Is Your Manufacturing Business Functioning as a Team?

When different departments within a manufacturing business operate independently, it makes it difficult to share relevant information, which makes it easier to get blindsided by competitors with a smarter game plan.

The SAP Business One Manufacturing software solution has been tailored specifically for small to medium sized businesses within this highly competitive industry. Light manufacturing, make-to-order (MTO), engineer to order (ETO), mixed-mode, and assembly focused businesses can all get ahead of the game with an integrated mid-market Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) system.

“It is ideal for companies which engage primarily in light manufacturing or lack the internal capacity for advanced manufacturing systems. It is easy to configure with existing applications and has room for customisation.” says Craig Johnston, Marketing Manager at Bluekey Seidor.

The package includes standard SAP Business One features as well as specific manufacturing features such as:

• Lot, batch and serial control
• project cost tracking
• labour management
• multi-level bill of materials
• forecasting
• multi-warehouse management capability
• extensive item master management

The system will assist businesses in streamlining their entire manufacturing process, from production scheduling through to purchasing and logistics. It is designed to help manage material requirements planning (MRP) for multi-level production processes, create resource planning scenarios to forecast demand and generate automatic replenishment orders to prevent material shortages.

Contrary to paper-based picking systems, stock can be scanned out and the information is quickly passed through to other departments for required checks, reducing the risk of human error, which protects margins. This reduces the time needed for manual stock revaluation.

The ability to track inventory levels in real-time means that inventory is optimised, which gives companies the advantage to reduce inventory-carrying cost while minimising the risk of stock outages.

Another benefit is the complete customer view it offers across sales, distribution and financials.
“This will certainly help businesses with their customer retention and identify opportunities to expand. Managers can keep their eye on the ball and will have less chance of getting penalised because someone forgot to, for example, save details of the last communication with a customer,” Johnston concluded.