Is Your Manufacturing Business Functioning as a Team?

Different departments operating independently within a manufacturing business means it’s difficult to share relevant information and makes it easier to get blindsided by competitors with a smarter game plan.

The SAP Business One Manufacturing software solution is tailored specifically for small to medium sized businesses within the highly-competitive manufacturing industry. Light manufacturing, maketo-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 that 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 that include:

• 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 assists businesses to streamline their entire manufacturing process, from production scheduling 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 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 of reducing 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 certainly helps businesses with their customer retention and identifying 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,’ Craig concludes.

Bluekey Seidor is a member of the Seidor group of companies – a multinational IT integrator and systems provider with a wide portfolio of products and services covering consulting, infrastructure, implementation, development, maintenance and support. Bluekey Seidor is also the most successful and fastest growing SAP Business One partner in Africa with a reputation for on-time delivery of complex, as well as simple, integrated business management solutions to SMEs. The company is founded on the value proposition that successful implementation of ERP and business management solutions brings real and tangible benefits to business owners by driving efficiency, profitability and growth while giving management effective control and visibility. For more information, visit www.bluekeyseidor.com