Production Management for Epicor Kinetic (formerly Epicor ERP)
Production Management Module
Whether you manufacture complex solutions or simple products, you need strong production control in order to build a competitive advantage. As the global marketplace continues to shrink profit margins and customers become more demanding, businesses are looking for agile solutions that can provide the infrastructure they need to respond quickly and efficiently. Epicor Kinetic (formerly Epicor ERP) offers a comprehensive solution for make-to-order, mixed-mode, make-to-stock, engineer-to-order, and configure – to-order manufacturers; including light assembly features for distribution businesses. Modular in design, the production control suite of modules includes Job Management, Advanced Production, Lean Manufacturing, Manufacturing Execution System (MES), Advanced MES, Quality Assurance, Enhanced Quality Assurance, and Advanced Quality Management.
Advanced Production Module
Advanced Production deploys batching technology that enables users to group multiple parts or operations together for key production processes. The result of this batching process is a single reporting entity or job for simplified scheduling, tracking, and reporting of labor and materials on the plant floor. This functionality is available in the job planning and resource scheduling functions within Epicor Kinetic, with both planned and “on-the-fly“ grouping flexibility to end users. Additionally, users can select to plan operations sequentially — one operation after another or concurrently — to be complete at the same time for nested operations.
Advanced Quality Management
Epicor Advanced Quality Management (AQM) provides the foundation for significant productivity improvements and cost reductions across your entire enterprise. It unifies the tools for quality processes, thus streamlining compliance for ISO 9001, ISO 13485, AS 9100, IATF 16949, and more.
Enhanced Quality Assurance Module
Traceability and audit of quality data drives businesses to develop “systems,” many times paper based, to support the collection and use of quality testing data. Enhanced Quality Assurance is designed to extend base Quality Assurance with support for the management of controlled test plans and the results for products, groups of products, processes, and other testing.
It offers the ability to define testing elements or attributes as well as lists of attributes to test which can be used to measure against testing results for pass/fail decision criteria. It includes the data used for Statistical Process Control (SPC) and is easily accessed to build SPC analysis. In essence, Enhanced Quality Assurance gathers the data and makes it available to ensure that your next audit goes smoothly.
Job Management Module
The Job Management module, in the Operations Core Package, is a comprehensive production control solution designed specifically for the planning, routing, scheduling, costing, and tracking of goods — including assembled, manufactured, and semi-finished products. It includes innovative tools for better planning and costing with historical run analysis that compares estimates to actuals on a run-by-run basis.
Kanban Lean Production
With increased global competition and the demands of an online supply chain, customers more than ever before are demanding greater product flexibility, smaller and more frequent deliveries, and higher product quality — all at the lowest price. A component of the Job Management module, in the Operations Core Package, Lean Production provides you with the specific functionality your organization needs to meet these challenges and optimize your plant floor operations, including the adoption of Lean Manufacturing Kanban functionality to pull rather than push products through the manufacturing process.
With increased global competition and the demands of an online supply-chain, customers have more influence than ever before. Customers are, demanding greater product flexibility, smaller, more frequent deliveries and higher product quality, at a lower price.
Businesses are widening the scope and focus of lean principles to encompass all processes that contribute to the bottom line. The true benefits of lean thinking will only be fully realized when the entire enterprise adopts the lean ideology.
Specific functionality has been developed in Epicor for plant floor operations that are adopting work orderless Kanban manufacturing strategies in part or fully to pull rather than push products through the manufacturing process. Epicor Lean Manufacturing Kanban functionality supports this.
Manufacturing Execution System
MES is an easy-to-use, online system for the plant floor that allows plant-based transactions real-time visibility throughout the Epicor Kinetic solution. Epicor Kinetic MES enables accurate labor reporting, as well as online transaction tracking, which provides management with a real-time picture of what is occurring on the plant floor by employee and job. Integration with Epicor Job Management, Scheduling, Quality Assurance, and Advanced Material Management eliminates dual entry and provides online, real-time views of the latest plant floor scheduling priorities. In addition, an integration with the Epicor Document Attach Tool allows plant floor access to needed documentation, such as product drawings, process documents, and multimedia videos.
Planning and Scheduling Module
Whether you manufacture complex solutions or simple products, you need strong production control in order to build a competitive advantage. As the global marketplace continues to shrink profit margins and customers become more demanding, businesses are looking for agile solutions that can provide the infrastructure they need to respond quickly and efficiently.
Epicor Kinetic offers a comprehensive solution for make-to-order, mixed-mode, make-to-stock, engineer-to-order, and configure – to-order manufacturers; including light assembly features for distribution businesses. Modular in design, the production control suite of modules include Job Management, Lean Manufacturing, Manufacturing Execution Systems (MES), Quality Assurance, and Advanced Quality Management.
Product Data Management Module
Epicor Kinetic Product Data Management (PDM) serves as a repository for process and product history, including engineering documents, plant floor routings, change orders, sales orders and quality documentation, within a single solution that is easily shared across the enterprise.
Promoting collaboration throughout the value chain, Epicor PDM provides a complete end-to-end solution to manage all aspects of a product’s lifecycle, enabling enterprises to control the enormous amount of electronic documents that they produce.
Quality Assurance Module
Extending your solution with the Quality Assurance module ensures that you gain complete visibility into your quality operations from a top-down view down to the individual item level, allowing you to tie together all quality functions, whether it’s scrapping end parts, rejecting raw materials or tracking first article inspections. Accurate costing demands that products moved through quality accurately reflect their value and are removed from the appropriate work in progress.