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Acumatica Based ERP Package for Food Equipment Manufacturers

Where can it be used?

 

The Food Equipment Manufacturer ERP Package can be used in the market segments that produce the following products:

  • Commercial Food equipment. Examples:

    • Mixers​

    • Blenders

    • Cooking pots and pans

    • Dishwashers

    • Cooling rooms

    • Grocery refrigerators and freezers

    • Etc

  • Industrial supplies. Examples:​

    • Homogenizers

    • Emulsifiers

    • Filling stations

    • Packaging machines

    • Pressure cookers​

    • Etc​

Item Size, Turnaround Volume, Variety and Cost

Electronic items have the following characteristics:

  • Item size: large

  • Turnaround volume: low

  • Variety of SKUs: low

  • Item cost: high

  • Complex item and subitem structure

These characteristics create the following general requirements:

  • Manufacturing process requirements

    • Make to order

    • Configure to order

    • Engineer to order

  • ​Inventory requirements:

    • High inventory cost

    • Models get outdated soon (1 -2 years)

    • Correct replenishment

  • Warehouse requirements​

    • No sophisticated set of conveyors, sortation and picking

    • Just racks and forklifts

    • Packing is mechanical

Manufacturing Machines Used

 

The Construction Supplied Manufacturers ERP Package can be used to manage the production in the  following manufacturing processes:

  • Molding

  • Stamping

  • Drilling

  • Cutting

  • Milling

  • .

Applicable manufacturing processes

 

The Food Manufacturer's Equipment Manufacturer ERP Package can be used to manage the production in the  following manufacturing processes:

  • Engineer to order

    • The CAD drawings have still to be made. The CAD drawing data could be imported into the Bill of Material (BOM). This can be accomplished by the ISV application of Cadtalk that is integrated the Acumatica Cloud ERP, as you will see in the video below. This BOM will be used in a production order. 

  • Make to order

    • The product is already engineered, and just needs to be manufactured or assembled. In the Acumatica Manufacturing Edition, a Sales Order can be converted into a production order as can be seen in a video below.​

  • Configure to order
    • The product is already engineered but, have several options. For instance a boat needs to be manufactured/assembled. It has options such as 1, 2 or 3 windows, several colors, 1 or 2 outboard motors, etc. Acumatica Manufacturing Edition comes with a product configurator which will be discussed below. 
  • Job Shop

    • A machine shop, which may have several eg. milling machines, to manufacture parts that are specific for a particular customer, is  a job shop​

  • Project Centric manufacturing​

    • A large machine or equipment needs to be made eg. a small airplane. A project is set up with tasks, people, tools and machines. A project quote can be submitted to the customer for approval. Once approved the project quote can be converted into a production order, and become a project. The Acumatica Cloud ERP has a project accounting application where a project quote can be created, and upon approval by the customer be converted into a production order. ​

The equipment manufacturer may make a one of or a few machines of the same type. The manufacturing time for one machine can be a week to months. It is crucial to have all the right material on time else, the whole production could be put on halt. Therefore procurement planning is very important. Other requirements specific to this industry are as follows:

  • Customer specific quoting & job orders – One off to repeat orders

  • Ability to purchase material specific to job(s) and inventory

  • Flexibility with changing customer due dates and job schedules

The machine shop, which may have several eg. milling machines, to manufacture parts that are specific for a particular customer, is also a job shop. However such a shop may mill a mechanical part in about an hour. A few hundred parts may be made of the same type, which could be a batch. The next batch will be for a different mechanical part. Therefore the CNC machine will have to be reset/reprogrammed to do the right milling.

Such a machine shop may not require a BOM, Material Requirements Planning and Master Production Scheduling. It may just require simple production planning, and materials management. A Lite Manufacturing ERP may be sufficient. 

Your Needs and Your ERP Package

Besides your basic needs for finance, distribution, CRM, manufacturing, your warehouse needs a simple store, pick, pack and ship application since products in your warehouse are moved manually via pallets and forklifts.​

Your Needs

  • Basic needs:

    • Finance: GL, Cash Management, AP, AR

    • CRM

    • Distribution: Inventory, PO, SO

    • Manufacturing Management

  • Optional basic needs

    • Project Accounting​

    • Fixed Assets

    • Customer Portal

    • Advanced fulfillment: PIck, pack and ship

    • ...

  • Optional manufacturing management needs:

    • Product Configuration

    • Estimation

    • Advanced Planning and Scheduling

  • ​Optional needs:
    • Integration with CAD

    • Product scanning

    • Warehouse Management System (WMS): SImple

    • Advanced Inventory Management application

    • Shipping application

    • Sales and Operations Planning (S&OP)

    • Project Management

    • Human Resource Management including payroll

    • Customer payment processing

    • Vendor payment processing: 

    • Tax Management application

  • ​...

Your ERP Package

  • Basic needs:

    • Acumatica Manufacturing Edition

      • Acumatica Finance: GL, Cash Management, AP, AR

      • Optional: CRM

      • Distribution: Inventory, PO, SO

      • Manufacturing Management Application

  • Optional Acumatica ERP Foundation applications:

    • Project Accounting​

    • Fixed Assets

    • Customer Portal

    • Advanced fulfillment

    • ...

