When it comes to manufacturing, every production line faces the same challenge -- producing goods at the lowest cost possible while meeting both quality and time guidelines. To this end, most companies start to track certain metrics to see where efficiency can be improved. They tweak the system and refine the operations but there are still issues. The problem is that the nature of many manufacturing systems leads to inefficiency.
Preventing Manufacturing Inefficiencies
Aside from the obvious issues with manual tracking, reporting is often inconsistent because there are so many different systems operating at once. This leads to redundant data and duplicated efforts, as well as the horrible question as to which version is the most up-to-date. Ultimately, there is a lack of visibility and transparency throughout the system. There is also a ton of wasted effort from tracking various figures in different systems.
Having an integrated enterprise resource planning (ERP) solution like SAP Business One in place changes the game. Here are some of the ways that that ERP improves manufacturing quality.
One of the biggest ways that SAP Business One improves manufacturing quality is through data. In the SAP Business One system, data is centralized so it only needs to be entered once, then it is synchronized throughout the system. Accuracy improves significantly. Tracking becomes more efficient and effective thanks to enhanced transparency, while the process itself becomes streamlined in a way that organizing workflow just doesn't touch.
Plus, there is no lag time. Participants in the operations chain see production data in real time so decision-making becomes more informed across the board. This means that production management will have better data to use in planning and scheduling. It also makes it possible for operation leads to spot problems before they become issues, like a machine that is starting to overheat.
SAP Business One can automatically notify workers when something needs their attention and so much more. Users can set up alerts that notify specific people or teams when certain events occur, from a shipment delivery to a supply shortage. Certain purchase orders can even be automated. Logistics improve and so do inventory levels. SAP makes it possible to order more materials before they are needed through barcode scanning and other tracking technologies. This leads to quality within the structure of the production system itself.
This improved production quality leads to improved satisfaction with customers and vendors. Those same automations that make for more effective production also make it easy to relay certain information to those parties, like when their order shipped, its tracking information and when it will arrive. In the case of made-to-order manufacturing, you could even update end users about the progress through the manufacturing process.
From the way goods are produced to the way they are warehoused and ultimately shipped out, SAP Business One streamlines logistics from the material point of origin to the point of end user consumption. All production transactions go through the ERP so every item is accounted for and each step of the process is documented. Bills of materials and product routings are effortless while ingredient listings, product costing and manufacturing orders are automatically generated and distributed.
SAP Business One works from the heart of the entire manufacturing process so companies can ensure quality from start to finish. Customers are happier and production is more efficient. In turn, companies save money and time. It's a win-win.