Implementing Epicor ERP for Electronics and High Tech Manufacturing


Implementing Epicor® ERP for Electronics and High Tech Manufacturing

Perhaps more so than any other companies, electronics, and high tech manufacturers face a market that is fast-paced, constantly changing, and seeking sophisticated innovation. To meet the competitive momentum, electronics manufacturers must have an agile ERP platform that will take on the daily, rote tasks of manufacturing: production line management and scheduling, waste reduction, quoting, and more. Whether your company acts as subcontractor, supplier, or finished goods manufacturer, your enterprise software needs to be able to keep with a global supply chain and the inevitably short shelf-life of electronic products.

Epicor® ERP is highly capable of meeting the needs of electronics and high tech manufacturers. That’s why Datix is a certified Gold Partner of Epicor® and has spent countless years helping businesses, both in the high-tech manufacturing market and beyond, implement the system. Some of the most pertinent features that electronics and high tech manufacturers, in particular, will find enticing in Epicor® are:

  • Support for global operations with comprehensive multisite capabilities
  • Demand Planning and Forecasting functionality to minimize obsolescence
  • Embedded robust quality management to support stringent traceability requirements
  • Product lifecycle management (PLM) for complex engineering intensive product control

The challenges that a high tech and electronics manufacturer can face will appear at all stages of the manufacturing life cycle. Those include complex supply chains, extensive after-sales support requirements, and what can be a long lead time for sales. Epicor® is leading enterprise resource planning software because it has the solid tools needed to face these challenges.  Epicor® is designed to help businesses increase sales, improve customer service, and reduce operating costs by creating a single nexus for process management and streamlining all your operations. Although the platform can be applied to a wide range of markets and industries, the software’s focus on lean production should be particularly enticing for electronics and high tech manufacturers. Because your customers demand greater product flexibility, shorter delivery times, and higher product quality at lower price points, you need to find a way to lower costs somewhere. Epicor® is designed to implement Kanban manufacturing strategies on your shop floor, that pull (rather than push) products through the supply chain. Employing that method allows you to only order supplies and use production time on products that you know will be bought, automatically reducing waste.

Keeping on Pace in the Tech Industry With ERP

For electronics and high tech manufacturers, it’s not just about eliminating waste in the production process either. The volatile nature of your customer’s demand also requires an ERP that can accurately predict trends and translate them onto your manufacturing lines. The Forecasting and Master Production Scheduling (MPS) in Epicor® can assist both with the day-to-day operations of an electronics manufacturing shop floor and the long-range decision making by considering sales, invoice, and inventory usage history. With that data, you’ll be able to more accurately assess what products will be in demand, and effectively schedule your production lines to adjust.

On top of those scheduling and lean manufacturing tools, Epicor® has a Manufacturing Executing System that can eliminate the hassle of manual data collection by automatically providing electronics and high tech manufacturers with real-time, accurate data. You’ll be able to measure equipment effectiveness, anticipate downtime (and schedule repairs), and target specific areas for improvement on the shop floor, all from one powerful ERP suite.

Why Datix for Electronics and High Tech Manufacturing ERP

Epicor® ERP can truly make your life as an electronics manufacturer easier, but it won’t be able to do that straight out of the box. Yes, Epicor® does specialize in manufacturing and distribution solutions specifically, but by nature it is not built to specialize in verticals like high tech right away—it needs to be able to cater to a wide range of customers after all. That’s why you’ll need a specialist with in-depth knowledge both of Epicor® ERP, and of your industry needs, to build an Epicor® ERP solution that works for you. As we’ve mentioned before, the electronics and high tech manufacturing industry is often unstable, with an aggressive focus on modernization. That means that any business looking to stay competitive in the market must have a streamlined enterprise software system that takes the work out of the manufacturing side. Epicor® is the perfect fit. It’s designed to cut back waste automatically and that frees up your employees to do what they were hired to do: innovate.

Datix has almost 20 years of experience with Epicor® ERP. Our expert consultants have helped many businesses from all industries—across manufacturing and distribution—implement ERP that works for them. We can help your electronics and high tech manufacturing business do just that. Get in contact with us today to learn how we can get started with you on implementing a sophisticated and effective ERP system today.

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