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The benefits of using ERP software

Supplier: Intrinsic Software
19 February, 2013

This software is suitable for small- to medium-sized manufacturers which make to stock, make to order, or are job shops. The software is suitable for a broad spectrum of manufactured goods.

Using ERP software has become an important part our customers business

Our solutions cover a wide range of industries for example, component parts for the automotive industry, knitted fabrics, hand creams, general engineering, chemicals, plastic moulding, pharmaceuticals, electronic components, fabrics, aerospace and defence, furniture, food and beverages – in fact, almost anything.

Some users are large companies, some are small. Some are single branch companies; some have multiple operations across the country. All of them are using our software to get control of all aspects of their business. For some, this may mean achieving better performance on the shop-floor, or better control of materials. For others, it means they deliver on time, first time, and in full

Better control of inventory –

  • Full inventory tracking and stock movements history
  • Control of inventory by batch numbers, serial numbers, or date
  • Proper location control, in one or multiple warehouses
  • Controlling the movement of goods between warehouses
  • Appropriate rules to govern inventory reordering
  • Full inventory audits

Better planning of despatch –

  • Allow the system to identify what you can ship, to whom, the delivery location, the urgency and so on
  • Take into consideration your important customers, and their special needs
  • Plan your shipments so that you can ship in full, first time, every time.

More sophisticated pricing of sales orders –

  • General discounts by customer, product, customer group or product group
  • Volume and value discounts
  • Pricing by branch or location

Tighter purchasing control, including full landed costing –

  • Three-way matching of purchase order, delivery and invoice
  • Automatic updating of latest costs
  • Alternative suppliers with their own costs and lead time
  • Landed cost processing for imports

The ability to plan production, considering capacity and materials availability –

  • Considers all sales orders, forecasts, current purchases. and manuf. orders, and current stock holding
  • Suggests: what to make, when, and in what quantities
  • Plans production using shop calendars
  • Prepares the manufacturing orders awaiting your final approval
  • Identifies manufacturing orders that will be late
  • You will never be held up for components that have not been ordered
  • You will be able to reduce stock levels to a lower safe level

Planned purchasing so that you buy what you want when you need it –

  • Planning of purchasing considers stock holding as well as manufacturing and sales requirements
  • Re-ordering rules control suggested purchasing quantities
  • Suggests: what to buy, when, and in what quantities

Easy conversion of selected planned orders into actual orders –

  • Planned orders are presented for your approval
  • They can be approved individually or in bulk
  • Purchase orders can be faxed or emailed
  • Conversion from planned to actual orders can be as required – perhaps daily.

Real time control of activities on the Shop Floor –

  • Formally initiate jobs on the shop floor
  • Print all shop papers, labels
  • Identify materials used or produced by batch number or serial number
  • Record actual times by operator, machine, shift
  • Use bar coding or touch screens (or manual timesheet entries)
  • For each job, compare actual material and labour used with that budgeted

Print/display sequence of (today's) operations thru each the work centres –

  • The definition of a manufactured product contains the material and operational components
  • Operations are recorded by work centre, and include setup, machine time and labour time
  • You can see where jobs are, and which work centre is next
  • You can see the expected time and the actual time for each operation at each work centre

Analysis of the impact of possible cost changes –

  • The definition a manufactured product includes all labour and overheads costs
  • Costs prepared using standard costs, latest costs, average costs, or a combination
  • Ability to run "What if" costing
  • Detailed Inventory and Work in Progress costing