The 'Product Data Management' function will allow storage all current and past product information for easy access. The product data can be used throughout the customer life cycle from initial sales prospecting or design to providing a maintenance service.
All the data as associated with initial project bids, authorisation of design, estimated and actual tooling costings, sample sign-offs, product testing, Bills of Material, process requirements and even suppliers and sub-contractors can all be stored within the system.
Users can create accurate and precise bills of materials for unique orders. This removes the need to have extensive files of potential product combinations or a manual generation of unique combinations of data.
Within WinMan you will be able to create different size, colour and style matrices where users can quickly and efficiently create 'configured' products within quotations and sales orders and a distinctive bill of material. Features, options and complex rules and dependencies can be easily managed without the need for computer programming resources.
Standard product requirements can be predetermined within the system to decrease the chance of missing components off the quotation or sales order. Product components are linked to the built-in inventory database allowing the sales team to provide customers with factual lead times and an accurate and flexible available to promise (ATP) algorithm.
Configured product sales can be translated into commercial reports to highlight sales trends such as the most popular style or which configurable range has the least sales. This data can help with future R&D, marketing and sales decisions.
Full traceability activities such as product life cycle management, enhancement version controls, aftercare, and end of life management can be effortlessly carried out.
The aftercare team will know which replacement part(s) the customer requires from looking at the product specifications stored within the system.
For version controls and end of life management, customers can be segmented into groups by the products they have purchased. The segmented group can then be informed of the changes or status updates of the products they have purchased.
Inventory policy controls can be set to facilitate scenarios like made to order, ship from stock and customer specific contractual commitments. For example, a workflow can be set to send an automatic purchase order to a specific supplier when stock of the item decreases to a certain level.
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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