The future demand for IT in manufacturing

As the manufacturing industry is looking to boom in the near future, businesses within the sector will need to keep up with the expansion and rely on their IT system more than ever before. By having a more stable and robust system, it will allow manufacturers to increase their speed to market, quality and cost-effectiveness of their products as well as achieving greater flexibility and individualism – separating themselves from the competition.


‘The big data trend’

As any good marketing or sales guide will tell you – data is key! However, as more and more data is collected by the manufacturing industry, the need for a more reliable IT system is greater. The data will need to be stored on a secure and resilient system where they are able to abide by the new data protection laws (GDPR) as well as hold that amount of information without crashing their systems.


System Upgrades

As well as hitting this big data trend, we are also well into the digital revolution. Inevitably, that means there will be more manufacturers looking to upgrade their IT infrastructure for improved speed and productivity.

With an integrated MRP system, firms will be able to manage all aspects of their business in a more unified, constructive manner; from customer relationship management through to stock control and delivery, there are solutions available to provide them with the cost-effectiveness and flexibility they need.

Larger investments into a new IT system may seem daunting or costly but the impact across a manufacturing business could be more than just saving you time and money in the long run, it will increase productivity and efficiency.

The future of manufacturing growth heavily relies on IT and the impacts of technological advances are going to be more obvious to businesses within 2017 than ever before.


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MRP Manufacturing – What Can It Do For You?

MRP ManufacturingManufacturing Resource Planning software is used to integrate inventory control and production planning – to manage all aspects of manufacturing efficiently. When managing your business it is important to keep costs low and efficiencies high which is where an MRP system may just become your new saviour!

The three main objectives of MRP Systems are;

To ensure materials are in stock for production and products are available for delivery to customers,

To ensure the lowest possible material and product levels are maintained,

To plan manufacturing activities, delivery schedules and purchasing activities effectively.

How could an MRP System benefit you?

MRP Systems are designed to make business operations smooth and efficient which allows the business an economic advantage. The system does this by planning and scheduling production operations which reduces money spent on waste materials, as this is a struggle for some manufacturers. Planning production also helps to see the number of finished goods for the future to improve planning of sales. The lowest material and product levels need to be maintained for warehouse storage and cash flow implications. Daily schedules and manufacturing activities need to be planned so the manufacturing of a product goes smoothly to ensure there are no complications which could impact on the production of the product and the delivery of the product to the customer.

It is important for a business to control the types and quantities of materials they purchase, products that will be produced and the quantities in which they will be produced. This is to ensure the business continues to meet customer demand at current and in the future, at the lowest possible cost. An MRP system would help to control this and would create reports on financial status and areas in which the business could improve on.

Why would an MRP System benefit your customers?

An MRP system will improve shipping performance to ensure goods are delivered to the customers at the correct time.  It will also reduce the amount of late orders, create higher levels of productivity and helps the company adjust to changes in demand quickly; greatly improving customer service.

Overall, an MRP system is a great way not only to stay organised, but to also save time and money. All aspects of the business will integrate into a successful management solution with many benefits to the business.

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Keeping The Spark In Manufacturing With SAP

What can SAP Business One MRP do for you and your manufacturing business?

SAP Business One supports all the basic business requirements of a modern manufacturing business, enabling you to accurately and effectively manage bills of materials (BOMs), production orders, and material requirements in one centralised ERP system.

Offering a simple yet powerful planning system, it helps production planners or buyers schedule and manage items for production or purchasing based on a variety of criteria.

SAP Business One MRP (Materials Requirements Planning)  allows you to define a planning scenario in five easy steps and then predict demand based on its forecasts. This sophisticated module ensures that your company can fulfil demand resulting in satisfied customers.

Whether you purchase your inventory in or you manufacture it, SAP Business One MRP module can handle it.

What are SAP Business One MRP Salient features?

  • Accurately predict demand based on forecasts, allowing you to adjust material planning accordingly
  • The planning wizard guides you through the process of creating planning scenarios in five simple steps. Scenarios can be run for a range of items or item groups, and once executed, the solution produces a detailed recommendation report
  • Once a scenario is executed, the solution presents a recommendation to ‘make’ or ‘buy’ items in a recommendation report. Drill-down options are available to allow planners to view the net requirement calculations and view the actual documents driving the gross requirements. Exception warnings and visual queries are also available. These help users identify orders that need to be expedited.
  • From the recommendation report, planners can automatically select recommended production orders and purchase orders for automatic creation. If an item needs to be outsourced, the system allows planners to easily convert a production order to a purchase order. Purchase orders to the same supplier can be optionally consolidated into one order, streamlining the purchasing process
  • Pre-defined report templates allow you to create detailed reports quickly and easily

How can SAP Business One MRP benefit your business?

  • Reduce costs – by considering both minimum order quantities and order multiples
  • Have complete end-to-end visibility of products –  from order entry through manufacturing, fitting, alterations and on to delivery
  • Make quicker, better decisions –  by gaining access to timely, accurate data on all aspects of the sales process
  • Reduce stock levels – by reducing safety stock and multiple PO’s for the same
  • SAP Business One makes it easy for you to capture the usage of material required for you to build your finished products.


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