Global pressures to keep costs low and serve customers’ needs on tight margins have challenged manufacturers and distributors to further reduce the cost of carrying inventory without compromising on delivery. A key factor to a successful business is the ability to most accurately cost and forecast inventory while easing the pain of quickly locating the right inventory to meet the needs of the customer or production. Not only does the Advanced Unit of Measure (UOM) module offer a transactional dual unit of measure, it supports the complex needs of managing inventories dimensionally.

Furthermore, Advanced UOM offers dynamic attributes to help businesses manage conversion between units of measure. For example, pounds or grams to feet, meters, or each. Both the theoretical size (4 meters in length) and optional actual size (4.1 meters) can be converted to accurate weight measures. This is powerful and useful in purchasing and selling in one unit of measure while managing inventory and production in another. Advanced UOM delivers these transactions in dual units of measure, giving greater visibility and accurate cost throughout with the simplicity of transacting in several pieces rather than counting out the weight or meters.

Advanced Unit of Measure (UOM) Benefits

Many systems today can deliver this with complex implementations and ongoing time-consuming management of ERP. The benefit of Epicor Advanced UOM functionality is that it delivers a simplified approach to finding the right inventory by segmenting inventory with inventory attributes such as hardness, strength, modulus of elasticity, or density. Because the inventory is segmented, it is easily located, physical counts are more meaningful, and the business can plan inventory needs at the attribute level, ensuring accurate supply and demand are met.

Some of the most immediately-felt benefits of UOM include:

  • Reduce carrying costs with greater visibility of on-hand inventory
  • Find the right inventory faster for greater customer responsiveness
  • Improve inventory accuracy by transacting in dual units of measure throughout ERP
  • Less setup and ongoing maintenance of ERP speeds time to value
  • Improved planning of inventories in production activities
  • Better quality tracking at the attribute level
  • More accurately forecast inventory future needs

Cross Industry Use

The functionality deployed in Advanced UOM can be used across many industries, not just in metals but especially in metals where high-value inventory needs to be tracked more closely. Additional use cases include textiles, fabricated metals, landscaping (soil or gravel), packaging, furniture and fixtures, footwear, eyewear, sporting goods, and more.

Deeply Embedded in ERP

Advanced UOM offers deep capabilities across the entire ERP system including:

  • Quoting
  • Quantity Adjustments
  • Cycle Counting
  • MRP
  • Purchasing
  • Receiving
  • Material Queue
  • Part Tracker
  • Inventory Transfer
  • Material Issue
  • Job Receipt to Inventory
  • Salvage Receipt to Inventory
  • Available to Promise
  • Engineering
  • PCID
  • Order Fulfillment
  • Epicor Mobile Wireless Warehouse
  • Customer Shipment Entry

Attribute Sets

Easily set up and maintain sets of attributes across types of inventory to ease implementation and ongoing management of inventory dimensions. Attribute sets can be automatically or manually assigned to products in Quote Entry, Sales Order Entry, Purchase Order Entry, and Receipt Entry.

Replenishment by Attribute

Specify at the bin level replenishment goals for each attribute to help ensure the on-hand availability of inventory. MRP then builds purchase suggestions to help ensure the procurement of needed inventory.

MRP Planning with Attributes

Engineered products can be assigned specific attributes for semi-finished or finished goods. This is useful when applying value-added services. A bill of material for engineered products likewise can leverage materials with attributes. MRP accurately automates production based on demand and forecasts, ensuring material requirements with attributes are procured to meet the need.

Dual Units of Measure

Transact throughout ERP in two units of measure at the same time. Inventory Stock Status will demonstrate inventory availability by attribute in both units of measure. An example would be feet and pounds.

Cycle Count

More easily perform cycle counts by counting in whole units by attribute. For more information on cycle counting, read about our Cycle Count Workshop Training.

About Encompass Solutions

Encompass Solutions is a business and software consulting firm that specializes in ERP systems, EDI, and Managed Services support for Manufacturers. Serving small and medium-sized businesses since 2001, Encompass modernizes operations and automates processes for hundreds of customers across the globe. Whether undertaking full-scale implementation, integration, or renovation of existing systems, Encompass provides a specialized approach to every client’s needs. By identifying customer requirements and addressing them with the right solutions, we ensure our clients are equipped to match the pace of the Industry.


Advanced Unit of Measure (UOM) offers dynamic attributes to help businesses manage conversion between units of measure.

 

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About Encompass Solutions

Encompass Solutions is a business and software consulting firm that specializes in ERP systems, EDI, and Managed Services support for Manufacturers. Serving small and medium-sized businesses since 2001, Encompass modernizes operations and automates processes for hundreds of customers across the globe. Whether undertaking full-scale implementation, integration, or renovation of existing systems, Encompass provides a specialized approach to every client’s needs. By identifying customer requirements and addressing them with the right solutions, we ensure our clients are equipped to match the pace of the Industry.


