China has launched MRP II/ERP study and application for more than 20 years, experiencing different stages from tentative application to popularizing, from MRP II
to ERP, and from academic research on ERP to ERP industry.
Implementing MRP II
was not a matter of what one manager can do, but what whole groups of departments can do.
Yet he was quick to dispel any notion that MRP II
, for example, is just a computer solution.
There's a good deal of overlap among the new systems like MES and MRP II
and control systems that surround it in a real-life application.
This allows MES to deal with changing conditions unlike its predecessors, MRP and MRP II
. For instance, the software is able to compensate for machine downtime by re-routing work pieces and resetting priorities.
Covering every aspect of manufacturing, Alfmeier's CIM system has several pieces: MP2 maintenance-management software from Datastream Systems Inc., Greenville, S.C.; SPC/SQC software from PowerWay Inc., Indianapolis; and an MRP II
system with EDI module from Fourth Shift, Minneapolis.
We had to build an interface between mainframe and MRP II
Shop-floor monitoring will also be hooked up to the company's MRP II
system, which runs on an IBM AS/400.
By changing its computing environment and upgrading its software environment from manufacturing requirements planning (MRP) to a more comprehensive manufacturing resources planning (MRP II
) system, the traditionally conservative food processor took some risks.
As part of its operating MRP II
system, El-Jay has installed a new, automated subsystem that collects labor information, process data, and other data from the factory floor.
For all of its functionality, MES does not eliminate the need for planning software such as MRP and MRP II
. Furthermore, MES does not cover customer order processing, financials, procurement, or warehousing operations.
Future installments of this Buyer's Guide will cover PC software for maintenance management, scheduling, MRP II
, and costing/quoting.