Q2S helps you manage the customization of building materials manufacturing

If every order or item you make is different in some way, you know the issues customization can create. In the building materials manufacturing market, every unit could be different—from color, materials, and dimensions—and the BOM is different based on each of these factors. From quoting, to pricing, to generating a BOM, to inventory control, to production, to identifying replacement parts and more, managing pricing and production of complex products can get complicated.

If you’re attempting to do all this in Excel, by SKU, or any single-level bill of materials generator, you can easily get the sense that there has to be a way to do this that takes less time, is more flexible, reduces errors and makes your business’ product configuration knowledge available to many people rather than exclusively in the heads of one or two.

And there is a way. Q2S ERP features a dynamic, multi-level and rules-based BOM built for the complex and mass customized product manufacturing within the building materials industry.

With it, you can free engineering from the order entry process, monitor production, measure actual costs, allow your customers to enter their own orders and much more.

Customers entering their own orders? Why not?

In the building materials industry, you can standardize questions and pricing to give your dealers and contractors a tool to create their own quotes. With the help of our Configure Price Quote tools, the process is simplified.

Convert the knowledge from engineering into a set of rules—complicated or simple—with our Dynamic BOM. Build in the restrictions based on rating agencies, transportation, safety or equipment capabilities to ensure only manufacturable orders are quoted. Automatically.

Keeping track …

Do you have too much raw material tying up warehouse space? Do you have stock inventory and purchased-as-needed inventory, but can’t tell the difference between the two let alone keep track of it all? Let Q2S ERP’s Materials Management tools help. Q2S differentiates stock inventory from purchased-as-needed inventory. When used in conjunction with our Dynamic BOM, you can account for all required parts. Stock inventory is allocated, and purchased-as-needed materials can automatically generate one or hundreds of purchase orders tied to a single job. This level of integration creates visibility of what’s received and more importantly, what has not been received on a job-by-job and line-item-by-line-item basis, or across all active jobs.

… to keep on track

Do you need a way to document processes? Let Q2S ERP’s Production Workflow tools help you with sequencing work, material optimization, and tracking progress to ensure on-time delivery. You can go paperless or barcode everything. You can determine which product options get the most returns and easily create production alerts that pop up and bring the special option to the production floor’s attention. Prevent the return and make it right the first time. Go further and proactively alert production if a step has been missed and warn downstream of potential issues with an item; moreover, you have the capability of offering supporting documentation on difficult steps. Tracking your progress allows the office to see where a product is within the production process without interrupting production.

If any of these features describe your business needs, Q2S ERP can help. We offer a flexible solution to support the evolving needs of complex manufacturing firms—from sales to shipment and everything in between. Contact info@q2serp.com to schedule a discussion to see if we are a fit.