Integrated ERP Ups Manufacturing Efficiency

By: Caitlin Gilmore

By taking advantage of the integrated nature of integrated ERP, along with revamping approaches to product design and information hand-offs, many ETO manufacturers reduce product design time by 40%

According to Stephen Carson, executive vice-president with Visibility, 'The loading of these critical resources allows the sales group to promise more realistic delivery schedules based on assessments of current and future loads in the plant. By taking advantage of the integrated nature of Visibility, along with revamping approaches to product design and information hand-offs, many ETO manufacturers reduce product design time by 40%.' There are key challenges faced by Engineer-to-Order manufacturers when managing complex engineering projects including: * Virtually infinite possible product permutations. * Frequently shifting customer specification.
* Lengthy product design and approval process.
* Engineering design release process not in synch with production needs.
* Delivery cycle time too long.
Since delivery systems are designed to fit into manufacturing facilities, variations in height, length, location of stations and other attributes were possible down to the inch.
The design process was reiterative with lengthy discussions involving architects and plant engineers and last-minute changes were the norm.
Multiple internal product design and review processes extended the time required to provide designs to material and production.
ETO manufacturers encourage customers to finalize designs by assuring dedicated resources - Using Visibility Master production scheduling ETO manufacturers are able to identify critical 'pinch-point' processes and tie them back to the overall job using Rough Cut Capacity Planning functions.
Reserving time slots at these critical resources was tied to the finalization of product specifications reducing the tendency to insert 'desired but not required' changes late in the job cycle.
Visibility Corporation is a leading developer and supplier of business software solutions designed for the unique needs of project-based, engineer-to-order and to-order manufacturers.
Visibility's Enterprise Application solutions help midsize manufacturers of complex products operate their businesses effectively.
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