Additional Capabilities Overview
Production Data Control
PRODUCT DATA CONTROL provides an organized structure for the documentation and maintenance of current and historical configurations on all assemblies in the manufacturing process. Bills of Material are identified as engineering controlled, released to production or both. The standard costing system supports the development of new standard costs and the review of their impact on inventory before updating current standard cost.
Engineering Change Management
ENGINEERING CHANGE MANAGEMENT supports the planning and tracking of all phases of the engineering change process from the time a change request is originated, through approvals, to final release and implementation. A perpetual history is maintained of the entire engineering change process. Real-time access is provided to inventory, purchase order status, sales order status, work-in-process and transaction history, giving visibility of critical data that enables informed approval decisions. Approvers can be assigned to a group or department to ease entry of signoff requirements. Approvals can also be staged by using each approver’s predefined lead time. Drawings, documents, manufacturing procedures, etc., can be linked to each Engineering Change Notice (ECN).
Expandable ERP Integration for PLM/Engineering
“We believe that a software company must see you as an important enough to work with, it should possess a clear understanding of our business or be willing to invest the time necessary to learn it” - Dir. of Product Design & Development, Expandable Customer. Expandable’s PLM INTEGRATION ADAPTER creates a synchronized data link between the Expandable ERP system and third-party product lifecycle management (PLM) packages. Your PLM system maintains control of the Engineering Change Order (ECO) process, electronically communicating change requirements for fast review and approval before transferring approved changes into Expandable.
Product Management RESTful APIs
The PRODUCT MANAGEMENT API Package provides access to Expandable’s Parts and Bill of Materials business logic and records so that Expandable users can manage product data in Expandable using external PLM, CAD or other engineering development or product management applications.
Expandable ERP Integration For Quality
Expandable’s strategic partnership with AssurX provides customers an integrated platform for building quality management functions and processes that can be configured to fit the specific needs of companies operating under government and industry-regulated quality standards. Expandable ERP Integration for AssurX includes four core quality management functions as an out-of-the-box startup solution:
• Supplier quality
• Customer complaints
• Corrective and Preventive Action (CAPA)
Because AssurX is a core platform, quality functions can be validated against FDA compliance and other industry requirements.
“…appreciate the time and attention you give everyone involved...” - Quality Engineering, Expandable Customer. Expandable’s optional Quality Events and Actions module is designed to provide quality-conscious manufacturers an across-the-board option for tracking and logging of quality issues that impact their direct business, their supply chain and customers. Use the Quality Event tab to log the details of a quality event and assign one or more actions designed to contain, investigate, resolve, validate, prevent and close the event issue. Whether the result is a simple quality process or more involved procedure like an eight disciplined quality resolution process, the Quality Event tab provides a method for designing and codifying corrective actions.
QUALITY PART PARAMETERS PRODUCTION MEASUREMENTS
The optional Quality Parameters (QP) module defines specification parameters (Min/Max/Ave) for parts, with the ability to define measurement instructions for common or like parameters. Users gain the ability to electronically capture multiple measurements against a product’s defined parameters with general in or out of min/max specification results and tolerances as compared to average typical specification. The Quality Parameters module provides an engineering and/or production quality assurance organization electronic capture with the capability to pre-define a product’s specifications and instructions for measurement and then collect measured inspection data, process control measurements, process audit information, final inspection data, returned product evaluation and other critical product validation information.
“We drilled into our employees that if it’s not in Expandable, it didn’t happen. It’s gotta be in Expandable” Expandable Customer – President & CEO, Implemented Expandable in an executive position at two successful startups. Expandable’s EXECUTIVE INFORMATION module is a simple but powerful business intelligence tool that provides company decision-makers with quick snapshots of key business performance information. Summary data is extracted from Expandable and other third-party databases in real-time to deliver up-to-the-minute visibility of key performance indicators. With the ability to easily monitor critical business metrics, managers throughout the enterprise gain more timely access to the key decision criteria that lead to higher productivity and increased profitability.
Standard & AD-HOC Reporting
Expandable Customers are realizing 21% “improvement in time to decision” per analyst benchmarks after implementation and able to react faster to their business activities. A key benefit of an integrated business system is having a unified database where transactions are recorded so they can be accessed for real-time reporting and analysis. Expandable takes full advantage of its SQL Server database platform by offering customers an assortment of reporting tools and options that provide stakeholders across every level and department the ability to access data using tools that match their needs and skill set. With hundreds of standard inquiries and reports available from day one, Expandable users are immediately able to monitor interdepartmental business functions using industry-standard metrics and analysis. Using the power of Crystal Reports™, Excel pivot tables, Expandable's own Query by Example and other reporting and analytics options, users can customize the way they view data to reflect their unique strategic business model.
The REPORT MANAGER integrates custom and standard reporting within Expandable, where user rights to access and execute reports are maintained by system security. With a practical menu tree layout and interactive settings editors, Report Manager simplifies custom reporting by providing an easy-to-use framework for navigating through and running reports. Expandable standard reports can be copied, then modified to individual specifications, making it easy to create efficient custom reports that deliver exact information. Adjust and save default settings and prompts on pre-existing reports to streamline execution. Custom reports are conveniently stored along with standard reports, and are executed whether or not Crystal Reports is loaded on individual desktops.
HIGH TECHNOLOGY PACKAGE
Flexible ERP for a Rapidly Changing Business Environment, “Expandable truly became a business partner through this [implementation and support] process and helped manage the anxiety I personally experienced dealing with a company-wide system conversion” - VP of Finance & Business Service,
Neurosurgery Products Expandable Customer.
With incredibly fast product life cycles, fierce competition, and a landscape where the only constant is change, you're vying in an exhilarating industry where the timid need not apply. To sustain and grow your share of the market you've got to be innovative while remaining grounded to sound business principles.
Expandable's complete solution gives you the flexibility to stretch your ingenuity while providing the structure needed to run a high performance operation that remains profitable even while managing rapid growth.
Streamlining Your Business
To maximize your opportunities, you must drive your latest products to market faster while continuously lowering the costs associated with producing your legacy products. Expandable's end-to-end integration of front and back office systems keeps your organization in synch and streamlines interaction with supply chain partners for quick and efficient procurement and delivery. You gain an accelerated time to market and significant cost reductions.
Expandable has defined the unique business requirements of your industry and designed product competencies that help you manage your electronics manufacturing operation for greater profitability.
• Standard Costing
• Lot and Serial Number Tracking
• Engineering Change Management
• Online Order Management
• Electronic Data Interchange (EDI)
• Quality Management
• Business Intelligence
• Configuration Control
• Forecasting and Demand Planning
• Bar Coding
• Multi-level Bills of Materials
• KanBan Processing
• Contract Manufacturing
• Seamless PLM interface
Expandable's solution for electronics manufactures is proven by some of the industry's most successful venture-funded technology manufacturers. You'll gain complete control over your operation and a clear path to the top of your industry.