Discrete Manufacturing ERP – What is it?
Discrete Manufacturing ERP – Who should use it?
Discrete manufacturing ERP is designed specifically for manufacturers of products that can be deconstructed. Unlike process manufacturing software, which is for manufacturers using ingredients in formulas and recipes to make their products, discrete manufacturing businesses use parts and components to build their products.
Businesses who benefit from investing in and implementing a discrete manufacturing ERP system manufacture goods in many industries including:
- Industrial equipment
- Medical devices
- Communications equipment
- Household items
Manufacturers of components, such as nuts, bolts, and brackets, used to build products in the industries listed above are also considered discrete manufacturers and would benefit greatly from adding a discrete manufacturing ERP to their business.
Discrete Manufacturing ERP – Which features are best?
Discrete manufacturing ERP systems are not all the same and some do not include the features proven to optimize manufacturing for most businesses.
Features essential for discrete manufacturing ERP:
- Assemblies – Easily build made to stock products.
The assemblies feature simplifies the production of assembled products by incorporating a line items list of the components needed per product. Assembly workers do not have to memorize parts or components used in different products. When using the assemblies feature, parts are automatically depleted from inventory and the finished products are added into inventory.
- Kitting – Quickly group components for made to order units.
The kitting feature of discrete manufacturing ERP streamlines the process of picking components for kits that are made on demand. Product components are outlined for quick and easy packing, but the finished product gets a single product code. Kit components are pulled from inventory as they are used in kits to maintain an accurate count of items.
- Bill of materials (BOM) – Effortlessly handle and specify parts or components.
The BOM feature controls inventory management by listing components or parts and defining when they are used in the building of products. Both the assemblies and the kitting features incorporate multi-level BOMs to manage inventory more efficiently. The BOM also includes additional information, such as component or part inventory levels.
- Barcoding – Automate adding and depleting components or parts from inventory.
Barcoding functionality coupled with mobile devices, works as a warehouse management system (WMS) that automates warehouse procedures for added efficiency. Barcoding is not just for the warehouse – it also boosts management of workflows and order fulfillment. Barcoding increases speed, accuracy and efficiency with the scanning of lot and/or serial numbers instead of manually rekeying information.
- Traceability – Accurately track inventory throughout the supply chain.
The traceability feature keeps track of inventory starting at vendors and suppliers, throughout manufacturing operations, and finally on to the consumers. The use of lot and serial numbers in traceability eliminates human errors to improve accuracy further with automation. Tracking components and final products every step of the way is critical during a recall to swiftly detect the problem and remedy it.
Financial management is sometimes offered within ERP systems for discrete manufacturing, but it is not a core feature. Separate financial management systems, like QuickBooks, are created to handle finances and are often better suited than the financial features included in some ERP systems. The one thing to remember when looking for a financial management system is to make sure it works with the manufacturing system. Preferably both systems work together with bi-directional data sharing and updating.
Discrete Manufacturing ERP – Finding the perfect one
When looking for a manufacturing system, businesses can avoid long disruptions and hefty prices by steering clear of ERPs designed for large scale companies. Simple, yet powerful, Acctivate, which works with QuickBooks, is ideal for businesses who need an ERP for a fraction of the price.
Acctivate includes assemblies, kitting, BOM, barcoding, traceability, and many more features to streamline and maximize manufacturing operations. Acctivate’s intuitive design is easy to learn and use, while also robust, and Acctivate grows along with your business to continue boosting production long term.
Acctivate is packed with features for your entire business. We invite you to explore more or, if you’d like to get started, try Acctivate for free or give us a call at 817-870-1311.