unitop ERP Variant Manufacturing is an all-in-one business solution 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:
Optimum local support:
From the item cockpit to the management of drawings
You have quick and easy access to all information for an item in the item cockpit - this includes BOMs (bills of material), work schedules, sales or production orders, item features, drawings and many others. You would like to visualise your items with photos? You can do this easily using the drag & drop function.
This module saves any changes to the master data and ensures that they are immediately comprehensible: it saves the original value of the modified data field as well as the date of the change and the name of the operator. You can configure the change log individually and also use it when processing your BOMs as well as your customer, supplier, sales and purchasing documents.
Quality management and the traceability of items in a convenient manner! With this module you can seamlessly track all movements of an item using batch or serial numbers - from goods receipt and production through to goods issue. A valuable tool - especially in variant manufacturing.
Substantially reduce your employees' search times by using document management for the transaction-based storage of internal and external documents, such as e-mails, incoming mail, production documents, CAD drawings or even order and project folders. You can also, for example, provide information quickly and systematically in the event of any queries.
unitop accesses a central database: providing the best conditions for your reporting and hundreds of standard reports for Microsoft Dynamics NAV. In addition, you can display your evaluations in Excel at the touch of a button - or even subscribe to SQL Reporting. If you would also like to integrate data from external sources into your evaluations, then opt for Business Intelligence. With this spectrum of services unitop ensures that every employee has a demand-orientated reporting tool.
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.
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.
The planning table visualises your production planning and makes this clear and transparent. It shows the capacities of the work groups and workstations managed in the company calendar as well as production orders that are already allocated.
With production and assembly planning you need to be able to recognise quickly and easily whether there are sufficient quantities of the necessary components. The traffic light system enables you to see this at a glance: the green traffic light indicates that there are sufficient quantities of all components. The amber traffic light indicates that at least one component needs to be purchased. Now you need to decide whether you start production if the component is only needed towards the end of the production process. The red traffic light indicates that none of the necessary components are available.
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.
A high level of delivery reliability, short lead times and optimum stocks are the success factors of internal logistics and distribution. The functionality of 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. The integrated delivery service providers and freight forwarders as well as the ATLAS customs software ensure that your shipments are always processed efficiently.
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 specification - without having to create a new item each time. The same applies to parallel units, such as weight, unit, area, etc.
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 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.
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 variant manufacturing makes this all possible - using chips or ID cards that are read at the entry and exit areas of your business.
Quality control is integrated into the production, 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.
This function ensures that the dimensions of residual material returned to stock are registered in the material master 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.
Do you offer your customers a service that they can call upon after purchasing your products? Then you can manage all the services provided per product here so that you always have an overview of warranty periods, servicing, replacement deliveries, etc.
As a manufacturer of products with a large number of variants, our industry solution supports you with functions ranging from the pricing and creation of new sales variants including the necessary master data, such as descriptive texts, individual BOMs and work schedules. The product configurator functions on the basis of a freely configurable set of rules. This set of rules and the knowledge defined therein enable employees without extensive product knowledge to prepare offers and provide technical consulting to customers over the phone. This guides the user through the configuration. The selected template can be assigned individual parameters. The product configurator compares the parameters entered and selected with the set of rules stored. This can take into account the links between certain parameters as well as their effect on the feasibility, calculation and preparation of BOMs. The result is a reproducible offer describing the specifics of the configured item. Furthermore, all the necessary master data, such as the BOM and work schedule are automatically created in the background. This saves time and prevents errors and reduces the burden on the technical departments.
You can use this module to manage the purchase and operation of your tools. 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.
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.
What does an item look like? What are its dimensions? How is it constructed? In order to answer these questions quickly and easily, you can use drawing management to store CAD drawings of purchased and manufactured items quickly and easily in the corresponding item master.