Combined with the competition from emerging markets, the demand to deliver new products quickly and efficiently presents tough challenges for electronics manufacturers. Getting new products to market requires a level of agility, coordination and attention to detail that can be difficult to maintain.
For instance, a product known by one marketing name may require different components depending on the market it’s destined for.
Revision control is another area where GLOVIA G2 stands out. Keeping track of serial and lot numbers behind the scenes, our manufacturing ERP software can return information on what was built, when it was built and where it was shipped to.
On the factory floor, GLOVIA G2 even allows operators to call up stored videos for on-the-spot training as needed.
ERP Functionality Ideally Suited for Electronics
GLOVIA G2 modules that are particularly useful to the electronics industry include:
Costing – manages costs down to the operational level, allowing you to know exactly where your margins are
Electronic Kanban – monitors floor stock in real time, automatically re-ordering components as triggers are hit
Master Production Scheduling (MPS) – provides a powerful set of tools for material and resource planning, analysis, and performance measurement. MPS with inventory allows purchasing to be set for inventory at the factory level
Material Requirements Planning (MRP) – integrated with live inventories, work orders, projects, and sales and purchase orders to ensure that the latest information is always considered. Not only can it plan activity to the minute level it can also automatically plan substitute parts where applicable
Factory Planning– Once the manufacturing location has been selected and FP can take over with the scheduling of machines, people, crews, tooling and material to ensure that product is shipped on time
GLOVIA G2 is used for a wide range of electronics applications, including:
Personal computer motherboards
Car stereo system
Automotive engine control units
Opportunities for Operational Improvement
The real-life experiences afforded by the GLOVIA G2 installations throughout Fujitsu’s operations lend important insights into the role that our manufacturing ERP software can play in the electronics industry.
GLOVIA G2 is designed to provide real-time transactions – whenever you place an inquiry, you’re seeing the most recent events as they occur.
Our software also allows electronics manufacturers to:
Streamline and automate business processes
Integrate and manage operations
Cut costs and reduce inventory
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Report :: GLOVIA G2 Setting the Standard for Real-time Manufacturing in ERP
Ted Rohm, Senior ERP Analyst from TEC gives his opinion on GLOVIA G2, our Manufacturing ERP Product. “Glovia, from Fujitsu Glovia, Inc., has a long history of supporting manufacturers that require real-time control over their operations. GLOVIA G2 has its roots in a solution from Xerox named ChESS MRP II, which was first released in 1990.
The solut complex enterprise requirements of Fujitsu and manufacturing industries such as automotive, aerospace and defense, industrial machinery, and telecommunications. Fujitsu was so impressed with the product that they eventually acquired 100% control of it in 2000.
“GLOVIA G2 was built from day one to be a real-time solution for manufacturing. GLOVIA G2 customers have always been able to process material requirements planning (MRP), master production schedule (MPS), and advanced planning and scheduling (APS) operations multiple times a day.”
-Ted Rohm, Senior ERP Analyst, TEC
The Glovia solution was built to solve complex manufacturing requirements and to process transactions in real time. These are important differentiating characteristics of GLOVIA G2. The majority of other ERP solutions currently on the market were built first as financial solutions while others were built around batch transaction processing. The manufacturing operations components of these systems were then built on top of these financial solutions, which means that the financial operation is the primary focus of all operations and the manufacturing operations are more of an afterthought. Additionally, many earlier ERP systems were built to push transactions in batch mode across the system. GLOVIA G2 was built from day one to be a real-time solution for manufacturing. GLOVIA G2 customers have always been able to process material requirements planning (MRP), master production schedule (MPS), and advanced planning and scheduling (APS) operations multiple times a day. Users of other ERP systems must run these processes overnight or during non-peak hours to make sure the system isn’t brought to its knees.
In this report, we will look at three areas of GLOVIA G2 that help support today’s real-time manufacturing requirements. These are a lean user experience, the shop floor dispatch tool, and the powerful factory planning tool for APS.
Lean User Experience
The GLOVIA G2 user experience is designed, like the underlying ERP system, to support lean operations. The key thesis of lean manufacturing is to eliminate waste in the manufacturing process. Similarly, critical aspects of the GLOVIA G2 user interface have been built to eliminate wasting time in the system to get things done. The GLOVIA G2 home page (figure 1) provides a user with a set of customizable panes that provide access to the functions in the system.
Figure 1. GLOVIA G2 home page
A user can set up as many or as few of these panes as required to get her/his job done on a daily basis. As shown in figure 1, users will often have a messages pane, a pane for common tasks, and other panes grouped as needed by the user. One pane in the figure shows the G2 Insights that this particular user should be monitoring. The G2 Insights are notifications pushed down to the user on a real-time basis. This pane is then populated with the latest tasks that the user should be monitoring.
Figure 2. Data grids
The figure above shows the data grids, which are an underlying component of the user interface. GLOVIA G2’s data grids look like Excel spreadsheets, but they are even more powerful. A data grid lets a user create a personalized view of the data. A user is able to filter the results by any column, sort data in ascending or descending order with a click of the column header, change the order of columns displayed, and group the data by one of the columns. The data can be downloaded to Excel for further manipulation. Most of these operations can be performed via drag-and-drop functions. Each grid is set up with a refresh rate, but the user can refresh the grid at any time.
