3 Ways Bill of Materials Management Can Help You

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Frequently we are asked about easy to use features to manage parts usage in distribution and the manufacture of parent items. Sage 100 ERP (formerly Sage MAS 90 and Sage MAS 200) has a lot to offer in the Bill of Materials Module that frequently get overlooked. These features don't just apply to manufacturing. They can also apply to kits in distribution, field service and repair tickets.


Revision Tracking

Tracking multiple revisions can be used to either keep a history of different components used to build an item or to offer several versions of a particular build based on component availability. It's like having multiple bills for the same item. Just select the revision code and the related bill is invoked.

Engineering Change Control

Do you want to revise a Bill of Material based on a date? Then Engineering Change Control is for you. Now a revision date will determine your Bill of Material. Want to build it the way you used to last year? Simply change the Revision Date to last year's date and you will invoke last year's bill. Want to go back to the current build on the next transaction or order? Use today's date. Want to stop using a part on the last day of this month and replace it with a different part next month? This is what Engineering Control is built for.

Replace or Delete Components

Have you ever wanted to just replace a component across a large number of bills or delete it all together? Replace and Delete Component Entry will do that.

So how does this help a Distributor on Sage 100 ERP?

Let's say your using kits in your distribution sales. Maybe your using a lot of them. When you add Bill of Materials Management to Sage 100 ERP, you now have Revision Control, Engineering Change Entry and Replace and Delete Component Entry available to you for your kits. This is because when you add Bill of Materials Management to your ERP installation, all of your kits will be moved to Bill of Materials Management automatically. You can now manage kits like a manufacturer would manage bills.

How does Bill of Materials help a JobOps user?

If your Sage ERP 100 is running JobOps by Synergistics, you still could benefit significantly from the Bill of Materials module. With both present, you can now assign a Bill to a step in your JobOps Workticket Template. Now you can use Revision Control, Engineering Change Entry and Replace and Delete Component Entry to update components across many templates which share a step tied to the same Bill of Materials.

These same techniques can also be used in Field Service and Repair tickets. Basically anywhere a set of components are used on a recurring basis. 

When set up with this vision in mind, component changes over large groups of kitted or manufactured items can be easy to manage.

Let us know your thoughts!

Mike DeRosa is President and System Designer at DeRosa Mangold Consulting, Inc. DeRosa Mangold Consulting, Inc. is a Professional Service Firm providing software, system design, expertise, training and support for Sage 100 ERP users in the Manufacturing, Distribution, Restaurant and Property Management industries. DeRosa Mangold Consulting has offices in Dallas, Waco, Austin and San Antonio Texas and Bakersfield California.

Why We're Betting on Manufacturing

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Why We're Betting on Manufacturing
Jeff Immelt, Chairman and CEO at GE

America can turn a slow recovery into a strong comeback, one that grows our economy and firmly reestablishes our country as a powerhouse of ideas and production. The key – and what will determine the winners and losers of an exciting new era – is our willingness and ability to lead the next “big waves” of productivity.

There are four new drivers of productivity, and success in each depends on the technology and talent we develop. The first is how the sheer volume and increased access to shale gas in regions around the globe is changing the energy debate and the balance of energy power. It would require real infrastructure and pipeline integration between Canada, Mexico and the U.S., but North America could achieve energy independence within 10 years. The second driver for dramatically increased productivity is applying the lessons of social media to the industrial world and building what we call the Industrial Internet. By owning and connecting the analytical layers around industrial products – and using real time data to extract real time knowledge – we can improve asset performance and drive efficiency. The third driver is speed and simplification because the only way to serve our customers better and compete in a complex world is by working faster and smarter. The last productivity driver, and related to the other three, is the evolution of advanced manufacturing. Manufacturing excellence, forgotten for too long, is once again a competitive advantage.

Today, we are convening a forum in Washington, DC to discuss the future of manufacturing and its impact on the economy. It’s an exciting time; we can reverse a trend where companies outsourced critical capabilities in their supply chain and focused too much on cheap labor rather than speed, innovation and market access. Now, advanced manufacturing — both imbedding technology into products and processes and creating the highly skilled workforce that can support these efforts — and other new innovations in manufacturing are changing what we make, where and how we make it, and even who makes it. Large or small companies that invest in their own capabilities and “own” or control a local supply chain have a competitive advantage as they develop their next breakthrough.

Historically, we’ve manufactured jet engine components mostly by casting, stamping and cutting steel and alloys. Now, through 3D printing, or additive manufacturing, we can “print” complex parts layer by thin layer. At GE Aviation some of our newest jet engines will have printed combustion system components and other parts inside, reducing engine weight and saving our customers money.

Now is the time to bring efforts like this to scale. The rise of analytics and software in the industrial world only multiplies the opportunity in front of us. America must capitalize. If we do, we can create new businesses and new industries. Advanced manufacturing will change not only the way we build complex machines but the entire competitive landscape.

Sage Fixed Assets

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Sage Fixed Assets 2012 boasts a brand new experience by including several enhancements that make fixed asset management easier than ever before. It also simplifies common accounting inputs, adjustments, and fixed asset reporting while still providing the same powerful depreciation calculations that hundreds of thousands of users have come to rely upon!

Take a look at the highlighted features of Sage Fixed Assets 2012.

Updated User Interface

Sage Fixed Assets has been redesigned for improved productivity. The new Sage Fixed Assets has a fresh, clean layout that makes the software easier and more enjoyable to use. The use of on-screen space has been optimized. Resizable windows and panes give you visibility to more data entry fields so that you can accomplish more in less time. Plus, we've implemented a new Task Pane layout that gives Sage Fixed Assets a much improved look and feel.

Improved Search and Replace

Find information and make changes faster. Do you need to make several changes at once? With Sage Fixed Assets you can perform bulk edits, so you can make changes that apply to groups of assets more quickly and easily.

New Assistance Center

Resources, tools, and help at your fingertips. Through a combination of in-software and online information, you can now get better access to the tools and resources that will help you take full advantage of the features of Sage Fixed Assets. With the Assistance Center, you'll have the opportunity to learn tips and best practices for using Sage Fixed Assets, and interact with peers and other experts to help you better manage your fixed assets.

Powerful Task Manager

Powerful tools keep up with your growing company. Global Task Manager is an optional feature available with Sage Fixed Assets—Premier. It's designed to simplify and automate the running of depreciation and reporting procedures across multiple companies. Global Task Manager reduces repetitive tasks and helps save time. Tasks that once may have taken hours can now be performed in minutes. The easy-to-use setup wizard will guide you through the process—from defining a list of companies in the Sage Fixed Assets—Depreciation database, to selecting the list of tasks to be performed and running the reports to be generated.

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Sage 100 ERP Product Documentation

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Needing a quick handy reference for some of the most commonly used modules for Sage 100 ERP?

Maybe you need help setting up ACH Electronic Payments, generating a Purchase Order from a Sales Order or creating a Recurring Journal Entry?

Check out this link! - Sage 100 ERP Guides

The Sage 100 ERP Product Documentation link gives step by step instructions on the following modules:

  • Accounts Payable
  • Accounts Receivable
  • General Ledger
  • Inventory Management
  • Payroll
  • Sales Order

Also located in the above link is the Sage 100 ERP 2013 User Guide for each module. 

This link is for your quick reference and convenience.  As always we are happy to give you one-on-one assistance when you need it; just give us a call!