Is everything in stock? Deliver reliably with digital materials management
Unfortunately, the following picture is still part of everyday life at many companies: an employee armed with pen and paper wanders through the warehouse and checks whether the necessary materials for an important order are in stock. If something is missing, he returns to the office, where he places an order or has an order placed, of course also manually, via telephone, e-mail or fax. Valuable time is lost, and it is possible that delivery dates in the near future cannot be confirmed.
Digital materials management and stockkeeping should therefore be a fixed component of your company's software, and they should be used consistently! Each exotic stockplate, every package of spacers, each barrel of sealant; in short, everything that you need to process an order must be known in the system!
With optimal configuration, minimum inventories can be stored in your materials management. When stock drops below the minimum level, your software sounds the alarm and triggers the necessary re-orders automatically if you so desire.
Of course the prerequisite for this is that all employees play their part in digital materials management. This means that all inputs and outputs must be booked consistently and stored in the system. This is easy with an appropriately configured barcode solution. Only then can your digital stockkeeping ensure that all necessary parts are always available.
In particular, good materials management as with the A+W systems A+W Business and A+W Enterprise, must be integrated completely into the order entry system. This way, you cannot confirm any delivery dates if you haven't gotten the "OK" from materials management. If your system is configured properly, the system queries the stock situation automatically before you confirm an order and can plan it for production in production planning.
Networking of all partners
It goes without saying that for such automated stock and procurement processes, companies have to be networked internally; otherwise, it is impossible to assemble real-time information about the material and procurement situation.
The incorporation of suppliers into this network is becoming ever more important on the path to Industry 4.0. Here, to simplify order communication, digital platforms for communication and the provision of critical information are arising, for in the end, all partners in the supply chain have to be networked digitally. This way, it is conceivable that your procurement system will be able to compare various suppliers' delivery capability at lighting speed and react independently to the current situation.
With "materials management 4.0," you not only guarantee your flexibility and delivery capability, you also save a huge amount of unproductive work, for the colleague who previously had to run around with paper and pen in the warehouse can now do more productive things in this time.