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Manufacturing Today: Who Needs Process Oriented Bills of Materials?

By Diane Harvey | Posted in BLOG, Chemicals, Food and Beverage, Foodservice, ProcessForce, SAP Business One

Manufacturers are well aware that compliance is top priority when it comes to making products that are for public consumption.

However, when it comes to creating recipes and formulations, product structures can be difficult and time consuming to keep track of.  So, the question of how useful process oriented bills of materials would be to process driven manufacturing companies has arisen: is this a ‘nice to have’ or a necessity in 2014 and onwards?

If you are part of a food manufacturing company that deals with recipes or a chemicals company that creates formulations, the answer is relatively simple.

Think about how your business currently completes the following processing to create bills of materials and consider the difference it would make if there was a simple and flexible solution that could keep track of absolutely everything, alongside all of your business functions such as ordering, reporting, accounting etc.

  • Items – define materials  within the product structure
  • CoProducts – define a product that is usually manufactured together with another product
  • ByProducts – define material of value produced as a residual of the production process
  • WIPItems – define work in progress materials for reporting and visibility purposes
  • Scrap – define the scrap that is produced during production
  • Simple or Product Formulas – define simple or formula based relationships between materials and parent products
  • Scrap, Yield and Factors – define value and percentage uplifts for materials
  • Revision – define revision specific product structures
  • Phantoms – define phantom product structures
  • Multi-level – define multi-level product structures
  • Attachments – to define and link to detailed instructions, procedures, videos and other such media files
  • Warehouse – define the warehouse where the product is produced
  • Back Flush Location – define the warehouse where material is back flushed
  • Project – define the project associated with this product for reporting purposes
  • Distribution Rule – define the distribution rule for financial transactions
  • Cost Dimensions – define the dimensions for reporting purposes
  • Issue Type – modify the picking method of inventory transaction per product
  • Mass Replace – replace selected materials and bill of materials within another material

 It is not too good to be true!

The solution exists and it is part of an SAP certified industry solution called ProcessForce, which is a core part of the Signum Solutions Industry Edition for SAP Business One.  What’s more, it’s tried and tested for both food and chemicals companies.  For more information, call us on 01244 676900 or email [email protected]

Not convinced?

If you’re still not convinced that this solution can save your business time, money and a great deal many headaches for many years to come, have a look at how this solution has worked for our customers in some of our manufacturing case studies.

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