02 May The Advantages of Epicor Shop Floor Data Collection
- Unreadable production logs?
- Inaccurate inventory?
- End of the day guessing on labor?
- Mind-numbing data entry?
- Using spreadsheets instead of your ERP system?
Enterprise Resource Planning software, like Epicor, can help you track your labor and material costs accurately, but the information in your ERP is only as good as the accuracy and timing of the data you enter. You can enter information manually the next day or you can use shop floor data collection – Epicor’s Manual Execution System (MES) – to log the labor, along with other floor transactions, in real time, as they occur. Manual entry means you’re always a shift or a day behind what’s really happening. Accurate, real-time entry allows you to follow your production results as they occur. Timely data allows you to make decisions faster.
The MES interface is a simple shop-floor view, which can be positioned in strategic locations on your production floor. Coupled with the Advanced Material Management license, MES will allow you to perform inventory, shipping and receiving, maintenance, and quality assurance transactions. Handheld functionality will allow you complete inventory transactions when you’re not near a desk. Using a mouse, touch screen, or barcode scanner will increase transaction speed and reduce data entry errors.
Costing accuracy can be improved, because hours can be distributed in MES when one employee performs multiple jobs. When two or more employees work on one job operation, the hours can be split.
The work queue will give the shop employees a prioritized work schedule. You can become a paperless shop floor, as part drawings and job operation information can be deployed with MES. Operators can enter notes, providing their feedback and observations during labor entry.
Operators have easy access to common tools such as part tracker and job tracker in MES. Supervisors can use the shop tracker to manage the shop floor activity.
Accurate and timely labor and inventory transactions, completed as the work is performed, provide management with the most current view of what is occurring on the shop floor.