Manufacturers Reduce Waste with Epicor
Waste—it’s the number one nemesis of every manufacturer. A small to midsize business can’t afford to waste material or compile excess inventory. A large business bears the burden of managing materials, demand and processes across multiple sites, making them susceptible to overlooking errors in documentation or machinery. To combat waste in your enterprise, there’s only one solution: Epicor ERP. Today, we analyze the premium ERP solutions and strategies that enable manufacturers of all sizes to reduce scrap and rework.
Machine Monitoring Technology
A damaged part or faulty fixture can produce a lot of waste. By staying on top of how products are made, manufacturers can cut down on these errors, thereby reducing scrap and rework. Epicor ERP enables manufacturers to take a proactive approach to managing machinery and shop floor operations, no matter where they are in the globe.
Epicor automatically collects data from machinery, delivering a comprehensive view of your manufacturing floor. You can discover which equipment is the cause of scrap or downtime. Better yet, early warnings of lapses in quality or productivity empower users to make changes before paying an expensive price to fix problems. The latest version of Epicor 10 even includes advanced IoT tools that give you real-time equipment metrics in a user-friendly dashboard. This information isn’t limited to just one or two sites. Epicor’s global management suite provides visibility into worldwide multi-plant and warehouse operations to ensure your entire enterprise enforces lean practices.
Many businesses consider computer-aided design (CAD) drawings as enough documentation for reducing scrap and rework, but this is far from the truth. CAD alone doesn’t capture a 360-degree view of your products, increasing your chances of compiling significant waste and disrupting business practices. To get the right parts at the right time on your shop floor, manufacturers must maintain accurate bills of materials (BOMs).
This is where Epicor comes in. Epicor includes quality management tools that provide real-time updates on shipments and quality levels to ensure BOMs define high quality materials. Your ERP system will also ensure everything is in place by using BOMs to order parts for you. Overall, ERP serves as a central hub for documentation, eradicating the unmanageable paper trail to optimize efficiency and visibility.
One reliable method for reducing rework and scrap is implementing Kanban workflows. Kanban manufacturing slashes waste through using pull production, a process which only builds products that have been ordered. This surefire method of reducing surplus supplies and costs is supported by Epicor ERP.
Epicor provides up-to-date visibility of future demand throughout the supply chain to enforce Kanban techniques. The sophisticated system also uses real-time data to automate materials replenishment, contacting suppliers when new materials are needed to fulfill demand. With the Kanban Monitor, users can easily check their dashboard to ensure demand and production stay in line.
Managing scrap, rework and other forms of waste and inefficiency can often seem like an impossible task. Fortunately, Epicor alleviates these challenges by automating processes and offering total transparency. For an Epicor ERP implementation done on your schedule and your budget, contact Datix. As an Epicor Gold Partner, we know everything there is to know about the system. More importantly, after over 20 years in business, we also know the intricacies of manufacturing and distribution. Our ERP consultants do whatever it takes to make each instance work at its best to meet specific business needs.
Ready to attack scrap and rework? Contact Datix today for more information on our ERP and enterprise software solutions!