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Manufacturing companies have mostly the same issues as other businesses – but they also have their own specific issues.

  • What materials do I need?
  • What did it cost to make a product?
  • Do I have the capacity?
  • How much would it cost to make this?

To help answer these and many more questions Sage 200 Extra has a manufacturing module with the following modules.

Bills of Materials

The BOM module allows you to specify how you make your products, with what materials and using which processes. Using this basic information Sage can help define shortages, compile the costs of manufacture, down-date/up-date components and finished goods automatically and so on.

  • Cost BOMs
  • Enquire and report where used
  • Shortage Enquiries
  • Trail kit
  • Costing
  • Record built items

Material Planning

Material Planning in handled using MPS (Master Production Schedule) and MRP (Material Requirement Planning). The MPS defines the demand on the company – what needs to be made. MRP takes the top level demand, expands it out to component level,compares to stock and the suggests actions.

  • MPS – ability to plan for make to stock, replenishment, sales orders and estimates.
  • MRP – efficiently suggests what to buy and make.

Resource Planning

  • Do I have the staff levels to meet demand?
  • How much overtime am I likely to need next week?
  • What orders will be effected if Machine A is offline?

For those companies wishing to monitor and manage machine or labour capacity, Sage 200 offers a fully “drag and drop” planning system for production.

Estimating

The Estimating module works in a similar manner to the Bill of Materials but allows you to prepare quotations / estimates. These estimates can be run through MPS and MRP to analyse what would happen if you won a particular job. For Estimates that need to go into production the system would automatically create a bill of materials when the estimate is confirmed as being needed.

Works Orders

This module takes the details from the BOM and applies the details from the demand, i.e. sales orders, and produces a works order. The works order would carry materials and operation details as required, and can contain bar-codes for those wishing to use Shop Floor Data Capture to record production times or progress.

We want to use Sage 200 to build a better Knowledge of our customer base and identify who is buying what, to understand their needs and forecast production accurately

Shaun Pulfrey - founder - Tangle Teezer