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How to Improve Scheduling, Production, and Quality with Epicor Express


For those looking for ways to get a better quality product manufactured and delivered, faster, to customers, a recent webinar is definitely worth a listen.

Best practices for discrete manufacturers are detailed, including the importance of understanding and differentiating inventory-based and job-based methods of manufacturing. Typically, these methods follow quite different approaches for the classic quote/order>purchase materials>produce>ship>bill manufacturing process.

Inventory-based systems:

  • Inventory maintenance (maintaining items in inventory)
  • Purchase of materials (receiving items in inventory)
  • Issue material (issue inventory to production)
  • Receive production to inventory (receive items in inventory)
  • Customer shipment (ship from inventory)
  • Invoice entry (invoice the shipment)

This contrasts with more efficient job-based systems:

  • Part on the fly (no maintenance in inventory)
  • Reduced work (purchase direct to production)
  • Reduced work (receive direct to production)
  • Reduced work (accurate WIP)
  • Reduced work (ship directly from WIP)
  • Invoice entry (invoice the shipment)

Most manufacturers have mix of inventory and job-based practices, something that Epicor Cloud ERP accommodates.

Express is a comprehensive software system for all types of discrete manufacturers. Whether you are in business as a stamping firm that makes standard products sold from inventory or a job shop that makes complex, multi-assembly custom products that involve numerous sub-contractors and iterations with the customer, Express can easily accommodate your unique requirements.

Key functionality within Epicor Cloud ERP includes:

  • Generating accurate estimates/quotes from scratch or job history
  • Tracking orders and associated changes from placement through shipment
  • Creating simple or unlimited, multi-level bill of materials
  • Providing a centralized workbench for product engineering, workflow and revision control
  • Accurately tracking standard product and custom job costs
  • Sophisticated scheduling for optimally managing workloads and resource use
  • Control routing, scheduling, costing and tracking on the shop floor
  • Enabling “what if scenario” planning and changes “on-the-fly”
  • Advanced functionality for accounting and financial analysis
  • Extensive standard reports and advanced performance management tools

All of this is now available in a cloud-based version of Express, which facilitates flexibility of scheduling, review of performance on a job-by-job basis to support continuous improvement, and quality as part of the process— not contained in its own silo.

The advantages for small and mid-sized manufacturers include minimal upfront and reasonable ongoing investment, the elimination of traditional ERP barriers (e.g., implementation, system maintenance, upgrade and migrations), and enabling focus on a company’s core business rather than IT issues. All of this facilitates capacity for growth.

For more information on how cloud-based Epicor Cloud ERP can help your small business, click here.

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