For today’s manufacturing businesses it is critical to make sure you have adequate raw materials, collate ‘like’ orders for efficient production, assist in production both with Bills of Materials (kits, ingredients) and production steps to meet production and QA needs. Print production labels if required to help with batch tracking of your finished goods.
Infoware’s manufacturing component can perform a range of tasks to add efficiency to your manufacturing business.
Infoware Manufacturing Business Benefits
Bill of Materials (kits, ingredients)
The core of any manufacturing process is the Bill of Materials (BOM) required to produce a product. The product itself may be a component in another Bill of Materials or could be the finished product.
It is critical to include all costs (materials, expected labour usage, and any other recovery that is required). If you do not know your full costs then how can you know your bottom line for selling?
How do you determine quantities to produce?
This is not such a simple question when you have a number of products across lots of orders with common sub BOMs (components) plus many finished goods products.
Infoware keeps online daily Production Tallies at your fingertips.
What if my production is not made to order today but requires a production queue?
Infoware includes a production planner where you can schedule customer or stock production orders together. These can be grouped together by product type (or machine type). Daily shift production can be entered against each production order until complete.
How do you maintain raw stock levels when production changes every day?
Predictive Purchasing reduces SOH requirements by purchasing based on weeks of stock on hand plus forecasts, rather than let static out of date minimum / maximum reorder levels consume your overdraft or your capital; or doing manually and let your process consume your time.
Alternatively you can use Infoware’s scan Kanban approach that as you transfer stock to production then a PO is raised i.e. Basing your stock needs on replenishing actual usage.
What if actual orders are under/over forecasts?
If you have production forecasts, especially if you have long lead times for some raw material lines from overseas, Infoware can generate alerts warning you if actual sales are above predicted forecast so more stock may be required to be purchased to cover production in the months ahead.
“The Kanban Card Scan System allows stock to move from warehouse branches to production branches with limited computer interaction. The scan adds items to open orders at the same time, which are confirmed and automatically sent at 10am every day to suppliers. This has virtually eliminated run-outs and has saved us in excess of 1-2 hours labour per day. We would not be able to run as efficiently as we do now, without this tool.”