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Horasis Asia Meeting 2019

Horasis Asia Meeting 2019

Data V Tech Solutions Company Ltd. is proud to participate in the Horasis Asia Meeting 2019 in Binh Duong, Vietnam. Here are some pictures we took in the event:

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Ms. Trinh, Lan Phuong (rightmost) and some international guests at Horasis Asia Meeting 2019 in Binh Duong

Horasis Asia Meeting 2019

Further information on the event according to Horasis:

24-25 November 2019, Binh Duong New City, Vietnam

Horasis will convene the 2019 Horasis Asia Meeting in Binh Duong New City, Vietnam, over 24-25 November. The event is co-hosted by Binh Duong Province, Becamex IDC Corp., and VSIP Group. The Horasis Asia Meeting will bring together over 500 of the foremost business and political leaders from across Asia and the world.

Delegates will discuss how to shape the path forward through Asia’s big transitions and how to adopt innovation to build towards a resilient Asia. This year, Vietnam plays again host to the Horasis Asia Meeting. The country aims to become an export economy that can grow fast and provide more jobs with higher income for the people of Vietnam and the whole of Asia.

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Trinh Dinh Dung, Deputy Prime Minister, Vietnam Plenary panel at the Horasis Asia Meeting

The annual Horasis Asia Meeting is Asia’s premier gathering of the region’s most senior leaders from business and government. The meeting is poised to be the ideal platform to explore and advance regional cooperation, impact investing and sustainable growth. The location of the meeting rotates annually and recently has been held in Bangkok, Thailand (2016), Kolkata, India (2017) and Binh Duong New City, Vietnam (2018). With this meeting, Horasis aims to present a systemic view of activities affecting the drivers of Asia’s economic success and how Asian businesses interact regionally as well as globally.

Binh Duong Convention Center,
venue of the Horasis Asia Meeting
Binh Duong New City,
Vietnam’s leading smart city

The co-chairs are:

Matlub Ahmad, Chairman, Nitol Niloy Group, Bangladesh
Fernando Gil De Bernabe, Chief Operating Officer Asia Pacific, Japan, and Greater China, Cisco, Singapore
Ed Bullecer, Chief Executive Officer, Paglas Group, Philippines
Herbert Chen Wu, Managing Director, The Economist Global Business Review, China
Thet Thet Khine, Member of Parliament, Myanmar
Don Lam, Chief Executive Officer, and Co-Founder, VinaCapital, Vietnam
  Nguyen Van Hung, Group Executive Chairman, Becamex IDC, Vietnam
Huynh Quang Hai, Group Executive Director, VSIP Group, Vietnam
So-Young Kang, Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Gnowbe, Singapore
Tadahiro Kawada, President, Kawada Technologies, Japan
Sanjay Kirloskar, Chairman, Kirloskar Brothers; President, AIMA, India
Hiroshi Komiyama, President, Kitakyushu Asian Center for Low Carbon Society, Japan
Nguyen Viet Long, Deputy Chief Executive Officer, Becamex IDC, Vietnam
Johan Nyvene, Chief Executive Officer, Ho Chi Minh City Securities Corporation, Vietnam
Ganesh Natarajan, Executive Chairman, and Founder, 5F World, India
Diana Sabrain, Co-founder, OneAgrix, Singapore Diana Sabrain, Co-founder, OneAgrix, Singapore
Vivian Secakusuma, Vice Chairman, Association of Indonesia Investment Advisors, Indonesia
Rita Sim, Chief Executive Officer, CENSE Media, Malaysia
Tan Yinglan, Founding Managing Partner, Insignia Ventures Partners, Singapore
Thong Le Tri, Vice Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, PNJ, Vietnam
Wang Dong, Secretary-General, The Pangoal Institution, China

Horasis – a global visions community committed to inspiring our future – provides a unique platform for companies from emerging and developed markets to globalize their organizations. In addition to the Horasis Asia Meeting, Horasis hosts the annual Horasis Global Meeting, Horasis China Meeting, Horasis India Meeting, as well as the annual gatherings of the Horasis Visionary Circle.


Data V Tech is Epicor’s Authorized Partner with over 20 years of experience in the Asia Pacific. We provide well-timed implementation with full support for software localization. As a one-stop-shop, we offer complete solutions for manufacturing, trading, and distribution businesses, from mobile applications to e-commerce and direct machine data integrations to Epicor Kinetic (ERP) software.

Epicor Kinetic (ERP) is accessible on the cloud, hosted servers, and on-premises. It is flexible and personalizable to individual use, company practices, and multiple industries.

