True project manufacturers are a mix of traditional manufacturing and ETO. They could be a large industrial equipment manufacturer who's products or jobs result in sufficient volume that they begin to standardize. They track everything against projects, and need robust shop floor manufacturing control with labor barcoding. They release work orders to full production and record completion as well as materials used. They have stock and inventory that is used for their manufacturing.
Project manufacturing involves the production of a number of truly manufactured products that results in several pain points.
Sabre ETO with Dynamics Business Central supports a number of features that are specifically designed for project manufacturing. Sabre ETO has designed to enhance the out-of-the-box Business Central system without dramatically changing it's function.
Here are some benefits of Dynamics Business Central ETO in this sub-type of manufacturer.
There are a number of unique challenges in this space. From the outside, an architectural manufacturer may look like a high volume production manufacturing company. The reality is that many of these businesses have extremely high product variation - with many variants in small quantities.
Their customers are notorious for not holding to schedules (due to weather and many other causes). Here are some major pain points:
The Sabre ETO solution and Dynamics Business Central offer a number of features that are specifically designed to support this kind of manufacturing. Sabre ETO has been used successfully in these kinds of businesses, and has been enhanced in critical ways to support the unique requirements.
Here are some benefits of Dynamics Business Central ETO in this sub-type of ETO.
The traditional manufacturing ERP offers some but not all features required by this kind of ETO. The focus on production orders (work orders, manufacturing orders) in a typical ERP often causes issues as the level of detail required is much less than these systems are intended for. Common pain points are:
The Industrial Equipment manufacturer benefits from features out of the box from Business Central, as well as capabilities of the Sabre ETO solution and/or other addons.
The following features tend to be of great benefit to this ETO category.