Industry Spotlight:

 Manufacturing

The Challenge

As the modern marketplace has become more centered around the internet, the manufacturing industry has had to evolve in order to remain competitive in an everchanging global economy. This need to adapt has resulted in challenges for companies within the industry, and Logan Consulting has identified the following as the major issues for manufacturing companies:

  • Inventory Control: Having accurate amounts of materials on hand at all times is crucial for success, but this can be difficult to estimate without advanced data analysis.
  • Costing: Understanding how much it costs to produce one unit of a product, including material and overhead labor, is critical in maximizing profitability.
  • Scheduling and Managing the Shop Floor: Manufacturing companies must be constantly aware of what they need to make and when it needs to be made by in order to fulfill customer transactions and keep buyers satisfied. This is complicated to manage without an advanced software assisting.

The Solution

Luckily, because of this shift towards an online-based business world, ERP and CRM systems have evolved and become more advanced to address these complex issues. Logan Consulting specializes in helping clients identify sources of problems within their current systems, and then helps come up with a course of action to address and correct these issues in order to maximize profitability and efficiency.

Our clients have transformed their businesses through leveraging the modern solution Business Central, equipped with a large toolkit of modules dedicated to manufacturers, with a few of the major ones outlined here:

  • Material Resources Planning: Business Central has a series of modules dedicated to manufacturing, and the functionality of MRP within the software gives users visibility over bills of materials and keeps them informed on real-time quantity status, with opportunity for forecasting and planning.
  • Production Orders: Users in Business Central are given complete visibility and control over the production process, with the ability to create orders unique to their company using custom planning. They can also track the orders progress and time spent, providing accurate pricing.
  • Capacity Planning: Business Central has a capacity planning module in which users can add different facilities to the system and set up routings that can be used within MRP and production orders, connecting everything.

Case Study: Specialty Paper Products

Special Paper Products

The client’s current software in use was outdated, with an inability for financial, manufacturing, and distribution operations to collaborate with one another and share pertinent data, negatively impacting the company’s efficiency. After performing an analysis of the company, Logan Consulting helped the client to implement Business Central, resulting in noticeable benefits to the client’s revenue, costs, and more.

Case Study: Wholesale Plant Grower

Wholesale Plant Grower

The client is the leading supplier of wholesale plants throughout the southeast, offering weekly deliveries to customers. Because of the rapid growth of the company, they decided they needed an advanced software to satisfy their complex manufacturing needs. Logan Consulting assessed the company and their business processes and successfully implemented Business Central for the client.

Four Features in Business Central Designed to Aid Manufacturers

Business Central is a popular solution for businesses from all industries, but Microsoft includes a specific set of tools to address the unique needs of manufacturers. In this blog post, we review four of the most prominent features available for manufacturers to leverage in Business Central, as well as the benefits associated with each module.

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Inventory Management in Business Central

Accurate and consistent inventory management is at the core of having a successful manufacturing company because its data and movement heavily impacts all levels of the manufacturing process. In Business Central, users are given a large amount of oversight and control over their inventory through a bunch of different tools.

In this blog post, we review the inventory management capabilities in Business Central.

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An Overview of Production Orders in Business Central

Production orders are a basic element of manufacturers that all businesses have to deal with, regardless of size. Having visibility and influence over production orders gives users greater insight on the efficiency of operations and also allows for them to track the process and analyze cost.

Business Central comes equipped with a variety of modules to address production orders, and in this blog post we provide you with an overview of each tool.

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