Skip to the main content.

3 min read

Optimizing and Streamlining Manufacturing Operations

Optimizing and Streamlining Manufacturing Operations

Manufacturing material planning and production scheduling are crucial aspects of efficient and effective manufacturing operations. These processes involve determining the necessary materials, quantities, and scheduling requirements to meet production demands and optimize resource utilization. Here's a brief overview of each of these processes and how manufacturing operations management software is crucial for your business success:

  1. Manufacturing Material Planning: Material planning involves determining the materials required for production, ensuring their availability, and managing inventory levels. The goal is to strike a balance between minimizing inventory carrying costs and avoiding stockouts that can disrupt production. Key steps in material planning include:

    • Forecasting demand: Analyzing historical data, market trends, and customer orders to estimate future demand for finished goods.
    • Analyzing the composition of finished products and determining the necessary quantities of each component is a critical aspect of manufacturing material planning, known as Bill of Materials (BOM) analysis.
    • Inventory management: Calculating safety stock levels, reorder points, and economic order quantities (EOQ) to optimize inventory levels while minimizing holding costs and lead times.
    • Supplier management: Identifying reliable suppliers, negotiating contracts, and establishing timely delivery schedules to ensure a steady supply of materials.
  2. Production Scheduling: Production scheduling involves creating a plan that outlines the sequence and timing of manufacturing activities to meet production targets efficiently. The goal is to minimize idle time, reduce changeover costs, and ensure on-time delivery. Key considerations in production scheduling include:

    • Capacity analysis: Assessing available production resources, such as equipment, labour, and facilities, to determine production capacity.
    • Sequencing: Determining the optimal order in which manufacturing orders or jobs should be processed based on factors like due dates, setup times, and resource availability.
    • Constraints management: Considering various constraints like machine capabilities, labour availability, and material lead times to develop a realistic and achievable production schedule.
    • Real-time adjustments: Monitoring production progress and making necessary adjustments to the schedule in response to unforeseen events, such as equipment breakdowns or material shortages.

Manufacturing material planning and production scheduling are typically supported by specialized software systems known as Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) systems. These systems integrate data from various departments, such as sales, production, and procurement, to provide real-time visibility and enable effective decision-making in material planning and production scheduling processes.

In Acumatica, you can effectively manage and optimize your discrete manufacturing processes by utilizing its integrated features. Here's an overview of how Acumatica can assist you in manufacturing material planning and production scheduling:

  1. Bill of Materials (BOM) Management: Acumatica allows you to create and maintain accurate bills of materials for your products. You can define the components, raw materials, and quantities required for manufacturing each product

  2. Material Requirements Planning (MRP): Acumatica's MRP module helps you forecast material requirements based on production schedules, sales orders, and inventory levels. It generates recommendations for purchasing and manufacturing based on demand, lead times, and other factors.

  3. Purchase Order Management: Acumatica enables you to create and manage purchase orders for procuring raw materials and components. It tracks the status of purchase orders, monitors deliveries, and updates inventory levels upon receipt.

  4. Production Scheduling: Acumatica's production scheduling capabilities assist in planning and optimizing your production processes. It considers factors like resource availability, lead times, and order priorities to create production schedules that minimize bottlenecks and optimize resource utilization.

  5. Capacity Planning: With Acumatica, you can effectively plan and manage your production capacity. It helps you determine if you have enough resources to meet the production demand and enables you to identify and resolve capacity constraints.

  6. Work Order Management: Acumatica allows you to create work orders for each production run. Work orders define the operations, routing, and resources required for manufacturing a product. You can track the progress of work orders, record labour and material usage, and capture production costs.

  7. Shop Floor Control: Acumatica provides tools for shop floor control, allowing you to monitor and manage production activities in real-time. It enables operators to report progress, record material consumption and provides visibility into the production status.

  8. Production Cost Tracking: Acumatica's integration with financial management modules allows you to track and analyze production costs. You can monitor direct and indirect costs associated with manufacturing, such as labour, materials, overhead, and machine utilization.

By leveraging these features within Acumatica, you can streamline your discrete manufacturing operations, optimize material planning, and improve production scheduling. It enables you to align your resources effectively, reduce inventory costs, minimize production lead times, and improve overall operational efficiency.


To discover more about how Acumatica can optimize your manufacturing processes, take a look at the video below.


Trust an Acumatica Expert

At Aqurus, we know how valuable Acumatica ERP software is for businesses – especially those in Manufacturing, Distribution, eCommerce, and the retail industry. If you’re interested in how Acumatica’s Cloud ERP Software can boost your business, the Aqurus team is passionate about smooth implementation and ongoing support. Contact us today!

A Successful Manufacturing ERP Implementation with Aqurus and Envent

Envent serves as a prime illustration of how Acumatica customers can maximize their ERP investment by collaborating with the experienced ERP consultant team at Aqurus.

Key Results

Over the past couple of years, Aqurus Solutions and Envent collaborated on a carefully planned implementation of Acumatica to minimize any disruptions to the business. Aqurus played an invaluable role in their success, leveraging their understanding of the oil and gas industry and their expertise in applying Acumatica to drive business growth. While there are still many more exciting improvement projects in progress, the initial results have been nothing short of remarkable!

  • Enhanced Collaboration and Teamwork - The powerful alliance between Envent and Aqurus in implementing innovative Acumatica features has revolutionized operations and facilitated seamless communication across departments. This has empowered the entire organization with the critical data required to make well-informed decisions and collaborate efficiently, delivering superior products to customers with unparalleled speed and accuracy.
  • Acumatica revolutionized Envent's business processes, streamlining operations and enhancing productivity by eliminating redundant data entry and error-prone manual processes. 
  • Added Functionality Helped Exceed Growth Goals - Integrating real-time data across departments with Acumatica's Project Accounting, CRM, Manufacturing and Product Configurator applications helped drive efficiency and quadruple gross revenue.

You can see this full interview entitled "How to Modernize Manufacturing, Inventory Control and Customer Service" here

How to Leverage Acumatica CRM to Grow your Manufacturing Business

5 min read

How to Leverage Acumatica CRM to Grow your Manufacturing Business

The value of leveraging customer data to improve sales and marketing cannot be underestimated in today’s race to find new ways to drive revenue...

Read More
Acumatica Manufacturing Dive – Aqurus

9 min read

Acumatica Manufacturing Dive – Aqurus

Acumatica Manufacturing Edition - Cloud Manufacturing ERP Software Take a look at a video playlist we’ve put together that demonstrates how Acumatica...

Read More
Manufacturing ERP Technologies to Remain Competitive

5 min read

Manufacturing ERP Technologies to Remain Competitive

Who could imagine a day when we would see products printed in plastic and metal on a 3D printer, batteries grown from viruses, or contact lenses that...

Read More