SOURCE: Epicor Software Corporation

Epicor Software Corporation

May 15, 2013 12:00 ET

New Version of Epicor CMS Solution Expands Features and Functionality for the Automotive Industry

Epicor CMS ERP Designed to Meet the Complex Business Needs of Automotive Companies

NASHVILLE, TN--(Marketwired - May 15, 2013) - EPICOR INSIGHTS 2013 - Epicor Software Corporation, a global leader in business software solutions for manufacturing, distribution, retail and services organizations, today announced the general availability of version 6.0 of its Honda Approved Epicor® CMS enterprise resource planning (ERP) solution for the automotive industry, featuring new functionality and usability enhancements made across all product modules to drive improved business performance. Key highlights of Epicor CMS 6.0 include new quality control tools, manufacturing execution system (MES) touch screen capabilities now available with Production Manager, and enhancements to repetitive manufacturing capabilities.

"Epicor continues to expand the functionality of Epicor CMS to help address the increasingly complex needs of automotive manufacturers and businesses that supply to the automotive industry," says Malcolm Fox, vice president, product marketing, Epicor. "With this new release, Epicor provides a complete ecosystem of industry-specific features and products for Epicor CMS that enables our customers to realize even more business value from the solution."

New Quality Control Capabilities for Detail Inspections
New production and quality management features in Epicor CMS provide better control when dealing with detail inspections on the shop floor. Enhancements include the ability to specify whether or not certain inspection procedures should be mandatory, record those test results with lot or serial number, and use event-based utilities to allow the operator to report inspection results at the machine. Rather than creating an inspection request when the production threshold is reached, a notification screen will prompt the operator to begin inspection and then report the results and disposition. The employee tag is also entered to identify the person performing the inspection.

Touch Screen MES Capabilities Now Available with Production Manager
For those customers looking to collect real-time manufacturing data from the shop floor and/or error-proof production reporting and container label creation, the latest version of Epicor CMS adds Production Manager to deliver these MES capabilities. Operator touch screen solutions now provide a Microsoft Windows® 8 Metro Style UI (user interface) that supports machine PLC based automation of production reporting to ensure that the right part is in the right container with the right label, every time. An accurate understanding of the real sources of machine downtime enables well-targeted continuous process improvement activities to unlock hidden capacity within an organization's plant. Available as an add-on module, Production Manager enables customers to further extend the value of their investment in Epicor CMS.

ZANINI AUTO GRUP, S.A. is one of the newest customers to adopt Epicor CMS. ZANINI specializes in the development and manufacturing of original equipment plastic components for the automotive industry and is a worldwide leader in the wheel trim market. "The unique functionality in Epicor CMS that is tailored specifically to the automotive industry was the key to implementing the solution across our production sites in North America," says Rod Spain, plant manager, ZANINI. "We needed a comprehensive solution that ensures we are prepared to meet our customers' needs now and in the future, as well as help us to gain new opportunities with companies such as Honda."

About Epicor CMS
Epicor CMS is a powerful ERP software solution built for the automotive industry. Designed for intensive supply chains, Epicor CMS helps eliminate shipping errors, tighten inventory accuracy, and strengthen enterprise-wide control and supplier management. Customized for the automotive industry from quotations, financials, and inventory all the way to electronic data interchange (EDI) mapping, product configuration, production and shipping, Epicor CMS brings value with quick implementation and ease of use. Built-in features and functionality to support automotive organizations' most important requirements include:

  • Approved by Honda of North America, Inc. to meet their stringent EDI, shipping and labeling requirements. Used by many automotive manufacturers, Epicor CMS delivers a comprehensive solution to ensure compliance with Honda's Star, Delta and GPCS systems in North America.
  • Improved lead times and waste reduction through implementation of lean strategies for automotive manufacturers.
  • Support for AIAG-compliant labels, MMOG/LE compliance, strong product lifecycle management (PLM) for product data and document management, and advanced quality management for handling PPM, APQP, PPAP, and TS 16949.
  • Exceptional project management capabilities with automotive manufacturing software solutions.
  • Complete visibility with a comprehensive end-to-end solution containing built-in dashboards.

For more information on Epicor CMS, or other software solutions available from Epicor, please call +1-800-999-6995 or email

About Epicor Software Corporation
Epicor Software Corporation is a global leader delivering inspired business software solutions to the manufacturing, distribution, retail and services industries. With over 40 years of experience serving small, midmarket and larger enterprises, Epicor has more than 20,000 customers in over 150 countries. Epicor enterprise resource planning (ERP), retail management software, supply chain management (SCM), and human capital management (HCM) enable companies to drive increased efficiency and improve profitability. With a history of innovation, industry expertise and passion for excellence, Epicor provides the single point of accountability that local, regional and global businesses demand. The Company's headquarters are located in Dublin, California, with offices and affiliates worldwide. For more information, visit

Follow Epicor on Twitter @Epicor, @EpicorUK, @EpicorEMEA, @EpicorANZ, @EpicorLAC, @Epicor_Retail, @Epicor_DIST, @EpicorPrcsMFG and Facebook.

Epicor, Epicor CMS and the Epicor logo are trademarks of Epicor Software Corporation, registered in the United States and other countries. Other trademarks referenced are the property of their respective owners. The product and service offerings depicted in this document are produced by Epicor Software Corporation.

Contact Information

  • Contact:
    Jessica Riggs
    Senior Specialist, Public Relations
    Epicor Software Corporation
    +1 949 585 4160