Implementing Epicor ERP for Measuring and Controlling Device Manufacturing
Measuring and controlling device manufacturing companies face a market that is fast-paced and constantly seeking sophisticated innovation but also under pressure from regulatory agencies. To meet the balance between regulation and competitive momentum, measuring and controlling device manufacturers must have an agile ERP platform that will take on the daily, rote tasks of manufacturing: production line management and scheduling, waste reduction, quoting and more. Whether your company acts as subcontractor, supplier or finished goods manufacturer, your enterprise software needs to be able to keep with a global supply chain and the daily tasks of manufacturing so you can focus on innovation.
If you produce measuring or controlling devices, Epicor ERP is highly capable of meeting the needs of your industry. That’s why Datix is a certified partner of the ERP company and has spent countless years helping business, both in the manufacturing world and beyond, implement the system. Some of the most pertinent features those looking for ERP for measuring and controlling devices will find particularly enticing in Epicor are:
- Support for engineer-to-order and mixed-mode manufacturing.
- Epicor Social Enterprise delivering enhanced Cross functional collaboration.
- Embedded project management that supports cost management and schedule visibility.
- Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) for complex engineering intensive product control.
- Embedded robust quality management to support stringent regulatory requirements.
- Support for multi-site, multi-plant and global operations.
The challenges that a measuring device manufacturer can face will appear at all stages of the manufacturing life cycle. Those include complex supply chains, extensive after-sales support requirements and a competitive sales process. Epicor is leading enterprise resource planning software because it has the solid tools needed to face these challenges. The software goes beyond what you might expect from ERP to provide advanced planning and scheduling (APS), financial management, advanced cost accounting, product lifecycle management, supply chain management and more. Because the platform is a one-stop shop for measuring device manufacturers, you don’t need to try and patch together a range of solutions to ensure every one of your processes is automated. Instead, your business only needs to go through one implementation process.
Epicor is specifically designed to reduce operating costs by creating that single nexus for process management and streamlining all your operations. Although the platform can be applied to a wide range of markets and industries, the software’s focus on lean production should be particularly enticing for measuring and controlling device manufacturers. Because your customers demand greater product flexibility, shorter delivery times and higher product quality at lower price points, you need to find a way to lower costs somewhere. Epicor is designed to implement Kanban manufacturing strategies on your shop floor, that pull (rather than push) products through the supply chain. Employing that method allows you to only order supplies and use production time on products that you know will be bought, automatically reducing waste. You can target areas of waste and inefficiency on your shop floor and use those savings to reduce prices without reducing quality.
Keeping on Pace in the Measuring Devices Market With ERP
In the world of device manufacturers, it’s not just about eliminating waste in the production process. The volatile nature of customer’s demand also requires an ERP that can accurately predict trends and translate them onto your manufacturing lines. The Forecasting and Master Production Scheduling (MPS) in Epicor can assist both with the day-to-day operations of an measuring and controlling device manufacturing shop floor and the long-range decision making by considering sales, invoice and inventory usage history. With that data, you’ll be able to more accurately assess what products will be in demand, and effectively schedule your production lines to adjust. Then, Epicor for Industrial Machinery’s Job Manager will be able to review and update as demand changes. Because you can access all job-related information in a single view, you can track costs associated with production and then compare your actual costs versus what you estimated. That kind of comparison will allow valuable insights into which products and which manufacturing lines are running over budget.
On top of those scheduling and lean manufacturing tools, Epicor has a Manufacturing Executing System (MES) that can eliminate the hassle of manual data collection by automatically providing measuring and controlling manufacturers with real-time, accurate data. You’ll be able to measure equipment effectiveness, anticipate downtime (and schedule repairs), and target specific areas for improvement on the shop floor, all from one powerful ERP suite. Your work center maintenance schedules will be integrated with production schedules, ensuring you can minimize downtime and efficiently fulfill demand around those maintenance times. The storage of all of your shop floor data in a single, secure system should you need to check you are in adherence with government regulations or undergoing an audit.
Why Datix for Measuring and Controlling Device Manufacturing ERP
Epicor ERP can truly make your life as a measuring and controlling device manufacturing business easier, but it won’t be able to do that straight out of the box. Yes, Epicor does specialize in manufacturing and distribution solutions specifically, but by nature it is not built to specialize in verticals in device manufacturing right away—it needs to be able to cater to a wide range of customers. That’s why you’ll need a specialist with in-depth knowledge both of Epicor ERP, and of your industry needs, to build an Epicor ERP solution that works for you. As we’ve mentioned before, your industry must balance an aggressive focus on modernization with government requirements and precision manufacturing principles. That means that any business looking to stay competitive in the market must have a streamlined enterprise software system that takes the work out of the manufacturing side, is designed to cut back waste automatically and that frees up your employees to do what they were hired to do: innovate. You won’t have to worry about regulations when Epicor is doing the work to ensure you’re in line for you!
Datix has 20 years of experience with Epicor ERP. Our expert consultants have helped many businesses from all industries—across manufacturing and distribution—implement ERP that works for them. We can help your measuring and controlling device manufacturing business to do just that. Get in contact with us today to learn how we can get started with you on implementing a sophisticated and effective ERP system today!