When it comes to the production of a product, time to delivery is often a critical question which must be answered. For many firms, the solution to effectively estimate delivery time is an ERP system. Specifically, for those in the Manufacturing industry, we often recommend Epicor and it’s advanced planning and scheduling (APS) module. Knowing how long it will take to produce an item allows you to give accurate 'promise' dates to customers, and to efficiently load and manage your people and capital equipment.
One of the more common questions we receive, both from existing Epicor users and firms who are considering implementing Epicor, is “How does Epicor's Advanced Planning and Scheduling module (APS) calculate production time?” It's based on some key factors that are usually setup when you create the Method of Manufacturing (MOM) which is the combination of materials and operations in Epicor ERP.
Below, you will find a list of the factors Epicor uses to calculate production and delivery time.
- Queue Time: The length of time a job waits at a resource before set-up work is performed. Also known as Wait Time.
- Setup Time: How long it takes a resource to prepare an operation or job. Referred to as Prep Time.
- Production Time: The time it takes to produce the quantity of parts need for the job.
- Move Time: The amount of time to transport the quantity of parts to the next resource for the subsequent operation. This would also be referred to as the Transport part of production.
- Production Preparation Time: Time added to the lead time of a manufactured item to determine the start date of a job.
- Kit Time: The number of days required to assemble material for a manufactured part before the job starts.
- Receive Time: The number of days after a PO (Purchase Order) release due date to account for unpacking, inspecting and moving of the purchased items.
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