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).
In SIMMS 2013’s Kitting Module, we have enhanced and simplified the grid columns for components/stock. Now, all quantities are “translated” in the unit of measure chosen for each component. Also, for stock records, all quantities use the same unit of measure.
After you allocate quantities manually based on the stock record or use automatic allocation the system moves the quantities to an on-hold status and captures the costs.
For components using serial numbers, once you scan a serial and adds it to the kit the selected serial number is not longer available and the stock is placed on hold for the serialized item.
If there is a non-stock item (such as a miscellaneous item or charge) in the kit schema the system uses the standard cost from the Item Manager and automatically allocates the non-stock item when you start the kit build when you click the “Proceed” button.
If the user adds a non stock item during the kit build process the system automatically allocate and use the standard cost from the Item Manager.
If you delete a component, which comes from default schema, you can now add it back.
Automation serves you best if you can be receiving, sub-building and master building at varying stages all at the same time. If one sector is ahead of another, re-commit some workers to the sector that lags the most. Versatility within the workforce as well as a comprehensive overall view of all processes by administration can help you operate at full effectiveness.
In manufacturing, the amount of time you can reduce in producing items you subsequently sell leads to peak efficiency and customer satisfaction. SIMMS Inventory Management software streamlines the assembly process in all quarters, from cutting lead time for receiving components, saving labor on sub-assemblies and ultimately trimming your in-house production’s bottom line.
The principles for all manufacturing systems are as follows:
- Ability to reproduce constant quality during mass productions
- Large manufactured components should have uniform material properties throughout all components
- Meeting the cost of your production requirements
- Meeting performance requirements (such as tolerances, strength, weight, and so forth).
In the newest version (2013) of SIMMS Inventory Management software, the Build Kits> Automatic Allocation process now includes the following: if the “popup locations selection” option is selected in Global Settings>Kitting, the window displays a tree with available warehouses and bins from where you can easily select your desired stock source locations.
Selecting the box labeled “Use component default location” during the selection of locations provides the options to allocate items first from the default component location and then, if necessary, to allocate from other locations.
Using this tool, you can fill the stock during additional sessions. You can select in your first session locations such as APP-MAIN-SOUTH and APPMAIN NORTH then click Allocate and then later, you can select the locations named APP-PROD and APPAULETS (or whatever names you have designated) then click Allocate. Thus, what was allocated in previous sessions remain as allocated and your system will allocate only the remaining quantities.
On the Stock Details window for a component, the grid will show all available
stock records, even if the current user has no access to specific (read-only) locations. This features prevents the circumstance where one user has access to Location One then assigns quantities from it and a second user has no access to Location One. If all records are shown, every user has a complete image of how the quantities were allocated.
In the Allocation process, the system will follow your allocation rules established in the Global Settings>General>Selecting Manufacturer Lots section of the program regarding the selection of locations.
Kit with SubkitSIMMS’ Kitting (BOM) module simplifies assemblies you make within your manufacturing and/or distribution process. Acquisition of materials, maintenance of quality standards, variation of design (schemas) and manpower coordination are all easily managed within this module.
From a single, simple screen, users can coordinate all the steps towards completed product, which is just as quickly made available to SIMMS’ accurate shipping processes and SIMMS’ comprehensive accounting modules so that within a single software application, you can order, receive, design, build and sell your assemblies quickly and easily.
Users who bundle items together into packages sold as comprehensive entities can benefit from the advanced features of SIMMS. From packaging items together to tracking their age and history to analysis of when it is best to build the assemblies in regard to your workforce and usage of materiel available or on order, SIMMS’ Kitting (BOM) module supplies all the information and smooth implementation you need for your business.