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#50170

C'mon now friends.. I know you can help here.... | 10 May, 2007

What softwares are you using for Quoting Electronics Contract Manufacturing services. Including Receiving, Kitting, SMT, Thru Hole Hand Solder, Thru Hole Wave solder, Hardware/boxbuild, QA, Shipping, Buying. Also scheduling jobs thru your floor. Please tell me someone has found a good effective solution for this???? Is there one software that can do all of this? Including Accounting?

Thanks, B

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#50173

C'mon now friends.. I know you can help here.... | 10 May, 2007

I got told from my quoting department that they know of one and it is Polydyne. They can not vouche for it but have heard good things. We do not use that here but some of the people here have used this at other facilities and said they liked it.

http://www.polydyne.com/index.html

Drop me an email mmjm_1099@yahoo.com and I can forward you the few fliers that they had.

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#50174

C'mon now friends.. I know you can help here.... | 10 May, 2007

Thank You Mark!. I appreciate your time. I have contacted them for a demo. Looks like they only handle the quoting aspect. I am also looking for Scheduling, Order, Inventory management suggestions. There has got to be a software that you can define your production lines and their capacities. It should be able to determine the optimized scheduling task using the required labor at each station and available manpower and due date info. I would like a software that you could plug a "what if" scenario into to see when the nex avaialble slot opening is that you can run a quoted job...you know... It has to be out there somewhere. B

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#50178

C'mon now friends.. I know you can help here.... | 10 May, 2007

I've used a couple of different ERP packages in the past that claimed to do a little bit of everything. Typically, they did one thing really really well; and some other things, not so well.

SAP or Oracle could probably give you a customized system that would handle everything you want it to do.

xERP (formally Manix) had everything you've mentioned. But, a warning...it took us almost 4 years to get to using it correctly, and even then it was buggy.

Check out Aegis software. They do a pretty good engineering package for MyData systems, but have also expanded their software into ERP.

Most of the quoting modules I've run into are, as you could guess, only as good as the info that they have. They'll typically use either last price paid, or averaged pricing. This can be good, or bad for your model. In my current model, it wouldn't work so well; as I don't do common inventorying, and my last price paid for customer A wouldn't necessarily reflect the quoted price for customer B (due to volume differences). Currently, we quote each job independent of any other job in the shop; and quote inventory separately.

I'd recommend finding a good ERP system to manage your inventory, your shop floor scheduling, your WIP, and your parts list. Generally, if you find that....it'll have a way for you to upload a costed bom into a quoting module. Still a little painful, but you'll likely get more accuracy out of it. I've used a web based service in the past, wherein you upload your parts list, and it submits it to your authorized distributor list for RFQ's. Days later (depending on responses of your vendors) you get a summarized quote. Our typical experience was that 60% of the parts list was no-quoted; and we had to do the legwork anyway.

cheers ..rob

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#50186

C'mon now friends.. I know you can help here.... | 11 May, 2007

Thanks for the heads up.. I was looking into one of these type of services.

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#50187

C'mon now friends.. I know you can help here.... | 11 May, 2007

Well...I should qualify my notes about the web based service...

We were doing it about 6 years ago or so; and I recall it seeming pretty new. There's a very real possibility that the services have improved their offerings between now and then.

cheers ..rob

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