With often multiple vendors to deal with, raw materials to order, and costs to juggle, manufacturing can be a massive undertaking. Despite these challenges, keeping a close eye on manufacturing gives businesses unparalleled insight into production timelines, costing, and vendor capabilities.
Being able to track your products while they are still works in progress can give your business the transparency it needs to understand production timelines and make business-critical decisions.
ApparelMagic allows you to track manufacturing of products from raw materials through each production process until they are received at your warehouse. This knowledge keeps your team in the loop as your goods are being manufactured, empowering them to make the right decisions for production.
In this lesson, we’ll learn to manufacture products with vendors listed in the product record. After the lesson, use the steps shown here to manufacture one of your own products and receive them into your inventory.
Click Production in the left-hand navigation bar to begin.
Select Manufacturing from the submenu.
This screen shows all manufacturing projects and their statuses. Click + New to create a new manufacturing process.
Using the Date fields, we can enter the current date, the start date of the manufacturing process, and the date the project is due.
Click Finish to continue.
You can always go back to the Overview page for the project to update dates.Proceed to the Assign Orders tab.
We will select products from our example order, 1100. to begin. Select each SKU that you’d like to manufacture.
Ensure all desired sizes and colors are selected. When you are finished, click Assign to assign them to this project.
The assigned SKUs will now appear in the bottom table. Click the Select All button to continue.
Next, click Create Project Items to add their processes and material requirements to the project.
Click OK to confirm.
Save your work before continuing.
We will move on to the Requirements tab.
This tab is capable of estimating the material to be used by the manufacturing project. Proceed by selecting the Calculate Requirements button.
The table at top will display all materials needed.The Required column shows how much of each material is necessary.The Inventory column contains your current quantities.
The Short column subtracts the Required field from the Inventory field, showing how many units of materials, if any, you need to purchase before proceeding.
In this example, we have adequate inventory of all materials to continue, however, if any material is short, you will need to create a purchase order for the required materials.Click Save before continuing.
Next, we’ll go to the Issue POs tab.
This tab shows all processes with which to manufacture the products, along with the costs and quantities.We’ll click Issue All Process POs to create purchase orders for our vendors. When they receive this, they’ll begin manufacturing.
For this example, we have all processes being completed by one vendor. However, you can also manufacture products using multiple vendors.After POs have been issued, they’ll appear in the bottom table. Click Save to finalize their creation.
As each process is completed, you’ll receive its PO using the Receive PO button. We’ll receive them by clicking the first process PO now.
This brings us to the Receiver page. We’ll select the first PO to continue.
Click Receive All Items for the first process PO.
Since all of our process POs are with the same vendor, we’ll receive the other two process POs using the same technique.
When each PO is received, its quantity under Open in the table at left will be 0. Save before continuing.
Once the last process PO is received, the finished goods are added to inventory.Now, you may allocate these units to the appropriate order and continue on the fulfillment process.
This concludes the ApparelMagic Cloud Manufacturing Tutorial.Now, try your hand at manufacturing one of the products you have developed.
1. What does the Calculate Requirements button show?a) Inventory versus necessary materials for a manufacturing projectb) Default vendors for each productc) Manufacturing processes associated with a manufacturing projectd) None of the above
Answer: a) Using this tool can help you evaluate what materials you need to purchase.
2. True or False: All manufacturing steps must be assigned to the same vendor.
Answer: False. Manufacturing products often involves multiple vendors.
3. What is the correct order of manufacturing and receiving?a) Receive PO, Create Report Itemsb) Assign Orders, Create Project Items, Issue PO, Receive POc) Issue PO, Create Project Items, Assign Ordersd) Issue PO, Assign Orders, Receive PO
Answer: b) Assign Orders, Create Project Items, Issue PO, Receive PO
4. True or False: Once the last process PO is received, the finished goods are added to inventory.
Answer: True. Make sure to receive all POs before allocating the goods.