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Epicor for Small Medium Manufacturers

Epicor Strategy Empowers Digitalization for Small & Medium Manufacturers

Epicor has created an architecture for companies, particularly small and medium manufacturers (those with employee numbers ranging from 20 to more than 1,000), to help them find a way to improve manufacturing competitiveness, profits, flexibility, and quality. Using Industry 4.0, and Internet of Things concepts, they introduced Cloud ERP. The software was positioned as “Visionary” in the Gartner 2018 Magic Quadrant for Cloud ERP in the product-centric midsize enterprise. Gartner noted that Epicor ERP has a reputation for being a flexible and highly capable product for small and midsize manufacturing companies.

Many small and medium manufacturers have asked me if digitalization though the implementation of Industry 4.0 and IoT concepts is practical for them. Thus, I took a deeper look at these developments.

I had the opportunity to discuss Epicor’s developments and directions with Terri Hiskey, Epicor’s Vice President of Global Product Marketing, Manufacturing and Andrew Robling, a Principal Product Manager  Robling mentioned that there is a growing interest in manufacturing modernization, with many companies designating a Digital Transformation Officer to facilitate the process, and Hiskey agreed.

In order to compete in today’s fast-paced environment, manufacturers must have a strategy for digitization in place. Modern manufacturers want to be able to streamline operations to gain greater transparency and visibility across their business, and they want to move from being reactive to proactive with their business strategies and operations. So investment in intelligent solutions that can automate processes, provide a single source of visibility across the factory floor and can help identify emerging trends so they can make more informed decisions is key to their success.” – Terri Hiskey, Epicor.

Epicor Advanced MES (Mattec)

The Epicor architecture supports integrating the sensor into the enterprise system to create efficient and responsive manufacturing.  The plant-level interfaces include OPC and Epicor’s Machine Interface Unit (MIU) connections.

Starting the Digitalization Journey

Epicor recommends manufacturers, including those small and medium, begin the digitalization journey by taking three basic steps to start:

  • 1st step: Identity what it should monitor and track via a sensor. In particular, whether that is temperature, vibration, the number of products, etc.
  • 2nd step: Apply a sensor to that machine and set the ‘normal’ threshold.
  • 3rd step: Link that sensor to an ERP/MES system to visualize and act upon data.

Through these steps, the sensors collect data that the machine in the system generates. The system then transforms the data into understandable and actionable information in order to achieve more responsive manufacturing. Personnel throughout manufacturers can get immediate access to data and warnings when real operations are outside of defined tolerances and thresholds, alerting workers to adjustments required to proactively ensure efficient operations. The greater visibility and accurate information about manufacturing operations help empower workers to add more value.

Integrating a Manufacturing Execution System (MES)

While MES is not a new technology, the Epicor Mattec MES is tightly integrated with the Epicor ERP system and collects data directly from equipment and operators on the shop floor in real-time, using OPC and the Machine Interface Unit (MIU). The purpose is to help gain real-time insight to pinpoint critical issues and reduce waste while improving quality and customer service. Everyone in the plant and throughout the organization can then enhance manufacturing performance. The Epicor Mattec MES can operate independently with other ERP systems.

Epicor Advanced MES (Mattec)

The Epicor Building Blocks

To help manufacturers, particularly those small and medium, continue the digitalization journey, the Epicor architecture creates the following building blocks:

Machine Interface Unit – MIU

The function of the MIU is to capture real-time data using digital and analog sensors including temperature pressure and vibration. The unit also can connect to PLC and controllers to access data.  The latest MIU version is based on a Raspberry Pi processor. It can be a blind node or have an optional touchscreen display for operator interaction. The unit also features a large memory cache in order to ensure information is available in the event of network interruptions and outages.

Shop Floor HMI

The Mattec Shop Floor HMI enables real-time shop floor monitoring of production activities, operator production data entry and job changes. Further, it helps to review current and upcoming job data, quality activities, and to perform maintenance. The Epicor Mattec MES Shop Floor HMI software runs on any device with an HTML 5 compatible browser, facilitating BYOD (bring your own device) strategies. The interface is configurable to conform to the operators’ and users’ manufacturing environment. Operators use the HMI to execute jobs and manage equipment, log and track time spent on machine & tool maintenance, track downtime events, and reasons, initiate and acknowledge calls for machine assistance.

Mattec Shop Floor HMI that supports Embedded context-based videos and PDF Files providing information to increase productivity and quality.

CAD Data Integration

Epicor QBiuld’s CADLink software facilitates direct creation of Epicor Item Master and Bill Of Materials (BOM) records identical to engineering CAD data, working to ensure reliability and quality of work order documentation.

Epicor Virtual Agent (EVA)

The company recently introduced the Epicor Virtual Agent (EVA). This feature provides a natural language interface to interact with the Epicor system using text and voice. Beyond the request/response conversational experience, EVA also uses artificial intelligent (AI) capabilities to proactively deliver alerts and carry out targeted actions based on combinations of events, market statistics, and historical data. EVA was developed using AI services from Microsoft Azure and can be added to all sizes and types of Epicor ERP implementations.

