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Choose the right manufacturing features to bolster your enterprise resource planning system

3/20/2012 at 11:18 am by

There are many different industries that can benefit from the use of enterprise resource planning technology. After all, it's no wonder a system of programs designed to track and analyze stores of materials and products would benefit a variety of companies. However, it is important to keep in mind ERP applications have their roots in manufacturing technology, so that kind of business is going to be well-suited to the functionality business software offers.

The reason for this is that manufacturing simply encompasses quite a few processes enterprise resource planning is very adept at streamlining. Consider the following tasks and activities that can be relegated to ERP systems, which can free up staff members for more important work.

Bills of material
The lifeblood of a manufacturing enterprise is its raw materials, and whether they're in liquid form or can be counted as discrete units makes no difference. What is important is the ability to maintain records of them. Additionally, it's a good idea to be able to generate bills and receipts of such documents that are electronic or paper in nature and can be given to suppliers and clients at will.

Manufacturing flow
Processes that combine to form the overall effort at a manufacturing facility are often abstract and difficult to articulate. One of the greatest boons to production and distribution in the recent past is the proliferation of high-tech software, which can be used to both manage manufacturing flow and to help staff members and planners visualize how goods are being produced. Use enterprise resource planning technology to make these kinds of high-level patterns much clearer.

Quality control
Details that are recorded, analyzed and used to determine whether quality is being achieved or not are minute and numerous. Long gone are the days when a row of workers could flank a conveyor belt and check every good that was produced by hand. Instead, complicated business software must be used to discover what proportion of items meet certain guidelines and which bear improvement.

Scheduling
Another difficulty a non-computerized business might face is the monumental task of creating an appropriate schedule. Workers, machines, customer needs and a host of other competing activities have to be optimally ordered, and even the sharpest human minds can spend untold hours trying to do this even half perfectly. Leave the task to enterprise resource planning software and focus on more important issues that require human attention.

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