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There are plenty of tips available if your woodworking business is in the market for software. What is out here? What are the costs? What sort of manufactur- ing options are available?
The most important question you’ll need to ask before
purchasing a system is, “What processes is this going to improve
for me?” For example, if you’re having difficulty re-ordering your
goods on time, perhaps look into a more advanced purchase
order system. If your inventory levels are not optimal, look into
an inventory management system.
But what if you need to combine all of the above: inventory,
purchasing, production, etc.?
Improving inventory management
Material handling devices have been leading the way in recent
trends. They provide “simple storage and retrieval systems to
intelligent systems that significantly improve inventory control
and production management in coordination with other machines in the process.” These devices work strongly with material
resource planning (MRP) software.
If you’re using MRP software, it’s likely to take greater control
over your manufacturing process as time goes on. MRP is the
heart of enterprise resource planning (ERP) systems, and as
we’ve expanded into the age where ERP systems are dominating
the business software shopping lists, it’s important to remember
the important role MRP still plays.
MRP software lets you ensure materials are available for
production and products for delivery, optimize inventory levels
to reduce inventory costs, and plan purchasing and manufacturing activities to minimize waste. According to Toolbox for IT,
MRP software allows companies to achieve this by providing a
company with better resilience, increased data sharing, smarter
analysis, self-reporting inventory, and easier implementation
than ever before. But how does it provide these benefits to your
business? Through critical functionalities within the MRP itself.
Some of the most common MRP functionalities include shop
floor control and equipment maintenance scheduling. Software
Connect recently conducted a survey of companies shopping for
MRP software and determined the most requested functional-
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Air handling systems, board & panel forming,
compressors, computer software, conveyors, dry
kilns, ducts, dust collection systems, exhaust
systems, frequency converters, hoppers, inspection
equipment, insurance, lumber inspection systems/
scanners, marking & branding equipment, material
handling, moisture detectors & meters, packaging & wrapping
equipment, pollution control/dust, pollution control/noise, pollution
control/water, racks/stacking & storage, safety equipment, scissor
lifts, services, wood waste utilization
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by Russ Davidson