Alba Consulting - ERP (MRPII) Systems
Consulting services in ERP/MRPII systems, lean manufacturing and operations management.
We have implemented and identified three systems
for three different market segments, and we tend to stay with these, since they
are all excellent systems and all have a large installed user base. They
MRPII (Manufacturing Resource Planning) is a term
coined by the late Oliver Wright to represent an integrated information system, which
covers business processes from order entry through to shipments.
However, the term ERP (Enterprise Resource Planning) is now used to
emphasize the fact that these systems are to be viewed as company (or
enterprise) wide systems.
ERP (MRPII) is an area that is probably least
understood of all the manufacturing operations' disciplines.
It is usually summarily discounted with a comment, such as “we don’t
make little red carts here”. Comments
like this only indicate an ignorance of the company’s overall business cycle,
and also ignore the fact that most manufacturing companies follow a fairly consistent business
process of market research, design, selling, purchasing, manufacture, assembly, shipping, costing
and billing. Processes need to be streamlined and integrated throughout
the company, not just in manufacturing.
In our opinion a properly implemented system is
essential to the on-going success of a company.
The key to success is not in the software (in fact there are many
excellent ERP packages available), but in the business process knowledge
of the people installing it. For
example, the way part numbers, Bills Of Materials (BOMs) and Charts of Accounts
(COAs) are set up can have a
significant bearing on the success of the implementation.
Differences in manufacturing processes are often
misunderstood by consultants and companies alike and this can have a significant
impact on the ease of use of the system. For example, a company making say, high value, high variety,
low volume components in low to medium size lots, will use the Shop Floor
Control modules quite differently than a company making low value, low variety,
high volume in large size lots or utilizing flow production.