FactoryMaster 2000


FactoryMaster is a comprehensive manufacturing system with full material & product batch traceability (suitable for aerospace, automotive, defence, gas, medical, nuclear, food & most manufacturing/assembly organisations). FactoryMaster includes quotation build-up & production, sales order processing, delivery notes, release notes (certificates of conformity), sales invoicing (with integration to 3rd party accounting systems), purchase order processing, goods receiving, stock control, M.R.P. (material requirements planning), drawing/recipe register control, manufacturing instructions, job card production, scheduling, shop floor data capture, time & attendance, extensive quality options & integration & full W.I.P. & job costing.


FactoryMaster 2000 is a cost effective solution that helps organisations utilise the latest technology to assist in the planning and day-to-day operation of the company\'s commercial and production processes. In detail the main features of FactoryMaster 2000 include estimating and quotation letter production, this utilises the resource specification database of a company’s machines and processes and their associated hourly charge rates, along with sub-contract processes an organisation uses. A quotation is initially specified by assigning to the appropriate customer and detailing the items and batch quantities to be quoted. Quotations are quickly built-up by estimating the set and operation times for each operation step and associating with the appropriate resource code. This process will utilise the rate per hour of a defined resource. After material and process prices are allocated, the system calculates the appropriate batch prices which the estimator can accept or override with a ‘commercially more suitable’ price. An additional feature is a detailed quotation breakdown and analysis sheet which can be produced for the in-house file copy. The benefits provided by this system include; consistent, detailed and rapid response to enquiries, easy access to an organised reference base of quotations, quotations can be very quickly generated from Template quotes, when used in conjunction with other aspects of FactoryMaster the quotation data can be used for first line Shop Floor Scheduling.


Using the Sales Order book feature of FactoryMaster (as seen in figure 1) orders are entered against the relevant customer and their quoted order number with the option of specifying different delivery and invoice addresses if necessary. Multiple parts may be listed against the one customer order number and then any number of call-off quantities and dates can be entered for each Part. If customers frequently change their call-off requirements they can quickly and easily be updated. Using FactoryMaster each call-off is allocated to a works order which is then used for shop floor scheduling and production planning. For any one part, one or more call-off quantity from one or more customer order(s) can be planned into one or more Works Order - thereby allowing the flexibility, and economy, of manufacturing (for example) one Batch covering 3 months requirement made-up of 13 weekly call-offs.


Rated as one of the most powerful tools in the FactoryMaster package, the MRP has the potential for saving an enormous amount of planning time and effort and avoiding the embarrassment of Raw Material or Components not being ordered in time or Internal Works Orders not being commenced allowing sufficient Production Lead Time. The benefits of FactoryMaster’s M.R.P. are especially helpful where you manufacture many Assemblies and Sub-Assemblies with a number of common Components or Sub-Assemblies and your Customers have a very volatile Call-Off Requirement on you. This combination creates an administrative nightmare without some form of automation, which is easily provided by FactoryMaster’s MRP software. Mr Burton, MD of a company who supply rolls-Royce is full of praise, "Before we chose FactoryMaster, our business was under great pressure, responding to the exacting demands of Rolls-Royce and regularly delivering late due to us struggling to keep on top of the larger assemblies.
When companies like ourselves are late on delivery, the knock-on effects can be serious and expensive. Thankfully, FM2000\'s MRP facility with lead times tells us what we need and when we need to order it. Furthermore, the administration involved in processing a Rolls-Royce sales order schedule used to take us nearly two weeks. FactoryMaster has reduced this task to a matter of hours”


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