Create a coordinated manufacturing plan for materials and resources

Planning is an essential part of every manufacturer’s life and the key to effective inventory and resource management. Even engineer-to-order and lean make-to-order manufacturers must plan for materials and resources (equipment, capacity, people/skills) to be available to satisfy customer requirements. Manufacturing planning is a coordinated process involving demand management, forecasting, master scheduling, material planning (MRP), and capacity planning, fully integrated with operational management applications including production control, inventory management, and procurement.

Planning is all about turning customer demand, a combination of real orders and forecasted demand, into production schedules and planned purchases mapped out in time to assure that the materials, parts and products are available when needed but only in the quantity needed and at the time needed to keep the plant operating efficiently with minimal excess inventory.

Execution applications – in production and purchasing – ensure that all activities are coordinated and work is completed on time, maximizing the efficient use of resources. The result is on-time shipment, happy customers, and minimal costs. This coordinated planning and execution ‘closed loop’ also keeps things coordinated in the face of changing demand, unexpected disruptions and other challenges.

The Acumatica manufacturing solution includes these planning and execution functions:

Hybrid Manufacturing Production Management

Key Features

  • Multi-site MRP
  • Full regeneration
  • Bucketless system
  • Master production schedule
  • Transfer recommendations
  • Production order changes
  • Labor tracking
  • Backflushing labor and/or material
  • Barcode integration
Sales Forecast

Uses sales history to develop a forecast that drives the planning process

Master Production Schedule

Drive your plan and your plant from the Master Production Schedule (MPS). This MRP ERP system plans all requirements based upon MPS. The MPS will be treated as a pre-planned production order and will act as a supply for other demand requirements.

Material Requirements Planning (MRP)

Creates a complete material plan, including the manufacturing and purchasing orders, necessary to meet demand and minimize inventory. Review and execute the complete material plan through MRP screens that show all activity, orders, requirements, balances, and recommendations for an inventory item. Work through the list of recommended actions – release new orders and expedite, defer, or cancel existing orders – to keep your plant running smoothly and ship customer orders on time.

Capacity Requirements Planning (CRP)

Validate the production plan and schedule to ensure that resources are being used efficiently and schedules are realistic (can be completed on time). Make any necessary adjustments needed to optimize efficiency and resolve resource conflicts.

Advanced Planning & Scheduling (APS)

Advanced Planning & Scheduling (APS) Software for Acumatica builds on Acumatica’s industry-leading Cloud ERP platform with added capability to develop realistic and achievable schedules and plans that make best use of available resources while enhancing your ability to meet customer schedules and deliver on-time, every time. APS develops finite plans and schedules that do not over-commit resources and accurately reflect the reality of your plant load and capacity.

Includes: Finite capacity scheduling. Simultaneous planning of materials and resources. Rough-cut capacity planning (RCCP). Capable-to-promise (CTP). Work center utilization. Work center capacity planning. What-if scenarios. Machine scheduling, tool scheduling.

Acumatica Advanced Manufacturing Edition (AME)

Acumatica planning applications are part of the AME that includes production control, purchasing, and inventory management, seamlessly integrated with Acumatica’s Financial, Distribution Management, Customer Management, and Project Accounting Suites for a complete end-to-end solution.

Other Applications in Manufacturing Management
  • Reporting and Dashboards
  • Inventory Management
  • Bill of Material and Routing
  • Business Intelligence
  • Sales Order Management
  • Production Management
  • Purchase Order Management

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