A user can right-click on an object to see available operations on an element in the data grid. These functions include sending messages or emails, or performing some other function within GLOVIA G2. In the case of work orders (figure 2 above), these functions might include work order maintenance, work order inquiry, work order completion, and inventory inquiry.
An administrator can set up which functions can be personalized for each user. Some users may be able to view or hide only certain columns or perform only specific operations within a data grid. And the data grids can display a chart beside the data to visualize the data being viewed, as shown in figure 3.
Figure 3. Sales order grid with pie chart
The shop floor dispatch list is built on the GLOVIA G2 data grid technology, allowing for all the customization needed to manage dynamic production activities. -Ted Rohm, Senior ERP Analyst, TEC
Shop Floor Dispatch
The shop floor dispatch tool has been built to be the “one stop shop” for recording all production activity against work orders and repetitive schedules within GLOVIA G2. The screen was designed for touch screens and point-and-click navigation. All production activities are available from this screen including clock-on/clock-off, component scrap, operation scrap, assembly scrap, operations/item completions, inspection results/alerts, component verification, availability and issues, tooling verification, order release, and order inquiry/maintenance. Figure 4 shows a dispatch list where material availability is displayed for an item via a handheld scanner.
Figure 4. Shop floor dispatch screen
The shop floor dispatch list is built on the GLOVIA G2 data grid technology, allowing for all the customization needed to manage dynamic production activities. This application was built for operators on the factory floor to give visibility into all the jobs planned for the individual’s workstation.
A user might need to quickly change the filters on the work orders displayed to perform all operations using a particular tool on hand. Or, an operator might need to switch to another set of operations due to a material shortage that occurred because of excess scrap. The flexibility of the shop floor dispatch tool provides users with the proper tools to do the job and minimizes the keystrokes needed to record activity. In fact, many of the operations require little to no user input.
In addition to the standard data grid capabilities, the shop floor dispatch tool adds additional graphical indicators to highlight the important information for the user. The color displayed for a work order can change depending on multiple tolerance limits set to low, medium, or high. Un-released orders will be shown with a gray background if not late. The overall result is that users get simple screens that present them with the right orders and the right options for executing the manufacturing activity at hand.
GLOVIA G2 Factory Planning is an advanced planning system (APS) that takes into account multiple constraints to generate an optimized production schedule. The system can take into account any constraints on material, machine capacity, setup and runtime capacity, labor skill sets, and machine tooling. Factory Planning determines the production schedule based on these finite constraints to accurately determine capable-to-promise (CTP) commitments for customer orders. Many ERP systems and their planning tools are able to determine only available-to-promise (ATP) dates; these systems assume infinite capacity while other systems offer CTP tools that lack the sophisticated capabilities of the GLOVIA G2 system.
Users have extensive control over the information that they see in factory planning. Each of the various panes of information can be configured to suit an organization’s and individual’s unique needs. The views or panes of information include an order pane, a seiban order pane, a planning board, a teams pane, a team/skill workload pane, and an inventory pane. Figure 5 shows the order, workload, and inventory panes. This is a great example of how the system makes it easier to manage production schedule problems. In figure 5, one can see that there is a problem with the inventory on one of the items on the order. From here, it’s easy to jump to that particular item and take the necessary action to get rid of the inventory shortage.
Figure 5. Factory planning screen with multiple panes
Factory planning is a memory-resident data model that is a seamless extension of the GLOVIA G2 system. This means that any events posted to the GLOVIA G2 system will be reflected in real time in factory planning. For example, any events recorded in shop floor dispatch will impact factory planning in real time. If a user receives inventory, completes a manufacturing job, or a machine goes offline, the event is immediately visible in factory planning. In many systems, these events will be loaded into the planning tool via some batch update facility and inevitably lead to inaccurate schedules.
But probably the most impressive capabilities in factory planning are the extensive array of planning scenarios supported by factory planning. These include:
Scheduling directions—forward, backward, and mixed
Flexible interactive settings of constrained resources
Simultaneous checking of resources (capacity, inventory, and tools)
Full optimization to reduce setup times
Full optimization to improve the flow through complex processes
Instant re-optimization after machine breakdown or inventory shortage
Planning based on labor skills, resources, and/or team-based manufacturing
Scheduling groups—used for mixed-mode manufacturing scenarios where orders for certain items have priority over order for other items
Multi-pallet / Product carrier planning—plans for machines where multiple pallets of items are placed on tools and prepared for sequential processing in the machine
Figure 6 shows how some of these scheduling parameters are set up in factory planning. This figure shows various scenarios and the flexibility in setting the parameters against those scenarios. Here a planner can also set workday patterns. Workday patterns can be assigned at the enterprise, machine, tools, labor skill, and labor resource levels. This is where all the factory shifts, holidays, and exclusions are set up.
Figure 6. Factory planning scheduling params and settings
Another notable capability of factory planning is that it can be integrated with other ERP systems or data sources to get insight into information outside of the customer’s GLOVIA G2 database. Factory planning also supports multi-plan dependencies, where one plant depends on another for product or supplies.
“GLOVIA G2 was built from day one to support real-time manufacturing operations.”
