ities. The top three features that buyers
request are master production schedul-
ing, purchase planning and demand
Master production scheduling
A master production schedule, some-
times referred to as MPS, will allow you
to ensure you have the resources, staff,
and inventory needed to complete a
production job. Effectively coordinating
your resources means the difference
between efficiency and inefficiency in
the manufacturing world.
Once a master production schedule has
been determined, you can move on to
planning your purchase, which is going
to allow manufacturers to accurately
estimate the number of components
and raw materials they must purchase to
complete manufacturing projects. MRP
systems manage the inevitable complexity that results from bringing together
the overall manufacturing resource
Simply put, forecasting demand to maintain proper inventory levels. Inventory
in manufacturing will include both raw
materials, or the components needed to
build products, as well as finished products. MRP will allow the manufacturer to
check all available inventory resources to
reserve items to carry out the task/ job.
Successful material requirements
planning output require accurate
inventory data, bill of materials detail
and master production schedules. As
in many systems, inaccurate subsystems
leads to inaccurate ultimate results. The
three features mentioned all impact the
concept of visibility in the manufacturing process, so it’s important to ensure
these are features included with any
MRP system you’re implementing into
Source: Russ Davidson is a Digital Marketing
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