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The characteristics that make a manufacturing company great are not only the quality of the products that are produced on a shop floor, but also how quickly these products are turned around to the customers. That efficiency can be tracked to the behind-the-scenes work that goes on in the office, where all the details of running a manufacturing business come into play. We’re talking estimating, managing sales orders, shop orders, job costing, time tracking, job scheduling, inventory control, purchasing, receiving, shipping, invoicing and other general accounting functions.
ERP (enterprise resource planning) software programs are designed to automate and manage these day-to-day operations and can often be customized to fit the needs of a particular shop.
In the article “Family Business Finds ERP Software Tailored to its Needs,” Roberts Automatic Products chose Henning Software to create a customized ERP package for the shop that included not only time tracking, production, quoting and accounting, but also gage management. Henning also added a work center for Roberts that included a volume-based scrap calculator, a carrying cost calculator and a more robust lot and freight-based outside services calculator. Read this article here.
An executive dashboard, which is purchased in addition to ERP software, is another program that makes life easier for manufacturers, in particular, officers of a company who are interested in monitoring key business metrics and trends in an easy-to-use manner, according to an article by Rich Henning. It also offers a verbal daily briefing that can be set to deliver whatever data the executive feels is most important. To read more about this software program, visit “Executive Dashboard Helps Drive the Business.”