-Ted Rohm, Senior ERP Analyst, TEC
Real Time Is Part of GLOVIA G2’s DNA
GLOVIA G2 is one of the best-kept secrets in the manufacturing ERP market. The system is built to support organizations of different sizes (from just a few to thousands of users), and various industries (automotive, electronics, aerospace and defense, capital equipment, and other manufacturers). GLOVIA G2 supports multiple manufacturing processes, such as make to stock [MTS], make to order [MTO], configure to order [CTO], and engineer to order [ETO]. The system also supports anywhere from high-touch engineer-to-order operations to manufacturers that can completely automate and have virtually lights-out operations.
GLOVIA G2 was built from day one to support real-time manufacturing operations. The majority of current day manufacturing ERP systems say they run in real time. But, when you take a closer look at what “real time” means to other vendors, you’ll find that they don’t meet up to GLOVIA G2’s standards. Real time is in the DNA of GLOVIA G2, starting with the way that transactions are pushed across the system to the system’s shop floor dispatch and factory planning tools. Organizations requiring a sophisticated discrete manufacturing ERP solution should take a serious look at GLOVIA G2.”
Contact FUJITSU GLOVIA for an online demo or more information about GLOVIA G2’s ERP capabilities for Automotive manufacturers, Aerospace and Defense, Industrial Machinery, and Telecommunications.
Fujitsu Unveils World’s First ERP Software Native to the Now Platform
Based on long experience at Fujitsu in ERP, FUJITSU Cloud ERP streamlines operations from sales to fulfillment and is available through an affordable and flexible per-user subscription model
Demos of FUJITSU Cloud ERP will be available at the ServiceNow(R) Knowledge 2019 conference in Las Vegas from May 5–9
As the world’s first ERP application native to the Now Platform, FUJITSU Cloud ERP users will enjoy a familiar experience with the flexibility to scale and adapt to changing business needs
Sunnyvale, CA, May 05, 2019
Fujitsu America, Inc. and Fujitsu Glovia, Inc. today announced it has received certification of its application with ServiceNow, available now in the ServiceNow Store. Certification by ServiceNow is only granted to apps available in the Store and signifies that Fujitsu Cloud ERP has successfully completed a set of defined tests focused on Now Platform® security, compatibility, performance, and integration interoperability. The certification also ensures that best practices are utilized in the design and implementation of Fujitsu Cloud ERP with ServiceNow.
FUJITSU Cloud ERP is the world’s first Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) application native to the Now Platform®. FUJITSU Cloud ERP offers a single 360-degree view of customers, while streamlining key business processes across the front and back office. Since FUJITSU Cloud ERP is a native Now Platform application, users can:
Eliminate the complexity of integrating Enterprise Service Management (ESM) and ERP, and gain instant access to one source of information enterprisewide
Leverage ServiceNow investments and know-how to manage users, optimize workflows, write reports, build dashboards, and integrate data sources
More information is available in the Fujitsu booth #137 at Knowledge 2019, where extraordinary people come together to take work to the next level in Las Vegas from May 5–9.
FUJITSU Cloud ERP helps enterprises:
Improve sales execution
Through increased sales visiblity and a single sales execution process for all sources of demand, customers will notice benefits that include more accurate, reliable order commitments and shorter sales cycles.
Enhance fulfillment processes
By offering inventory accuracy with full visibility and a flexible, single process for managing warehouses and locations, Cloud ERP reduces fulfillment cycle time and cost, while identifying bottlenecks and other issues.
Migrate quickly and easily
No “rip and replace” or endless custom code – users experience the same technology, look and feel as the Now Platform they’ve grown accustomed to.
“As a ServiceNow Gold Sales and Services Partner, Fujitsu has a long history collaborating with ServiceNow to provide enterprise-grade solutions to customers around the globe,” says Ankit Gandhi, VP, SaaS Practice, Fujitsu America, Inc. “We’re excited to further enhance future collaborations by offering the first truly Now Platform-native ERP software on the market. The combination of a seamless migration and an intuitive user experience will undoubtedly appeal to current Now Platform users and new customers alike.”
“As a leader in ERP software and solutions, Fujitsu Glovia has championed digital transformation side-by-side with countless customers in many industries over a long period of time,” adds Yoshihiro “Zen” Nishi, CEO, Fujitsu Glovia, Inc. “By building this expertise directly into the innovative ServiceNow Now Platform, I’m confident that customers will be able to check off many of the boxes that they consider must-haves for an ERP solution; security, scalability, and flexibility are just the beginning. FUJITSU Cloud ERP gives users enormous control over their enterprises – with plenty of room to grow.”
“FUJITSU Cloud ERP is another validation of the power of the Now Platform to enable our ISV partners to create new enterprise workflow apps that complement ServiceNow IT, Employee, and Customer workflows and deliver more value to our joint customers. We look forward to rolling out this exciting ERP solution to customers who are keen on gaining a competitive advantage in sales execution and fulfillment,” said Avanish Sahai, VP ISV/Technology Alliances, ServiceNow.
Pricing and availability
FUJITSU Cloud ERP is available for on a per user subscription basis with options for current ServiceNow customers and for new users of the Now Platform. To learn more, visit the ServiceNow Store or the Fujitsu Glovia website: https://www.glovia.com/.
Fujitsu is the leading Japanese information and communication technology (ICT) company, offering a full range of technology products, solutions and services. Approximately 140,000 Fujitsu people support customers in more than 100 countries. We use our experience and the power of ICT to shape the future of society with our customers. For more information, please see www.fujitsu.com.
