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How ERP Supports Manufacturing Best Practices

By Candice Schuval

Manufacturing Best Practices

Epicor ERP Optimizes Manufacturing  

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Time and time again, we’ve drilled home the value of following software best practices whenever embarking on an ERP project. Going into an implementation without following proven methods will result in a solution that fails to deliver ROI and desired improvements.  

But software success isn’t just about ERP best practices; it’s also about business best practices. For example, manufacturers who implement a platform that doesn’t align with their goalsprocesses and industry standards will find that they’ve wasted their investment on a disappointing system that isn’t even used. Epicor ERP is a solution that is designed to help manufacturers instill and maintain best practices to achieve business growth. Keep reading to find out how ERP can support proven manufacturing strategies.  

Continuous Improvement 

ERP software has the power to overhaul outdated methods and applications to streamline operations. Rather than manage each facet of your organization with a different system, ERP can consolidate information and processes in one place. This simplifies activities, automates workflows and coordinates every part of your supply chain to work productively.  

However, ERP isn’t just about sweeping transformation. It also drives incremental, continuous improvements. Collaboration and data visualization tools enable everyone to contribute valuable decisions. Authorized users across your enterprise can instantly access dynamic reports to evaluate business performance. Epicor includes an interactive home page that can be personalized by each user, displaying relevant charts and graphs with drill-down capabilities. With information at their fingertips, your employees can understand how their roles contribute to the supply chain and uncover issues and potential opportunities.  

Additionally, this level of visibility breaks down data silos. Users can see how the data and processes of other departments relate to their work and find new ways to collaborate to solve problems. With Epicor Social Enterprise (ESE), they can reach out to fellow employees in an instant to brainstorm ideas or ask questions without flooding their inboxes. Similar to social media platforms, ESE creates a live stream of information to help you track operations and message other users. By encouraging enterprise collaboration and delivering in-depth insights, ERP helps manufacturers pursue and track continuous improvements.  

Precision  

High customer expectations and stringent regulations leave no room for error. Delivering quality products on time while generating a profit requires all processes to be accurate and in sync. This is hard to do when you collect data in multiple applications and spreadsheets. These data silos inhibit you from gaining a comprehensive, real-time overview of operations. That means you could miss one error that sets back your entire production line.  

ERP harbors back-end data in one location to give you a full view of your enterprise performance. This shows you how materials, people and cash are flowing throughout your organization. ERP software also gives users granular control. Epicor supports multilevel BOM management, allowing users to handle complex BOMs and routings through simple drag-and-drop functionality. Employees have instant access to inventory levels, so they can determine whether they can fulfill a large order or have excess stock. Real-time data detects bottlenecks and the status of specific jobs. Full traceability and instant notifications help employees maintain optimum product quality.  

This level of precision is essential for planning future operations and projects. For example, your ERP can store the load time of each job to help you schedule accurately for upcoming work. Epicor’s Kanban functionality gives downstream cells and suppliers up-to-date visibility of future demand to facilitate accurate replenishment. With insight into the root causes of waste and downtime, users can develop strategies to avoid repeating their mistakes. ERP gives manufacturers accurate data and precise control over processes to drive business growth.  

Wrap Up  

Successful manufacturing is all about meeting customer needs through continuously improving and precisely executing tasks. For over 45 years, Epicor has been the chosen ERP vendor for discrete manufacturers across multiple verticals. Epicor packs its ERP solution with the right tools and modules to support manufacturing best practices.  

Datix is an Epicor Gold Partner that knows manufacturing. Our certified consultants have extensive experience in multiple manufacturing environments, instilling us with the knowledge to align ERP software to your specific requirements. With a full array of ERP solutions and services, we’re uniquely equipped to help you optimize your manufacturing performance from start to finish. 

Do what’s best for your manufacturing enterprise: Contact Datix today to learn more about Epicor ERP! 

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