Manufacturing Suite

The ability to easily and accurately manage the assembly of products for make-to-order and make-to-stock manufacturing requirements is the key goal of the Manufacturing suite. This system also has to guarantee that materials required are available, accurate costing, responsive customer delivery at appropriate pricing and sustainable profit margins are provided through the manufacturing process.

There is also a requirement to review bills of material in relation to costs and components, analyse resourcing and ensure that quality standards are implemented and maintained.

This module is designed for Make-to-stock, Batch Processing, Discrete Manufacturing, and some Job Shop environments where repetition is a requirement. Specific costs associated with materials can be tracked and measured. This allows the more efficient management of costs and the ability to identify new product opportunities faster. It also gives the business the flexibility to respond quickly to customer and market demands.

It defines exactly what and how many parts, components or materials are required to complete a production run. It is a manufacturing recipe and instructions about what to use, how long it will take, and how much it will cost in order to produce the product.

Bill of Materials structures

There can be thousands of component parts or materials defined and organised into easily managed multi-level structures. Each layer of the bill is defined with the appropriate materials whilst the calculations for time and materials for the overall structure are processed in the background. It calculates what the optimum batch totals should be, the impact additional or different materials might have on the overall cost and examines detail at whatever level is chosen. During manufacture additional materials can be added or defined materials can be replaced with alternatives, ensuring production completion in the most time and cost effective way.

Manufacturing Planning Board

The Planning Board offers total visibility and flexibility for short term production planning. Planners can drag and drop Factory Orders so they are in the optimum sequence for any given set of conditions. The planning board always reflects the latest situation as it can be automatically updated as orders are created and receipted. Updated schedules can be exported to Excel for further notation, analysis and printing. This provides an easy procedure to push the production schedule to factory floor personnel, ensuring everyone is working to the same plan.

Factory Orders

These can be created by the Production planner or generated from Sales Orders. The factory order automatically identifies all inventory items against the BOM and checks for shortfalls. The factory order can override the standard BOM by adding new inventory items, to changing the destination location for the finished goods, the location to select materials from, as well as whether to commit or backflush materials for the production run. Factory orders can also be adjusted to reflect rejects and to return un-committed inventory or write-off materials not used in the manufacturing process.


The Bill of Materials module integrates with Purchasing and Inventory to maintain the required levels of materials for production. General Ledger balances are automatically updated through Factory Order issues, receipts and adjustments. Sales Orders can be linked directly to Factory Orders to manufacture goods on demand. MYOB Greentree’s Forecasting and MRP modules offer powerful capabilities to optimise production requirements and inventory levels.

The MRP process manages key business activities as well as information across a business including all levels in the Bill of Materials, sales forecasts, Purchase Orders, sales orders and inventory. MRP is the tool to determine exactly what and when materials are required in order to produce the most timely and competitively priced products and services for customers.

A scheduled production run is the end product of the MRP process. It must be able to include last minute changes that do not compromise the core process but balance customer demand, forecast requirements and plan production with accuracy. It also must ensure control and high visibility of what is inherently a complex multi-faceted process, transcending several operational areas of the business each contributing to the finished product.

MRP Process

There is a range of information that is used to calculate what and when materials are required. This includes sales forecasts and sales orders, bill of materials, inventory reorder settings and inventory balances. The output from an MRP run is a series of suggested action messages that effectively manages when, how much and where the materials are required. An MRP review form is used to sort and filter these action messages. Then a factory or purchase order can be created on the click of a button. A drill down on planned orders provides specific details about the source requirements that drive demand.

Demand Generation

There are 4 options for generating demand for the MRP process. These are Forecast only, Sales orders consume forecast, Sales orders plus forecast and Sales orders only.

Critical Items

Inventory items, including manufacturing components, can be flagged as being critical items. These can be used to restrict the number of items included in calculations so that potential supply problems can be quickly highlighted. A critical item can be any inventory item, but would typically include items with a long lead time, a high value, or one that is particularly critical to the manufacturing process.

Demand time fence

This represents a point in time inside of which only sales orders are considered, regardless of the demand generation option. It is particularly useful when running MRP near the end of a month when all sales orders for that month have been entered. By entering a month end date, the process will only consider sales orders, rather than the forecast.


All aspects of the MRP and Forecasting modules are fully integrated to the Inventory, Purchase Orders, Bill of Materials/Factory Orders and General Ledger modules.

The Forecasting module is used to identify demand for products. It the information to calculate the forecast includes historical sales data, mathematical calculations and human intuition. Other factors include future inventory requirements and it allows adjustments for seasonal fluctuations, thus ensuring that forecasting matches the natural curve of your business demand. Manual adjustments can be made for unusual events or unseasonal demand. Once the key criteria has been established the forecast is automatically generated and it becomes an easy to manage process

Forecast Generation

Statistical prediction methods are never 100% accurate, but by using statistics a range can be calculated with a 90% confident level the sales will be within . When the forecast generation process is run, you can set a factor that will weight sales up or down from the average, within a 90% confidence interval. This factor is called the “sales weighting,” and can range from 0 to 100.

Forecast Maintanence

Forecasted quantities can be reviewed, edited, and updated as required using the Forecast Maintenance function. This provides the flexibility of updating system-generated forecasts with “human intelligence” where there are non-predictable forces known to influence future sales, eg. upcoming promotions, special orders, seasonal demand, etc.



All aspects of the MRP and Forecasting modules are fully integrated to the Inventory, Purchase Orders, Bill of Materials/Factory Orders and General Ledger modules.


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