Such was the case in a recent demo targeted to an industrial construction and plumbing manufacturer. The client is seeking business process improvement for the assemble-to-order process, especially in the areas of pick/pack/ship. Their goal is to streamline the process when building the shipper by box, and ship their end products out the door as fast as possible utilizing hand held devices. This is a key business need for our client, who frequently will assemble and ship the same day.
IFS Features on Display
As part of the Ultra team’s business process improvement services, we seek out ERP systems that address specific business process challenges. So to best help the industrial construction and plumbing manufacturer, we arranged for the ERP vendor IFS to demonstrate key functionality related to the assemble to order process.
IFS specializes in ERP for environments like to-order manufacturing, project-based manufacturing and engineering. This was a follow up presentation from the short list of ERP systems under consideration.
For the demonstration, IFS brought in solutions provider Radley as a partner to best meet the needs of the manufacturer. Radley develops, distributes, and maintains enterprise-class solutions aimed at improving the efficiency and productivity of business logistics processes at the point of execution. Here, they offered the expertise to automate the pick/pack/ship process, easily build the shipper by box, and get it out the door utilizing hand held devices.
A Close Look
Our team of independent ERP consultants encourages our clients to look beyond “features and functions.” We know that the ERP vendor and their solution will become a key contributing factor to the efficiency and profitability of the company. That’s why during the demo, we kept the focus on the long-term partnership this set of solution providers could deliver, as well as features and functions.
In terms of functionality, IFS and Radley offered the ability for our client to assemble and ship the same day. Also, with IFS, it would be easy for the manufacturer’s customers to find the product at the job site by the shipping container ID number.
Another key to the presentation was the ability to promise dates correctly. When it is not possible to make and ship today, is tomorrow possible, or is it a week out? IFS walked us through how to promise the customer order, ship today or tomorrow. They showcased the systems ability to hard allocate at a future date. We could also see how new production orders would be created, during the customer order process, as well as for a date in the future.
Finally, the demo showcased IFS’ systems ability to insure the integrity of the order taken today, for a customer, vs. the order taken tomorrow for a different customer.
All in all, IFS offers the ability to manage our client’s assemble-to-order process. Our client is still in the ERP comparison stage, but they are pleased to be viewing systems that address their specific build to order needs.