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Sabre ETO Addon

Sabre ETO is a Dynamics 365 Business Central ETO Addon designed to enhance the engineer-to-order functionality of Microsoft Dynamics 365 Business Central

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Engineer-To-Order Manufacturing

Sabre Limited offers the most comprehensive and efficient Microsoft Dynamics 365 Business Central Training & Implementation Program for Engineer-To-Order Manufacturers in North America.

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Solutions to Suit Your Specific Manufacturing Needs

Project Manufacturing

The Sabre ETO Addon helps Project Manufacturers to import and control the full BOM structure.  Every system including sub assemblies such as an index table can be independently managed and controlled.

Architectural Manufacturing

Sabre ETO creates a Dynamics 365 Business Central ETO solution allowing Architectural Manufacturers to manage entire projects from a single dashboard.

Industrial Equipment Manufacturing

Helping a project manager ensure that parts are available when required, and tracking assembly team progress is a key feature in the Sabre ETO addon. 

Dynamics 365 Business Central ETO

Sabre Limited is all about helping ETO manufacturing companies improve through better technology.

We are experts with Microsoft Dynamics 365 Business Central along with ETO manufacturing best practices. Sabre has created the Sabre ETO Add-On, our Microsoft AppSource extension for Business Central. In combination with this robust product, we use our unique implementation approach to ensure success for your ERP implementation.

Our years of experience in Engineer-to-Order means you can trust us to understand your business, and focus on your needs without the struggle of explaining your processes to consultants who don't "get it."
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Introduction to Sabre ETO Addon for Engineer-to-Order Manufacturers

Please take a moment to watch this video for a demonstration of Microsoft Dynamics 365 Business Central ETO with the Sabre ETO addon, focusing on the features that benefit Engineer-to-Order Manufacturers.

Relieve from Inventory
Function Demo

Thanks to Sabre ETO, users can easily decide to take existing inventory and consume that on hand value and costs to the Job Ledger. Planners can carry this out using the “Relieve from Inventory” function as a new action on the BOM Planning Lines using ETO. Learn more about this and other inventory functions in this video

Engineer-to-Order Manufacturing Customer Testimonial

Hear how Sabre Limited helped Engineered Lifting Systems Inc. (ELS) in their Dynamics 365 Business Central Implementation along with the Sabre ETO addon and how the software filled the gaps and became everything they needed it to be. ELS specializes in overhead crane systems as well as below the crane hooks.

Item Types Feature in Sabre ETO Addon

This video will explain what item types are and how it relates and enhances the Sabre ETO Addon. It will explain the purpose of Item Types, where to access Item Types, how they are used and error tracking.
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Benefits Of Dynamics 365 Business Central And Sabre ETO Addon For Manufacturing

Microsoft Dynamics 365 Business Central streamlines and integrates every need of your manufacturing process from scheduling and planning, to distribution and inventory to financial management and job costing. Dynamics Business Central is an award winning solution from the premier business software company in the world.  Dynamics 365 is priced for the Small and Medium manufacturer, and offers a huge selection of world class addon products.  Sabre Limited are the leader in North America implementing Microsoft Business Central for manufacturing companies just like yours.

Project Manufacturing Focused

Project Costing
Engineer-to-Order are focused on projects, not widgets. The out-of-the-box project accounting modules of Business Central are ideal for tracking project completion, forecast, budget and actuals: before, during and after your project finishes.
Track the sales estimated costs as well as outstanding / committed costs on your projects.

Project BOM
Unlike the typical, static BOM used by production manufacturing - an ETO BOM is often in-flux and both more complex and detailed but less structured than traditional manufacturing. We leverage the standard project planning lines in Business Central to create and manage your ETO BOM.

Purchasing and Production Dispositioning

Purchasing
The interactions between engineering or project management and purchasing can be an area of ETO manufacturing where communication must be carefully controlled. Sabre ETO allows the engineer and buyer to coordinate and have visibility into each other's actions.

Manufacturing
Sometimes Dynamics Business Central ETO users also have manufacturing capabilities on-site, from a small job shop to a full fledged production floor. Planners can release project BOM elements directly to manufacturing - including using integrated MRP/MPS capabilities driven right off the project dashboard.

Engineering Drawing Data Load

ETO businesses are driven by engineers, and in particular they rely on data originating in CAD systems such as AutoCAD, Inventor or SolidWorks.

Import BOM data from drawings into the Dynamics Business Central ETO solution via spreadsheet integration. Optionally utilize CADLink for an industry standard automated bi-directional integration with the most popular CAD systems.

