Discrete manufacturing is a difficult environment to control. With global competitors pushing the cost of goods lower, fluctuating economies, and rates of inflation, finding ways to juggle the challenges in the industry is exhausting. With the help of Acumatica Cloud Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP), you can streamline business processes and manage your inventory more easily. Here are five reasons discrete manufacturers can benefit from cloud-based ERP software:
1. Manage components with ease
Managing components is inherently difficult due to the vast array of parts discrete manufacturers work with. To further complicate things, there are often disparities in the ways part numbers are recorded in the system, so the same part can end up being listed under two different part numbers. ERP can help to automate the sorting of parts, so you can eliminate these inconsistencies and maintain meticulous records.
2. Transfer data from machines to software instantly
With legacy ERP software, employees need to manually input completed units, which can be a lengthy process that is prone to error. Nowadays, however, much of the modern machinery automatically tracks units. Current ERP systems can have the data automatically transferred to your applications which can significantly reduce labor costs and eliminate human error.
3. Generate planning reports
With Acumatic ERP software, you can collect data on each individual product, which can be used to create planning reports more efficiently. This enables you to track the development of your process plans, while also improving the process of making or buying components. It can help to determine whether to make or purchase each individual component by factoring in the labor of building versus the cost of buying — doing a lot of the complex work for you.
4. Respond more quickly to change
What distinguishes a good company from a great company? The ability to respond to changes quickly and accurately. Manufacturers face countless changes, from industry changes to economic changes to changes within the business itself. Acumatica ERP can help you in two key ways. First, with improved data management, you’ll be able to identify and respond to changes in the industry or among consumers more quickly. ERP is also equipped with alerts that will notify you of any disruptions to workflow, so you can immediately combat issues within the manufacturing process.
5. Improve machinery management
Discrete manufacturers have an array of shop fixtures and tools at their disposal to facilitate production. However, tracking these tools is often a challenge. Acumatica Cloud ERP assists with lifecycle tracking, thus updating you every time your machinery is in need of calibration or replacement. It can also help you determine which tools to use for each operation, thus increasing your precision in manufacturing.
For discrete manufacturers, maintaining control of workflow and processes can be particularly challenging. Since you are relying on so many separate components and machines, it requires persistent focus to ensure each individual aspect of manufacturing is working as it should. The latest ERP software offers the ideal solution, enabling you to streamline workflow and remain on top of component and machinery management. Download the NexTec Brochure to learn more.