Kitting Manager – Enhanced Project Management
In SIMMS we have taken an already superior Kitting Module and added even more. For those companies that deal with the one-time-only kitting projects (like house building) where you don’t know the components required until you are completing the project and then want to track what materials, labor and sub-contractor bills are related to not only a build but a stage within a build. the Kit Project Manager was developed to address these needs. This enhanced module acts as a container where you can review up to the minute costing of the project per stage along with the sales price, thus enabling you to see if you are making enough profit from a project.
All time can be booked to a stage related to a project so you can tell what each stage is costing you for labor.
All materials can be transferred into a specific stage related to a project direct from the Transfer Module, thus making the assignment of components even easier, i.e. the worker asks the shipper for materials and the shipper delivers, completing the transfer document and allocation of stock to the stage related to the project all in one step. You can easily see, by stage, what your costs are for materials.
All sub-contractor invoices can be entered into this module giving you the ability to add those costs to the project as required. Further, you have the capability of adding milestones to a project to indicate if a milestone should be mandatory, along with the date and employee selection so that you know who completed the milestone.
When you have finished booking your time, entering your vendor invoices and transferring your items and the kit is complete, just click a button to take everything you have entered and build a finished product associating all costs at that time.).
Disassembling BOM (Kit) Items
If a BOM item unit is disassembled because it is overstocked or its parts are needed for a separate sale, the disassembly and disposition of its parts is recorded through the Kit Manager.
Customizable BOM (Kit) Schemata
Though many kit items may use standard components, SIMMS provides the flexibility to allow customization of a kit item in order to meet the special needs of a customer or a specific kit build during the kit building creation.
The Kitting Manager provides a very simple and straightforward way of assigning components to kit items. The system also provides full flexibility by allowing you to add non-stock items to a kit schema.
Why would you use Phantom kitting? Here’s an example:
If you sell computer hardware, you may sell data collectors but can’t forget to sell a line cord, cradle, warranty package and memory. With Phantom Kitting, if you insert the data collector the rest of the items are automatically inserted as individual line items in the transaction as well so you can’t forget.
Phantom Kitting also allows the user to designate certain kits in the system as non-buildable kits. If a phantom kit is entered onto a transaction, then all of its kit components are entered automatically as separate line items using the items’ default prices/costs. If there is insufficient stock for a component, the Negative Stock Quantity is automatically utilized. Once the components are auto-inserted, the user is free to select individual line items to edit their details, including swapping their parts out (if required).
Integration of BOM with Lot Control and Serial Numbers
Production Lot control numbers can be assigned to groups of built kit item units. In addition, a specific kit number can be assigned to each unit. For example, all of the kits for the assembly of a computer workstation packaged on a particular day, by a particular person, or using particular parts, can be assigned a specific lot number.
Integration of Kitting with Serial Numbers is also important. You can pick what serialized components you are utilizing in your builds and assign serial numbers to your completed kit builds.
Labour Time Booking
There are two ways to book time against a kit. One way is by opening up the kit build sheet and clicking the Time Booked button. From here you can select the employee and log the date and amount of time spent along with a comment.
Book time as many times as you wish for the same employee or many employees related to the same kit (if need be). The cost of the kit build will increase based on the salary rate assigned to the employee(s), thus assuring your true cost of building the kit is recorded.
The second way of booking time is just by opening the Book Time form, selecting the kit build you are booking time against, select the employee, the time booked and the date, and enter a comment (if desired).
Complex Bills of Material (BOM) can pose problems because they require coordination among team members from design, manufacturing, quality control and procurement. Often there are multiple sites, systems and teams that access different versions of the data at different times. Alternative methods of BOM management and changing impact analysis require users to consult many systems to gather the necessary data. Yet once the data is gathered, most Bill of Materials software solutions fail to handle the complexities of the differing perspectives of the BOM that are needed by each group.
Designed for use by manufacturers whose stock items are often sold as clusters at set-group prices. This module allows distributors, assemble-to-order industries, and other smaller manufacturers to concentrate on other critical business issues without tying themselves up with multiple manufacturing processes.
Ease of Use
The Kitting (BOM) module provides a Build Queue window where you can review your current kitting queue status (what kits have been started, what shortages you have and what has not been started yet). You can jump right into your Production Entry window where your kits are built which displays (components added to kit builds and labor logged). This single point of entry makes logging labor and production transactions simple. Distributors can identify labor as part of the kitting process, thus dramatically improving product costing, as well as with subsequent pricing of products and kitting process.
Creating BOM (Kit) Items
BOM (Kit) items are created by packaging units of other items together. One example: You could assemble a complete car for sale or sell each part as a separate item. You may also package a few mini-kits consisting of the frame, wheels, motor, seat and transmission — all for you to assemble into a master kit.
Schema (formula) Maintenance is enhanced further to allow a non-stock item to be designated as a component of a kit item, thus saving resources and time spent searching superfluous records for non-stock items. BOM items can be pre-built according to a schema defined through a Schema Setup Menu function and then stocked in inventory (or built only as needed).
The picking sheets come in. The stock comes in. Then the Production Manager comes in looking for the finished assemblies because the Shipping Department has orders ready to exit the bay and wants to know what else can go. In the mass of pressure and particular concerns that each project/kit build has, it’s nice to be able to rely on computer software that helps you keep everything straight while you maintain the alloted production curve. SIMMS Inventory Management software makes your assembly/kitting/BOM experience a snap, because at any time — even days in advance — you can forecast what items you will need to get the job done. And then the next job. Shipments continue to go out. And then what’s coming in is the money, order after order.
Contact KCSI today to discover how your BOM experience will be optimized by using SIMMS software.
SIMMS Inventory Management system, by necessity, must handle all aspects of a company’s stock coordination requirements. In any manufacturing scenario, supply preparation and processing are vital steps to the completion of BOM projects. Therefore, all impediments to each step of the process need to be both smooth and reliable. SIMMS allows users to view and improve each of the set steps in any project. Contact KCSI today with your questions about the challenges you face in your kit/BOM process.