About Fujitsu Americas
Fujitsu America, Inc. is the parent and/or management company of a group of Fujitsu-owned companies operating in North, Central and South America dedicated to delivering the full range of Fujitsu products, solutions and services in ICT to our customers in the Western Hemisphere. These companies are collectively referred to as Fujitsu Americas. Fujitsu enables clients to meet their business objectives through integrated offerings and solutions, including consulting, systems integration, managed services, outsourcing and cloud services for infrastructure, platforms and applications; data center and field services; and server, storage, software and mobile/tablet technologies. For more information, please visit: http://fujitsu.com/us and http://twitter.com/fujitsuamerica
Blog Series #3 :: GLOVIA G2 :: Where to Start with our ERP System
These GLOVIA G2 manufacturing management software modules work together to increase visibility, flexibility and control of your business. Maintaining a continuous manufacturing flow through repetition and inventory with total insight is crucial to the success of your manufacturing operation.
Repetitive Manufacturing ::
The GLOVIA G2 Repetitive Manufacturing module provides the flexibility needed to schedule, manage and control production in a high-volume or continuous-flow manufacturing environment.
Repetitive production schedules can be adjusted as often as necessary and with minimal user intervention. This production management software makes the entire process more efficient by taking intervening factors into account, such as fluctuations in production capacity and changes in demand patterns.
The Repetitive Manufacturing module enables you to tailor product configurations as needed to respond to current production conditions or to meet unique customer requirements. Schedules allow a unique bill of materials and routing for each part being manufactured. The manufacturing management system automatically uses the current version in effect, or you can perform an online override and create a modified version of the current bill of material and routing.
Work-in-Process Financial Visibility
Repetitive Manufacturing enhances the visibility into your current production investment. Each schedule can provide an online valuation of value-added costs for material, labor, machine, overhead, and outside processing operations.
The next production management software module we’d like to introduce is Shop Floor Control. GLOVIA G2 Shop Floor Control provides the latest shop floor information along with a set of easy-to-use tools for achieving maximum productivity.
The closed-loop process incorporates the tracking and feedback of actual shop floor activity. The successful execution of your master production schedule and material requirements planning depends on rapid and accurate dispatch of daily production schedules, and Shop Floor Control is designed to integrate these tasks fully.
Visibility and Empowerment
Shop Floor Control provides easy-to-use transactions for reporting work order operation completions and quantities of items produced. Shop status enhances visibility of the current work-in-process.
Schedules and workflows can be tailored to best match the people and machines available at each work center. This helps to optimize schedules and anticipate needs for critical resources, while enabling factory floor workers to actively contribute to the success of the production plan.
Improved Shop Floor Control
View all production jobs by work center
Select workload by date range and shift
Update operation completions
Report completions by quantity or percentage
Work Order Dispatching
View selected work order lines
Display part numbers and order quantities
Display and update work order operations
Review scheduled operation start and end dates
GLOVIA G2’s Inventory Management software module offers integrated, interactive management of all your inventories, including physical stock room, in-transit, consigned and others.
Dynamic Stock Status
Because of the constant and perpetual inventory activity within an enterprise, the ability to track inventory movement is critical. GLOVIA G2’s Inventory Management software module manages and provides full visibility of all material movement within your company, warehouse or location, as well as between your locations, both domestic and international.
Dock-to-Stock Material Flow
Upon reaching the receiving dock, incoming materials should flow smoothly through receiving and inspection. During this dock-to-stock process, you need visibility of the material’s status, its current whereabouts and its final destination. The Inventory Management software module enables you to preset and automatically direct movement through the required steps and locations.
Units-of-Measure, Conversion Scalars and Decimal Precision
Inventory Management enables manufacturers to buy, stock and sell products in different units of measure. For example, you may buy material in rolls and stock it in feet. You can build and stock products for inventory as individual units or sell them in packages. This feature lets you conduct business with suppliers and customers on their terms while maintaining inventory on yours.
Lot and Serial Traceability
The Inventory Management module maintains the history of all activities for a specific lot number. Serial control may also be used to identify and track critical goods uniquely.
The last module in our Manufacturing Management kit, Physical Inventory, provides an automated process for inventory counting that delivers accurate and up-to-date inventory information.
Flexible Cycle Counting
The Physical Inventory software module offers flexible cycle counting with comprehensive, enterprise-wide inventory counts or fewer items with greater frequency. The system dynamically highlights items for cycle counts based on user-specific criteria.
Accurate inventory quantities are essential for effective planning and control of your production and distribution processes. The Physical Inventory module helps your company manage this necessary counting and reconciliation process efficiently with minimum disruption.
Inventory Count and Recount
Unlimited recounts permitted
Original quantity retained for audit
Automatic recounting requirement can be invoked based tolerances
With more than 45 years supporting the manufacturing industry, Fujitsu Glovia’s legacy has enabled us to create a suite of ERP modules that successfully manage a stand-alone company, an entire global business or a specific division or factory. The GLOVIA G2 Manufacturing Management software helps you succeed by providing more visibility, flexibility, and control to make your business highly responsive, integrated, and lean.
As a manufacturing ERP solution designed to manage global enterprises, GLOVIA G2 supports multiple languages, currencies and complex business structures, so you can manage your enterprise around the clock, and around the world — with a single, integrated ERP solution.
Contact FUJITSU GLOVIA for more information about our manufacturing ERP software and solutions or to request an online demo.
