MANMAN Resources Guide

Manufacturing


 

See also: Engineer, BOM, & Product Configuration
See also: Bar Coding / Data Collection

Mfg Planning and Inventory

Advanced Planning & Scheduling

By the early '90s, customers like Timken Steel and Black & Decker were paying millions for i2's software package, called Rhythm, which lets manufacturers plan optimum production schedules. Industry observers like Esther Dyson were hailing Rhythm as the "spreadsheet for manufacturing." ...
i2 is the leader in its enterprise software niche, but the lucrative segment is attracting stiff competition. Supply-chain management specialists like Manugistics and new arrivals such as SAP and PeopleSoft will make continued growth a challenge. Still, analysts think i2 CEO Sanjiv Sidhu is up to the task.
- Forbes, Feb. 1998

This section introduces the players whose products are covered in more detail in the following sections.


Forecasting


MANMAN MRP / Inventory / Part Utilities

  • Component Availability Tools from Summit Systems. Multilevel component availability report that ‘Blows through’ an MANMAN assembly and verifies component availability. Summit pricing.
  • Component Obsolescence Utility from Summit Systems - A ‘use up and replace’ utility that automatically changes the BOM when the quantity of a component falls below a target level. Uses amount on hand or quantity available. Summit pricing.
  • Work Load Coverage from Advacate. Checks the effective on-hand quantity of parts over time for part availability. Includes coverage and demand retrieval, netting process, product availability report, and work order review.
  • Striped Lighting Client/Server for MANMAN from Peripheral Software Concepts. Combines all of the major ways of looking at and maintaining information relating to parts in MANMAN into a integrated set of GUI screens. MANMAN part data access the way I wish MANMAN could be designed. Combines the functionality of a number of MANMAN commands in an intelligent fashion that takes advantage of the power of a GUI interface. Data and screen navigation has been significantly redesigned in a common sense manner. Relevant information about a part or group of parts are often shown on a single screen.. Users can also quickly jump from one type of screen to another for the same part number.
    Functions include:
  • Part (IM) Maintenance and list commands
  • Purchase Order Maintenance and list commands
  • Purchase Order Requisitions
  • Supports searching by part number, assembly number, work order number, and purchase order numbers.
 

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3rd Party MRP/Supply Chain Management Tools & the Leading ERP Vendors.

"i2 provides integration solutions to many world-class ERP systems, such as SAP, Oracle, SSA, Baan, and Datalogix. In addition, i2’s Datalink module allows quick integration of the i2 decision support products with almost all transaction systems now found in industry. " - White paper from i2 Technologies

Some of the larger vendors in this market advertise partnerships with the leading, hot ERP vendors. This raises some interesting questions about the completeness of the leading ERP products as stand-alone solutions. For instance:

		Estimated Revenues  Estimated Sites
Company		(1995)              Installed (1995)	Partnerships
i2 Technologies $27M			300+		SAP, Baan, Oracle
Manugistics	$50M			300 +		SAP, Oracle
Numetrix	$30M			285		SAP
Red Pepper	?			50 +		PeopleSoft, SAP, Oracle, CA

‘What if’/Finite Scheduling MRP/DRP & Replacements

"By connecting i2’s decision support products to legacy systems, some customers have found that they do not have to spend the time and money upgrading these older systems"
- White paper from i2 Technologies

There is a booming market for MRP II, and advanced MRP, and DRP replacement systems. There also seems to be a booming market for names to describe the various flavors and advances on the classic MRP II model. The MANMAN MRP engine assumes an infinite manufacturing capability therefor Finite Capacity MRP is one obvious area of interest to MANMAN users.

Finite Capacity Planning Finite Capacity MRP
Finite Capacity Scheduling Supply Chain Management
Distribution Resource Planning (DRP) Distribution Requirements Planning (DRP)
Production Planning / Factory Planning Concurrent Planning
Available to Promise Planning Inventory Replenishment System
Collaborative Planning

  • WebPlan from Enterprise Planning Systems. Runs on NT and Windows 95.
    Designed to enhance MRP II systems. The basic module provides full-function material requirements planning (MRP) simulation for what-is and what-if processing. A free, fully functional single user version is available.
    Additional modules support collaborated planning with scheduling, finance, manufacturing, and engineering, inventory analysis applications, ability to compare plans, and multiple planners.
    Most MANMAN users use a download only interface for which a set of QUIZ extraction programs are provided. WebPlan is targeted to the mid-sized manufacturing market with modules typically running in the $15 to 20k range.
  • Requirements Planning - DRP; Feedback; Sales & Operations Planning; Store-Level Replenishment from Demand Management, Inc. Targeted more to forecasting, distribution (DRP), and vendor-based management requirements. Includes a user defined import/export utility. 18+ MANMAN users - 1800 users worldwide. PC based. Prices start at $12,500.
  • Supply Chain series from American Software. American Software is a publicly traded company that seems to have traditionally been focused on the IBM mainframe market but is now rewriting it’s products for mid-sized customers with UNIX or AS/400 servers (projected completion fall 1987). Products include Supply Chain Logistics (including customer order management, inventory and procurement), Supply Chain Manufacturing (MRP II and flow/demand-pull/KANBAN) and Supply Chain Financials business functions.
  • PSA from Logility (a division of American Software). PC based finite production scheduling.
  • Rhythm series from i2 Technologies. (see also JAS?) Modules include advanced scheduling, data integration, demand planning, distribution planning, manufacturing planning, order promising, and transportation planning.
  • Resonance from Thru Put Technologies. The MK Group is acting as a full service integrator for Resonance with MANMAN.
    For complex manufacturing. Implements the theory of constraints (Drum-Buffer-Rope) codified by Dr. Eli Goldratt (author of "The Haystack Syndrome", "The Goal", "The Race", "It's Not Luck"). $125k includes software and implementation consulting.

