PASO ROBLES, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--IQMS, a leading manufacturing ERP software and manufacturing execution system (MES) authority, today announced that automotive manufacturer Elio Motors Inc. has selected IQMS’ flagship product, EnterpriseIQ. Elio Motors, which is anticipating the roll out its highly fuel-efficient, three-wheeled motor vehicle in Q4 2016, is implementing EnterpriseIQ to provide a single system for managing the company’s processes and obtaining complete, accurate information to support decision-making.
Since it was founded in 2009, Elio Motors’ vision has been to reinvent transportation by designing a safe, fun-to-drive, affordable, and environmentally friendly vehicle. The result is the aerodynamically designed Elio, a three-wheeled, two-seat vehicle, projected to achieve up to 84 MPG for a targeted $6,800 base price. With a commitment to delivering American-made vehicles, production is to take place in a former GM production facility in Shreveport, La.
During the initial years of design, development and testing, Elio Motors relied on different applications to manage the company’s processes. Finance used a combination of QuickBooks and Microsoft Excel spreadsheets, while marketing maintained a separate database for customer information. To date, reconciling the information manually has not required significant time; however, the current model would not be sufficient for the significant growth Elio Motors will realize once the company moves into production.
Elio Motors recognized the need for a single system for managing all of its processes, from finance and marketing to manufacturing, engineering, quality, training and human resources. Elio Motors also realized that it would be a strategic advantage to plan and implement its manufacturing system in conjunction with the setup of its manufacturing operations even as the company used the software to support its existing business needs. Last, in evaluating software, Elio Motors sought a solution to the challenges that various team members had experienced with enterprise resource planning (ERP) systems at previous companies. A review of leading ERP solutions on the market led to IQMS and its EnterpriseIQ software.
“We appreciated that IQMS had a specific focus on the automotive industry, and we viewed the real-time production monitoring portion to be the true strength of the system—especially how it interfaces with the rest of the system to allow for quick, up to date, in-depth review of the production floor,” said Shane Stirmers, finance manager for Elio Motors Inc. “Additionally, EnterpriseIQ will require limited modifications for us to use as the backbone of the company, and there is considerable flexibility in the system, which will allow us to grow.”
Equally important, Stirmers noted, “Our mission at Elio Motors to provide an efficient, cost-effective, American-based solution for our customers is consistent with the team at IQMS. This philosophical alignment, combined with a solution that can evolve with us to address future challenges, provides us the confidence that IQMS is the provider best prepared to deliver on our business goals.”
About Elio Motors Inc.
Founded by car enthusiast Paul Elio in 2009, Elio Motors Inc. represents a revolutionary approach to manufacturing an ultra-high-mileage vehicle. The three-wheeled Elio is engineered to attain a highway mileage rating of up to 84 mpg while providing the comfort of amenities such as power windows, power door lock and air conditioning accompanied by the safety of multiple air bags and an aerodynamic, enclosed vehicle body. Elio Motors’ first manufacturing site will be in Shreveport, Louisiana.
IQMS uniquely combines ERP and manufacturing execution system (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. For more information, please visit http://www.iqms.com.
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