Understand Your Factory Problems in a Flash.

 

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About Encompass Solutions

Encompass Solutions is a business and software consulting firm that specializes in ERP systems, EDI, and Managed Services support for Manufacturers. Serving small and medium-sized businesses since 2001, Encompass modernizes operations and automates processes for hundreds of customers across the globe. Whether undertaking full-scale implementation, integration, or renovation of existing systems, Encompass provides a specialized approach to every client’s needs. By identifying customer requirements and addressing them with the right solutions, we ensure our clients are equipped to match the pace of the Industry.


Production scheduling has an impact on the entire business—from commit-to-order to resource planning, and even job costing. Plus, your reputation, growth, and ability to conduct business profitably depend on delivering the right quantity of the right product at the right time—and effective production scheduling is essential to success. Epicor Advanced MES includes real-time production scheduling visualization tools that automatically keep pace with what’s happening on the shop floor every minute of every day, so jobs start at the right time, orders finish when they’re supposed to, and your company delivers on commitments.

Real-Time Means “Right Now”

The Advanced MES production schedule uses job information to tell the shop what to make, how much, and when. Job information comes from your ERP system, MRP, or is even entered manually. From there, the production schedule comes to life, using current production conditions and equipment constraints to create a clear, accurate production schedule.

Advanced MES constantly keeps the job schedule up-to-date in real-time—every minute of every day. Because the system knows what’s running right now, how many parts or pieces are left in the job, and how fast each machine is running, you don’t have to wait until a job is finished or until someone enters data to find out exactly when a job will finish or when a machine will be available. The information you need is there when you pull it up and refresh it continuously.

Visual and Easy to Understand

Production scheduling with Epicor Advanced MES is visual and intuitive. You can see every machine and every job, and even non-production tasks like scheduled maintenance. Color coding means that with just a glance, anyone can see what’s running on time and detect schedule problems and delays. It’s also clear where there’s available capacity to take on more work or make adjustments for greater efficiency or better margins.

Drag and Drop What-if Planning, Worry-Free Precision

Unlike a static whiteboard or spreadsheet, the Advanced MES job schedule is dynamic and interactive, so planning is quick and easy. With role-based permissions, schedulers and engineers can conduct what-if scenario planning, while material handlers and tool room techs can see what work is headed in their direction. Plus, the job schedule in Advanced MES helps ensure accuracy. The system prevents people from scheduling jobs on the wrong machine and it knows when the right tools won’t be available. The system automatically tries to resolve resource conflicts and provides visual cues where problems remain.

Dynamic Scheduling

Dynamic scheduling is one of the most powerful features of the Advanced MES scheduler. When a job is created, the forecasted end date of the job will be based on the standards in the process sheet which include factors such as:

  • Standard Cycle
  • Setup
  • Scrap
  • Downtime
  • Parts per Cycle

Once a job is started on a machine, the standards are set aside for efficiency calculations and the forecasted end date will then be based on the live performance of the job on the machine.

MES Real-Time Production Scheduling Features

  • Intuitive graphical scheduling
  • Real-time notification of job status
  • Drag and drop job allocation
  • Create and schedule individual or family parts
  • Define equipment process parameters
  • Report on capacity, labor, material needs, equipment performance, and more
  • Integration with ERP
  • Handle priorities, capacity, and constraints
  • Helps to eliminate job, machine, and tool conflicts
  • Facilitates on-the-fly schedule changes
  • Simplifies sophisticated scenarios
  • Schedule by start time or finish time
  • Easy to understand color coding
  • Drill down into past performance

Advanced MES Benefits

  • Pinpoint available capacity
  • Identify tool constraints
  • Help increase throughput for revenue growth
  • Impact labor and inventory leveling
  • Provide accurate delivery quotes
  • Improve on-time delivery performance
  • Make real-time decisions

About Encompass Solutions

Encompass Solutions is a business and software consulting firm that specializes in ERP systems, EDI, and Managed Services support for Manufacturers. Serving small and medium-sized businesses since 2001, Encompass modernizes operations and automates processes for hundreds of customers across the globe. Whether undertaking full-scale implementation, integration, or renovation of existing systems, Encompass provides a specialized approach to every client’s needs. By identifying customer requirements and addressing them with the right solutions, we ensure our clients are equipped to match the pace of the Industry.


Production scheduling has an impact on the entire business—from commit-to-order to resource planning, and even job costing. Plus, your reputation, growth, and ability to conduct business profitably depend on delivering the right quantity of the right product at the right time—and effective production scheduling is essential to success. Epicor Advanced MES includes real-time visual production scheduling that automatically keeps pace with what’s happening on the shop floor every minute of every day, so jobs start at the right time, orders finish when they’re supposed to, and your company delivers on commitments.

