To achieve efficiency, planning and scheduling is required in every firm; this is especially important within the manufacturing, distribution and e-commerce sectors. Scheduling and planning of manufacturing and procurement is key to the success of your business. Whether that is through the use of a visual planning board or a lean manual Kanban processes, WinMan offers a variety of solutions.MRP processes will suggest a rough cut plan of the quantities required to fulfill the needs from firm demand, safety stock levels and/or planned forecasts. Using the WinMan Production Scheduling feature acts as a visual planning board, the operator can schedule the work load by cell or machine, group similar work orders, analyze capacities and smooth bottlenecks. Using these features and many more, operators can fully plan and control the flow of work.
Using a WinMan touch screen framework kiosk, operators can record the status of orders, record scrap and complete processes. Recording these transactions in real time gives the planner an up-to-date picture of the work floor as well as any potential problems.
Using WinMan, the purchase of raw materials can be scheduled on a Just In Time basis, reducing inventory costs and, therefore, improving the 'bottom line'. WinMan processes are designed around an 80/20 rule. 80% of the items can be purchased from the regular supplier on time and are processed with a simple click of a button. 20% of the items will undergo priority movements due to customer needs or issues with suppliers. These exceptions can be easily managed using various tools in WinMan without needing to reanalyze every order.
For more than ten years, the highly functional and versatile WinMan ERP system has provided the cornerstone for our successful growth, and we are particularly proud to have grown to become no.1 in the UK marketplace by supplying our acclaimed steel access covers and grilles which are 100% British made. WinMan is as important to us as ever, now that we are aiming our innovative products not only at the home market but also at foreign countries planning serious investment in new infrastructure.
Fabweld Steel Products
Our WinMan ERP system allows me to directly and quickly access the management information I need to run the business – real-time reporting of key performance indicators such as operating efficiencies and deliveries. Vitally, more consistent pricing gives a truer margin on the work we perform. Meanwhile the system has supported our company’s strategy of investment for growth and its ability to meet delivery promises, hence strengthening its reputation in the marketplace as a reliable and trustworthy supplier. An accurate delivery date to the nearest day can now be assigned by our sales administration staff within half-an-hour of an order being placed. We proudly meet over 99% of those dates.
As a director of the business it was important to me that the system we implemented not only met our functional requirements, but also came from a supplier that was prepared to take on single source responsibility. Of all of the companies we evaluated, WinMan were the only one that ticked all the boxes.
The underlying advantage of WinMan for John Sankey was its flexibility and the ease with which it could be tailored to suit the company’s specific needs.
Our objective was to streamline data processing and substantially reduce keystrokes – a 50% reduction was the minimum target – and a lot of that keystroking was to do with assignment. The more non-value-adding activity we can take out the better.
Thomas Broadbent and Sons
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