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From the item cockpit to certificate management

unitop ERP Service Centre is an all-in-one business solution for steel service centres that fully covers industry-specific requirements - tailored to the needs of your small or medium-sized business. It ensures that there is a perfect synthesis of all business processes across all sites, businesses and countries and that internal and external communication works properly. It is based on a scope of services that is more extensive than with any comparable solution. See the excerpt below:

Item cockpit

You have quick and easy access to all information for an item in the item cockpit of your steel service centre software - in addition to information about the quality, profile code and dimensions, you will also find drawings, BOMs and work schedules against machining parts. You have direct access in the item cockpit to the individual residual lengths of semi-finished products or coiled material available in stock. Therefore, you can already assign the optimum material when the order is placed. The product calculation is a helpful function in the unitop Steel Service Centre software when the item undergoes further processing in addition to simply being a semi-finished product. Here you can define the necessary material components, as well as the internal and external processing steps, such as sawing, cutting, drilling, galvanising or foiling and other cost elements relevant to your calculation. Recurring tasks can be processed easily based on the calculation templates. With a subsequent post calculation you can promptly monitor whether the production times are consistent with your calculation values or whether you will have to calculate other values with repeat orders.

Item pricing

The product calculation is a helpful function when the item undergoes further processing in addition to simply being a semi-finished product. Here you can define the necessary material components, as well as the internal and external processing steps, such as sawing, cutting, drilling, galvanising or foiling and other cost elements relevant to your calculation. Recurring tasks can be processed easily based on the calculation templates. With a subsequent post calculation you can promptly monitor whether the production times are consistent with your calculation values or whether you will have to calculate other values with repeat orders.

Batch / serial number management

Quality management and the traceability of items in a convenient manner! With this function you can seamlessly track all movements of a coil or profile in your software for steel service centres using batch or serial numbers - from goods receipt and processing through to goods issue. A valuable tool - especially with steel service centres.

Document management (DMS)

Substantially reduce your employees' search times by using document management in unitop for steel service centres for the transaction-based storage of internal and external documents, such as e-mails, incoming mail, certificates, CAD drawings or even order folders. You can also, for example, provide information quickly and systematically in the event of any queries.

Unit management

A special feature of our branch solution is the flexible conversion of units. You can manage units, such as weight, pieces, length or surface in parallel. For example, this enables you to book in raw material purchases in tons, but calculate the individually cut profile in metres or pieces. The residual material management function gives you an overview at all times of the individual pieces of a material that you have in stock.

Capture of production data and product costing analysis

You need accurate data to be able to make prompt post cost calculations - including consumption, waste, start, intermediate results or end of the item production. Up-to-date shift data that your employees provide using feedback terminals to read the bar-coded production documents; time-consuming manual entries at a later stage are therefore eliminated.

Extended workbench

Material and work that flow into your production are depicted in the BOM or work schedule. unitop ERP Metalworking offers you the option to define the external processing position in the work schedule and record a supplier. If this is up-to-date, it triggers an order for external processing, thus recording all relevant data: from the movement of goods through to the additional cost. This ensures that you benefit from maximum transparency in all aspects of the external processing as part of your production and allows you optimum monitoring and control of orders, incoming invoices, incoming and outgoing goods, stock movements, dates, etc.

Contact cockpit

You have all information about prospective customers, customers and suppliers at a glance on one screen in the contact cockpit - from contact details, completed tasks, open offers, phone messages and visit reports through to unpaid invoices.

Warehouse logistics

A high level of delivery reliability, short lead times and optimum stocks are the success factors of internal logistics and distribution. This function is also extensive: every warehouse and the products stored in it are different. You can individually optimise your material planning with parameters, such as minimum/maximum stock, safety stock and order quantity. Organisational warehouse issues, such as consignment stock, can also be easily depicted through your software for steel service centres. High-bay warehouses (e.g. Fehr) can also be easily connected thanks to flexible interfaces.

Material definition

Semi-finished products, such as sheets, rods, pipes or coils are not only identified by their quality, but also by their dimensions, such as their width, thickness or diameter. You can manage these individually in the material definition - without having to create a new item each time. The same applies to parallel units, such as weight, unit, area, etc.

Metal prices and alloy surcharges

Fair prices are a factor of your business success. As the purchase price for metals and alloys fluctuates virtually every day, you can define up-to-the-minute surcharges in your software for steel service centres; these are then included automatically in your pricing.

Mobile data-capture devices (MDE)

Secure mobile data capture with MDE devices is an integral part of our warehouse management - even for large areas. All data is available in real time in your software for steel service centres and can be checked for accuracy and processed immediately. You benefit from better data quality and considerable time savings through the elimination of paper documents.

Time & attendance recording

You can define the working hours of your employees with the time & attendance recording. There may also be good reasons to only permit access to certain areas of the business. The time & attendance recording in your software for steel service centres makes this all possible - using chips or ID cards that are read at the entry and exit areas of your business.

Quality management

Quality control in your software for steel service centres is integrated into the production/processing, warehousing, batch traceability and complaints management functions. Items that must undergo quality assurance are already recorded at goods receipt and inspected and only shown in stock as available for production if they have successfully passed the inspection. Intermediate inspections may also be defined during individual internal or external production steps to ensure consistent production quality. The same applies to a final inspection, which ensures that only impeccable products leave your company.

Residual lengths management

This function ensures that the dimensions of material returned to stock are registered in the material master in your software for steel service centres and assigned to the relevant item. The result is highly transparent stock: your warehouse and sales employees can see at a glance at all times which dimensions of a specific material are available.

Item features

The item master of an ERP system may not depict all of the item features that you require. With unitop ERP Service Centre we have created a dynamic add-on within Microsoft Dynamics NAV that allows you to define all individual features of an item yourself and store them in the item. You can store any number of item features either in the items or also in the calculation data and work groups. It is up to you whether you set them up independently or select the suitable features from an overview. You can choose to combine and store these in groups. By combining various features, the user performs a comprehensive search similar to the standard filter criteria, which shows the records directly in your software for steel service centres.

Tool management

You can use this function to manage the purchase and operation of your tools in your software for steel service centres. It shows you the respective meter readings, clock cycles or impressions - and therefore when tool inspections are due. You can also block faulty or defective tools and remove them from production. In this way, it is possible to guarantee the quality of your tools and production and possibly even improve it.

Workflow

IT-supported workflow makes your work routines more efficient when several employees are involved - from  checking incoming invoices and complaints through to managing item master data. You can always be sure that the defined tasks are completed on schedule in the correct order. Your employees automatically receive notification. Workflow in unitop ERP Metalworking provides valuable services, especially for time-critical processes or approval procedures.

CAD drawing management

What does an item look like? What are its dimensions? Where are holes or cut-outs located? In order to answer these questions quickly and easily, you can use drawing management to store CAD drawings of products to be manufactured quickly and easily in the corresponding item master.

Certificate management

Certificate management in your software for steel service centres allows you to store certificates (e.g. scanned PDF documents) as well as to generate your own certificated based on internal inspections. The certificates can automatically be added when creating delivery notes.

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