An ERP system designed by COSS Systems for manufacturing and professional services companies.
The integration of COSS Manufacturing with award winning accounting software packages provides you with a feature rich integrated ERP solution. COSS delivers flexible front-to-back solutions that operate as one complete integrated solution. In addition to providing top-notch manufacturing from COSS, the accounting engines deliver capabilities and reporting not found in other manufacturing packages. This best-of-breed approach gives you an extensive range of features and flexibility in applications right out-of-the- box, eliminating a dependency on highly customized and proprietary software.
COSS currently integrates with ACCPAC and Intuit to provide you with options, and the ability to grow into the package you desire.
Information is provided in detail and in summary formats, giving you a range of reports to stay on top of your business.
APS Scheduling, or Advanced Planning and Scheduling, allows manufacturers to plan their production activities taking into account the constraints to the production process, including materials, labor and capacity.
Traditional methods of handling this task will no longer maintain or enhance competitiveness, as customers demand more and more from their suppliers.
New software is needed to deal with last minute changes in specifications, changes to delivery schedules, shortened product life cycles, the need to cut production times and costs, and manage these in a global market. COSS Manufacturing deals with the constraints you face in scheduling decisions. This includes materials, labor, machining and tooling.
COSS APS will allow you to schedule production activities and take into account the real world problems you face. Developed with finite capacity, COSS Scheduling enables manufacturers to cut production times, reduce excess inventory and overages in WIP, and better control costs in all areas.
Sales Orders are fully integrated with Work Orders to balance operating efficiency with customer demands. Best of all the scheduling and planning components of COSS are fully integrated with the other modules allowing timely and accurate planning to occur.
COSS Manufacturing includes a powerful Bill of Materials processing module. The COSS BOM tracks the commitment and assembly of all raw materials, sub-assemblies and finished goods to handle material requirements planning.
The BOM processor can process multiple stages of assembly including infinite sub-components. Manufacturers can determine 100% of their material requirements through the COSS BOM, while utilizing unlimited notes.
Integrated into the COSS Work Order process the BOM has been designed to account for backorders, scrap, and assembled inventory. Features such as multiple units of measure, and full comprehensive reporting give users flexibility and comprehensive tracking. The system can relieve inventory in real-time, and through a series of standard reports can provide details on each step in the material assembly process.
With full Lot and Serial number control the COSS BOM is ideally suited to small and mid sized manufacturers.
COSS Manufacturing includes a 3D CAD viewer to review designs for estimating and work-orders. This assists with documentation and viewing of CAD designs in an integrated manner. The 3D CAD viewer integrates one of the most advanced viewer engines on the market into COSS Manufacturing software. Optional interpreters for CAD files from AutoDesk, Solid Works, Catia, IGES are also available. Features include 3D rotations, cross sections, and part measurements.
In addition to allowing 3D CAD data to be attached and viewed within COSS for items, Estimates and Jobs, the system can also attach bitmap graphics, MS Word Documents and URL links to files and the Internet. This allows for better documentation and future review of online electronic documents, a considerable advantage when you can add as many pictures and links as needed
The Data Collection Module provides essential operating information for use as inputs to guide future decision-making. Data Collection is a tool for improving workflow and monitoring a wide range of manufacturing information, giving you a means to respond to customers instantly. The Barcoding module automatically updates data.
Quick and accurate information about jobs on the floor delivered in real time provides manufacturing with costing, scheduling information and customer service with status information. This provides up-to-the-instant information that can be used to respond to customers and to improve performance at the core of your business.
Included with the data collection module, is a full fledged time and attendance package providing instant access to employee information. Time and attendance is designed to allow flex shifts, automatic downloads to the payroll module plus many human resource reports.
In all manufacturing processes numerous documents are used to ensure everyone involved in the process completely understands what is required, what their role is, and when it is needed. Historically these were manually stored in job folders, so that all the documentation associated with a manufacturing job was kept in a single location.
With the COSS Manufacturing Document Control capabilities this can be handled electronically, replacing the need to manage a high flow of paper transactions.
Documents can be scanned into the system, assigned to a specific job, and maintained. Acting like an ýelectronic filing cabinetý information can then be accessed or edited from anywhere in the world. These documents can be printed if needed, with dates and times assigned to each document.
Complex files, such as CAD drawings or digital pictures can be stored directly with the job. Combined with Process and Revision control, COSS provides a complete set of tools to manage the manufacturing process.
The Estimating Module within COSS Manufacturing captures the pertinent details to define your estimating requirements and assist you to scope the bid. It is fully integrated with the other modules in COSS. Estimating provides you a tool to define the processes, calculate the costs, and track the communications with the customer. Status settings assist with workflow and statistical data provides answers for strategic decision-making.
The estimate provides the backbone of manufacturing as the information is transferred automatically to the work order and process plan, eliminating data duplication. This value-added data flow saves time, streamlines activities and provides you with valuable statistical data.
COSS Manufacturing provides comprehensive job costing and job tracking capabilities. These capabilities are built into COSS Manufacturing to provide you with a management control system to run your business.
Both costing and tracking activities are done in real-time, allowing users to completely monitor activity on the shop floor.
Information is provided in detail and in summary formats, giving you a range of reports to stay on top of your business.
COSS Manufacturing generates Lot and Serial Numbers for Completed Parts. In this way finished goods can be tracked and accounted for in future uses.
This is done via the job completion screens within the software, with numbering auto generated to number in a sequential manner, or manually generated.
Certificates of Compliance can also be generated and notes added via the system to record and track test results.
To further streamline manufacturing activities, COSS generates purchase requirements and reports this information in real time. This can be crucial as manufacturing lead times are being cut down. Our auto purchase order module reviews material allocations and will generate purchase orders based on preferred vendors. Features of this application include MRP reports tied to actual scheduled requirements and allocations based on sales and manufacturing data.
Preventative maintenance scheduling reduces the risk of lost production and costly downtime. This feature set triggers and tracks maintenance requirements easily and efficiently, right within the production schedule. Inherently flexible, maintenance can be scheduled on a calendar basis, after a certain number of shots or parts, or a combination of both. This supports quality standards such as QS9000. Fully visible to the scheduling system, the time required for maintenance is directly allocated and scheduled into the workflow as a high priority order for dispatch purposes.
Providing you with a reporting system that takes you from the shop floor to the boardroom, COSS Systems understands your requirements to run the day-to-day business and to strategically plan the future. Management control reports required on daily, weekly and monthly basis are available at your fingertips on a secure basis. These reports can then be reviewed in summary or detail. A brief description of the variety of reports is listed below.
Scheduling and Advanced Planning optimizes production throughput on your shop floor. COSS Manufacturing gets jobs out on the floor and completed in the most efficient manner based on due dates, priorities, resources and capacities.
The underlying methodologies minimize the amount of manipulation needed after schedules are run, yet provide the flexibility needed to handle critical jobs and shifting customer priorities. Seamless links to material planning and Auto PO generation, and real time updates from the shop floor further streamline activities and improve productivity.
COSS Manufacturing includes numerous calculators as a standard feature. For those with unique requirements calculators can be user-defined for materials and resources. Material calculators can be used for any requirement calculations including parametric calculations and unit of measure calculations. Resources calculators can be used for performance and time calculations primarily to determine time requirements on available resources. Once set up it becomes a matter of simply inserting dimensions or parameters. This provides flexibility during estimating and planning to deliver precise calculations of materials and operation run times.
The COSS Wireless Application is a fully integrated wireless data collection program that uses hand held devices called Pocket PCs to connect to a database on the COSS server to execute several actions and manipulate the database without the use of a desktop computer.
The Wireless Application is vital in manufacturing environments where it is necessary to collect the data from plants, bins or shelves where the quantity of items is changing rapidly and has to be continuously updated.
The Pocket PC and the COSS Server use a new XML (Extensible Markup Language) Web Service Technology as a bridge to connect and communicate the data between them.
Businesses can use COSS Wireless Application to manage their operating environments, maximize their productivity and profitability while executing their day-to-day jobs. For example, they can search, count and transfer inventory items, keep track of their Purchase Orders, Job Materials and Times in addition to making better control of their shipping and receiving departments. All this and more can be achieved by using the COSS Wireless real-time data collection capability that provides current and accurate information updates.
Pocket PCs can use this application to search for items and purchase orders by either scanning the bar code of that item and purchase order, or by typing it in using the Pocket PCýs keyboard.
COSS Wireless consists of several modules, each of which has several sub modules that allow for a real time job update and inventory tracking. The major modules are: Login, Inventory, Purchase Orders, & Job Module.
Login: This module allows you to Log In/ Out of the system.
Inventory: The Inventory Module consists of three sub modules that work together to control and manipulate the inventory database using different searching and updating procedures.
Purchase Orders: The Purchase Order module focuses on retrieving the details of all scanned or entered Purchase Orders (POs) and concurrently updating the received items in the database in a real time. It also focuses on quickly receiving the listed items in the PO.
Job Module: Works in conjunction with the COSS database. It contains two different sub modules, Job Material and Job Time. The Job Material sub module has been developed to allow users to update allocated materials on jobs in Real Time mode without the need to be physically at the Inventory or Production location.
The Work Order module provides many advanced features inherent throughout the COSS software, such as a flexible user interface that has been developed to fit naturally into the manufacturing environment. The work order module was designed with customer driven performance demands in mind, including the flexibility to make work order changes on the fly, access to specification databases and extensive traceability features.
The work order module accommodates make-to-order or engineer-to-order and make-to-stock discrete manufacturers. Features have been developed and enhanced after years of input from the shop floor, serving a wide cross-section of industries in the discrete manufacturing environment.
Auto WO operates with scheduling and material planning. Work Orders / Jobs are generated based on on-hand/on-order quantities, on order on Sales Orders and required by multi-level manufacturing order to meet manufacturing requirements. Default BOM definitions are read and work orders are generated; even multi-level triggers and iterations are accommodated, as well as timing requirements for limiting order requirements to far forward in time. However, built-in flexibility allows for approval purposes and a very visual approach for cause and triggers.
The training and implementation is unmatched. COSS truly wants you to be successful and it shows.
The team goes above and beyond to ensure COSS ERP fits your business model. I don’t feel like a customer, it’s a partnership.
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This product is easy to use and the support is extremely helpful. It is feature rich and can handle our complex business.
There are several modules within the system that have streamlined our business and made us much more efficient.
It takes time to fully learn and understand the system.