Why shopfloor managers should consider disruptive technologies and how to maximise them

Production line quality, throughput, and utilization are familiar pressures to those who manage shop floors. They’re not new challenges – they’ve been around for decades.

However, new market requirements and new technologies call for a different perspective on these allegedly familiar topics.

As a result of our efforts to optimize our own factories, we’ve gained experience in adapting production to latest market requirements by using new technologies in the right context. In particular, we learned that:

  • Bringing traditional optimization topics like quality, throughput, and utilization in perspective to business goals helps to justify necessary investments in advanced technologies
  • A stronger customer focus calls for more individualized production (smaller lot sizes) at the same cost as mass production
  • Mass production cost levels can only be reached by integrating advanced technologies like AI
  • Harnessing new technologies requires a co-creation approach

Read the article on the Fujitsu blog

Blog Series :: GLOVIA G2 :: Manufacturing ERP for Electronics Vertical

Leading electronics manufacturing rely on GLOVIA G2 manufacturing ERP software to boost productivity & increase responsiveness.

Providing the Speed and Agility Required by Electronics Manufacturing Applications

The speed of change in today’s electronics industry is unprecedented.

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.

Backed by Fujitsu, one the world’s largest electronics manufacturers, Glovia understands the pressures faced by the electronics industry, and our GLOVIA G2 ERP software provides specific solutions for those challenges.

For instance, a product known by one marketing name may require different components depending on the market it’s destined for.

GLOVIA G2 allows for multiple BOM for the same market item, taking into account individual demands while maintaining an overall record for the product.

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

Repetitive Manufacturing – sets one repetitive manufacturing schedule to keep the job rolling and producing components

Supply Chain Planning – maximizes production by identifying exactly where to place orders

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:

  • Gaming devices
  • Disc drives
  • 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
  • Boost productivity
  • Improve responsiveness

Blog Series :: GLOVIA G2 :: ERP Manufacturing Software for Capital Equipment

GLOVIA G2 manufacturing ERP software helps capital equipment makers meet increasing customer demands, improve productivity and increase efficiency.

ERP Manufacturing Software for Capital Equipment’s Toughest Challenges

A very basic definition for capital equipment is any asset that’s used for longer than one year and that has a lifespan to be managed.

Capital Equipment is the computers that run our businesses, the medical equipment that saves our lives, the industrial machinery that makes everything else we use in our personal and professional existence.

But in practice, capital equipment is so much more than that. It’s the computers that run our businesses, the medical equipment that saves our lives, the industrial machinery that makes everything else we use in our personal and professional existence.

While capital equipment is an expansive category, the challenges faced by any capital equipment manufacturer are very similar: greater global competition, increasing customer demands, the need to improve productivity and efficiency. The move from a make-to-stock to a make-to-order environment has only exacerbated these challenges.

Backed by years of experience, we have the expertise to help capital equipment manufacturers meet their challenges head on.

Addressing the needs of our capital equipment customers has always been a priority at Glovia. Backed by years of experience, we have the expertise to help capital equipment manufacturers meet their challenges head on. Our extended GLOVIA G2 ERP manufacturing software is designed to provide the tools they need to optimize and analyze information in order to realize significant operational benefits, including increased on-time deliveries and substantial reductions in procurement and customer lead times.

Examples of GLOVIA G2 modules specifically suited to the needs of capital equipment manufacturers include:

Sales Quotes – to record, maintain, and track sales quote and competitor information

Configurator – to configure products that meet customer demands using a flexible, rules-based engine

Estimating – in lieu of the Configurator, to create a unique build specific to each customer

Project Resource Planning – to keep production in line with each individual sales order, hard-pegging components and sub-assemblies to specific products and assigning Seiban numbering as required

Service and Repair – to control the service and repair cycle through actions such as managing service contracts, launching service and repair orders, receiving and tracking damaged products, and reporting progress proactively on the customer’s repair

Call Center – to quickly and easily find a customer’s product or project, providing all of the necessary details to facilitate the highest level of customer service possible

Interwoven through all of this is the Equipment Register, which is an integral component of GLOVIA G2. All of the original parts, sub-assemblies, serial numbers, warranty, installation, and other details are automatically recorded in Equipment Register, as are subsequent changes and service calls. All of this information is instantly accessible via the Call Center, ensuring quick, accurate responses to customer issues.

Our ERP manufacturing software features a truly flexible and scalable infrastructure that provides the necessary building blocks to allow capital equipment manufacturers to track and manage their entire customer relationship from sales quote to service call.

