Manufacturing / Fabrication Industry

The fabrication industry includes metal fabrication and fiberglass fabrication.

Metal Fabrication

Metal fabrication is the process that changes the geometry of metal by molding, smelting or refining it. The main processes associated with this industry are metal fabrication, metal preparation and finishing. Metal fabricators supply a variety of proprietary parts and components to the manufacturing industry. Products range from highly engineered products, such as HVAC units, with small production runs, to high volumes of make-to-stock products, such as bolts and screws.

Fiberglass Fabrication

Fiberglass fabrication products are manufactured through the molding of glass fibers, and/or thermo set plastics to produce fiberglass, fiberglass reinforced plastics and composites. Rigid fiberglass products are very durable and corrosion resistant. Rigid fiberglass products are canoe or boat hulls, furniture, corrosion resistant equipment, bath and bath fixtures, truck and airplane bodies, and machinery housings. Examples of non-rigid fiberglass products include strands and yarns used in insulation, woven mats and other products.

Industry Challenges

  • It is largely dependent on the demands of other industries
  • There is a short response time to changing product mix and demand and customer specifications
  • Product development life cycles can be shortened by collaboration with customers on the design and engineering of products
  • There is a need for customer service
  • Documentation and activities must be managed and tracked
  • Production schedules must be synchronized with those of customers
  • Overcapacity and cost must be minimized
  • Productivity must be improved
  • Resources must be optimized
  • Bottlenecks must be removed
  • Accuracy of job costs must be increased
  • There is a need for multi-dimensional inventory and lot control

Driscoll & Associates, Inc. and SYSPRO Solution:

Inventory Management

SYSPRO’s Inventory Management module is the heart of the system bringing the sales, planning, valuation and control into this module. There are tools that will allow for analysis of inventory levels and turnover. The system is real time and will show the current items on hand, availability, usage, allocations and open replenishments. The system supports lot and serial tracking. Inventory cost can be at standard, average, last cost or FIFO / LIFO layers. The system is a true multi warehouse system with the ability to track transfers between warehouses.

Inventory Control

Purchase Orders / Blanket Purchase Orders

SYSPRO’s Blanket Purchase Order facility within the Purchase Order module allows the user to create, maintain and use contract purchase orders as well as to monitor purchase order receipts against a supplier's contract. The purpose of these contracts is to allow a fixed price to be recorded for a specified period and/or volume, plus an agreed upon delivery schedule. With extensive querying and reporting capabilities, you can centrally manage anticipated deliveries and review supplier delivery performance.

Purchase Orders

Requirements Planning

SYSPRO’s Requirements Planning module is the focus of the manufacturing and material resource planning system. The objective of requirements planning is to create realistic purchasing and production schedules, optimize stock holdings and identify capacity constraints in a multi-site, multi-warehouse environment. The module assists with the planning of materials and production capacity required to meet demand and identifies levels of usage of critical resources for rough-cut capacity planning. It allows for the easy creation of build schedules from Master Production Schedule (MPS) suggestions and the shop floor, and it suggests purchasing, production and transfer schedules to satisfy demand.

Requirements Planning

Lot Traceability

SYSPRO’s Lot Traceability module is designed to provide full traceability at transactional level for items. Companies in the following industries use this module: electronics, aeronautics, defense, food & beverage, pharmaceutical, motor vehicles and building. This module records material movement through the receiving, manufacturing, assembly, inspection, stocking, and final dispatch stages. The integration with SYSPRO's other modules permits full upward and downward traceability through all inventory transactions. The module traces product life cycle from raw materials to final products.

Lot Traceability

Advanced Planning and Scheduling

SYSPRO’s Advanced Planning and Scheduling provides a graphical view of the shop floor in real-time and measures productivity at the closest point to manufacture. It provides a simple and efficient means of coordinating the supply chain through better advanced planning, scheduling and visibility over production. A concise, tactical overview of production schedules and workloads by work center, day, and job enables managers to more easily identify potential problem areas and schedule jobs in accordance with available resources and promised delivery dates.

Syspro Factory Scheduling

Work in Progress

SYSPRO’s Work in Progress module enables you to accurately control costs of work orders currently in progress. Material usage and labor can be posted in real time and in batch mode. It also enables variance reporting to be produced between estimated costs and actual costs of each job. Work orders may be added for stocked items (with a bill of materials), stocked items without a bill of materials or non-stocked items. These work orders can create a bill of jobs for all relevant sub-assemblies down the BOM chain. Labor transactions can be posted through kit issues, manually or imported into the system from a data collection interface. Material allocations can be issued to a job through kit issues or manually and optionally allow for the substitution of a material allocation when performing kit issues.

Work In Progress 

Bill of Materials

SYSPRO’s Bill of Materials defines the relationship between a manufactured item, its  co-product and by-product, its component material as well as the sequence of operations required to produce the item, facilitating an accurate expected cost against which to track the actual production costs.

Bill of Materials 

Engineering Change Control

SYSPRO’s Engineering Change Control (ECC) enables you to improve and continue to maintain the management of engineering changes to your products. This is achieved through various features and processes - the essence of which is the Engineering Change Order process (ECO). The Engineering Change Order process is a workflow type subsystem, intended to replace the paper trail that typically accompanies any changes to product design data. When the product is under the control of ECC, any maintenance to a bill of material and/or routing of the product can be accomplished only by means of a current ECO.

Engineering Change Control 


SYSPRO’s Forecasting module provides a simple, easy to use forecasting management tool. Based on the available history it suggests future stock replenishment, with the option of removing 'outliers' and enables manual adjustment to the history. Manual adjustments might be needed in terms of market intelligence or unusual demand. In addition there are reports, both tabular and graphical, in format allow for easy reference and the ability to delve into the forecast detail.

Inventory Optimization Forecasting Fact Sheet

SYSPRO solutions

SYSPRO’s solutions delivers all of SYSPRO’s business functions and functionality as discrete objects of code (Business Object) which then allows users to access these Business Objects using any of Microsoft .NET development tools.

Enet System Manager    Document Flow Manager  

Customer Relationship Management

SYSPRO’s Customer Relationship Management (CRM) suite of applications will enable Food and Beverage manufacturers to increase revenues and client satisfaction through optimal client management. The CRM solution is designed to offer all the key components of business management in one simple module combining customer contacts, marketing, sales, customer service, Help Desk, and after market service and repairs. CRM allows everyone to share the same information putting people in the center of the enterprise with a 360 degree view of the marketing, sales, order fulfillment and accounting transactions.

Syspro CRM