  • Optional Acumatica Manufacturing Edition applications

    • Product Configurator​

    • Estimator

    • Advanced Planning and Scheduling

  • ​Optional ISV Applications:
    • CADTalk

    • Scanco scan

    • Scanco Warehouse Management System (WMS)

    • NetStock Inventory Management application

    • StarShip Shipping application

    • Sourceday Sales and Operations Planning (S&OP)

    • SmartSheet Project Management

    • Infinity Human Resource Management including payroll

    • American Payment Systems Customer payment processing

    • Century Business Solutions  ?? Vendor payment processing:

    • Avalara Tax Management application

  • ​...

Components of ERP Package

 

The Food Equipment Manufacturer ERP Package may consist of the following components:

ERP for Electronics Manufacturing Acumat

More Components of ERP Package

 

  • Optional Acumatica Advanced Manufacturing Edition applications
    • Product Configurator​
    • Estimator
    • Advanced Planning and Scheduling
    • Engineering Change Orders
  • ​Optional integrated Independent Software Vendor (ISV) applications:
    • ISV applications for addtional features of an existing Acumatica ERP module/workspace
      • Finance

        • ​Advanced Financial Reporting: FYIsoft, BI360

        • Sales tax Management: Avalara Tax, Vertex Sales Tax Solution

        • Human Resource Management including payroll: InfinityHR, PCBennett payroll, ..

      • Distribution

      • ​Inventory Management :NetStock, EazyStock, ..

      • Sales Order management: 

        • ​Customer payment processing: American Payment Systems, Century Business Solutions (EBizCharge), Kensium AcuCharge

        • EDI gateway: B2BGateway, SPS Commerce Fulfillment, EdiSoft

        • Shipping application: StarShip, AcuShip, OZLink, ..

        • Purchase Order management:​

      • ​Advanced Purchase Order management: Paramount Workplace

        • Vendor payment processing: AvidXchange, Artsyl, uplevl

        • Sales and Operations Planning (S&OP): Sourceday

        • Container tracking for:

          • Purchase orders: IIG Acuboost, 

      • Contract management with customers: MaxQ Technologies​​​, 

      • Fixed asset management: Bimser Beam, 

      • Project Management: SmartSheet, Spitfire, 

      • Document Management Systems:

        • Document scanning and repository: SDSI Unform, 

        • Signing documents electronically: Adobe  E-Sign,

      • Quality Management

      • Bimser International: QDMS​

      • Click here to to see the webpages of all above ISV applications.

    • ISV applications for providing specific industry applications

      • Warehouse Management:

        • Product scan application (Scanco, Savant, FusionScan,..)

        • Warehouse Management System (WMS): Fusion WMS, Scanco, Savant, HighJump, RIC Group WMS

      • CADTalk: to transfer data from the CAD/PLM/PLD application to the BOM in the Acumatica Manufacturing Edition​

      • Click here to to see the webpages of all above ISV applications.

Discrete Manufacturing ERP Package that includes ECommerce

Video (60 mins) showing the full integration of Acumatica Manufacturing Edition with E-Commerce of Magento, CadTalk, Scanco scan and WMS, StarShip Inventory management and APS payment processing

ECommerce integration solutions: 

Food Equipment Unique ERP Software Requirements

The food equipment manufacturing unique software requirements and solutions are as follows:

  • Complex item and sub item structure

    • Click here to learn more​

  • Product design and product prototyping takes a long time.

    • The integration with CADTalk enables an automatic generation of a new BOM for manufacturing. Click here to learn m​ore.

    • A witness to this can be seen here.

  • Fast change of design​

    • The integration with CADTalk enables an automatic generation of a new BOM for manufacturing. Click here to learn m​ore.

Key Benefits

The key benefits to you are as follows:

  • One Solution for your business

    • Acumatica provides feature-rich cloud manufacturing ERP software. Acumatica Manufacturing Edition, formerly known as JAMS*, integrates seamlessly with Acumatica’s Distribution Management, Customer Management, Financial Management, and Project Accounting suites. Acumatica Manufacturing Edition provides real-time coordination of your business activities from one central location in the cloud!

  • Grows with you

    • Powerful and complete functionality for make-to-stock, make-to-order, engineer-to-order, project centric, job shop, batch, and repetitive manufacturing adapts to your business as you grow and change. This means that if your manufacturing plant has to handle both make-to-stock and make-to-order, this ERP package can handle both manufacturing types at the same time. This also means that when you start with make-to-order, and your demand for the same products is growing, that this ERP can handle also make-to-stock to cover the growing demand of that product. 

  • Meet your schedules

    • Respond to demand while optimizing inventory and resources for effectiveness and cost control with Acumatica Manufacturing Edition MRP planning.

      • Inventory is optimized because the MRP gives you a list of the critical items that need to be ordered or manufactured. This way you  you only order what you need at the right time. By the way you can create purchase orders directly from this list of critical items.

      • Resources are optimized since the advanced planning and scheduling looks at the capacity of the machines and labor on the shop floor, and at their availability for usage. Capacity of machines and labor are fully used  at the right time. This way also costs are controlled. 

  • Track your costs

    • Track material and labor costs as you manage your products. Compare standard and planned production costs to actual costs of production. You can plan very well but, execution may still go awry. This ERP will display which actual costs went way above their planned costs. 

Customer Testimonials

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