MISys Manufacturing Systems
Where can I go to track my total labor and production costs? I’m a small manufacturer – is there an affordable system that’s also easy to use? How can I incorporate barcodes into my new system?
The specialists at PC Ware have deep industry experience in manufacturing and distribution. We understand the competitive pressures of manufacturing, and the need to improve efficiency, accuracy, and productivity using automated manufacturing systems.
MISys is modular, so you purchase just the functionality you need. Start with the core module, MISys Level 1. When your company grows and needs more functionality, additional MISys modules add serial/lot tracking, bin tracking, manufacturing orders, master production scheduling (MPS), material requirements planning (MRP), shop floor control, and much more.
Level 1 provides the basic functionality all manufacturing firms need: inventory control, multi-level bills of material, revision control, and integrated purchasing. It’s the perfect place to start to get your production operations under control.
For those who need to take manufacturing management to the next level, beyond basic inventory control and purchasing, Level 2 introduces Master Production Scheduling and Material Requirements Planning.
While MISys SAE Level 1 helps you maintain an inventory, MISys SAE Level 2 helps you maintain no inventory. Although reducing the manufacturing inventory to zero is not practicable, the MRP functions in Level 2 can help you reduce inventory holding costs by 30% or more. With this kind of savings, the software can pay for itself in a matter on months.
Also included in MISys SAE Level 2 are customizable Manufacturing Orders, perfect for make-to-order manufacturers and custom job shops alike. These orders are the key to tracking actual production costs and driving accurate COGS into the integrated accounting system.
For most manufacturing companies, labor is the most significant component of production costs. Accurately collecting and analyzing production labor costs has, until now, been out of reach for most manufacturers. MISys SAE Level 3 changes all that by implementing production work centers: areas of the plant where some specific activity takes place.
By merging work centers with bills of material from MISys SAE Level 1, Level 3 creates bills of manufacturing; high-powered bills of material that document not only the materials needed to complete an assembly, but the step-by-step operations that must be performed.
When production starts and continues from step to step, MISys SAE records the actual labor expended for each operation, together with any extra material consumed or overhead incurred. On completion the actual production cost (material, labor, and overhead) is passed to the accounting system.
No one likes to track serial numbers or lot numbers for the finished goods they produce and raw materials they consume, but when a regulatory agency such as the FAA or FDA requires comprehensive serial/lot tracking, the optional MISys SLT module is up to the task.
MISys SLT answers two critical questions: 1) “Where were these tracked components used?” and 2) “What tracked components were used in this assembly?”
For companies that store raw materials or finished goods in mutliple containers (such as bins, bolts, rolls, or rail cars) an extra level of inventory control is required. The MISys Bin Tracking module effectively creates an unlimited number of sub-locations in which inventory is maintained.
Tedious and error-prone data entry can be significantly eliminated with the implementation of an effective bar coding system.
The hardware component of the MISys Bar Coding System is a hand-held, battery-powered, portable collection device (PCD) featuring an elastomeric keypad, 2-line LCD display, voice synthesis response, attached bar code scanner, and cabling required to dock the PCD with the host computer.
The software component of the MISys Bar Ccoding System provides for communication between the PCD and the host computer, printing of bar code labels and reports, and seamless integration with the MISys SAE inventory functions.
The Bar Code System comes pre-programmed for physical inventory and stock transfer applications, but can be re-programmed for virtually any desired application.
he MISys Configurator is rules-based so that only pre-defined configurations can be built. The program guides you through selecting the appropriate options and automatically populates a corresponding manufacturing order.
Manufacturing companies that perform significant make-to-order work will find the MISys Custom Configurator an invaluable addition to the MISys Manufacturing System.
The MISys Custom Configurator was designed to meet the needs of manufacturers who build specific variations of a
product based on a pre-defined set of configuration options.