Many mid-sized Discrete Manufacturers face pricing pressure from increasingly aggressive and competitive global companies. Many Discrete Manufacturers are challenged by volatile markets where products seem to have an ever-shortening life span. Customers seem to demand more, for less. There is constant pressure on costs and margins. In response to this pressure, many leading discrete manufacturers have turned to Sage X3 to regain or strengthen their competitive edge.

Introducing Sage X3

Sage X3 allows mid-sized Discrete Manufacturers to engage all stakeholders in the value chain and to implement continuous improvement processes. Sage X3 has been designed to enable a collaborative approach to plan and optimise each aspect of the supply chain.

Which Discreet Manufacturers will benefit the most from Sage X3?

CitySoft and Sage has extensive experience in implementing Sage X3 software solutions for mid-sized Discrete Manufacturers in the high-tech, automotive components, industrial machinery and equipment manufacturing sectors.

Out-of-the-box ‘best practice’ Business processes management

Sage X3 software incorporates out-of-the-box ‘best practice’ functionality, which has been designed for Discrete Manufacturers who assemble to order, make to order, make to stock, engineer to order and who operate with a mixture of manufacturing modes.

Meeting the business challenges of Discreet Manufacturers

CitySoft implements Sage X3 solutions designed to help mid-sized Asian-based Discrete Manufacturers restore or strengthen their competitive edge.

Sage X3 for Discrete Manufacturing allows your business to operate seamlessly in a global marketplace. Sage X3 supports innovation as part of its comprehensive product lifecycle management offering and by reducing a product’s time to market. Sage X3 also helps you identify opportunities and increase production efficiencies, as well as reducing costs whilst maintaining quality.

Sage X3 reduces time from concept to commercialisation

From R&D to production, Sage X3 for Discrete Manufacturing helps to reduce the time to market with PLM integration (Product Life Cycle Management).

Sage X3 integrates with leading CAD systems, allowing you to create Inventory BOMs (Bill of Materials) from 2 and 3D drawings. This integration also allows you to manage your product design phase including email, file, document and drawing version controls.

For each new project and job, you can define and track the tasks, monitoring time, overheads and management costs. Sage X3 for Discrete Manufacturing helps you improve the new product development process through better collaboration between R&D, finance, marketing, and production departments.

Sage X3 also empowers you to manage organisational breakdown structures (OBS) and Work breakdown (WBS) structures in concert and optimise production accordingly.

Audros PLM Software for Sage X3

Audros for Sage X3 is a document management solution and product life-cycle management (PLM) application that allows you to secure, share and disseminate all data and technical documents between project stakeholders.

With established CAD to ERP connectors, engineers and designers can quickly share data from their CAD system with Sage X3. This sharing capability streamlines production and costing exercises.

Sage X3 helps you increase production

Discrete Manufacturers have to remain flexible to take advantage of changing market expectations and conditions.

Sage X3 flexibility supports processes such as lean manufacturing, allowing you to employ multiple modes of manufacturing (make to stock, make to order, engineer to order and mixed modes) and track manufacturing with advanced Manufacturing Execution Systems (MES) integration.

Sage X3 for Discrete Manufacturing provides real-time control and visibility of production schedules, capacities, constraints, shop floor activities and an overview of costs.

Sage X3 will help your production managers operate more effectively and efficiently by allowing them to focus on optimising production and timely completion of manufactured goods. You can also match budgeted ERP production data with actual production data, captured in your MES system, for immediate feedback on performance.

Sage X3 CRM improves communication and customer satisfaction

With the integrated CRM functions, Sage X3 for Discrete Manufacturing provides a comprehensive view of customer information. You can quickly determine ‘order status’ and ‘product availability’ for customers and for each project or work order, produce a progress report and job or project profit and loss.

The CRM element of Sage X3 provides you with the capability to manage the after sales support service process, with commissioning and monitoring of equipment delivered to each customer and analysis of activities. This analysis can include warranty work, after sales service, consumable usage and parts inventory.

Improved collaboration within and outside your organisation

If you’re not using a Web-native ERP software solution its possible your competitors who are, are offering your customers and suppliers a more effective business relationship. Designed for the Web, Sage X3 for Discrete Manufacturing provides a collaborative Web 2.0 portal environment that optimises information sharing. Provide suppliers and customers alike access to pertinent information and data entry capabilities to promote JIT production and improved customer service.

Personalise the experience

Sage X3 provides each user with a custom workspace (key indicators, documents; web access, favourites, shortcuts, alerts, reports, inquiries and RSS feeds). A graphical process view and workflow system help users conform to your business practices incorporating security profiles and access rights.

Supply chain integration

Supply chain information can be provided via a Web portal to alert supply chain partners of likely material demands based on production schedules.

A solution that leaves no one behind

Sage X3 for Discrete Manufacturing provides a flexible, innovative platform that enables you to increase the efficiency of all staff across all your business processes.

Sage X3 provides BOM management, advanced sales and manufacturing product configurator, project management, PLM, Computerised Maintenance Management (CMMS) and Quality Management and Control (QC). Sage X3 also enables cost accounting-MTS/ATO/MTO/ETO, capacity planning, MES integration, subcontracting, workflow and alerts management, radio frequency (RF) data acquisition and CRM sales and account management coverage.

Improve your stock management and free up your cash flow

Sage X3 for Discrete Manufacturing also provides production managers with the ability to monitor stock quantities against their master production schedule, while optimising inventory on hand. This is typically achieved with the aid of Sage Inventory Advisor, which is a Sage cloud service that runs twenty-eight sophisticated algorithms over your inventory at regular intervals to assist companies better plan, price, promote and schedule purchases for an optimized inventory holding position.

With Sage X3, you’ll enjoy optimised inventory levels that lead to lower holding costs, liberating working capital whilst still meeting production and customer expectations.

Sage X3 also includes both infinite and finite capacity production scheduling capabilities to assist with optimum production scheduling.