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Infor Introduces Infor Factory Track for Manufacturing Process Automation
Infor has announced a new suite of cloud-based solutions for comprehensive manufacturing process automation—Infor Factory Track. The solution suite is built to

eam application for discrete manufacturing  Infor M3 and Infor EAM. Future plans for Factory Track include but are not limited to: Supervisor dashboards and reporting Labor efficiency reporting Labor skillset support Ability to modify/ edit production schedule at the shop floor Industry-specific inventory management and barcoding support The Factory Track solution is another example of where Infor is investing in and delivering on targeted, consumer grade mobile product offerings to meet the vertical needs of their global customer base. Infor

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Core PLM for Discrete Industries

The foundation of product lifecycle management (PLM) for the discrete manufacturing industries is product data management (PDM). It covers design and product-related aspects of PLM including management of material specifications, product structures, production processes, design tools, document management, and design collaboration. 

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