Helping SMEs do great things

What we provide the SME

Our SME industry packages are feature rich for manufacturing operations. We offer these via cloud or on premise technology.

There are selectable training programmes enabling you to choose whats right for your business from web based training, system material, on-line videos to on-site consulting.

Customisation where required enables specific work flow processing to be achieved.

Take time to review our offering and you might be surprised at what you find.


Routine Activities

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.


Shop Floor

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.


Product Costing

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.

Planning and Control

Sales and Operations Planning

Every manufacturer operates a Sales and Operations Planning (S&Ops) process of some sort. Somehow, decisions get made as to which products get produced, when components are bought and what promises given to customers.

Capacity requirements are then juggled so everything comes together on time. As the business grows, a structured process becomes inevitable for managing demand and supply.

Key to this is a set of tools that do the calculations.

Work Allocator

Operational tasks can allocated to work centres and prioritised. This is a drag 'n drop facility and enables easy monitoring of work flow. Forward capacity times are displayed. Shop floor screens get refreshed with latest plans.


Simple Scheduling

Simple Scheduling provides a quick and effective method of sequencing production throughput. It is designed to be easy to implement and provides a clear view of demands on resources and, via MRP, demands on materials supply.

This process is based on the concept of sequencing a single constraining work centre (the constraint) and offsetting all earlier and later operations by a standard lead time so that each operation can be completed respectively. This provides a “drum beat” for the whole factory that is do-able and efficient.


Dispatch Scheduling

Shipments can be scheduled against delivery runs which in turn backwardly determines the sequence of manufacturing and picking.Load and pick capacities can be separately scheduled.

Accounting Integration

There are many accounting systems available offering the core accounting requirements. 4Ops integrates with many of these but the extent of integration varies.

4Ops can manage all routine activities of order and inventory processing, together with more advanced manufacturing functions while the accounting system provides the debtors, creditor, general ledger, cash management and tax administration; 4Ops passes the debtor and creditor invoices and financial impact of stock transactions to the accounting system after the core activity processing.

Another option is for the accounting system to provide the core order and inventory processing while 4Ops picks up this order data and provides the additional manufacturing, shop floor, warehousing and planning functions.

Ask for a demo and we can work out what the best scenario is for you.