Most often, the phrase “micromanaging” is surrounded by negative context. In metal fabrication job shops, it’s an essential method of management to ensure that your job shop is as efficient and productive as possible. The most common job shop issues we hear about is the competitive environment, unpredictability, missed deadlines, under-quoting jobs, material waste, and duplicate paperwork.
SigmaNEST allows you to perform all necessary CAD/CAM nesting tasks, SigmaMRP (a Manufacturing Resource Planning software) is a full business solution from top to bottom that SigmaNEST can seamlessly integrate with. It enables you to coordinate scheduling between your sales department, engineers, and customer. The most obvious benefit of this is being able to follow through each job every step of the way, helping you to meet deadlines, reduce paperwork, and accurately quote jobs.
Customer Relationship Management
The SigmaMRP software acts as a basic CRM system for you to manage your active and previous customers. Within the software, you will be able to find active jobs and the ordering customers quickly in order to communicate and track the jobs more effectively. In addition, you can create and track new campaigns to send to customers promoting developments such as new machinery.
Quoting is time consuming, pricing fluctuates, and keeping track of discounting can be pure chaos. Within SigmaMRP, you can take advantage of Quote Nesting. This feature lets you take more control over the quotes you give, the discounts given, and the fluctuations of each from to job to job. Within Quote Nesting, you can enter in detailed information and special instructions including additional processes needed for a job and any sub-contracting/RFQ management.
Order entry is essential in maintaining an efficient shop floor. SigmaMRP’s contribution to order entry includes capabilities of overload prediction, inventory and storage tracking, and purchasing needs and history. Inventory and storage tracking helps you to locate materials quickly and to remind you to use various remnants and scraps before moving onto new sheets of metal.
SigmaMRP allows you to schedule jobs in a way that will save you time and money. Operators can look ahead to see what projects are coming up as well as see how the machines are balancing the various jobs. This enables capacity analysis of materials and workloads per machine.
Shop Floor Data & Color Offload
When you use SigmaMRP for your shop floor data capture, no longer are you lugging around mangled piles of papers. When you’re processing orders, the last thing you want to be concerned with is whether or not your stack of data is in the right order. The priority is that the operators on the floor know exactly what to do for every single job. Use SigmaMRP to follow workflow for identifying who in what position does what and how jobs move onto the next person as it progresses. Your employees need the schedule of the jobs so that they can prioritize their work and the proper documentation with specs and part information to go along with each.
Each work order can be organized from planning, operation loading, nesting, load managing, color offloading and shop floor data captured, all scheduled in MRP and connected to the document on your tablet.
In SigmaNEST, you can schedule the program for any machine. After scheduling for a cutting machine, for instance, the shop floor data capture will color offload the parts, telling the operator exactly what parts to cut and what jobs they belong to.
Logistics & Quality Assurance
Once your parts are offloaded to the correct job, SigmaMRP is not finished managing your operations. You can then use MRP as your personal logistics associate. Not only can you follow jobs from beginning to completion, but also until delivery to the customer. Once the job is received by the customer, there are no questions about the quality or accuracy of the job. With MRP, you can assure and provide documentation on test certificate tracking, material traceability, sheet chemical composition, and the original drawing and document attachments including work instructions for the job. This will help the customer to see their job from concept to output and measure the quality of the product throughout the fabrication process.
The job is done, the customer is happy and what’s left? Payment. Whether you invoice your customers or use another method of payment, it is important to keep track of all transactions and monetary documents. With SigmaMRP, you can invoice customers, sync the lists of your customers and vendors for easy tracking, and complete accounts receivable functions. This is not just for your customers; SigmaMRP acts as a database of orders for which you are the customer. From production material to routine business expenses, you can track your spending and payment history.
To compliment the accounting functions of SigmaMRP, you can use the platform to compare quote and actual costing of jobs to see how to amend future processes and improve shop floor activities to be more economical.
SigmaMRP solves problems that significantly impact fabrication job shop productivity and efficiency. In an age where time is money, you can’t afford not to take advantage of this SigmaNEST function! To learn more about SigmaMRP and how it can help you manage an effective shop floor, go here.