Software reviews all BOM components for scheduling.
December 6, 2002 - 4C Multi-Line and Multi-Level Capable to Build software lets mid-size manufacturers include multiple line items to be scheduled for certain completion date. They can explode Bill Of Material (BOM) for end product to create schedules for all sub-assembly items that must be built to produce top-level item by requested date. Software helps manufacturers schedule, monitor, track, and optimize shop floor and related activities in real-time.
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nMetric's(tm) 4C(tm) Provides Mid-Sized Manufacturers with Multi-Line & Multi-Level Capable to Build
Reviews All BOM Components so New Orders Can Be Built Within Timeframes Without Disturbing Other Orders
COSTA MESA, CALIF. - December 4, 2002 - nMetric today announced that 4C's Multi-Line and Multi-Level Capable to Build abilities let mid-sized manufacturers include multiple line items to be scheduled for a certain completion date. They can also explode the bill of materials for an end product to create schedules for all sub-assembly items that must also be built in order to produce that top-level item by the requested date. As a result, mid-sized manufacturers can quickly determine if a new sales order request can meet a customer request date and then schedule the shop floor to do so.
With 4C, a number of line items can be entered and evaluated to determine which line item can be built. This simulates the process of entering an order, defined as a set of shippable items, with a request date for the entire set. 4C looks at the set of items, some of which may or may not require a lower level of items to be built before the top level can be completed, and provides a return date for each line item. It then displays the latest of these dates as the commitment date to be given to the customer for obtaining a complete shipment.
Thus, for those many companies who must ship multiple products, or sets, at the same time, Multi-Line Capable to Build informs management when all the items can be completed, either together or when the last item will be done, so that all subassemblies ship together on the specified date.
4C's Multi-Level Capable to Build explodes down through the Bill of Material (BOM) to ensure that any and all lower level items are produced and made available to the next level up as a material resource. This allows the next level up to be scheduled for production. The process continues until the top level item, the one being quoted and sold, is reached. Such a product structure assures that a realistic build date is given to the customer/prospect. "The key to supply chain collaboration is being able to instantly confirm one's capability to build a specific order, meet a delivery request or handle an increase in business and know its impact on other orders," explains Tom Carpenter, nMetric CEO. "This all becomes very important when one considers that capacity constraints, tooling shortages, engineering changes and other operations events typically impact the timely completion of customer orders more significantly than most logistical issues. Once determined that an order can be built within these parameters, the shop floor then needs a plan on how to build it." Carpenter emphasizes that being able to determine a company's capable-to-build status is another way that 4C helps mid-sized manufacturers better schedule, monitor, track and optimize their shop floors and related activities in real-time. Users can institute instant individual and departmental "messaging" and collaboration regarding the status of work orders, shop operations, equipment availability and related resources availability. The "always on" engine allows management to receive immediate and continuous information concerning the current and future performance and integrity of shop floor activities. 4C reveals their contentions for resources, monitors the entire process and sends alerts (via email, cell phone, PDA, etc.) when unexpected events create delays or contentions in the delivery schedule.
About nMetric nMetric's 4C system is the only software that provides mid-sized and smaller manufacturers with live scheduling, monitoring and tracking, messaging updates and analyses so that they can completely oversee all steps of their manufacturing process and proactively supervise the dynamics of their supply chain in real time to accurately predict what will happen. Company headquarters are at 3070 South Bristol Avenue, Costa Mesa, Calif. 92626. Phone is 888-561-9700. Website is www.nmetric.com.
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