Epicor Data Analytics

Phocas software enables Epicor Data Analytics (EDA) to visualize and analyze data from production to sales. EDA is a cloud service with tools built for non-technical users. Furthermore, you can access EDA from any device to track business-critical KPIs on visual, customizable dashboards.

Cloud Strategy

Epicor offers ERP software-as-a-service (SaaS) in the cloud. The design is to remove the burden of maintaining secure backup servers and ongoing lifecycle maintenance. As a result, it is beneficial for many organizations. The MES Mattec server resides at the manufacturing facility to ensure ongoing operations and responsiveness.

Making the Most of the Digitalization Proposition

Andrew Robling, Principal Product Manager summed up the discussion with an exciting look into the future. “At Epicor, we believe that companies that adopt digitization strategies will not only continue to compete in today’s global marketplace but will take market share away from their competitors by reducing costs, boosting customer satisfaction and ultimately increasing profits,” Robling opined.

This view is shared by more than just Epicor. Throughout the industry, it is important for small and medium manufacturers to invest in technology that is appropriate for them. As a result, they can leverage Industry 4.0 and digitalization concepts and methods to remain viable and competitive. Epicor is one option to help manufacturers, especially those small and medium, along the way.


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Data V Tech is Epicor’s Authorized Partner with over 20 years of experience in the Asia Pacific. We provide well-timed implementation with full support for software localization. As a one-stop-shop, we offer complete solutions for manufacturing, trading, and distribution businesses, from mobile applications to e-commerce and direct machine data integrations to Epicor Kinetic (ERP) software.

Epicor Kinetic (ERP) is accessible on the cloud, hosted servers, and on-premises. It is flexible and personalizable to individual use, company practices, and multiple industries.

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Quality control management through transformation due to newer ERP platforms

One of the leading tasks for enterprise resource planning – ERP – platforms is to control the quality of a company’s products before delivering them to customers. Nonetheless, manufacturing has become tremendously complex due to the increasing demands of customers. Thus, former ERP systems have difficulties in staying up to the job.

Frequently, the purpose of programming software systems previously was to emphasize consistency. But today’s newer systems incorporate advanced analytics and artificial intelligence technologies in the quality control process.

The systems have become more attuned to the highly-customized approach of current manufacturing processes. They must automatically learn how to deal with more complex products and resolve multiple issues that can delay a process and eat into earnings.

Managing Multiple Platforms

Some manufacturers are forced to juggle multiple systems to stay on top of challenges in production such as shop floor control or track-and-trace visibility within the supply chain. So they often look for more from their ERP platforms – for example, allowing a short-notice production run.

The latest ERP systems manage data effectively so they can optimize production runs across multiple metrics. They also are adaptable and able either to incorporate or run alongside software used by other firms.

Managers must also consider increased time pressures in the production process. The window from design to manufacture is shrinking all the time, but quality control must stay consistent.

New Ways to Test

The latest ERP technology can handle these demands using Failure Mode and Effects Analysis, or FMEA. There are tests on new products against a digital twin due to a lack of sufficient time for a more thorough analysis.

Quality management demands require the next generation of ERP systems to rely on data inputs that go beyond scrap rates. Manufacturers need to catch quality issues on the factory floor and stay abreast of issues with raw materials and components coming into the process.

Leading the way are companies that use metallurgical components. An instance is in aerospace manufacturing, where there are zero margins for error. However, we ought to apply similar processes to the plastics sector.

Artificial intelligence and the Internet of Things are predicted to play a more significant role in the quality control process of the future: Connected devices will likely channel reams of additional data back into the production process, while AI can help ERP systems gain new insights that will improve quality by detecting issues far earlier than currently possible.

Key takeaways:

  • The next generation of ERP software platforms is revolutionizing the entire process of quality control within manufacturing.
  • More sophisticated products combined with intense time pressures mean that ERP systems need to step up with more dynamic and insightful quality control processes.
  • Beyond this, breakthroughs with AI research and the implementation of IoT or connected technology means that ERP systems increasingly are able to incorporate a greater level of product data and insights into quality control.
  • A more granular approach to product analysis including raw materials should translate into more efficient quality control in the near future.

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Data V Tech is Epicor’s Authorized Partner with over 20 years of experience in the Asia Pacific. We provide well-timed implementation with full support for software localization. As a one-stop-shop, we offer complete solutions for manufacturing, trading, and distribution businesses, from mobile applications to e-commerce and direct machine data integrations to Epicor Kinetic (ERP) software.

Epicor Kinetic (ERP) is accessible on the cloud, hosted servers, and on-premises. It is flexible and personalizable to individual use, company practices, and multiple industries.

Contact us