LOS ANGELES — Software developer IQMS of Paso Robles, Calif., has broadened its product line, expanded into Europe and added personnel.
The firm has adopted EnterpriseIQ as a broader identity for the software formerly called IQWin32. Its enhanced WebDirect add-on module allows manufacturers to use the Internet to connect with suppliers, customers and employees for a variety of new functions.
IQMS said it implemented a beta-test system at Mikron Holding AG plastics division's plant in Vianen, the Netherlands, within budget and a time window of 21/2 months. Biel, Switzerland-based Mikron obtained the plant as part of its Jan. 1 acquisition of Axxicon Group NV. Two other Axxicon plants in the United States already use IQMS systems.
IQMS exhibited at Plastics Encounter Los Angeles, held April 10-12. The firm is expanding beyond plastics processing and will provide software for other repetitive manufacturing such as die casting, metal stamping, decorating and assembly, said sales director Liz Alflen.
The company employs about 45, up from 35 at the same time last year, and is "hiring across the board," said Mark Bosse, marketing manager since March.