 

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About Encompass Solutions

Encompass Solutions is a business and software consulting firm that specializes in ERP systems, EDI, and Managed Services support for Manufacturers. Serving small and medium-sized businesses since 2001, Encompass modernizes operations and automates processes for hundreds of customers across the globe. Whether undertaking full-scale implementation, integration, or renovation of existing systems, Encompass provides a specialized approach to every client’s needs. By identifying customer requirements and addressing them with the right solutions, we ensure our clients are equipped to match the pace of the Industry.


Medical Device manufacturers are under constant pressure to ensure they are delivering parts on time, and of the highest quality. To further challenge the industry, Medical Device manufacturers must comply with both their customers and the industry regulators’ stringent requirements. These pressures are driving medical device manufacturers to look for new ways to reduce costs, improve quality, and become more efficient on the shop floor.

 

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About Encompass Solutions

Encompass Solutions is a business and software consulting firm that specializes in ERP systems, EDI, and Managed Services support for Manufacturers. Serving small and medium-sized businesses since 2001, Encompass modernizes operations and automates processes for hundreds of customers across the globe. Whether undertaking full-scale implementation, integration, or renovation of existing systems, Encompass provides a specialized approach to every client’s needs. By identifying customer requirements and addressing them with the right solutions, we ensure our clients are equipped to match the pace of the Industry.


 

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About Encompass Solutions

Encompass Solutions is a business and software consulting firm that specializes in ERP systems, EDI, and Managed Services support for Manufacturers. Serving small and medium-sized businesses since 2001, Encompass modernizes operations and automates processes for hundreds of customers across the globe. Whether undertaking full-scale implementation, integration, or renovation of existing systems, Encompass provides a specialized approach to every client’s needs. By identifying customer requirements and addressing them with the right solutions, we ensure our clients are equipped to match the pace of the Industry.


The goal of this guide is to provide an understanding of system requirements and a practical approach to sizing and configuring your Advanced MES Server to obtain the best performance possible from your Epicor software. It will also help you plan for the future growth of your system. The key to success in getting your hardware sized correctly is to define your application load correctly and then match it with the appropriate hardware resources. Choosing a hardware architecture that can grow as your business and/or application load grows is also important.

It is difficult to accurately provide a hardware recommendation that matches your unique application usage pattern. Many customers find this guide very useful and accurate after they have followed all the steps described in the sections. There are some cases where the provided recommendations may not fully work out in your unique situation. It is therefore difficult to guarantee or imply that the hardware purchased using this hardware sizing guide will solve your unique business requirements. To improve the odds of success, we highly recommend that you work with Encompass consultants and implement their hardware sizing recommendations.

 

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About Encompass Solutions

Encompass Solutions is a business and software consulting firm that specializes in ERP systems, EDI, and Managed Services support for Manufacturers. Serving small and medium-sized businesses since 2001, Encompass modernizes operations and automates processes for hundreds of customers across the globe. Whether undertaking full-scale implementation, integration, or renovation of existing systems, Encompass provides a specialized approach to every client’s needs. By identifying customer requirements and addressing them with the right solutions, we ensure our clients are equipped to match the pace of the Industry.


Imagine what you could do with instant, accurate machine data and process information directly from the machine. Even depth and dimension are within reach with the help of a manufacturing execution system (MES). Medical parts, supply, and equipment manufacturers use MES for real-time production monitoring and analysis to improve throughput, boost quality, and reduce scrap. You can achieve more capacity with the same machines and improve overall equipment effectiveness (OEE)—working more efficiently and profitably. This white paper highlights four ways to boost your performance with the right manufacturing execution system.

 

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About Encompass Solutions

Encompass Solutions is a business and software consulting firm that specializes in ERP systems, EDI, and Managed Services support for Manufacturers and Distributors. Serving small and medium-sized businesses since 2001, Encompass modernizes operations and automates processes for hundreds of customers across the globe. Whether undertaking full-scale implementation, integration, or renovation of existing systems, Encompass provides a specialized approach to every client’s needs. By identifying customer requirements and addressing them with the right solutions, we ensure our clients are equipped to match the pace of the Industry.


Imagine what you could do with real-time monitoring and control for your production and process manufacturing operations. You could improve productivity, work more efficiently and profitably, and make better decisions based on the manufacturing performance of your plant or the entire enterprise. You can do all this with the help of a Manufacturing Execution System (MES). This white paper highlights four ways to better your production efficiency with a manufacturing execution system.

 

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About Encompass Solutions

Encompass Solutions is a business and software consulting firm that specializes in ERP systems, EDI, and Managed Services support for Manufacturers and Distributors. Serving small and medium-sized businesses since 2001, Encompass modernizes operations and automates processes for hundreds of customers across the globe. Whether undertaking full-scale implementation, integration, or renovation of existing systems, Encompass provides a specialized approach to every client’s needs. By identifying customer requirements and addressing them with the right solutions, we ensure our clients are equipped to match the pace of the Industry.