Metal Fabrication Industry
Manufacturers in the metal fabrication industry face many challenges. Fabricators must maintain flexibility to change capacity requirements while operating effective continuous replenishment systems. They must determine a productive way to collaborate with customers on designs and manage resources globally to fulfill design elements. In order to align their production plans with customer's demand, metal fabricators must integrate seamlessly into the customer's own processes. As a result, integrated systems are essential, bringing design, product lifecycle management and service together in ways that predict, act and rapidly change in accordance with the customer's needs. Infor ERP for the metal fabrication industry integrates data and processes to give you better visibility into your customer needs, production operations and extended supply chain. They enable you to respond rapidly to changing customer product mixes and shorter lead times. Moreover, this ERP software solution saves you time and money in the sourcing process, enabling you to purchase raw materials when you need them at the best price possible, then help you utilize factory equipment and inventory as efficiently as possible. Infor ERP also gives you the flexibility to move aggressively into lean manufacturing, with complete coverage for both core and outsourced operations.
Faster, more accurate flow of information helps your design and engineering teams develop new and innovative products. Built-in industry functionality supports a wide range of fabrication and machining processes right out of the box. You can also carry only the raw materials and work-in-process you need, with cost savings that pass directly to your bottom line. Automated lot control assigns and tracks orders with specific materials, including lot-based expiration dates to help you avoid unusable or obsolete inventory. Infor's deep knowledge of metal fabrication helps you deliver design and engineering services that support higher-margin products. Multi-dimensional inventory management, including both standard units (sheets, coils, ingots, etc.) and dimensions (square feet, length by width, weight, etc.), maximizes the use of available materials. Automated financial monitoring of preparation, machining, fabricating and finishing processes, including the availability and disposal of raw materials, production chemicals and tailings, enables better quality through more efficient use of materials. In addition, we simplify the documentation required for regulatory compliance.
To ensure your customers receive the highest quality products, your company must expertly manage orders from quoting through production and shipping. As a fabricated metal manufacturer, you need to accurately track materials and inventory, communicate effectively with suppliers, schedule for increased profitability, and deliver products on-time to customer specifications. Your operations demand precision and attention to detail. Using Infor ERP software, you can maintain this precision and improve your front office, back office, manufacturing, and information management needs. Imagine reducing your quoting time from days to hours and easily creating detailed engineering masters and work orders from those quotes. With Infor ERP, you can eliminate redundant data entry and paper trails because your customer information resides within a single accessible system. This solution allows you to know what is happening on the shop floor at all times. You can manage production and understand resource utilization and efficiency. Management can create detailed reports from within the system and make more informed operating decisions. The patented concurrent scheduling features allow you to increase profitability, and enable you to expertly track and manage parts and spend more time forecasting your profitable future and less time troubleshooting bottlenecks.
ERP Software Solution for the Metal Fabrication Industry
Infor ERP can help companies within the fabricated metal industry significantly improve their production and profitability with features such as:
- Quoting and Estimating
- Purchase Requisitions, Vendor Request For Quotes (RFQs), and Purchase Orders
- Electronic Data Interchange (EDI)
- eBusiness (online order entry)
- Dimensional Inventory Tracking
- Product Configuration
- Material Requirements Planning
- Scrap Estimating and “Drops” Management
- Barcode Transaction System (for labor and materials)
- Cost Accounting (maintain Material, Labor, Outside Services, and other Burdens separately)
- Integrated Quality Management
- Shop Floor Control
- CAD Engineering Integration with Manufacturing
- Lean Scheduling for On-Time Delivery