Posted by: RAMAN on  26th July 2017


The ultimate assembly line is a living, breathing thing with links along the way – find out how this can work for your business when powered by a modern ERP/MRP system:
Assembly lines are often seen as a set of repetitive processes that are basically separate. However, linking them together can make the process smoother


OLD WAY – Order comes in, recorded manually on system
NEW WAY – Order is received electronically. MRP recognizes demand and makes purchasing and manufacturing suggestions on how the demand can be met.


OLD WAY – Job put into assembly line, first steps taken
NEW WAY – Graphical planning tools efficiently smooth your planning to fit around your resources and capacity, creating work to lists
OLD WAY – Second steps taken as stages on assembly line continue
NEW WAY – Shop floor touchscreen PCs work in conjunction with a work to list, recording time and material bookings. MRP maintains material stock levels and adjusts requirement dates to ensure delivery date is met.


OLD WAY – Quality control
NEW WAY – QA will have happened throughout the process, not only at the end. Vendor performance can be viewed, giving you up to date information on the delivery speed and quality of components.


OLD WAY – Dispatch via third party
NEW WAY – Dispatch from stores or directly from work in progress via handheld devices. Vehicle load planning selects and sorts your dispatches onto appropriate carriers or containers, enabling the tracking of vehicles/deliveries right up to customer’s signature. Photographs can be taken and uploaded to the ERP system to show any damage caused in transit.


OLD WAY – Report sent to managers at appropriate intervals
NEW WAY – Information on the entire process available for managers to examine in an easily – digestible graphical format throughout the process, containing all data on inventory and resources allocated to the job.


  • A correctly integrated system enables managers to check the status of everything at any stage of the assembly line
  • Data can be pulled on all parts of the manufacturing process – enabling managers to easily see where the system can be improved
  • Streamlining your assembly process can boost your company’s productivity
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