Contact us today to learn how GLOVIA G2 can meet your needs.

Blog Series :: GLOVIA G2 :: Automotive ERP Solutions for Today’s Suppliers

GLOVIA G2 manufacturing ERP software helps automotive suppliers improve customer delivery times, cut overhead & achieve other important business goals.

The automotive industry continues to challenge suppliers with growing demands for improved quality, just-in-time delivery and quick turn-arounds on order changes. Increasing levels of global competition, customer requirements, costs and supply chain complexity only further complicate matters.

Automotive suppliers must master many tasks to remain competitive in this ever-changing environment. Deploying lean manufacturing practices, boosting responsiveness and decreasing waste, among other strategies, all present opportunities for suppliers to hone their competitive edge.

Backed by our years of expertise with the automotive industry, GLOVIA G2 provides proven resources to take advantage of those opportunities and to take control of your complete manufacturing process. GLOVIA G2 supports the way you do business, including communicating via EDI with both your customers and vendors via the middleware of your choice. Our solution allows you to remain in touch seamlessly throughout your entire supply chain to the final product delivery.

Built-In Flexibility

System flexibility is built into all GLOVIA G2 modules to ensure your needs – and those of your customers – are met on time and on budget. Examples of modules that our automotive customers have come to rely on include:

Customer Releasing designed specifically for the automotive industry, offers features like model year contract management, tracking of cumulative firm and forecasted quantities, releases, containers and ASN’s while integrating with all leading EDI message-handling providers.

Asset Lifecycle Management allows you to schedule, plan and execute the maintenance of your enterprise assets (manufacturing plant, infrastructure and facilities assets) whether planned or unplanned.

Engineering Change enables status tracking/history and change impact analysis and allows you to execute specific changes, group changes or mass changes for all areas affected by the ECN.

Tool and Gauge is a fully integrated supporting application to Work Orders and Repetitive Manufacturing that provides for the movement, usage, calibration, and reorder requirements of tooling used in the manufacturing process.

Kanban supports JIT and Lean Manufacturing pull principles via material and production Kanbans to avoid overproduction and minimize waste.

Master Production Scheduling provides a set of powerful software tools for material and resource planning, analysis and performance measurement with unlimited planning scenarios available in hours, minutes and seconds.

Repetitive Manufacturing is ideally suited for high volume or continuous flow schedules with stable production rates and can be configured to support push or pull techniques for work center inventories.

Quality Management provides tools to quickly and easily track and control quality assurance goals and results for purchased and manufactured items with additional features for handling rejected material, returns and Supplier Performance.

Shop Floor Dispatch provides a visual, “one-stop” tool for managing and recording production and inspection activities, offering individualized production dispatch lists for machines and staff that exactly meet your business needs.

Supplier Releasing allows you to easily manage model year supplier contracts, releases, ASN’s and receipts across all your suppliers, thanks to our compatibility with all leading forms of EDI.

Factory Planning features a highly visual memory resident Advanced Planning System that simultaneously considers machine, labor, inventory, tooling and skills constraints to generate an optimized production plan.

Proven Results

After incorporating GLOVIA G2 modules, our automotive clients have reported:

  • Reduced shipping errors
  • Shortened physical inventory cycle times
  • Increased customer on-time delivery
  • Decreased overtime
  • Reduced overhead
  • Improved profit margins

Read these case studies to learn more about the real-world automotive applications for GLOVIA G2:

Our professionals have the expertise and experience to help you take full advantage of GLOVIA G2’s benefits.


Contact FUJITSU GLOVIA for more information about our manufacturing ERP software and solutions or to request an online demo.

Blog Series #3 :: GLOVIA G2 :: Where to Start with our ERP System

Fujitsu Glovia’s more than 70 ERP software modules work together to streamline your manufacturing operations. Following up on our previous blog about our Manufacturing Management Kit, we’d like to continue with the second half of the Manufacturing Management Base Modules, which include Repetitive Manufacturing, Shop Floor Control, Inventory, and Physical Inventory.

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.

Mass Customization

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.

 

Shop Floor Control

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.

Closed-Loop Feedback

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

 

Inventory Management

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.

Physical Inventory

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

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.

Blog Series #2 :: GLOVIA G2 :: Where to Start with our ERP System

Fujitsu Glovia offers more than 70 ERP modules that work together to streamline your manufacturing operations. Following up on our previous blog about our Product Management Kit, we’d like to continue to our Manufacturing Management Base Modules, which include Master Production Scheduling, Material Requirements Planning, and Work Orders.

