The Enapps manufacturing module is a simple, yet powerful ERP module for manufacturers that uses standard, average or FIFO costing methods. Whether you do most of your assembly in-house, or outsource it overseas, the MRP2 functionality perfectly handles your requirement. Utilising the Enapps expertise in ERP functionality, you can enjoy a flexible and robust set of tools to manage your manufacturing requirements simply and accurately. As with all other parts of our implementation, the manufacturing functionality is fully integrated into the the ERP.
The role of the Enapps manufacturing module is to complete the inventory management by delivering the operations which are specific to a streamlined manufacturing process. The first phase of the process is represented by the creation of a project into manufacturing process. This involves the generation of recipes, based on how the final product needs to be created.
The Enapps ERP system allows the creation and processing of manufacturing orders with a broad set of powerful features. An operator specifies the planned quantity for manufacture and selects the product to be produced. As defined in the bill of materials, the required components for the order are loaded for review. Following a production workflow based on your needs, the production process then flows through into finished goods.
Because the batch tracking functionality is deeply integrated into our ERP system, all components and finished goods are fully traceable, from the time of purchase, through production to sale. Finished goods can automatically be serialised with a unique batch code if required. You can also audit where components have been utilised and in which finished products they are contained.
Consumption and production
Component products defined in the bill of materials are consumed at the point of manufacture. Full goods movement transactions are utilised for this process, thus you ensure your quantities of stocks on hand are accurate and help the planning process. Similarly, finished goods create new quantities of products in stock ready for sale or to fulfil existing orders.
A common problem with manual manufacturing processes on spreadsheets or manufacturing systems not connected to the financial package is the inability to accurately formulate costs. The MRP2 module ensures that costs for finished products are calculated using standard or average costing and will also incorporate any service costs incurred at the point of manufacture. This is all handled automatically by the system.
Another feature of the manufacturing functionality in the Enapps ERP is the ability to disassemble completed finished products. This is very useful for companies who combine various bundles of kit items or special offers on a regular basis and then need to break down any units left unsold to be utilised in new production requirements.
The Enapps ERP system allows definition of multi-level bill of materials (BOM) for the purpose of describing which components and their quantities are required for a finished product and other uses like shipping BOMs. This functionality can be utilised by companies who have a manufacturing requirement, but also if a company does not manufacture, but still needs to represent bundles or groupings of products. A standard BOM lists all of the components required to make a finished product. The system allows the operator to define unique reference codes and handles variable top level quantities. So if you use one component to produce five finished units, this is fully supported. The system also supports the definition of phantom BOMs, which can be utilised for groups of components that do not materialise in a finished item, but are used in one or more BOMs. Additionally, the system supports shipping BOMs which explode on delivery when the parent product is sold.
Hierarchy & revisions
BOMs can be defined in a hierarchy with as many as one hundred levels deep. Reports such as BOM cost roll-up allows you to examine how the costs build up for a finished product at each level of the BOM hierarchy. New revisions of BOMs can be created, archiving the previous version and keeping track of the revision number as the finished product evolves.
The MRP Scheduler automatically creates manufacturing orders and purchase orders based on your current sales demand and stock levels. The scheduler checks current real stock, then matches this against your minimum stock rules. It also takes into consideration sales of finished goods.
In addition, the MRP Scheduler also utilises historical average sales figures to help determine quantities required and ensures purchase orders are raised taking into account supplier’s lead time to deliver the goods. Using the MRP Scheduler, your resource planning work is greatly simplified and completed with the click of a button. Once draft manufacturing orders and draft purchase orders are created, they can be reviewed by the relevant staff member and confirmed.
Our MRP2 module supports ‘chained manufacturing’ logic and the concept of manufacturing workstations. This is where the ERP understands that a product manufacturing process need to be completed in a certain order, takes a certain amount of time and potentially by individuals with the required skill sets. This information is also utilised with a view to providing a capacity planning report which can help you make critical manufacturing business decisions.