Press Release :: FUJITSU GLOVIA, Inc. Releases GLOVIA G2 V3.5.0
Manufacturing ERP Software Update Enhances Functionality, Adds Several New Modules
EL SEGUNDO, CA, May 31, 2018 — FUJITSU GLOVIA, Inc. has released GLOVIA G2 V3.5.0, which expands upon its manufacturing planning and execution experience gained over more than 30 years. The new release provides a number of enhancements to the company’s manufacturing ERP software, along with three new applications.
Shop Floor Dispatch eliminates the need for batching information; it provides the customer’s production team with a visual ‘one-stop’ tool for managing and recording production and inspection activity. Enterprise Search enables users to easily find and access capabilities within the ERP system that they haven’t used in a while or learn to use if they’re new users.
Contract Agreements provides recurring billing functionality for aftermarket companies that offer service and maintenance agreements or rentals.
GLOVIA G2 V3.5.0 also features many enhancements to existing ERP modules, including:
Extensions to the engineering drag and drop capabilities
Enhancements to Repetitive Schedule and Customer Releasing capabilities
Further improvements to Ad-hoc grids
Further improvements to Insights
Expansion of Capable To Promise availability
Increasing the amount of real-time recording and response of factory floor systems was a key driver of the new release, according to Jim Errington, VP of Sales and Service.
“These software enhancements reflect more than a year of customer interactions to learn how we can better manage their changing requirements,” he said. “And, the feedback we’ve received from beta testers of this new software have been very positive.”
“The new Repetitive Schedule functionality in GLOVIA G2 V3.5.0 allows us to set multiple schedules per day and even per hour. This increased precision and flexibility will allow us to eliminate duplicate work and custom scheduling side systems,” said Chris Sandlin, senior manager, Information Technology for Keihin North America, Inc. “Less software for us to maintain and less work/more efficiency for our end users is always an outcome we can get behind.”
“Other new features that will really enhance our productivity within GLOVIA G2 are the new paging screen layouts, color-coded Grid thresholders (no longer just an on/off two-color option) and the new grid-like functionality added to paging screens. All of these features were big hits with our end users during beta testing,” Sandlin said.
“Working with the GLOVIA development and executive team members during the beta testing turned out to be a very positive experience,” he said.
GLOVIA G2 V3.5.0 is available on May 31. Installation, migration and testing time for existing GLOVIA G2 customers takes approximately 1-3 days, Errington said.
The company plans to showcase its new ERP release at the following upcoming events:
• IMTS in Chicago, Sept. 10-15 • FABTECH in Atlanta, November 6-8
Fujitsu is the leading Japanese information and communication technology (ICT) company, offering a full range of technology products, solutions, and services. Approximately 140,000 Fujitsu people support customers in more than 100 countries. We use our experience and the power of ICT to shape the future of society with our customers. Fujitsu Limited (TSE: 6702) reported consolidated revenues of 4.1 trillion yen (US $39 billion) for the fiscal year ended March 31, 2018.
About Keihin North America
Keihin North America is a leading manufacturer of precision technology parts for the automotive and powersports industry, as well as other specialty applications. We are focused on exceeding customer expectations, building a preferred workplace and being a respected corporate citizen. Keihin North America operates manufacturing facilities in the United States (Greenfield, IN, Muncie, IN, Tarboro, NC, Mt. Sterling, OH, and Capac, MI), Mexico (San Luis Potosi, MX), and Brazil (Manaus, BZ), and employs more than 2,000 associates. Keihin North America is a major supplier to the automotive and powersports industries, as well as other strategic partners. www.keihin-na.com.
About FUJITSU GLOVIA, INC.
Founded in 1970 as Xerox Computer Services, FUJITSU GLOVIA, INC. became a wholly owned subsidiary of Fujitsu Ltd. in 2000. Its GLOVIA G2 manufacturing ERP software was first launched in 1990 as Xerox Chess and the next generation version was released as GLOVIA G2 in 2010. FUJITSU GLOVIA is one of the few manufacturing ERP providers offering solutions in the Americas, Europe, the Middle East, Africa, the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), China and Japan. Its more than 1,000 customers include small, medium and large companies in the automotive, aerospace and defense, and electronics industries, as well as related Tier 1, 2 and 3 suppliers.
All company or product names mentioned herein are trademarks or registered trademarks of their respective owners. Information provided in this press release is accurate at time of publication and is subject to change without advance notice.
Contact FUJITSU GLOVIA to learn more about how our GLOVIA G2 solution can help maximize your company’s production and increase the amount of real-time recording and response of your factory floor systems.
Article :: Cloud Connectivity Drive ERP Software
New technologies—including machine learning, mobile apps and advanced analytics—help manufacturers keep tabs on fast-paced factory-floor operations
Manufacturing operations depend on getting the right information at precisely the right moment, ensuring that products get built on time, to quality specs. With the latest enterprise resource management (ERP) software, this critical data flow is often coming via the cloud, as more manufacturers become comfortable with it as a repository for key manufacturing information.
With ERP software delivered via the cloud, Big Data is also more easily leveraged for Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) applications. In this application, advanced analytics do the data crunching required for processing the flow of data, including operational metrics and inventory information.
Along with offering more mobile apps that funnel factory data directly to users’ fingertips, many ERP software developers are also testing newer technologies like artificial intelligence, augmented reality/virtual reality (AR/VR) capabilities, and machine learning and advanced analytics that can handle the Big Data inherent with many IIoT/IoT manufacturing data scenarios.
