Process Manufacturing with Sage ERP X3

By July 17, 2013Sage ERP X3

When it comes to process manufacturing, formula management or batch processing, your measurements have to be on point.  The slightest measurement mix-up could be detrimental to your entire formula and batch.  There is no margin for error.

Process Manufacturing Sage ERP X3

With Sage ERP X3, your measurements and conversions are taken care of.  No more mix-ups and no more re-batching.  As a result, you get increased consistency and preventative damage control, which will save you time and money.

Designed to support the dynamics of process manufacturing, Sage ERP X3 Process enables manufacturers to achieve greater product and process consistency, while improving the ability to satisfy increasing customer demand.

In particular, the advanced planning and control capabilities of Sage ERP X3 Process use real-time and historical information to:

  • Help manage inventory levels and costs
  • Optimize product mix
  • Reduce waste
  • Shorten product development cycles.

Its industry focus and modular design promote faster implementation of key process and business functions to provide a rapid return on investment.

Formula Management

Formula management is the basic building block of the Sage ERP X3 Process Suite. Unlike its bill of material equivalent in the discrete world, formulas specify the ingredients required to make an end item. And, because ingredients can be expressed in different proportions (such as gallons, liters, pounds), Sage ERP X3 Process provides a powerful unit of measure conversion engine that accounts for this inherent variability and integrates it with the production process. This natural integration is important because it allows ingredients to be added at different times during the manufacturing process. And it permits specified routing steps to be run simultaneously, such as when a batch must simmer at the same time another operation commences.

Formula Management takes the complexities out of dealing with:

  • Specific gravity calculations
  • Calculations for theoretical vs. actual yields
  • Multiple formulas for the same product
  • Decimal point precision for managing unit quantities

Sage ERP X3 Process supports multiple packaging variations per product by permitting individual items to be tracked and processed in different package or container units than those in which they can be produced or sold. This feature allows users to view inventory availability and to process transactions for products according to their unique packaging unit. It not only minimizes the number of product numbers that need to be maintained, but it allows products to be priced and sold in ways that satisfy specific customer requirements.

Measurement of the production process, as well as sound pricing strategy, is based on valid cost information. Using traditional legacy software, process manufacturers have long had difficulty setting up and maintaining such vital information.  With Sage ERP X3 Process, cost data is integral to defining and producing product.

Once formulas are created, costs for intermediate and finished goods are automatically calculated based on user-specified methods, overhead, and batch cost factors. Both standard production reporting and purchasing functions automatically update actual costs, ensuring timely updates and accurate cost calculations.

Armed with timely decision-making tools such as variance reports, margin analyses, and work-in-process reports, managers can make more informed decisions.

Sage ERP X3 Process also accounts for by-products of the production process, as well as maintaining raw material potency and other key product attributes.

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