Sabre ETO offers basic and enhanced BOM Management, and allows for the automatic creation of items directly from import data sources.

Track Labor and Activities

Microsoft Dynamics Business Central ETO manufacturers need to track labor broadly for their projects. This includes engineering time, technicians, field service staff and other non-traditional manufacturing workers.

In addition, ETO manufacturers sometimes need to track status of activities on different components and requirements of their projects.

With the Sabre ETO addon and the standard out-of-the-box capabilities of Business Central Jobs, time and activity completion can easily be tracked in your manufacturing projects.

Project Manufacturing

Project Manufacturing is a form of Engineer-To-Order where the business designs and builds complex projects that themselves are made up of more "traditional" manufacturing. This kind of manufacturing can be called mixed-mode, and involves the mix of ETO and standard manufacturing to make the complete product.

Business Central for ETO is used by Project Manufacturers to manage project costs and control purchasing, manufacturing and scheduling.

Businesses that are Project Manufacturers generally employ a large
number of engineer and design staff, and have a full manufacturing shop
floor equipped with the CNC and other equipment required for their
production. Project Manufacturing is a form of Mixed Mode
manufacturing, as it involves both Engineer to Order type work as well as
production manufacturing.

Examples of this type of manufacturing might be HVAC manufacturers who supply large buildings with custom heating units or a manufacturer who builds multiple manufacturing production lines for a single facility.
Project Manufacturing Pain Points

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.

  • Standard ERP do not handle the volume of deliveries sometimes required by these companies.
  • A mix of traditional "invoice when shipped" and progress invoicing can be part of the projects.
  • Installation and service of the products are often involved, which many manufacturing systems do not handle well.
  • A large number of traditional production orders need to be coordinated and brought together for the final project.
  • Engineering design needs to be clearly estimated and quoted at the project level.
  • Engineering and other high-skill time is often a major part of the cost but not well captured.
  • A combination of both standard manufacturing and project level tracking.
  • Unlike some other ETO, a Project Manufacturer might carry a large amount of standard inventory for manufacturing.
  • Often lost in Excel sheets to track progress and costs
Business Central ETO Benefits

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.

  • Sabre ETO Planning Lines can be individually scheduled and categorized for delivery management.
  • Full inventory management and warehouse control within Business Central.
  • MRP and other production manufacturing modules.
  • Mass data load of engineering details into the system allows end to end tracking and replaces Excel sheet hell.
  • Advanced CAD loading tools allow the creation of component BOM simultaneously with the Project build.
  • Standard Business Central production manufacturing or requirement level task tracking is supported.
  • Integration with standard Business Central time tracking addons, or basic time cards fully supported.
  • Standard Business Central manufacturing (light or full) integrated with Project Costing and management simplifies processes.

Build to Job in Sabre ETO Addon

Learn about the Build to Job function in the Sabre ETO Addon which will include the job setup for build to job, how to create a linked production order and how to create a linked assembly order.

Relieve from Inventory in Sabre ETO Addon

Thanks to Sabre ETO, users can easily decide to take existing inventory and consume that on hand value and costs to the Job Ledger. Planners can carry this out using the “Relieve from Inventory” function as a new action on the BOM Planning Lines using ETO. Learn more about this and other inventory functions in this video.

BOM Import in Sabre ETO Addon

In this video you'll see the BOM Import functionality using the Sabre ETO Addon.

Architectural Manufacturing

Architectural manufacturing is a sub-type of Engineer-To-Order businesses supplying the construction trades. These companies use Dynamics 365 Business Central ETO to manage their design, build and delivery of projects. Most manufacturing companies in this space use Business Central similarly to job-shops who design and build simple architectural structures. The difference is that they create complex projects made up of many job-shop built parts. These are either for decorative or practical use. Examples in this space are custom concrete or stonework (such as building facades), architectural steel decorative and practical structures (staircases), curtain walls (windows) etc.

Architectural Engineer-To-Order manufacturers usually have a number of engineering designers on staff. They take information provided at a high level by architects to design and build solutions. Using Business Central to coordinate delivery of product, and the job shop production of their project components is a goal.
Architectural Manufacturing Pain Points

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:

  • Complex delivery schedules constrained by space and sequencing at the job site.
  • Requirement to track section, pallet, truck level logistics and coordinate with the installers/GC
  • Very high product variation between modules produced for the job site
  • Large up front purchases of mass or bulk product specific to the job such as aluminum extrusion or concrete aggregates…
  • A combination of both standard manufacturing and project level tracking.
  • Requirement to track both Lower skilled shop floor staff and highly skilled engineering staff
  • Often lost in Excel sheets to track progress and costs
Business Central features for Engineer-to-Order

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.

