This is the largest and most complex of the module categories generally. It can be divided into five major components. They are materials management, plant maintenance, quality management, production planning and control and a project management system. Each is divided into a number of sub-components.
Materials management covers all tasks within the supply chain, including consumption-based planning, purchasing, vendor evaluation and invoice verification. It also includes inventory and warehouse management to manage stock until usage dictates the cycle should begin again.
Plant maintenance supports the activities associated with planning and performing repairs and preventative maintenance. Completion and cost reports are available. Maintenance activities can be managed, measured and proper check could be done to ensure their reasonability.
The quality management capability plans and implements procedures for inspection and quality assurance. It is built on the ISO 9001 standard for quality management. It is integrated with the procurement and production processes so that the user can identify inspection points both for incoming materials and for products during the manufacturing process.
Production planning and control supports both discrete and process manufacturing processes. The planning department design and structure the products and their routs in Bill of Material (BOM) module. The information once recorded in module is editable and can be duplicated to create similar structures and routing for other products. Repetitive and configure-to-order approaches are provided. This set of modules supports all phases of manufacturing, providing capacity, leveling and requirements planning, materials requirement planning, product costing, bills of material explosions and implosions.
The project management system provides the user with the capability to set up, manage and evaluate large, complex projects. While the financial costing project system focuses on costs, the manufacturing project system is used for planning and monitoring dates and resources.
The system walks the user through the typical project steps—concept, rough—cut planning, detailed planning, approval, execution and closing. It manages a sequence of activities, each with its interrelationships to the others.
Activities are defined as tasks which take time, are processed without interruption, require resources and incur costs. Projects are measured based on projected and actual dates and results. The system provides one the capability to manage availability, budget, capacity and cost planning, project status and time scheduling.