Sage 500 ERP delivers scalable manufacturing capabilities to meet the needs of light assembly through advanced manufacturing, all in a tightly integrated suite of modules. These modules address the common concerns of costing, workflow, material tracking, and supply and demand – and beyond. Sage 500 ERP extends your efficiencies with visibility to shop floor operations and work order status through Shop Floor Control, real-time event response with Advanced Planning and Scheduling, and the concept to completion features provided by modules such as Estimating, Product Configurator, and Engineering Change Management.
With Sage 500 ERP, take manufacturing to the next level with Advanced Manufacturing. Advanced Manufacturing includes all the features of Light Manufacturing/Advanced Kitting plus enhanced work orders and labor and production reporting. Track an item through the entire manufacturing process with enterprise wide visibility at each step along the way.
Customer service representatives can view the status of a custom order with just a few simple clicks. GAAP compliant job costing provides insights as to which items are most profitable and which are costing you money. Identify production bottlenecks and respond in real-time to last minute engineering changes. Define the operations, machines, work centers and other options to best fit your unique manufacturing environment and corporate business model.
Advanced Planning and Scheduling
Sage 500 ERP includes one of the most powerful and easy-to-use Advanced Planning and Scheduling (APS) modules available. Use industry-standard scheduling rules to automatically schedule production based on advanced algorithms and mathematical calculations.
The drag-and-drop schedule board allows you to modify the base schedules to accommodate high-priority orders or move operations to another machine when one breaks down. Production schedules are visible enterprise-wide allowing customer service, management, sales and all areas of the business online access to order status and scheduled completion dates across all manufacturing facilities.
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Engineering Change Management
Improve Engineering Management through e-mail notifications and standardized approval processes. Labor operations and material items are constantly changing as new items are developed and manufacturing processes are streamlined using newer methods or equipment. Standardize the engineering change management process with pre-defined approval processes and e-mail notifications.
Changes made to an Engineering Change Management (ECM) controlled routing or bill of material is routed through e-mail to members of the approval group, with specified approval deadlines to ensure timely approval and implementation. Effective dates and retirement dates facilitate production planning and re-tooling.
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Sage 500 ERP Estimates help you provide more than an educated guess regarding the total cost of production because they include materials, outside processing, and labor, as well as overhead rates and one-time charges for tooling and engineering. Estimates can be copied from or to: existing routings, bills of material or even work orders; allowing quick creation of new estimates based on similar items or previous estimates.
- Accurately calculate costs and prices for new parts using existing inventory costs, work center rates, and other data
- Quickly convert estimates to customer quotes or sales orders
- Analyze estimated cash flow
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Light Manufacturing and Advanced Kitting
Manage production and kit assembly without complicated labor transactions or material issues. Sage 500 ERP Light Manufacturing streamlines manufacturing and kitting processes, enabling light manufacturers to save time and labor costs and concentrate on other critical business issues.
Light Manufacturing provides an easy-to-use Production Entry screen where finished goods are reported after the fact; this single point of entry eliminates dozens of potential labor and production transactions by automatically issuing material quantities, outside process transactions, and labor time to finished goods. Identify labor as part of the kitting process to dramatically improve product costing, subsequent pricing, and the kitting procedure.
- Establish standard routings and bills of material for your manufactured items
- Report production only for finished goods, while other labor transactions are automatically calculated at standard
Material Requirements Planning
Sage 500 ERP provides up-to-date item statistics, including on-hand quantities, current purchase orders, work orders, transfer orders, and other elements that affect planning decisions in a single planning screen. Calculations use advanced replenishment formulas and demand forecasting principles to produce extremely accurate material and distribution plans.
- Integrate with Advanced Planning and Scheduling to synchronize manufacturing material needs to production resource availability, creating resource constrained material plans and lower material inventories
- Easily customize plans prior to MRP generation using flexible sorting and selection criteria
- See suggested purchase orders, work orders and transfer orders on a single screen
- Manage transfers from feeder warehouses to subsidiary warehouses and run CTP inquiries in Sales Order Entry
Sage 500 ERP Product Configurator provides customer service personnel with an easy-to-use interface for feature/option selection, and integration with Sales Order Entry. Easily identify and select configured parts and configure base products quickly using a double mouse click or search function.
Build new parts by starting with a base item and adding features or options. Create new items using customized item masks as well as new long- and short-item descriptions. Product Configurator also builds the item cost and suggested price.
- Easily set up and maintain features and options
- Quickly build new items from customer specifications
- Define options as ranges and use in calculations
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Project Management for Manufacturers
Equip your project management with a full suite of customized tools to manage engineering or prototype production projects and stay within budget and scope. Sage 500 ERP Project Management for Manufacturers keeps your project managers informed and enables them to easily assign resources, track actual versus estimated costs through project completion, and generate detailed estimates for customers. Base projects on a fixed price, by accounting for time and materials, or a combination of both options.
Project Manager provides the flexibility to manage a wide variety of project types, and significantly decreases your project management costs by eliminating the need for multiple project tracking systems. In addition, six GAAP-compliant profit recognition methods enable you to control profit recognized over each period, resulting in a well-managed revenue stream.
Shop Floor Control
Shop floor terminals provide easy access allowing users to logon and logout using look-ups and number pads for data entry or built in scanning capabilities to scan work order numbers and work order steps.
Customize the Shop Floor Control menu to include virtually any activity, maintenance function, report or inquiry needed to run your shop floor more efficiently. Enter parts produced, scrap entry and reason codes, setup, downtime and downtime reason codes, outside processing quantities and costs, as well as production related notes all from the Shop Floor console.
- Increase efficiency and accuracy with a single point of entry for key shop floor data
- Leverage real-time reporting and downtime alerts to maximize production
- View and assign job tickets to employees for paperless shop floor operations
- Increase efficiencies with easy access to archives