  • Sabre ETO Planning Lines can be individually scheduled and categorized for delivery management.
  • Mass data load of engineering details into the system allows end to end tracking and replaces Excel sheet hell.
  • Both finished items and raw materials can be tracked, including customer owned materials / consigned materials.
  • Standard Business Central production manufacturing or requirement level task tracking is supported.
  • Integration with standard Business Central time tracking addons, or basic time cards fully supported.
  • Aggregate/Job level time and material tracking can be used to simplify the process - eliminating the need for overwhelming production or manufacturing orders.

Insert Assembly in the Sabre ETO Addon

In this demo, you'll see how to use the insert assembly function in the Sabre ETO Addon. The goals of the video are to demonstrate who can insert and assembly BOM, items available for insert and how to insert an assembly BOM.

Designer vs Planner Roles in the Sabre ETO Addon

Sabre ETO Addon contains the concept of a "Designer" and a "Planner" and the ability to do a workflow between the two so that information is visible, but certain functions are restricted depending on the role. The video will include the purpose of the two roles, what a Designer can do, what a Planner can do, and where permissions sets can be accessed to associate to each role.

Job Enhancements in Sabre ETO Addon

This video will explore the job enhancements that Sabre as made over time to the ETO Addon based on feedback from ETO companies and gaps that Sabre has found over time. Discussion will include new fields on the job card, updates to the task area and updates to the planning lines.

Industrial Equipment Manufacturing

Some ETO companies have found a niche in a particular area of expertise. Companies that make conveyor systems, lift systems, ovens (cooking or heat treat) are examples.

These companies are a kind of "Repetitive ETO" as they have a product catalog of some kind, but rarely (or never) sell anything from the catalog without modification.

Equipment builders or industrial equipment manufacturing is focused on selling these catalog products with high degrees of customization. Engineering time is spent adjusting details and designs.
Industrial Equipment Pain Points

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:

  • A need to release long lead time parts to purchasing before the engineering design is even completed.
  • Ensuring the use/re-use of items left over from previous projects.
  • Tedious and sometimes unworkable entry of BOM data and creation of items.
  • Inappropriate time collection systems for engineers and skilled trades.
  • Complicated progress invoicing and dispositioning processes that are not well tracked.
  • Requirement to locate old jobs as "samples" or "copies" to be used in new jobs.
  • Extensive outsource manufacturing - either fully outsourced or materials supplied and labor outsourced.
Business Central ETO Benefits

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.

  • Easily add and release long-lead-time parts to purchasing
  • Begin manufacturing, purchasing and production while engineering is still on-going
  • Mass import and dynamically create large numbers of parts
  • Simple time sheets for high skilled shop floor and engineering staff
  • Unlimited invoicing flexibility without requirement for shipping.
  • Easy managing of ad-hoc expenses against the project
  • Keyword search to find similar projects
  • Easily track activity status against real items or milestone items/requirements.

Request for Quote in Sabre ETO Addon

Here is a demonstration of the Sabre Limited ETO (Engineer-to-Order) addon written for Microsoft Dynamics 365 Business Central.  This video will provide a brief overview of  new user fields, the changes made to Business Central jobs and BOM (Bill of Materials) planning lines that provide better functionality for engineer-to-order manufacturers.

Industrial Equipment Manufacturing Customer Testimonial

Hear how Sabre Limited helped Engineered Lifting Systems Inc. (ELS) in their Dynamics 365 Business Central Implementation along with the Sabre ETO addon and how the software filled the gaps and became everything they needed it to be. ELS specializes in overhead crane systems as well as below the crane hooks.

D365 Sales Integration with Business Central

In this video, you'll see how the Sabre ETO Addon has given the ability for users to create one Purchase Quote for multiple vendors in one action. It eliminates the native functionality where you would need to manually create the quote multiple times for each vendors - in one step you can have 3 quotes created for 3 vendors.

The Sabre System

Remotely Delivered Dynamics 365 Manufacturing Training Approach

Over our 25 years of watching and working with ERP implementations, we have designed a system for Business Central Manufacturing ERP training that is unique. This remotely delivered approach makes our Dynamics 365 Business Central Manufacturing consulting engagements one of a kind. We leverage vast experience working with manufacturing companies. We have created a prescriptive Manufacturing Training approach that is highly successful.

This allows us to implement in 50% of the time of our competitors, with 0% budget overruns and 100% success.

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