IIoT and Manufacturing’s Big Data
With advances in Smart Manufacturing/Industry 4.0, the potential for growth in the IoT/IIoT is immense, noted Jerry Foster, cofounder and chief technical officer of ERP software supplier Plex Systems Inc. (Troy, MI), developer of the Plex Manufacturing Cloud ERP. “The IoT and the IIoT [concept] is just huge,” Foster said, noting that while many managers seem to think they’re falling behind, “this is stuff that they’ve been doing for years—it’s just a matter of scale. The enabler there is just the cloud and connectivity.”
Data collection is something many manufacturers are already doing, so they’re ahead of the game, Foster noted. “Big Data for you is just Bigger Data,” he said. “It’s more data than you have now. The problem with this is data deluge. It was a major concern, but it only takes machine learning and algorithms to handle it.”
Plex currently offers machine learning and advanced analytics through third-party applications. However, the company is working on its own applications for this process that Foster said will be available later this year. “What we do is partner with a machine learning service and utilize that to analyze the data. We’d take the ERP data that our customers have and put that in the Microsoft Azure cloud. You want actionable machine learning, and this is one of the things that we’re on the cusp of right now,” he said.
Many other ERP developers recognize the importance of Big Data in the IIoT age, and they are moving to incorporate advanced analytics and AI into their toolkits. “Big Data is already having an impact on the ERP software market, and many manufacturers understand this,” said Terri Hiskey, vice president, manufacturing product marketing, Epicor Software Corp. (Austin, TX). “The insights that can be revealed through the collection of all sorts of data—from the length of time it takes to process orders and respond to customer requests, to tracking materials and costs, tracking inventory, understanding customer patterns and behavior, and much more can be tracked through various algorithms and analytics.
“As manufacturers move into the IIoT, the amount of data increases because now companies can track machine performance out in the field,” she continued. “Depending on performance outcomes, those machines might be set up to course-correct themselves through artificial intelligence. In fact, a term that I hear being used more and more is ‘data fatigue’; that the vast amount of data being collected is often left untouched because there aren’t enough resources or knowledge to make that data actionable. The advantages that companies will get out of leveraging Big Data is the insight into overall ERP processes and the recommended actions to take due to those insights.”
Managing the Workflow
For discrete manufacturers, ERP software helps streamline the process, ensuring workflow is optimized to meet production goals. “Just by creating the workflow in ERP, the business captures the experience, expertise and best practices for the varying workflows,” Hiskey said. “The workflow can be automated in ERP, resulting in less human error and a faster process. Guesswork can be reduced with greater visibility and insights into the business. ERP workflow can cross cross-functional boundaries and allow for easier communications up and down and across the organization and functional areas.”
Businesses can also track the total execution time for any given workflow, she added. “ERP workflows can also help track costs and time related to the completion of a production job, such as whether or not the time falls within an agreed upon timeline; whether all materials were consumed and charged correctly; are there any orders outstanding waiting for the completion of this job; do labor or material costs need to be updated for future production; and are there any corrections to costs before completing the job?” This can help accounting teams close their books, Hiskey said, with information on invoices that need to be completed and posted to accounts receivable; suppliers that need to be paid and costs captured; and making sure that depreciation and accruals are calculated. “All of these steps can be managed through an ERP workflow,” she added.
Users of Epicor’s latest ERP get a personalized, active home page that “provides dashboard views of role-based analytics with quick access to role-based functionality, made possible through Epicor Data Discovery, which supports rich, on-demand data exploration to surface real-time operational and business performance insights to guide decision-making,” Hiskey said. “This results in users being able to access critical insights at a glance for better, faster analysis and execution.”
New customer relationship management (CRM) functionality in Epicor ERP empowers sales and service personnel in the field with the added convenience of mobile access, she added. Epicor Field Service Automation (FSA) features integrated mapping to support optimized scheduling and dispatch and robust workflows to automate processes for asset management, contract, warranty and service level agreements (SLAs), and management of service inventory. Hiskey said the Epicor FSA is available in a cloud or on-premises delivery model and can be used with smartphones, tablets and laptops for both online and off-line communications with the back office for enhanced productivity and efficiency across all service workforce facets, for improved response, reduced costs and improved customer satisfaction.
“Most ERP systems today are very mature and are designed around industrial best practices,” noted Jim Errington, executive vice president, sales and service for ERP software developer Fujitsu Glovia Inc. (El Segundo, CA). “So if instead of customizing the software to fit what the customer has always done, the customer has to change and actually review what the software is really offering.
“A lot of ERP systems are now using software such as SharePoint to assist in documenting and defining the processes,” he added. “So when using the solution, users don’t need to access the ERP solution directly but can be steered by the process to use the necessary screens to complete the process,” he said.
Blog Series #2 :: GLOVIA G2 :: Where to Start with our ERP System
Our flexible GLOVIA G2 Manufacturing Management solution accommodates the full spectrum of manufacturing styles, from high-volume to engineer-to-order, with advanced capabilities to coordinate orders, equipment, facilities, inventory, and work-in-progress that minimize costs and maximize on-time delivery.
Master Production Scheduling
The first module highlighted in this set is Master Production Scheduling, which enables your management team to balance and integrate the needs of marketing, manufacturing and finance with those of your customers.
