A multi-module management system designed by Exact for manufacturing companies.
Exact MAX is the easiest to use, full function MRP and order management solution, with built-in integration to Microsoft Dynamics Great Plains and QuickBooks, that is designed for materials managers, purchasing/order managers and quality control managers who need to automate either discrete driven product manufacturing or linear food batch processing.
Key industries and small to medium-sized companies that have chosen Exact MAX as their MRP solution of choice include:
Best of breed MRP system with built-in integration to Great Plains and QuickBooks
With powerful and flexible batch processing, part management, and production planning features, MAX is particularly well-adept at fulfilling the needs of contract service providers, but can also be successfully deployed in full-service manufacturing facilities. For companies in need of a user-friendly business system that can help them manage business processes from order-entry to production planning and on through to fulfillment, MAX is designed to fit the way you do business.
Exact MAX ships with Microsoft Dynamics Great Plains integrated as its financial management system, or can integrate with your own copy of Great Plains, (saving you money) or can integrate with QuickBooks for those companies who want a powerful, integrated best of breed MRP system.
Strong compliance, CRM, workflow and full function manufacturing capability
With screens and workflows that are intuitive and user-friendly, mixed with powerful manufacturing functionality, MAX can help you deliver on the commitments you make to your customers. Fully integrated change management allows you to deploy design changes directly to the Bill of Material, ensuring that your production process is not stalled as you implement a change from a customer or from your engineering department.
MAX is strong in regulated environments as well and successfully supports many companies that must deal with the reality of regulatory requirements. With full lot and serial control from MAX, youýll be able to maintain the level of traceability required by agencies like the FDA, streamlining your role in recalls and providing your customers with the assurance that your processes are sound, resulting in a decided competitive advantage.
MAX also maintains an open architecture that allows you to integrate with smart machines on the shop floor, which streamlines your man-machine interface and results in fewer human errors and real-time inventory updates that you can share with your customers and suppliers.
Capacity Planning balances the amount of work that can be performed in a work center with the demand that needs to be produced. Capacity Planning works in conjunction with MRP to help plan and schedule production so materials are purchased not only when they are needed but also when they can be assembled. Capacity planning allows individual work centers to have a pre-defined amount of work that can be performed and then automatically load those work centers with demand that consume the work center capacity. Warning are triggered when demand exceeds capacity, and orders and can be automatically be rescheduled, manually rescheduled using drag and drop to alternate or sub-contract work centers. Work center capacity can be expanded by adding more production time or an additional shift. After the scheduler has balanced capacity with demand at each work center the system will update those changes so they are reflected across the enterprise.
Engineering Change Order (ECO) facilitates the creation of a framework to manage additions, changes and deletions to a product. ECO also manages the tasks and approvals associated with that change outside of the live production environment. As each task is approved or rejected, history is maintained capturing the individual that completed each tasks and when they did it. When all tasks are approved ECO will automatically update all impacted areas (Parts, BOM’s, Routings, Documents, etc.) in the live production environment. ECO allows a company to more effectively manage their change process, reduce the amount of time it takes to implement change and reduce the overall cost of incorporating customer suggestions or new features.
The Labor Tracking Module is an online job tracking system that allows you to track actual work performed for specific work order operations. MAX Labor Tracking allows the computer to act as a time clock, resulting in more accurate run and setup times. Labor Tracking helps you identify direct and indirect labor or machine hours and can interface with your company’s payroll system. Labor Tracking allows you do the following:
In Lean Manufacturing, you strive to flatten the Bill of Material, which reduces the number of work orders you need to create and eliminates the corresponding stocking levels of inventory. The Backflush by Operation tool facilitates the flattening process and allows you to backflush the parts at the exact time and location they are consumed.
