Chaos is the #1 impediment to an efficiently run shop.
A valuable tool to combat chaos is SigmaMRP. SigmaMRP is a Manufacturing Resource Planning software. It is a full business solution from top to bottom that integrates seamlessly with SigmaNEST. It enables you to coordinate scheduling between your sales department, engineers, and customer. No more hunting for paperwork to figure out which stage of the process a job is currently in.
Customer Relationship Management
Head off the chaos at the start – your customer database. With a customer tracking system you can see open quotes, jobs in progress, create campaigns to promote new services, check past history, and more.
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 control of the quotes submitted, the discounts given, and the fluctuations of each from to job to job. Within Quote Nesting, you can enter detailed information and special instructions including additional processes needed for a job and any sub-contracting/RFQ management.
Don’t let chaos into your order processing. SigmaMRP includes overload prediction, inventory and storage tracking, and purchasing needs and history. Inventory and storage tracking assists you with locating materials quickly and to remind you to use various remnants and scraps before moving onto new sheets of metal.
Avoid scheduling chaos while saving time and money. Jobs can be scheduled using any numbers of 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’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 (paperwork chaos). The priority is that the operators on the floor know exactly what is needed for each job. Use SigmaMRP to follow workflow for identifying who does what and how jobs move onto the next person as it progresses.
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, you can use MRP as your personal logistics associate. 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. What’s left? Payment. Don’t let chaos sneak in now! 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.