Where most ERP packages can only plan in days, GLOVIA G2’s Master Production Scheduling planning cockpit maximizes production efficiency with planning capabilities in hours, minutes and seconds. An on-line available-to-promise (ATP) feature allows manufacturers to investigate up-to-the-minute product availability to guarantee on-time delivery.
The planning cockpit provides a highly visual, productive user experience that enables immediate access to data necessary for successful production planning/scheduling management, including sales demand, and planned and committed production and purchased supply.
Forecast Demand, Consumption and Planning BOM’s
The Master Production Scheduling module enables complete planning by model, product or family group, with automatic generation of repeating forecast based on quantities, intervals, and dates and forecasts optionally consumed by orders.
The material management module of GLOVIA G2, Material Requirements Planning (MRP), helps manufacturers get the right materials to the right place at the right time, thus reducing inventory material investment, improving productivity and customer service.
Integrated Planning Power
This material management module can be driven by project requirements and/or the master production schedule to ensure that high-level requirements are consistent with the authorized production plan. MRP is integrated with your live inventories, work orders, projects, and sales and purchase orders to ensure that the latest information is always considered. The Material Requirements Planning module is also integrated with GLOVIA G2 Engineering to provide access to currently effective bills of material, routings, and item planning policies.
MRP Planning Cockpit
The MRP planning cockpit integrates the functionality of the material management module with other GLOVIA G2 ERP modules, including Master Production Scheduling, to provide an extremely visual, highly productive user experience, with immediate access to information in all areas necessary for successful planning/scheduling, including sales demand, and planned and committed production and purchased supply.
Multiple Planning Cycles
This material management module offers multiple planning cycles, with variable phasing and planning horizons, to satisfy planning needs for near-term production and long-range material commitments. The Material Requirements Planning system can also be used to generate purchase orders and work orders and to release repetitive schedules, as well as contract purchase orders automatically with allocations across multiple suppliers.
GLOVIA G2’s Work Orders management module is the complete production management system for managing all work order-related information and activities – from opening work orders and managing work-in-process transactions through coordinating and evolving your production lines.
The Work Orders management module provides the flexibility to effectively manage any type of manufacturing, assembly, repair, or work activity. Whether you are manufacturing products based on forecasts, demands or Kanban signals, or building engineering prototypes, managing an entire development project or conducting repair work –this production management system offers a single familiar tool that your whole team can use to schedule, manage and collect data for all work activities.
The Work Orders management module is an integral part of the GLOVIA G2 integrated ERP, financial and supply chain solution, residing on a single database.
When a user records the completion of a manufactured quantity, they receive instant notification when mandatory quality processes and measurements have not yet been recorded.
The Work Orders module provides instant and accurate visibility to current investments in work-in-process inventory. Each work order provides an online valuation of the materials used and value-added costs.
More About Fujitsu Glovia ::
Fujitsu Glovia’s manufacturing heritage has enabled us to create a suite of ERP modules that successfully manage a stand-alone company, an entire global business or a specific division or factory. The GLOVIA G2 Manufacturing Management software module helps you succeed by providing more visibility, flexibility, and control to make you highly responsive, integrated, and lean.
As a manufacturing ERP designed to manage global enterprises, GLOVIA G2 supports multiple languages, currencies and complex business structures, so you can manage your enterprise around the clock, and around the world — with a single, integrated ERP solution.
Contact FUJITSU GLOVIA for more information about our manufacturing ERP solution or to request an online demo.
Blog Series :: GLOVIA G2 :: Where to Start with our ERP – Product Management
To introduce you to our GLOVIA G2 manufacturing ERP offering, we’d like to start at the beginning. Fujitsu Glovia offers more than 70 modules that work together to streamline your manufacturing operations. To accurately set up your shop floor, we start with our Base Modules Kit, which provides insight-and control, and is fully customizable to your needs. Once the Base Modules Kit is implemented, our consulting and services team work with you to help you get the most out of our robust ERP system.
Today, we’ll start by introducing our Product Management suite of modules.
Product Management: Delivering Products On Time and Within Budget
The GLOVIA G2 Product Management ERP module set helps manufacturers define and manage products and respond to customers, while minimizing any disruptions to downstream processes. GLOVIA G2 manufacturing ERP modules work together to give you total control of the entire product lifecycle.
GLOVIA G2 Product Management, the core of GLOVIA G2, provides all the ERP modules manufacturers need to control product costs, estimates, and configurations to better deliver products on time and within budget. The system enables users to manage and track all product-related information using multiple bills-of-material and routings — including revisions and alternates —and support progressive engineering.
A centralized repository for all product-related data helps speed new product development, compress time-to-market, reduce development costs and manage large product portfolios. GLOVIA G2 Product Management also includes powerful estimating and simulation capabilities to help you quickly prepare accurate sales quotes and bids for engineered or configured products.
Within the Product Management suite of ERP modules, Engineering is the architectural cornerstone of GLOVIA G2. The Engineering – module’s flexible design lets you define your products and services so that you can respond quickly to product and service changes demanded by the marketplace.
Manufacturers information on incoming and shipping orders, for product/service design and costing, and for a long list of other daily production functions. The GLOVIA G2 Engineering ERP software module is designed to answer all those questions and provide the detailed control manufacturing operations need to access, review and maintain the latest information.
