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Sage ERP X3 Function: Manufacturing Management

By February 6, 2013No Comments

In our three previous Sage ERP X3 blog posts we detailed the different functions that make up the Distribution Management application in the Sage ERP X3 system. These included: Sage ERP X3 ManufacturingPurchasing Management, Inventory Management and Sales Management.  This post will move on to describe the functionality of Manufacturing Management.  With it you will get a more streamlined manufacturing process that supports the planning, scheduling and production control activities.  The following blog post will go into more detail on how the Manufacturing Management solution in Sage ERP X3 will make your manufacturing company more profitable and efficient.

Manufacturing Management

Comprehensive Technical Data:  Sage ERP X3 provides a common repository for sharing detailed product information across sales, purchasing, inventory, and production. Various material tracking modes are supported by associating products with unique control attributes such as lot numbers, expiration dates, and QC technical sheets.

Sage ERP X3 supports multilevel bills of material and usage controls for distinguishing prototypes, engineering bills, production BOMs, and sales kits. BOM usage is also controlled by validity dates and production quantities, which can be by unit, lot for lot, 100- or 1,000-unit batches, or fixed quantities. Work and cost centers can be associated with machine and labor cost dimensions, resources, and factory calendars.

A product can have multiple routings for manufacturing and subcontracting operations. BOMs can be associated with special routings that perform JIT material allocations when necessary.  Routing operations are assigned fixed and variable setup and run times and can accommodate forward and backward scheduling.  Alternate work centers and material and labor resources can be identified to handle overload situations. Technical sheets can be associated with routing operations to support manufacturing quality control.

Cost Accounting:  Sage ERP X3 supports the ability to establish an annual standard cost, perform standard cost revisions, calculate multiple simulated standard costs with user-defined parameters, and develop cost budgets for planning standard costs for future periods. Costs can be attributed to materials, machines, labor, subcontracting, and overhead. Variances can be calculated on any two costs of the same type or between two costs of different types.

Planning:  Multisite MPS for medium-to-long-term planning needs includes features for performing budget analyses and feasibility simulations. It also calculates net multisite requirements, generates replanning messages, and analyzes the impact of load demands. MPS makes best use of user-defined reordering parameters such as fixed period coverage, seasonality patterns, and net reorder quantities. The planning horizon is user-defined with allowances for up to five years.

Sage ERP X3 supports finite and infinite capacity requirements planning. Finite capacity planning can be done automatically by using a powerful, integrated optimization facility that helps resolve bottleneck areas according to user-defined constraints.

Material planners can use an interactive drag-and-drop scheduling tool—in GANTT format—for manual viewing, simulation, and updating of outstanding work orders and routing operations. The capacity planning capabilities in Sage ERP X3 provide an ideal tool for planners to compare loads on work centers imposed by existing and proposed work orders, taking into consideration the associated capacity of each work center and work order due dates. Through either manual or automatic replanning, companies can achieve balanced loads in either overload or underload situations. Both forward and backward scheduling strategies are supported.

Work Order Release:  Sage ERP X3 provides flexible work order release management capabilities, allowing multiple items per production order and real-time material, machine, and labor allocations with reason codes. Work-in-process tracking, production status reporting, and a breakdown of actual production costs by shop traveler are also provided. Sage ERP X3 supports the ability to do rate-based scheduling with backflushing.

Decision-Making Tools:  Sage ERP X3 provides material planners with an array of screens and reports in quantified form or pie charts, bar charts, and graphs to assist in making meaningful material and capacity decisions. Included are multisite MPS charts for product families, MRP schedules for products at single or multiple sites, bottleneck work center charts, and a planner’s workbench. Time-phased pegging ties requirements back to original demand sources. Sage ERP X3 calculates a variety of performance indicators including material, operation and production yield, capacity, and resource utilization rates.


Contact Our Sage ERP X3 Team

Are you interested in learning more about the features and functionality of Sage ERP X3? Contact SWK’s Sage ERP X3 Team to learn how these features can benefit you. For additional information contact us at 877-979-5462 or click here to contact us.


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