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Whether it is batch size 1, customer centricity, 3D configuration or data exchange in the collaboration network: adapting better to the needs of the market and one's own customers while at the same time maintaining economic efficiency is becoming an essential task for many electrical/electronics manufacturers today that holds great opportunities for setting one's own strategic course.Companies may avail themselves of opportunities to develop better products, to offer additional services or to gain new customer sectors, thereby accessing additional sources of revenue.
A clear goal: to improve competitiveness
Improving competitiveness and producing products to better satisfy actual customer demands poses an ambitious challenge to electronic component manufacturers, however, unless flexibility of production is accompanied by automation to maintain process efficiency. Increased customer orientation essentially boils down to more complex and error-prone processes and more complex data management: Manual steps of calculation, configuration, procurement or manufacturing in such processes are sure to come at the expense of efficiency as variant diversity increases.
Which variants are actually technically viable, which logical conditions must be taken into account and which products will deliver an acceptable profit margin? Apart from serving as the backbone of data structures and process reliability in value chains ERP systems must in the production of electronic component variants also guarantee process efficiency.
The VlexPlus ERP software uses ingenious rules, preconfigured processes, consistent variant logic and general lean data management algorithms to ensure the proper balance of process efficiency and production management flexibility. VlexPlus ERP deploys intelligent configuration and data management routines across all sales, manufacturing and logistics sectors to ensure that variant-oriented electrical/electronic manufacturers remain masters of their processes and data.
The ERP system features a deeply integrated Web shop, “Customer-convenience-system 24/7”, by now decisive to growth and the competitive edge and to leaning down own internal processes. Customised production will open up enormous opportunities to production in Germany. Implementation will, however, require flexible processes, lean data management and automatically generated and meaningful product descriptions.
This will affect not only the final customer product but also all the other levels: from parameter-controlled (maximum) parts lists and production plans down to customised production processes. Customer demands in terms of planning, scheduling and production must be systematically recorded, preferably by customers themselves (customer configuration).
Complex internal sales services and “manual” data capture via e-mail or phone will prove uneconomical in future. E-commerce integration and low maintenance configuration rules that will enable control of even complex algorithms and interdependencies, serve to simplify the use. A particular prerequisite will be future-proof communication via Web services and deep integration of such systems.
VlexPlus ERP offers manufacturers of electronic products a turnkey system with business intelligence and a powerful Magento Web shop system, enabling users to use the Web front-end of the Shop system to configure products to their individual requirements and to implement specific multichannel strategies for effective marketing of increasingly greater numbers of product variants.