Implementing the Right Industrial Machinery Manufacturing ERP
Industrial machinery manufacturers face a market that is fast-paced, constantly changing and always seeking avenues of innovation. To meet the competitive momentum, your business must have an agile industrial machinery manufacturing ERP platform that will take on the daily, rote tasks for the shop floor: 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 up with a global supply chain, expanding raw material cost and reduced labor availability.
Epicor® ERP is highly capable of meeting the needs of industrial machinery manufacturers. That’s why Datix is a certified Gold Partner of the ERP platform and has spent countless years helping businesses, both in the industrial machinery market and beyond, implement the system. Some of the most pertinent features that those looking for industrial machinery manufacturer ERP 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 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 an industrial machinery manufacturer can face will appear at all stages of your product life cycle. Those include complex supply chains, extensive after-sales support requirements and what can be a long lead time for sales. Epicor® is a 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 industrial machinery 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 industrial machinery 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 pulls (rather than pushes) 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 with Industrial Machinery Manufacturing ERP
In the world of industrial machinery 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 industrial machinery 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 related job-related information in a single view, you can track costs associated with production and then compare your actual expenditure 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 industrial machinery 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.
For more information on how Epicor® transforms manufacturing processes, download the Epicor® Industrial Machinery Manufacturing Success Story.
Why Use Datix for Industrial Machinery Manufacturing ERP
Epicor® ERP can truly make your life as an industrial machinery manufacturer easier, but it won’t be able to do that straight out of the box. Yes, Epicor® does specialize in manufacturing and distribution solutions, but by the platform’s nature it is not built to specialize in verticals like industrial machinery right away—it needs to be able to cater to a wide range of customers after all. That’s why as an industrial machinery manufacturer looking to stay competitive, 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. Any business looking to stay competitive in the industrial machinery market must have a streamlined enterprise software system that takes the work out of the manufacturing side and automates key processes so that your business has the time and resources to innovative. Epicor® is the perfect fit. It’s designed to cut back waste automatically and that frees up your employees to do what they were hired to do, instead of just cleaning up messes.
Datix has almost 20 years of experience with Epicor® ERP. Our expert consultants have helped many businesses from all industries—across manufacturing and distribution—implement and design Epicor® ERP that works for them. We can map your unique business processes, design the right dashboards and provide the perfect training schedule to ensure your industrial machinery manufacturing business starts seeing ROI from Epicor® right away. Get in contact with us today to learn how we can get started implementing a sophisticated and effective ERP system for your company.