PURCHASING

General

  • Striped Lighting Client/Server for MANMAN from Peripheral Software Concepts. Combines all of the major ways of looking at and maintaining information relating to parts in MANMAN into a integrated set of GUI screens. MANMAN part data access the way I wish MANMAN could be designed. Combines the functionality of a number of MANMAN commands in an intelligent fashion that takes advantage of the power of a GUI interface. Data and screen navigation has been significantly redesigned in a common sense manner. Relevant information about a part or group of parts are often shown on a single screen.. Users can also quickly jump from one type of screen to another for the same part number.
    Functions include:
  • Part (IM) Maintenance and list commands
  • Purchase Order Maintenance and list commands
  • Purchase Order Requisitions
  • Supports searching by part number, assembly number, work order number, and purchase order numbers.
 

Purchase Order Change Audits

  • Purchase Order Change Audit Trail - part of the Accounts Payable Enhancement Collection from Summit Systems. See AP.

Automatic POs / MRP Driven Purchasing

  • Purchase Order MRP Update Utility (new) from Summit Systems. A package of commands that automatically updates your PO’s with information from the last MRP run. When desired delivery dates change creates vendor action reports & updates the latest delivery date in the MANMAN PO. Adds new POs & releases blanket POs based upon MRP planned orders. Summit pricing.
    • Vendor Action Reports. The detailed version is designed to be sent to your vendors informing them of changes to purchase orders.
    • Update Simulation Option. Shows you what changes the utility would make using a given set of options.
    • Reschedule Buy Report.
    • PO MRP Update Utility. Changes the schedules dates on line items according to your specifications. You can specify the type of PO to change, ‘leeway’ days, maximum number of days, earliest date.
    • Automatic Blanket PO Release Utility. Creates a new release on a blanket PO.
    • Automatic Creation of New PO Utility. If a blanket PO is not found for a part looks for part’s last PO. Can create a new PO for each part so the vendor change be easily changed.
  • MRP Express from Advacate. Based upon a selection criteria automatically add purchase orders from MRP. $2,000.
  • REQ3000 from Advocate. Moves requisitions through an approval ladder then enters them as purchase orders.

Requisitions

  • CS/PRS (announced) from Quantum Software. Purchase Requisition System. Features multi-level approval and automatic vendor notification.
  • REQ3000 from Advocate. Moves requisitions through an approval ladder then enters them as purchase orders.
  • Striped Lightning Client/Server for MANMAN. See above.

Vendor Management

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INTERPLANT

  • IDT/3000 from Quantum Software. InterDatabase Transfer. Corrects many of the shortcomings of the MANMAN solution.

SHOP FLOOR

see also: Bar Coding / Data Collection

Transaction Tracking

  • Usage and Transaction Tracking System from Summit Systems. Reduced size transaction log of intelligently selected, key fields. The smaller size of the log file allows you to keep logs on file for months and years for historical comparison. Includes a reporting capability that allows you to report and compare activity by date buckets. Allow you to define your own transaction categories. Priced around $2,000 - discounts for purchase of other Summit products. Summit pricing
  • TRLOG Database from Advacate. Supports fast transaction log lookups on 10 key fields.

Labor Transactions

  • LSR/3000 from The Support Group. Labor Summary Report by Work Center. Reports information about MANMAN assemblies and routing operations and summarizes labor by Work Center.
  • LMS/3000 from The Support Group. Data collection interface product that replaces the Mfg TR,302 and TR,309 commands. Designed to interface with any shop floor data collection system.
  • Labor Transaction Screen from Advacate. Complements Mfg TR,309 command.

Routings  (Manufacturing Instructions)

A challenge with maintaining text files of manufacturing instructions is keeping them in synch with changes in the routing file.  Look for validation features that compare routing information such as part numbers, operation sequences, and primary codes in the text file against the MANMAN routings; also effectivity dates.

  • RMS/3000 from Quantum Software, distributed by The Support Group . A MANMAN extension that integrates routings with detailed instruction text readable online or as part of shop paper. Text may be maintained using the included full screen editor or via a interface to PC based word processors.  Said to validate part numbers, operation sequences, and primary codes
  • Extended Routing Remarks from Advacate. A MANMAN extension that makes instruction text a part of each operation sequence. Prints up to 10k 60 character lines on the work order.

BACKFLUSH

I believe SE Technologies has a solution.


PLANT MAINTENANCE

  • Champs plant and equipment maintenance management.
    The MK Group is acting as full service integrator for this well known system.
  • PEM3000 Plant and Equipment Maintenance from Advacate.

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