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.

Planning Cockpit

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.


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Material Requirements Planning (MRP)

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.

Work Orders

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.

Flexibility

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.

Complete Integration

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.

Work-in-Process Visibility

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.


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Engineering: Manage Product Changes

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.

Elemental Costing

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.

Blog :: FUJITSU GLOVIA INC. Hybrid ERP Strategy Benefits SAP Users

While many large, multi-facility companies view SAP as a one-stop ERP solution, the system can add tremendous cost and blow up the intended timetable when companies find opportunities to grow or change their business.

FUJITSU GLOVIA INC. has developed a hybrid ERP strategy that enables manufacturers to more quickly, easily and inexpensively make production line changes, expand manufacturing capabilities, add new facilities or implement Lean Manufacturing while continuing to benefit from the operational strengths of their SAP ERP systems.

Our GLOVIA G2 manufacturing ERP software has been designed to be fully SAP-compatible, providing manufacturers the opportunity to incorporate a system with superior manufacturing ERP capabilities without disrupting corporate use of SAP for financial and human resource functions.

Implementing GLOVIA G2 enables companies to take advantage of GLOVIA G2’s superior manufacturing ERP capabilities in manufacturing workflow, sequencing, optimization, traceability and pegging. The system is well suited for small-to-large discrete manufacturers and assembly companies in a variety of industries, including automotive, aerospace & defense, capital equipment, electronics, engineer-to-order/make-to-order, telecommunications and high-volume manufacturing.
Implementing a hybrid SAP GLOVIA G2 ERP solution is ideal when:

  • Factory production line changes will require a time-consuming and expensive retrofit of SAP modules
  • Implementing Lean Manufacturing, Kanban or Seiban
  • Seeking a low-risk solution for very complicated problems
  • Adding manufacturing ERP capabilities to multiple facilities
  • Ramping up a new manufacturing facility

Learn more about FUJITSU GLOVIA INC.’s SAP-compatible GLOVIA G2 ERP solution or contact FUJITSU GLOVIA INC. for a software demo or more information.

Electric Kanban :: Module Showcase

The essence of Kanban is to avoid excess inventories by having materials delivered only when needed.


Imagine…

  • The right quantity of the right parts
  • At the right place, at the right time
  • Every time

Now imagine further…

  • Customers knowing their requirements are met
  • Suppliers knowing what, when and where to provide material
  • Production knowing what, when and where to produce
  • Material handlers knowing what, when, and where to deliver parts
    • Never leaving their transport devices
  • Every time

 

With the Fujitsu GLOVIA G2 solution, it is not a dream, but a simple reality!

From customer demand, through internal production, and from supplier replenishment, the G2 solution handles it all.

How is this possible?

  • Electronic Kanban imbedded within G2
  • Mobile devices utilized by internal users
  • Web based customer service
  • Web based supplier communication

Traditional Kanban systems rely on manual calculations, cards, and physical boards. Movement of material requires a person to manually remove/replace the Kanban card, and manually update the Kanban board. When demand changes, everything needs to be recalculated, and cards must be physically regenerated and replaced. All of these manual tasks result in unnecessary time, effort and cost to the overall process.

 

Here is the good news!

GLOVIA G2 automates the entire process. Customer orders generate demand, which creates Kanban signals for both internal production and material delivery, as well as supplier replenishment of required parts. Based upon demand and existing inventory, G2 automatically calculates the proper number of Kanban signals and quantities of each. These are communicated to both internal stakeholders (production, materials) and external stakeholders (customers, suppliers). The result is a seamless flow of information for the entire process, from customer through production, and to the supplier. All of which is completely automated, thus eliminating the manual intervention required by traditional Kanban systems.

Why is this important?

  • Optimize inventory
  • Reduce waste, scrap and obsolete inventory
  • Provide flexibility in production, improve flow
  • Increase output
  • Enhance customer service
  • Reduce work in process
  • Reduce manual effort/time

Final result:

Reduced costs, increased profits!

Utilizing the fully integrated Fujitsu Glovia’s GLOVIA G2 solution can provide all of these benefits and more. Designed and developed by experienced manufacturers, and incorporating best practices throughout the system, has resulted in a complete, effective, robust, and easy-to-use solution.

Read more about our Electric Kanban module here.