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Manufacturing

Challenges

Tackling challenges in the manufacturing segment requires agility. Success in this industry relies on producing products that leverage current market conditions, in the right quantities, at the right time, at a high level of quality, at a cost the consumer is ready to pay, in a measurable way.

  • Reducing manufacturing costs without sacrificing quality. Reducing manufacturing costs is easy. Reducing costs in a way that does not sacrifice product quality is not.
  • Increase sales and marketing effectiveness. Effective sales and marketing can save a poor product. Ineffective sales and marketing can ruin a great product.
  • Manage inventory more effectively. For most manufacturers, the ability to adhere to just-in-time inventory methodologies is the order of the day. The challenge is in having proper inventory metrics and the ability to convert these metrics into a planned approach to keep your assembly lines supplied as needed without overages or shortages.
  • Reduce order-to-delivery time. Managing in-process inventory presents similar challenges to managing finished products. Minimizing storage overhead and maximizing turnover rates are both the challenges and the goals.
  • Introduce new products faster. In a rapidly globalizing economy, successful high-tech manufacturing often depends on the flexibility of the assembly lines. Managing and integrating these efforts with existing product lines is an on-going challenge.
  • Develop better demand forecasts. Knowing your market is a critical component and constant challenge to any business. Success or failure often hinges on knowing your market, irrespective of other factors.
  • Improve post-sales operations. Retaining customers is typically many times cheaper than acquiring new customers. In a global and competitive market, customer service becomes a critical component for any business.

 

Solutions

See some of the business issues that a business management solution can help manufacturing companies address.

Customer Relationship and Demand Management

Functions within a business organization are often referred to as ‘front-office’ or ‘back-office’ depending upon whether they are ‘customer-facing’ like an inside sales group or a customer support call center, or are more internally- or supplier-oriented like accounting/finance, purchasing or manufacturing.

Anticipate and adapt to customer demand. Customers in the global marketplace have high expectations. Manufacturers must quickly respond to their needs to remain competitive. Although the value of providing a more customer-centric experience is evident, manufacturers struggle with implementing this concept in their organizations.

Integrated Supply Chain Management

Predicting every market change is impossible. Manufacturers benefit in periods of change by being prepared for a shift in the market at all times. A closely integrated supply chain is critical to this agility.

Operational Performance Management

Managers of today’s manufacturing companies receive tons of data: data about equipment, products, orders, deliveries, conditions, quality, and customers. That’s why a growing number of companies are moving to platforms and systems that help to integrate isolated silos of information residing in existing systems.

Capabilities - Features and Functions

Bill of Material: The Bill of Material module identifies a standard list of items, or components, required to produce a different, or parent, item. It defines the relationships between items being produced and the items needed to produce them. A produced item can be composed of one or more items which might be purchased, assembled, fabricated or changed in some way to create a new item. This new item may be sold directly, or used itself to make another item in a product’s structure.

Production Order Processing: The Production Order Processing module controls the movement of materials during the production process. Production is managed through the use of production orders. These orders indicate the quantities and due dates of items being manufactured. They also contain lists of materials required, extracted from the standard bill of material, and expected operations, from the standard routing. Production receipts and component movement are reported here.

Custom Routing: The routing defines the non-material resources needed to support the production of items. An effective resource definition application should allow you to comprehensively identify all the resources needed to produce an item. It should also allow you to easily define the process steps required for production, and it should allow you to provide sufficient detail relative to process steps to clearly describe all the operations required. These definitions should be available to all other areas within the business to efficiently conduct business in engineering and design, quoting and proposal writing, production planning and operations, and cost accounting.

Material Requirements Planning: An effective MRP application should ensure materials are available for production and products are available for delivery to customers while maintaining the lowest possible inventory levels. By properly managing the types and quantities of products purchased and produced to meet current and future demands you’ll attain high levels of customer satisfaction while reducing cash tied up in potentially obsolete inventory.

Costing: Costing defines the expected or costs to be incurred to produce or purchase items. An effective standard costing application should allow you to quickly calculate costs associated with purchase and production activities.  It should also present these costs in a variety of formats, with sufficient detail to effectively analyze the cost elements.  Costs should be available for immediate comparison to actual costs, with variances to standard presented at summary and detail levels.

Actual Costing: Actual Costing analyzes actual production costs for an item and compares them to one or more standard costs. Cost variances are presented in summary format, by order, item, or product via inquiry and reporting programs. Detail variances are presented by component and routing step.

Master Scheduling: Master Scheduling is the primary driver to plan and schedule production to support external demand for products. It facilitates detailed entry of production forecasts and uses these forecasts, along with sales order demand, to generate a Master Production schedule. Rough-cut capacity planning is also available, to analyze commitments placed on critical production resources.

Production Scheduling: Imagine how much more efficient your organization would be if you could see at a glance all open work orders and the effect they have on your capacity to produce by work center, by department, by team, even down to the machine level. There would be no more guess work on when a job can start or when you can tell your customers their order will ship.   

Labor Processing: Labor is a significant expense for most companies and accurate labor reporting is essential for the correct costing of manufactured items that include labor in their routing steps. An effective labor tracking and reporting system needs to provide you with the information you need to appropriately plan your workload, eliminate inefficiencies and maximize margins.

Capacity Requirements Planning: Capacity Requirements Planning analyzes loads placed on production resources. It reviews standard routing information for planned and released production orders, to determine the resources needed to satisfy production requirements. Loads are measured against available capacity, in user-defined time intervals, to support exception analysis.

Product Configurator: Product Configurator defines optional features to be selected and included in the production of an item.

Case Study

Case Studies

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