For a decade, IndustryWeek and the Manufacturing Performance Institute (MPI) Census of Manufacturers have provided data to US manufacturers. This year, MPI fielded a similar survey in Canada, offering an intriguing look into the differences between the Canadian and US manufacturing landscapes. This executive summary presents combined data from these surveys, aimed at helping manufacturers meet future challenges.
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more of plants were material requirements planning systems (44%), financial management systems (41%), electronic data interchange (36%), and enterprise resource planning (ERP) (33%). ERP systems were the application most likely to be purchased next, cited by 17% of plants (18% of U.S. plants and 10% of Canada plants). Which of the following information technology applications are currently in use at your plant? (multiple responses allowed) All Plants U.S. Canada (N) 893 766 127 Design systems (e.g., CAD,