Many Cloud ERP packages have fallen short, because in the rush to get to the Cloud, they are either severely limited in functionality or they are only replications of a predecessor legacy ERP package supporting one business type. They do not acknowledge that manufacturers require a greater variety of manufacturing methods and services to be supported. Let’s look at some examples of what is meant by this.
“Unionwear manufacturers completely customize products and we needed a cloud based solution that will allow our textile and promotional clients to design accessories online, get real time costing and stage opportunities that we flow directly into planning, procurement and production,” says Unionwear president Mitch Cahn. “The automation provided…makes small batch manufacturing a more fluid, profitable experience for both us and our clients.”
“We are a small company who locally designs and manufactures a large collection. That has always presented challenges in production timing and material management. With the MRP capabilities…, we will be able to more efficiently get our production and work orders completed,” says the operations manager of a fashion manufacturer. “That really stuck out for us.”
Northeast Lantern needs to track inventory and have vision on its production flow on the floor. This is especially important as twenty percent of the high quality solid brass and copper lanterns manufacturer’s output is custom and the company provides a lifetime guarantee.
To assure they continue to make a top quality product and make their manufacturing processes more efficient, Northeast Lantern requires a scheduling engine that dates work order operation routing steps (which can be sequential or concurrent) and processes them against a comprehensive set of prioritization rules. Northeast Lantern must be able to easily reprioritize work orders visually with drag-and-drop capacity planning screens. They need to quickly locate overloaded work centers or late work orders by color and, then, go to another tab in the capacity planning screens and see all of the shop orders for a particular job.
A larger company such as Metal Shark has the same needs.
“Our goal is to build a great boat at the best value to our customers. Our plant manufactures increasingly complex vessels in extremely tight timeframes with a high degree of automation, requiring precise controls and planning,” explains Chris Allard, Metal Shark CEO. As a manufacture-to-order job-shop, it is imperative to them that they can quickly schedule their shop and maximize efficiency. They were especially excited about how they could benefit from drag-and-drop shop floor features.
Stay tuned for the conclusion!