Are You a Repetitive Manufacturer?

AIM Vision has been specifically designed for the repetitive manufacturer. Although there are some common functions across all ERP systems, the fact is that ERP is NOT a one-size-fits-all proposition. How can a machine builder for a complex assembly line use the same ERP system that is used by a metal stamper for the automotive parts world? They are not comparable; they are not alike.

AIM Vision was designed to leverage the reusable characteristics of a repetitive manufacturer, both minimizing the housekeeping chores of operations, and also focusing on the core competencies that make them truly a repetitive manufacturer.

Most manufacturers will exhibit some characteristics of the repetitive manufacturer, but there are clearly some cases where most if not all of the following characteristics are owned by this unique type of manufacturer.

A repetitive manufacturer will fit at least four of the following six categories:

1. Core Competencies

Repetitive manufacturers of component parts or assemblies usually are known for their subject matter expertise in a form of fabrication, machining or assembly. This is why repetitive manufacturers are typically known for their “primary” fabrication competency: stamping, molding, painting, assembly, machining, casting and many other types of very specific manufacturing processes.

2. Reorders: the Blanket Purchase Order

Repetitive manufacturers do not plan on servicing just one order for a part. Not only do they want or expect reorders for the part or assembly, but they might repurpose the part (with permission) to other customers. This is why many repetitive manufactures will work with blanket purchase orders, releasing ship quantities to various destinations over time. In a very specialized sense, the automotive supplier was the first to use business-to-business Electronic Data Interchange (EDI) to provide a technology based method to receive shipment orders on a daily, weekly and monthly basis.

3. Contract Manufacturers

Many repetitive manufacturers are contract manufacturers who market their fabrication and assembly know how to a wide variety of customers. Most notably automotive, furniture, appliance, medical and other industries who package the fabrications are the primary targets of the repetitive manufacturer. Even short-run fabricators who work for the Department of Defense (DoD) can fill the role of the repetitive manufacturer.

4. Reusable Routings and Bills of Material

A repetitive manufacturer is skilled in forecasting their internal rates of production and use of material and labor through engineered-based routings and material consumption used in the manufacturing process. In most cases, previously used routings and history of runs are the basis for quotes and bids for new business.

Because a routing and bill of material over time becomes more predictable, the repetitive manufacturer can us a technique called back flushing to relieve consumed materials from inventory. Likewise, the routing and standards within the routing can be easily reused for predictable forecasts of machine and labor usage.

5. The Outside Processors

The core competencies of the repetitive manufacturer extend to the outside services he subcontracts for to complete his end deliverable product. These processes range from painting to plating, heat treating to annealing and other outside services who, in turn, are repetitive service providers themselves.

6. Process Precision

In general, the repetitive manufacturers we have designed AIM Vision software for are held to world class quality standards. If QS9000, TS16949 or MMOG are strange alpha numeric listings to you, you are likely not a candidate for our solution.