Factory Industry Specific Features
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.
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 drilldowns
show the detail of color/fabric/finish
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.