Manufacturing plays a big role in enterprise resource planning (ERP). Interesting enough, that’s where ERP got its start. And a big part of manufacturing is materials and materials resource planning (MRP). Before you can begin production you need to ensure that all of the required materials are obtained and you need to determine MRP cost. If you’ve got a project manager, he has to ascertain costs related to production. Working on an enterprise software system platform that includes all of the relevant application modules, the project manager can put together the supply chain particulars and plan for the materials needed. He will be working with application modules that link him to the accounting department, suppliers and partners,distribution, the warehouse, and others that are in the loop for securing materials. They will work in concert to fulfill the supply chain and prepare for production.
Discovering the MRP Cost
Materials management goes beyond just supplies and equipment. It includes such things as personnel, the amount of labor needed for the job and their scheduling; the shop floor and how it is laid out; the machines and their maintenance and scheduling; just-in-time-deliveries. All of these necessities come into play when preparing for a production project and materials planning.The system platform will include a module for cost calculations as well as one for suppliers. MRP is more easily calculated when you have the right tools. And working on a resource planning platform makes those tools accessible. This means that the process can be efficiently managed and the supply chain is in place when needed.
Good materials management also keeps customers in the know. When information is requested about materials or production, the project manager can provide real-time information and data, because he is working with a system that supplies information that is constantly updated. This is just another of benefits enjoyed with a resource planning software system. MRP cost can be tracked and monitored along the way so that insight can be gained as the project takes shape.
And the project manager can also easily share, collaborate and communicate information to other staff members as the project comes into fruition. Purchasing and procurement is in close contact with accounting, human resources, the warehouse and project management, to assure workflow is on schedule and the required materials are in place.
The materials resource planning system includes an application for materials planning that goes beyond a checklist. The planning application can act as a tracking mechanism to monitor such production tasks as parts and equipment movement, ordering and delivery status, time and scheduling of the labor load, equipment management and more. And with this software system everyone has access to the same information. So if there are any changes to the game plan, all will know about it in real-time. This is the type of visibility that is provided throughout the process.
With materials resource planning, you can always monitor the MRP Cost. And that is important when you need to bring production in on time and at the determined cost. Customers will appreciate the effort and attention to detail.