Bill of Materials
The bill of materials (BOM) is the core of the system. It provides the structure for all manufacturing operations, whether it be a single tier process, with only a few stages, or a multi-staged, multi-level operation with many inter-dependencies.
The BOM has unlimited levels so components, processes and outwork can be added at any layer. Revision control gives the ability to freeze each update, along with notes about the update. Photos, drawings and documents can also be attached.
Inventory and Production
Holding the right level of inventory is a balancing act. Holding too much locks up unnecessary resources; whereas holding too little creates frequent disruptions.
Typically Make to Order and Jobbing operations buy materials specific for a customer job, hold buffer stock for common components or where lead times required by customers don’t match the lead times available from suppliers (or manufacturing).
Make to Stock and Distribution operations are generally forecast driven and the production replenishment planning accommodates lead times, safety levels and lot sizes at the various stages of the process.
Inventory processing might also require serial or batch tracking, bar code capture, warehouse BIN tracking and cycle count management which are all fully supported.
MRP and Purchasing
MRP is a master time phased calculator that determines what to make and what to buy in various time periods. Production work orders and supplier purchase orders can be generated and dispatched automatically from this process.
Processing manufacturing activity as it happens allows for efficiencies and real time control.
Touch screens on the shop floor provide an easy capture of actual start/finish times (as opposed to schedules), materials consumed and output receipts along with any machine interfaces such as scanning, weighing and QA recorded data.
A range of cost options are available. The system supports both standard and actual cost regimes across input types of materials, labour and activity based overheads.