Process Manufacturing: One of the Most Complex Industries

  • By Remington Hall
  • 02 Aug, 2017

Process Manufacturing is one of the most complex industries and an industry that has very real challenges that can actually change overnight.

Take Gluten as an example.  According to research firm “Packaged Facts”, this industry will grow from 4.2 billion in 2012 to 6.6 billion by 2017!  Are you ready for this?  What about other emerging markets like Latin America and Asia?  With rising incomes, these markets have been more interested in Western foods so have you researched exporting options.

Food safety is also at the top of the list.  What would happen to your business if there was a recall and consumers got sick or even died?  Are you prepared to provide the information to government sources as required?  If not, this is an area that cannot be overlooked, especially by company leaders and directors.  It is your responsibility to keep the public safe.

Process Manufacturers also have to understand some of the following commonalities and as a company talk about them and take action.

 

  • How do you determine the right product mix?
  • How do you know what makes you money and what doesn’t?
  • How visible is the inventory in your facility?
  • What processing methods do you use to speed delivery of products to retailers or distributors?
  • How do you track lots?
  • What do you do when there is a recall? How quickly can you get the information?
  • How easy is warehouse automation and how would it help if you had it?
  • How do you protect the company against changes in raw material pricing?
  • Are you dependant on one of your largest customers?
  • What happens if their business goes away?
  • Do you want to increase sales volumes and not head count?
  • What do you do about understanding buying habits and how easily can you change?
  • What have you done to reduce costs overall and increase inefficiencies?
  • When was the last time you changed your internal business solutions?

 

 

By Remington Hall 16 Nov, 2017

When Implementing a new solution like Sage 300 or Microsoft Dynamics look at funding options for your business in Canada.

A funding program we partner with is the Canada Job Grant (CJG), ´╗┐ it helps cover training costs during an implementation based on the number of employees on staff and involved in the ERP Software training.  

By Remington Hall 14 Nov, 2017

1.       Accounts Receivable > Common > Customers > All Customers

2.       Double click the “Child” Customer. In this example the child is ABC Company 2 and the parent is ABC Company.

3.       Click Customer > Edit

4.       Scroll to the bottom and select the Invoice and Delivery tab

5.       Click on the dropdown menu and select the “Parent” Company

By Remington Hall 07 Nov, 2017

Every user must have email address in Human Resources > Common > Workers > Workers Form:

By Remington Hall 07 Nov, 2017

1. Click Area Page node: Accounts payable -> Common -> Vendors -> All vendors.

Form name: Vendors

By Remington Hall 31 Oct, 2017

In accordance with Sage’s support and version policies, the following download URLs will no longer be available after September 30, 2017:

 

·      Sage ERP Accpac US Payroll Update – Version 6.0T PU1 (UT60TPU1.zip)

·      Sage 300 ERP US Payroll PU Q3 2014 – Version 7.0O (UT70O_Q32014_ProductUpdate.exe)

·      Sage 300 ERP US Payroll PU Q3 2014 – Version 7.1E (UT71E_Q32014_ProductUpdate.exe)

·      Sage CRM 7.2 Integration for Sage 300 ERP 2014 PU2 (Sage 300 CRM 72 Integration 2014 PU2.exe)

 

In addition, with the latest release of Sage 300 2018.0 in August 2017, Financial Link Pro is no longer supported. Any customer’s affected are encouraged to work with their Business Partner to identify a replacement reporting tool that meets their requirements. Sage Intelligence  is a fully integrated, MS Excel-based reporting solution that gives companies immediate access to insightful information, enabling them to make more-informed decisions, and is used by thousands of Sage 300 customers around the world.  

By Remington Hall 31 Oct, 2017

1. Click Area Page node:  Accounts receivable -> Common -> Customers -> All customers.

´╗┐Form Name: Customers

By Remington Hall 27 Oct, 2017

When implementing Dynamics AX for a client the four fields in these journals that I get asked the most about are the Relation, Account Code and Item Code fields as well as the Find next option. I’ll group the Account Code and Item Code fields together for simplicity. Both the Account Code and Item Code fields have three options available to them All, Group and Table.

By Remington Hall 20 Oct, 2017

To make a new page: click pages on the left-hand side of the screen, then click “New Page”.

By Remington Hall 17 Oct, 2017

We recently had a client who wanted to receive goods as quickly as possible off the delivery trucks as to open the receiving door for further deliveries. They also needed the option to put the received goods to two different receiving staging areas, depending on the product, before moving them to their final location in the warehouse.

The trouble here is that AX will not allow 2 put actions on a PO Receipt while also using the Unit Sequence and Unit Conversions of the item to assign license plates to less than pallet amounts during receipt. The quickest way to receive goods off the trucks in their case was to use the “Purchase Order Line Receiving” mobile device menu option. By using the “Line” rather than “Item” receiving option, we eliminate the need to type in lengthy Item IDs, instead opting to enter the PO line number on the order and having AX sort out which item and item details it’s expecting to receive.

The first thing you’ll need is a simple work template, that defines the pick/put actions and Work Class ID that is available to the mobile device to perform the work.

By Remington Hall 13 Oct, 2017

1. Select the address   USMF -> Accounts receivable from the Address bar by clicking the navigation path arrows.

2. Click Area Page node:   Accounts receivable -> Inquiries -> Journals -> Invoice journal.

3. Press CTRL + G to filter by date or Invoice account and etc. At the end of this there will be some shortcuts for CTRL + G that may come in handy.

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