Increasing productivity, efficiency and becoming 'Lean' are some of the driving forces of continuous advancement within the Industrial Machinery market. With industrial equipment lasting on average between 10-20 years, revenue can be made from selling parts and maintenance services. WinMan ERP range of extensive features can help manage this and allow businesses to track the lifetime profitability of a piece of equipment.
Designed for users to choose from pre-configured options to determine product specification in accordance to customer requirements. This will then translate to a unique bills of materials. The product configurator will identify the available options based on the choices made e.g. a sunroof can be chosen for a saloon car but not for a convertible.
Main assemblies and sub-assemblies are clearly defined on the bill of materials which translates to a comprehensive MRP for Kanban purchasing. Planners will be able to manage engineers, sub-contractors, book out required machinery, and analyze both the actual time spent on jobs and the amount of materials used. Managers can create training programs for internal staff, by comparing the tasks that have been outsourced to the skill sets available in-house.
The serial number tracking of inventory and stock can provide useful data for Product and Sales Managers to monitor the success of different product lines. The data can be used to improve current products, market development or develop new product ranges. In the unfortunate event of a product recall, this feature will also provide full traceability.
The serial numbering facility can assist in stock management, spares advice and warranty administration. Account managers and customer service advisors can simply review the sales history and documents to ensure the correct part(s) are dispatched. All previous conversations and documents will be safely stored against the customer record.
Based on Kanban purchasing, WinMan ERP can efficiently manage and control the stock and components required for just-in-time manufacturing. The system collates data from all departments to provide full visibility of quotations, sales orders, goods received and production forecasts so stock can be kept to a minimum.
Users can manage distribution networks by utilizing the integrated CRM system. All communication, previous sales transactions, service contracts and different company contacts and branches can be logged. EDI's such as shipping notes, confirmation of orders and invoices can be automated and delivery routes can be planned within the WinMan ERP system.
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
WinMan is a complete ERP solution that can help businesses manage the production through to the aftercare of industrial machinery. For more information about the system contact us today.
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