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Machine Intelligence Platform Alora Now Available for ECI’s M1 and Macola

May 6, 2021
Latest Alora integration helps custom and mixed-mode manufacturers increase productivity and reduce downtime through real-time machine insights.

ECI Software Solutions, a leader in cloud-based business management solutions, today announced the availability of Alora, a machine intelligence platform by Data Inventions, Inc., for M1 and Macola. M1 and Macola users can connect data directly with real-time machine performance to create visibility at an actionable level so that operators and managers can run business operations more effectively.

Over the past year, manufacturers have faced immense uncertainty because of supply chain strains, wavering economic challenges, and decelerated hiring initiatives brought on by the pandemic and have needed to optimize their operations as much as possible to stay competitive. By using the Alora integration, M1 and Macola users can combine the data in their ERP systems with real-time machine performance information to monitor and improve operational performance.

Alora allows machine operators and managers to connect using simple, intuitive interfaces that help them prevent errors from occurring and avert defects throughout the production process. Automated systems analyze data in real-time and trigger actions that help reduce downtime, prevent the chances of failure and improve output delivery. Through this integration, users are better equipped to:

  • Gain machine data insights. Get better control and understanding into when machines are running, how long they are running for, and when they are up for scheduled maintenance, increasing the chances of detecting machine failures before they happen.
  • Improve Overall Equipment Effectiveness (OEE). Enhance manufacturing productivity and quality by measuring, recognizing, and improving how the shop functions.
  • Decrease downtime. Automatically analyze data in real-time and trigger actions that prevent failures, reduce costs, and improve outputs.

Since Alora integrated with ECI’s JobBOSS in March 2020, JobBOSS users have seen machine utilization improvements of up to 20% in just 90 days. The integration will also be available for JobBOSS2, ECI’s new cloud-native ERP for job shops and make-to-order manufacturers, in Summer 2021.

“Our manufacturing customers have been hyper-focused on ensuring operational effectiveness in the wake of the uncertainties of last year,” said Matt Heerey, President, ECI Manufacturing Division. “As manufacturers worldwide rely on ECI’s various products to run and grow their businesses, Alora will give our M1 and Macola customers the tools necessary to pinpoint machine disruptions and make adjustments accordingly.”

“Our mission is to empower the intelligence and growth of mid-market manufacturers that run their business on M1 and Macola. We are using the power of information to elevate the performance of every machine and every individual at all levels of the organization,” said Duane Clement, CEO, Data Inventions. “Alora is part of a total M1 and Macola package that is easy to implement, easy to use, and immediately actionable. When manufacturers can engage their employees and improve utilization by more than 20% in a matter of weeks, we know we hit the mark.”

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