Why Manufacturing Clients Choose Strategic Systems Group (SSG) to Support Their Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) Systems

Manufacturing organizations are inherently complex. We’ve come to learn (sometimes the hard way) that are many moving parts including: 

  • Finance (A/R, A/P, G/L, product costing)
  • Logistics (purchasing, sales)
  • Inventory control (raw materials, finished goods, bulk stock, kanban, material planning)
  • Product engineering (bills of material, work centers, tasks, routings)
  • Production control (material issues, production completion, labor capture, material receipts, production planning)
  • Yikes!

Experts in Manufacturing & Distribution

We guide Operations Executives to skillfully use more visible and accurate information together with Intelligent Systems to drive significant improvements in eight (8) critical cost and performance areas:

  1. Manufacturing cycle (throughput) time
  2. Material shortages / substitutions
  3. Scrap: material defects
  4. Scrap: production/assembly defects
  5. Excess and obsolete inventories
  6. Labor (human resource) and machine utilization
  7. On-time delivery
  8. Maintenance / downtime / system/software updates

Ultimately, our manufacturing clients choose us to implement and support their ERP systems because they know the job will get done. We have a good track record of finishing on time and within budget.

What We Do For Our Manufacturing Clients

Our team is passionate about delivering technology to solve business problems and finding better ways to do things. Whether it’s a simple as developing a report to identify excess and obsolete inventory to reconciling uninvoiced receipts to implementing an advanced warehouse management system, we truly enjoy working with manufacturing companies to achieve their business objectives (increased revenue, decreased cost, operational efficiency, growth). 

How We Help Our Manufacturing Clients

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Supply Chain Management

Complexity in manufacturing organizations extends outside of the organization. As we've seen recently a disruption in the supply chain of a manufacturing company can have devastating long-term effects.

We help clients:

  • Leverage one fully-integrated ERP system that provides real-time visibility into all aspects of supply chain operations
  • Accurately track raw material, assembly, and finished goods availability, cost, and defect rates by suppliers
  • Plan inventory levels based on forecast demand
  • Minimize inventory carrying costs

Quality Assurance

Quality assurance is a vital component of any manufacturing organization. Product defects in raw materials and finished goods inventory costs money and diminishes customer satisfaction.

We help clients:

  • Ensure that receiving and inline inspection and measurement processes are in place to deliver high-quality to customers
  • Accurately track, measure, and report product dispositions
  • Delight customers and distributors with zero-defect products

Planning & Scheduling

Cmaterial and production planning are key activities in a manufacturing organization. In certain cases, advanced planning and scheduling is required in situations where customer delivery dates must be met.

Our clients benefit from:

  • Effective and efficient utilization of labor, material, and equipment
  • Advanced manufacturing scheduling systems to plan and execute to fixed customer delivery dates
  • Balancing available work center capacity and delivery performance based on actual and forecast demand
  • Clearly seeing when subcontract manufacturing is needed to meet customer delivery dates

Financial Management​

While efficient manufacturing vital to a manufacturing firm, all roads lead to accounting. Unfortunately, in many cases, the operation's impact on the financials is finalized at the end of the implementation rather than the beginning.

We help clients:

  • Get a clear picture of the organization's financial stature
  • Establish and maintain required financial controls
  • Identify and preserve audit trails
  • Manage multiple entities with consolidated financial reporting
  • Customize reports to provide relevant financial metrics
  • Shorten the time to close the books and report actual performance versus budget

Discrete, Batch and Configure-To-Order Manufacturing​

Manufacturing has many flavors. Three common methods are discrete, batch, and configure-to-order.

We help clients:

  • Implement discrete, batch, or configure-to-order operations to deliver products to customers in the most cost-effective manner
  • Develop and execute streamlined business processes to leverage various modes of manufacturing including contract, assemble-to-order, make-to-order, and make-to-stock
  • Re-engineer business processes to increase manufacturing productivity and reduce production costs
  • Reduce inventory carrying costs and working capital requirements

Operations Metrics​

Manufacturing organizations have very specific reporting requirements, especially when it comes to Key Performance Indicators (KPIs).

Our clients benefit from our Business Intelligence (BI) expertise in reporting:

  • Labor utilization rates
  • Favorable / unfavorable manufacturing variances
  • Work center loading versus capacity
  • On-time / late customer deliveries
  • Vendor performance (delivery time, defect rate)