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Integrated Variant Management
The customer is king - today more than ever. Whether it's a piece of furniture, a perforated sheet or a door with special equipment: those who can realise individual customer wishes quickly, efficiently and in a commercially sensible way have a clear competitive advantage.
The result: the number of variants is increasing, the quantities are decreasing, all the way to the so-called batch size 1. For the producer, however, the plus in flexibility in production often comes at the expense of efficiency. Data volume, product configuration, calculation, process planning and invoicing quickly become unmanageable because the previous ERP software does not keep up sufficiently.
For precisely this challenge, the VlexPlus business software offers a modern solution especially for manufacturers with high demands on the subject of "variants".
Although most conventional ERP and PPC systems are capable of projecting variants via master data modifications, they will lack consistency across the entire quotation, planning and manufacturing process. Intelligent and firmly integrated variant management is required to render the growing data volume controllable across departments. VlexPlus has a trendsetting variant logic spanning all levels, from calculation via sales, purchasing and manufacturing up to controlling. Manufacturers can in this way prevent high set-up costs, incorrect delivery times, deviations between pre- and post-calculations, faulty designs or complex data maintenance from degrading their daily business to crisis management.
The underlying configuration principle including basic products, product properties and property values reduces data maintenance and guarantees effective master data management, even with increasing variant diversity, by bundling thousands of article variants into only a few basic products. Product property-related price matrixes with surcharges and discounts, e.g. for specific colours, materials or forms, allow trading and manufacturing companies to carry out valid calculations and convenient pricing of all product variants. The variant parts lists and work schedules required for production are generated automatically based on version-based storage of modules. Strategic control of the entire variant management ultimately ensures that the variant costs are calculated equitable to the client and that companies may keep track of their complex job and manufacturing systems in their planning, control and monitoring processes.
Constantly growing data volumes will diminish master data consistency and completeness, with the result that automatic data processing routines are left stranded. With its intelligent and consistent configuration logics VlexPlus ensures