In the highly dynamic landscape of process manufacturing, companies face a multitude of challenges, ranging from inventory management complexities to quality control concerns.

The need for real-time data visibility and actionable insights with manufacturing dashboards has never been more crucial.

Process manufacturers are running BatchMaster manufacturing solutions to streamline their operations, reduce costs and comply with industry regulatory mandates. To unlock the full potential of their operational processes, these organizations rely on BatchMaster’s ERP Dashboards and advanced reporting capabilities to provide users with valuable actionable insights.

In this blog, we present the capabilities of BatchMaster’s Manufacturing Dashboards, and explain how these dashboards can effectively overcome the common challenges faced by process manufacturing departments.

Common Challenges without an ERP Dashboard

Visibility to real-time, accurate data is one reason manufacturers seek to upgrade their current software applications. Relying on outdated or incomplete data and not having visibility into key performance indicators (KPI’s), production reporting, and performance indicators can hinder the manufacturer’s ability to identify both issues and opportunities and take the necessary actions promptly.

Here are a few common challenges faced by various departments:

1. Inventory

Process manufacturing companies deal with complex supply chains and vast inventories of raw materials and finished products. However, organizations often face difficulties managing real-time data on inventory levels, incoming shipments, and production output, which is essential to avoid stockouts, overstocking, and waste. All these factors result in suboptimal inventory management.

2. Sales

Sales management requires real-time and accurate data to be able to commit to customer demands. Without visibility to accurate on hand and anticipated finished goods inventory levels, sales can lose a potential sale or commit to an order which might be shorted, leading to possible customer charge backs.

3. Purchase Operations

In purchasing and procurement, it is necessary to maintain optimal inventory levels, track supplier performance, and identify potential supply chain disruptions. Process manufacturers often face challenges in all these operations that can be solved with real-time data management and reporting. With real-time manufacturing dashboards organizations can solve this challenge with ease.

4. Production

Real-time data management in production operations is necessary to monitor production processes, track equipment performance, and ensure quality control. With inaccurate data tracking, there can be batch deviations and production inefficiencies.

5. Quality Management

Without real-time quality data, batch jobs may not be reworked properly, and batch yields may be downgraded or scrapped. Without quality trend data, nonconformance and CAPA capabilities, issues cannot be properly addressed and corrected. In all situations, poor-quality metrics can lead to unnecessary customer complaints, fines, and penalties.

6. Accounting Management

Without real-time data, the accounting department may face delays in closing the books and generating financial statements. This can hinder timely reporting to stakeholders, investors, and regulatory authorities, potentially leading to compliance issues and loss of trust.

How can BatchMaster Manufacturing Dashboard solve these Challenges?

There are several ERP modules available to meet the modern process manufacturing industry’s requirements. Each module offers a range of benefits for production reporting, including:

1. Drill-Down Capabilities

Using the ‘golden arrow,’ users can click on selected fields on a screen to ‘drill down’ and open another window with its record information (e.g., click on a formula in a batch ticket to see the specification; click on an item field on any screen to see its master record information).

2. Data Field Management

Data displayed in a table on a user screen can be hidden or repositioned based upon the user’s role and responsibilities. To capture certain information that is outside the standard software functions, user-definable fields can be added on a table or a screen to provide visibility to that information to the users.

3. Customizable Dashboards

Users are set up with personalized dashboards that align with their specific roles and responsibilities. Manufacturing dashboards are built using a set of prebuilt and user-definable widgets that offer a variety of data visualizations (e.g., Charts, graphs, alerts). To gain granular insights, users can drill down from widgets into the source data records.

4. Dynamic Data Integration with XLS

BatchMaster manufacturing dashboard offers an interactive XLS tool that pulls real-time data from the ERP dashboard database directly using user-definable queries. Users can analyze data in Excel, apply formulas, create pivot tables, and generate interactive charts. The XLS can be shared internally amongst other users, as well as externally with business partner contacts defined in the ERP’s inbuilt CRM. The interactive capability strengthens collaboration across teams and departments, fosters knowledge-sharing, and helps make data-driven decisions quicker.

Benefits of Using BatchMaster Manufacturing Dashboards and Reporting Capabilities

1. Messaging & Alert Notifications

In collaboration, users send and reply to others through internal messages managed in the application. For mission-critical operations, alert notifications can be created by the application and by the user when specific conditions are encountered, where the notifications would be sent via the message alert feature, SMS messages, or emails.

2. Ad-Hoc Analysis

The interactive XLS tools provide users with the flexibility and agility to perform customized analyses to derive actionable data.

3. Key Performance Indicators (KPIs)

With BatchMaster manufacturing applications, manufacturers get a comprehensive library of pre-designed manufacturing KPI dashboards for various departments, including inventory, production, quality, sales, purchasing, and accounting.

4. Performance Benchmarking

User manufacturing dashboards and interactive XLS tools provide various levels of benchmarking that allow manufacturers to identify gaps, set realistic improvement targets, and drive continuous operational enhancements.

5. Collaboration

The interactive XLS capability strengthens collaboration across teams and departments and allows users to make more informed decisions, faster.

Learn More About BatchMaster Advanced Reporting and Dashboard Features

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BatchMaster’s add-on process manufacturing application and industry-specific ERP solution use these advanced reporting and manufacturing dashboard features to help users make better-informed decisions, faster, and increase overall efficiencies.

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