honor to have the company sponsor SAP.”

“It is critically important that manufacturers are utilizing a business
process system, like IQMS, to have access to the data they need to make
better decisions and better manage operations,” observed Laurie Harbour,
president of Harbour Results. “We are thrilled to have IQMS sponsor SAP
for PMA members as we team together to provide manufacturers the
business health check they need to optimize their businesses.”

“At IQMS, we recognize that manufacturers’ success is directly tied to
how well they navigate the rapidly evolving business dynamics facing the
industry. That’s why we have been highly impressed by PMA’s ongoing
efforts to advance the performance of metal forming companies, as well
as Harbour Results’ tremendous success with a similar assessment program
for the tool and die industry,” said Steve Bieszczat, CMO of IQMS.
“Through the IQMS sponsorship, we are now proud to work with both
organizations in bringing more of their services to the metal forming
business community.”

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.
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