Simplify Assembly using Sage 300 ERP

By | March 7, 2013

In Automobile Industry, creating car involves manufacturing and assembling of multiple components to finally arrive at the finished product Or say in Food and Distribution Services, creating a Cheese Salsa Wrap involves creation of Breads, Gravies, Marinates or spices.
Hence, what here we wish for user is to be able to have better control while management to have better visibility on day-to-day transactions, by handling all these and other inventory transactions through an ERP system.
The detail tracking of smallest of the inventory items, (from nut bolts to spanners and spices to vegetables) informed procurement procedure for Purchase Managers to be able to pick up material and still maintain a lean management of stock.
For such an activity, user can rely on Sage 300 ERP (formerly known as Sage Accpac ERP) to take care of their nitty-gritties of trade like auto creation of sub-assemblies making data entry in Sage 300, an exact replica of the real world transactions.
In Sage 300 ERP, Inventory Control Module has menu to define Bills of Material, which is nothing but a list of items required for assembly/creation of a finished/semi-finished good. This Bill of Material lets user define the Quantity of raw materials required in specified Units of Measure to build the finished good.
It also takes into consideration the Fixed and Variable costs. E.g. you have a process say Painting a design or polishing a decal for which you require a specific tool which is rented at specific cost per assembly then you can define the rent as a fixed cost for that assembly. Similarly, if you require some special recipe/material, which is not maintained in inventory but is treated as an expense per assembly, then it can be defined as Variable Cost for that assembly.
Here each assembly might contain sub-assemblies i.e. preparation of Cheese Salsa Wrap contains preparation of Salsa sauce, which is prepared before the recipe. This sub recipe also has its own set of raw materials, which is defined in system and will consume quantities defined in bill of material. In Sage 300 ERP, user has the liberty based on its process to select whether the sub recipe runs separately first and then the master recipe or both recipes can run simultaneously.
Similarly, there can be more than one method or preparations of certain master items, which can be stored in system and then based on the requirements, User can run the process to arrive at the same. Say for an instance, you sell 2 variables of a Car/fast food item. Then you might not wish to maintain the same item as a separate SKU just because it has few attributes different than the other. Here defining separate assemblies can be defined based on variation for same finished good.
Thus, with these simple but useful features in Sage 300 ERP, user can make life simple and add up efficiency to the overall process of the shop floor.
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