In order to receive the right products on time and at the right price it is essential that communication with your suppliers about purchase orders is clear and complete. Any delay or mistake by miscommunication will directly affect your own business as you will most likely not meet your own customers’ expectations.
Exact Product Blog: Exact Online
In Exact for Manufacturing we can attach documents (files) to quotations. These documents will become attached to the shop order upon accepting the quotation. This is great for job shops. But for repetitive manufacturing we were not able to attach documents to bills of materials. A recent enhancement supports attaching documents to material lines and routing lines in the bill of materials. A shop order created from such a BOM will inherit those documents.
In November 2016 we started with the controlled release of Smart Shop Floor material management. We have been supporting the Basic and Advanced editions of Exact for Manufacturing: without (Basic) and with (Advanced) serial/batch numbers. For the Premium edition we also had to support flexible use of storage locations. We are now bringing this part in controlled release.
Manufacturing operations tend to require more process time with increasing order size. There are however processes that have a fixed duration: fermenting beer or dough, ripening cheese, and letting paint dry. Fermenting, ripening or drying happens unattended and is not influenced by opening hours, weekends or holidays. Exact for Manufacturing already supported fixed duration operations in minutes and hours, obeying opening hours and weekends. We have now introduced fixed duration operations measured in days that take 24 hours each day.
Developers of logistics applications, such as warehouse management systems (WMS) and production schedulers, require access to stock positions by location and the planned stock positions by date. Two recently released REST API endpoints support these needs.
When we place an order for an outside service, a minimum order size or charge often applies. These minimum charges can be maintained in the routing, but should be applied manually to the purchase order. An enhancement to the subcontract purchase order will now apply the minimum charge automatically whenever appropriate to reduce error.
Recently we released functionality to view cloud CAD drawings by clicking a Drawing link in Exact for Manufacturing. We are now also supporting this function in Smart Shop Floor. This brings us one step closer to the creation of a paperless shop floor.
We recently announced support for viewing (cloud) CAD drawings in Exact for Manufacturing. It is possible to specify a URL with each bill-of-materials version that will be inherited with each shop order pointing to a cloud drawing. By clicking this link, a browser or app will open showing the drawing. We are now supporting Autodesk Fusion 360 drawings.
There are industries where the bill-of-materials is pretty long. In electronics manufacturing and machine building, BOMs with hundreds of components are not uncommon. Sometimes we want to find or check the materials and have to wade through many lines. A new improvement makes it possible to filter on item assortments in the BOM.