Consolidated Planning allows you to look at the next day’s or week’s requirements by a specific product family or manufacturing line. Review shortages for specifictypes of parts, and launch the POs as you approve and release your manufacturing orders. Then email the POs to your suppliers and attach a PO form as well as the Lean Vouchering spreadsheet. When it is time to pick the order for the next day’s schedule, print a consolidated pick list to streamline stockroom activities, and once picked, issue all of the items to the appropriate orders.
Use a Management by Exception approach to streamline the vouchering process. Lean Vouchering compares each receipt record to a file supplied by the supplier, and if it conforms to the user-defined criteria, it creates the voucher and marks it for posting. If an exception occurs, it’s presented in a grid where you can review and action the item, thereby reducing workload and allowing your Accounting staff to focus on the significant few items.
Some of the stated goals of Lean Manufacturing are to eliminate waste and make value flow through the organization. In order to eliminate waste, we remove actions that do not add value to our operations. When the need is recognized, we want to order material from our Supplier in the fewest steps possible, while maintaining a record of our activity.
MRP (Material Requirement Planning) is an integral part of any manufacturing planning system. MRP balances total demand with available supply and calculates recommendations on what items need to be purchased and which parts need to be manufactured. Specific conditions (like lead time) can be defined to generate exception messages when requirements exist that cannot be met. MAX offers advanced tools with MRP that allow easy access to drill down through a bill of material to determine the source of the raw materials or peg up a bill of material to provide visibility of where the demand is coming from. MAX MRP offers detailed planning and simulation calculations to determine the impact on planning if additional demand is entered in specific periods of time. This planning and simulation function quickly and easily identifies shortages caused by the addition of new customer demand and calculates an available to promise date based on the complete demand and supply conditions.
Repetitive Manufacturing provides, in a single transaction, the capability to receive a finished item and backflush all of the component items required to build the final assembly. This is ideal for high volume environments or those that are practicing Just-In-Time (JIT) techniques as no shop order is required, thereby eliminating time-consuming order processing and providing a paperless environment.
Purchasing Control lets you create and print purchase orders, track purchased materials, maintain vendor information and predict your cash requirements. You’ll know exactly what a part will cost, when you can get it, and from which approved vendors. This module provides information at your fingertips to help you make the most cost-effective decisions and accurately control all your purchasing requirements.
Subcontract Processing tracks materials, shortages and overages through every step of the subcontract process. Each step has been automated, eliminating many manual transactions, and each is accounted for with costs and variances, including subcontract price and quantity variances.
Synergy for MAX is a powerful tool to help an organization manage the entire front office aspects of doing business. Synergy for MAX incorporates common functions like capturing account data, scheduling activities like call, appointments and meeting while at the same time provide metrics and statistics used as key performance indicators (KPI’s) to help manage the business. As a web based tool, Synergy for MAX goes beyond traditional front office solutions by including a complete portal capability to allow secure access for customers, business partners and remote employees. It provides an enhanced level of integration with the back office, allowing users the capability to enter orders, view order status, and view inventory levels. Additional static data such as shipping information, documents and schedules are also available. Synergy of MAX is configurable and can be customized and adopted to the specific needs of the organization by allowing for the addition or removal of specific fields, customization of workflow and multilingual capability.
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The Exact Max program purchased in 2017 has been a profound disappointment. The initial cost was the tip of the iceberg. Now in early 2020 we are $ 200,000+ into it. The system has adapted very poorly to our small size manufacturing facility. We bought it to maintain an accurate inventory. That has not worked. Our accounting is in shambles as the link up with Quick Books seems chaotic and unpredictable. The Max people seem to have very limited knowledge how to interface with Quick Books. We feel stuck, compelled to keep trying to make the system work because we’ve invested so much time and money into it. We are still trying to make it work for our needs. It will take us thousands of dollars and hundreds of hours more to get it running properly and we are not even confident that it will ultimately meet our needs.
It sounded like a great program for us, meeting all our inventory and accounting needs…
As you can tell we are extremely frustrated with the program. We were told it would interface smoothly with Quick Books. Now we cannot trust any of the data and cannot do our 2019 taxes.