Our Engineering ERP software provides ‘alerts’ that can be used to ‘push’ the required engineering and product definition activities from one department to another. The Engineering ERP module includes a work-to-list and count of required actions with one-click direct access to the transactions required to complete those actions. GLOVIA G2’s alert system, which requires appropriate follow-up action to turn off the alerts, offers assurance that required actions are completed correctly. GLOVIA G2’s Engineering ERP module also has integration points with Microsoft SharePoint that provide full workflow capabilities.
Costing: Remain Competitive with Tight Rein on Costs
The third powerhouse capability in our Product Management trifecta is Costing. This module allows manufacturers to remain competitive by keeping a tight rein on costs. A mix of standard, actual and average costing methods can be deployed to monitor and manage each of your products and services costs.
Improved Cost Management
As product designs change, operational processes improve, service needs change and new suppliers are found, manufacturers must be able to determine the cost impacts quickly and accurately. It’s important to be able to identify appropriate actions to correct problems and know when to adjust prices for profitability or market share. The GLOVIA G2 Costing module helps manufacturers accomplish this, regardless of the size of their operations.
Life Cycle Costing
GLOVIA G2’s Costing module is ideal for businesses that must track products and services supplied through both internal resources and outside suppliers. Seven cost types can be used to create, model, and track costs throughout a product or service’s life cycle. The Costing module enables users to create simulated cost models for evaluation and analysis without affecting current operations or book values.
GLOVIA G2 accurately recognizes the true components of cost, thus providing the critical visibility needed for effective cost control. Each item’s cost can be broken down into multiple user-defined cost elements, or up to 24 pre-set cost elements, including material, material overheads, machine set-up and run time, labor set-up and run-time, fixed and variable labor/machine overheads, outside processing, shrink/yield/scrap, and freight. The financial posting for each cost element of each transaction can be recorded to a different financial account within the General Ledger.
Operational Cost Visibility
GLOVIA G2’s Costing ERP includes item cost records that enable manufacturing operations to value an item or service accurately as it moves through a sequence of operations, tracking the costs of each item’s subassemblies, components and tasks. At each level of the item, the relationship of the materials used may be associated with the value-added costs of manufacturing or service delivery.
Contact FUJITSU GLOVIA for more information about our manufacturing ERP software and solutions or to request an online demo.
TEC deems Fujitsu Glovia’s system a highly competitive solution, citing several modules, including Manufacturing Management and Inventory Management
EL SEGUNDO, CA, October 09, 2017 — Technology Evaluation Centers (TEC) rates GLOVIA G2 “a highly competitive solution in the ERP for discrete manufacturing software space,” based on a recent review of the ERP software designed by Fujitsu, Glovia Inc.
Several GLOVIA G2 modules were scored in the maximum range of functionality, including Manufacturing Management, Inventory Management, Purchasing Management, and Sales Management, according to the report from TEC ERP Analyst Ted Rohm.
“GLOVIA G2 is built to make manufacturers more productive, and Fujitsu Glovia has permeated the lessons of lean manufacturing down into the solution,” Rohm wrote. “The user experience has been refined to bring the execution of tasks to the user, as opposed to making the user seek out the next operation.”
He specifically noted the system’s homepage for its clear, easy-to-find displays of tasks, messages, and work processes that need attention.
“Insights … are created by triggers in the database that push the information in the system to the user, instead of a user having to run a report or go into a screen to determine the status of a work process,” Rohm wrote.
He also highlighted GLOVIA G2’s:
– Deep functionality
– Presentation of complex processes in a simple, easy-to-understand manner
– Versatile applications that can operate independently, access GLOVIA G2, or be integrated with other software
– Extensive and well-defined set of application modules
– Ability to add new modules to meet changing industry and customer needs
“GLOVIA G2 is a hidden jewel in the discrete manufacturing ERP software space,” Rohm wrote. “The solution embodies the lean manufacturing principles it is built to support, with a lean user experience that has been honed through years of continuous improvements.”
The high score and strong assessment were welcomed by Fujitsu Glovia. “We’re gratified by the industry acknowledgement of GLOVIA G2’s outstanding ERP capabilities,” said Jim Errington, Fujitsu Glovia’s EVP Sales and Service. “We’ve dedicated ourselves to continuing to ensure the best experience possible for our customers.”
Fujitsu is the leading Japanese information and communication technology (ICT) company offering a full range of technology products, solutions and services. Approximately 155,000 Fujitsu people support customers in more than 100 countries. We use our experience and the power of ICT to shape the future of society with our customers. Fujitsu Limited (TSE: 6702) reported consolidated revenues of 4.5 trillion yen (US$40 billion) for the fiscal year ended March 31, 2017.
About FUJITSU GLOVIA, INC.
Founded in 1970 as Xerox Computer Services, FUJITSU GLOVIA, INC. became a wholly owned subsidiary of Fujitsu Ltd. in 2000. Its GLOVIA G2 manufacturing ERP software was first launched in 1990 as Xerox Chess and the next generation version was released as GLOVIA G2 in 2010. FUJITSU GLOVIA is one of the few manufacturing ERP providers offering solutions in the Americas, Europe, the Middle East, Africa, the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), China and Japan. Its more than 1,000 customers include small, medium and large companies in the automotive, aerospace and defense, and electronics industries, as well as related Tier 1, 2 and 3 suppliers. Contact FUJITSU GLOVIA to learn more about its manufacturing ERP software.
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