The Jeeves manufacturing application area handles production from raw materials through finished goods, integrates seamlessly with the financial and distribution areas of the system, and helps you pinpoint where you can save time and money. The system also handles all types of planning and scheduling, including:
- Master scheduling and planning
- Finite capacity and bottleneck planning
- Graphical planning and scheduling
- Net requirements planning
- Order pegging
- Order dispatch planning
- Demand forecasting
The Jeeves Graphical Planning toolset extends beyond finite capacity planning and leverages industry-standard scheduling rules to assigns time and resources, whether it is project work, production or both. With its drag-and-drop planning and scheduling interface, you can view, plan and schedule resources in a graphical manner. Using up-to-the-minute information on what has to be built and by when, this application can help you assess the consequence of demand against capacity, as well as simulate various what-if planning situations to identify the potential bottlenecks. System-generated schedules and a scheduling board put you in control of big picture planning and help you easily accommodate last-minute priority jobs and unexpected machine downtime.
With Jeeves Master Scheduling, you can use the forecasts for different market segments, product families or individual items to efficiently plan future material and resource requirements. Once a master schedule is generated, you can view how the capacities of different manufacturing resources are impacted, or alter it to take into account the current inventory of stocked items. The Jeeves Master Scheduling tools is designed for the needed iterations between sales and production, and offers approval tools and workflows for critical data. Jeeves Master Scheduling also can be used with product variant management. Since different models can have different sizes (or other attributes) in different markets, you can create forecast families per master item and allocate forecast shares to their variant items.
Material Requirements Planning (MRP)
Jeeves MRP handles all forms of order-specific manufacturing, contract manufacturing, shop-floor reporting and net requirements planning. It provides integration with demand forecasts for items based on advanced replenishment rules and formulas, facilitating accurate material plans by item. Planners have total control over generation criteria including start and stop dates, planning bucket sizes, and a demand time fence. Jeeves MRP can be instantly accessed for material data from sales orders, purchase orders, and inventory screens and to tie specific material to a certain work order ensuring that vital material is available.
Production orders can be entered manually or generated automatically from customer orders, distribution orders or via MRP. Production orders can influence planning in a collective, or sub-order manner, depending on which best fits your environment. Once you have created a manufacturing order, you can do an availability check of materials against planned or available balances. Orders continue through to production based on the rules you set for material availability and the connected operations. You can allocate material in stock to production orders, as well as subcontract purchase orders for labor operations that will be carried out at another facility. Jeeves Manufacturing Management also supports the ability to create forecast orders that will make material reservations or build up safety stock for vacation planning.
Shop Floor Control (SFC)
Jeeves Shop Floor Control is designed for manufacturing companies with dynamic shop floor environments and intensive production reporting requirements. It provides all of the information your production team needs to make on-the-job production and workflow decisions, including real-time labor and production visibility.
Jeeves Shop Floor Control centers around the dispatch list, which is the core of the production process within Jeeves ERP. Production personnel can see which orders are to be run in a production group, and in what order. The dispatch list clearly indicates when an order cannot be started (e.g., due to a lack of material, or because the previous operation has not been completed). The dispatch list provides an overview of why the order cannot be started, and then suggestions for how to proceed. Operators can reschedule production work directly in the application with these inputs in mind. Reporting (e.g., start, sub-reporting, completion, interruption) can also be done from the dispatch list or by scanning barcodes.
Key features include indirect work reporting, team and group reporting, scrap reporting, team production, collection production, material issuing, receipts, labeling and label issuing, priority planning, and tool management. You can allocate time per machine, per employee, or automatically, as well as divide time on jobs across multiple employees or machines.
Jeeves SFC also is integrated with the Jeeves Electronic Document Management (EDM) application, allowing shop floor personnel instant access to drawings, instructions, and any other documents directly from the operation card.
Finite Capacity Planning
Jeeves Manufacturing Management includes functionality for workload control against finite capacity, meaning that you can identify workload ceilings for machines, workshop personnel, or other resources and link those to the current schedule, manufacturing orders, and workload details. When a manufacturing order is created, Jeeves attempts build a plan using the available capacity. Operations personnel are notified if the promise date is moved forward.
Job-Based Time and Attendance
Manufacturers and distributors must manage labor-intensive process across many people, shifts, and paygrades. Jeeves Attendance is designed for any company using Jeeves ERP that wants to automate the process of tracking and reporting employee attendance hours. On the shop floor, Jeeves can manage job-based clocking, including time spent per job, calculation of break times, and integration with general working calendars.
The Jeeves Time and Attendance feature allows your employees to enter time and attendance manually, via a barcode scanner, or by swiping a magnetic card. Managers and supervisors can enter different work schedules and labor codes to steward the data, eliminating the manual data entry and human error that typically impact production time.
Integrations and Additive Solutions
Jeeves ERP can be extended by a number of integrations and additive solutions—some built by Jeeves; others built in partnership with leading software providers; and still others custom-built by our product experts leveraging the system’s open architecture and service builder tool. Additive application areas include: