Featuring a full rules based order entry configurator, the software automatically manages the numerous variations of bills of material inherent in manufacturing items with different size, color, finish and fabrics.
The software provides the following important benefits to furniture manufacturers:
- Agility to produce new items faster for the market.
- Enhanced customer service by tracking where the order is in the production process.
- Improve inventory control with a full featured materials requirement planning module, which reduces cash requirements.
- Built upon a solid foundation of Macola Software (1000’s of sites in use), Furniture Factory also has robust accounting and distribution features.
- In addition, Furniture Factory software has a comprehensive pricing matrix that accommodates retail chains, distributors, etc.
- Electronic Data Interchange and Bar Code Tracking are available options.
When it comes to furniture manufacturers, Furniture Factory fits the bill.
Customer Order Status Drilldown
How many times have you had a customer call to inquire about the status of their order and you had no easy method to tell them where it is in your production process?
Furniture Factory Software provides a quick and easy method to access this information within the computer system. Furniture Factory Software incorporates a simplified departmental routing (supported by optional bar code scanning) that permits you to tell the customer whether their order is in framing, cutting, sewing, etc. at the click of a computer mouse. Full detail is provided regarding the configuration of the order such as fabric, finish, fringe, etc.
Customer service is greatly enhanced and unproductive time spent trying to manually determine the order status is significantly reduced.
Customer’s Own Material
Very few software packages deal with this common issue in the furniture industry. In general, it is quite difficult to follow the flow of customer owned materials. Furniture Factory Software prints the customer specific material descriptions on the Sales Order, Order Acknowledgement, Production Work Order, Pick Ticket, Packing List, and Invoice. Open order reports and history drill downs show the detail of color/fabric/finish
Fabric & Frame Shortage Reports
Nothing causes more inefficiency for the production planner than to release orders to the shop floor and later discover that all of the fabric and/or frames necessary to complete the order are not available.
Furniture Factory software incorporates a production shortage report that explodes the gross requirements necessary for sales orders in the system. This report compares, in an intuitive manner: the quantity on hand, quantity allocated, and quantity on order of fabric and/or frames to determine if shortfalls of components exist.
Use of this information permits corrective action to keep the shop floor moving more smoothly.
Fabric Grade Pricing
Many furniture manufacturers use a graded system to establish pricing structures for their wholesale and retail product lines.
Furniture Factory software permits you to easily define the various grade levels of fabrics and the surcharges added when jumping fabric grades.
A matrix is created that permits you to specify the surcharge based on the type of item and the fabric grade level relative to the base grade. For example: A sofa incurs a surcharge of $25 per fabric grade, a chair incurs a surcharge of $15 per fabric grade, etc.
This results in streamlined customer service and order entry, as well as reducing potential pricing errors.
Shared Color/Fabric/Finish Table
The heart of many furniture businesses is the ability to configure to order the final product for the customer. Furniture Factory Software features a strong product configurator to handle the many possible style/color/fabric/finish combinations. There is no need to maintain a separate bill of material for each configuration. This avoids the common problem of adding a new fabric to your catalog requiring that you must enter this data for each combination possible within your accounting system. The configurator even supports default selections (color, fabric, etc.) and exceptions (combinations not allowed) for each style in your system.
Furniture Factory Software has the ability to track the progress of orders throughout your shop. You set up the appropriate departments for your business (cutting, sewing, packing, etc.) where you wish to have visibility of the shop order progress. On one screen you will be able to see, by department, the quantity scheduled, the quantity completed, and actual labor hours expended. Optional Bar Code scanning of the work order travelers speeds data entry.
Trial Scheduling by Order Date, Item Number, or Route
Furniture Factory Software incorporates an easy to manipulate Trial Scheduling capability for your production schedule.
You may choose which orders to trial schedule based a combination of order date, item number or route. Once selected, a frame and fabric shortage report can be automatically generated to determine if sufficient raw materials will be on hand.
This trial capability permits the scheduler to balance plant capacity, minimize material and frame changeover, and meet least amount route delivery considerations.
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