Horizons International - Process, Discrete and Mixed Mode Manufacturing Software for Microsoft Dynamics GP - production

By: Horizons International  09-12-2011
Keywords: Data Entry

Mixed Mode Manufacturing - unique needs for formula and discrete based production.

Production control and planning for process manufacturers can be particularly demanding due to the need to constantly switch between the management of batches or blends of products and the discrete packaging generally required in order to distribute those products. For discrete manufacturers there are corresponding challenges when lean concepts are introduced to the shop floor. Horizons International blends these diverse needs into a single solution that robustly meets the needs of all with mixed mode functionality.

Dependable production results.

Achieving your production plans depends significantly on timely availability of resources. Whether those resources are ingredients, machines or people, you and your customer's want to know that production plans can be cost effectively achieved. The production entry tools establish quantities planned for production in batches, mixes or units, expected completion time frames and also supports collecting the costs relevant to your business processes. Each batch ticket or work order can support collection during production to inform management and sales of current status, improving reporting and management information.

Managing by products and co products efficiently in lean and process environments.

With the advent of lean and cellular manufacturing even discrete manufacturers can benefit from co product functionality that used to only exist in process manufacturing software. Anytime production can yield multiple end items, or items of various grades from a process and manage that in a single transaction, there is efficiency, reduced costs and inventory accuracy. Frequently the results are planned, as in the case of paper converting or chemical production but sometimes it is not possible to specifically identify results until the end of production as is the case for meat processors or fermented products. Horizons functionality supports both expected and unexpected production results while reducing the overhead cost of transactions with efficient data entry points and cost calculators.

Visibility of production sequencing.

Completing production processes consistently in the correct order with the correct resources improves efficiency and controls costs. For manufacturers using formulas and recipes these requirements are extended with the need to support adding the same ingredient multiple times in a single production process. Providing accurate, reliable production sequencing instructions to shop floor personnel with easy to read documents can be achieved by blending ingredient sequencing instructions with operations instructions so that both sets of data are easy to maintain and scalable. A single batch or work ticket that identifies materials or ingredient requirements and provides production instructions supports the needs of both discrete and process manufacturers for good work instructions, capacity planning and cost collection.

Yields and costing.

Cost control and performance control are quickly evaluated when accurate timely data on yields is available. Understanding expected materials needs and comparing them to actual use in a timely manner can help lower costs and improve cash flow, important goals in lean times. When utilized with lot control it is possible to relate materials performance back to originating vendors and score on quality of products shipped, helping to identify reliability of best vendors and products. Ability to roll up costs in real time for production can support early awareness of problems and encourage timely corrective actions and improved estimating and quoting for new orders.

Keywords: Data Entry

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