Why Is Mixed-Mode Manufacturing Functionality So Important?
Do your manufacturing processes include:
- Blending products and selling them in discrete containers?
- Punching or cutting parts with different dimensions in a single production run?
- Assembling devices based on Kanban, cellular or pull-based planning tools?
- Disassembling and refurbishing equipment?
- Reacting, fermenting or distilling materials with varied grades at output?
Then, for the most efficient inventory and cost management results, you will need a manufacturing software solution that utilizes both process and discrete functionality. Horizons Mixed Mode Manufacturing Suite integrated with DynamicsGP provides support for discrete, one-at-a-time and batch, many-at-a-time functionality in a single software solution. We maximize the end users’ opportunity for return on investment by covering a wide range of common manufacturing tasks in a single solution.
Manufacturing businesses, large or small, want to reduce risk and improve productivity. Whether you process hundreds or just a few manufacturing transactions, we offer immensely effective solutions targeted to your industry at surprisingly affordable rates.
- Select Your Industry
- Packaging Materials
- Life Sciences
- Equipment & Machinery
- Food Processing
Finding the combination of discrete and process manufacturing functionality required for your industry in a single software product is challenging. Finding that functionality with complete integration to Microsoft tools that are already familiar to your staff has been even more difficult – until now. Welcome to Horizons International and our suite of products for manufacturing, distribution and quality management that are designed to make tools commonly available to only the largest enterprises affordable for any manufacturer. For over 20 years, we have been satisfying the functionality needs of manufacturers and we look forward to the opportunity to serve your organization, too.
In chemical manufacturing, regardless of whether products are organic or inorganic or if the production methods are based on purification, extraction or reaction, Horizons Manufacturing Suite provides effective inventory control and planning practices with integration to Microsoft DynamicsGP. The capital investment and risk associated with the complex processes in these industries are best supported with integrated business functions that ensure conformance to regulatory and quality requirements so that production and delivery activities are uninterrupted and conform to specifications. If your industry concerns are related to:
Lot Management and Trace
Certificates of Analysis
Inventory effectiveness and yields.
Timely Cost and Inventory Valuation
contact us for additional information about our manufacturing software solution for Chemicals, Coatings, and Plastics manufacturers.
Manufacturers of packaging and packaging materials frequently utilize processes like extruding, molding, laminating and converting in their production environments. Horizons Manufacturing Suite provides the functionality to efficiently calculate the complex yields and inventory consumption required by these mixed mode manufacturing methods. In these industries, production sources are rolls of materials, heat formed extrusions, chemically treated surfaces and printed materials that require exacting attention to detail and highly accurate measurements. If your industry concerns are related to:
Meeting materials properties for purchasing and production
Accurately forecasting production performance
contact us for additional information about our manufacturing software solution for Packaging Materials manufacturers.
Manufacturers in biotechnology, pharmaceuticals, diagnostics and devices need to successfully move up to automated systems that can meet financial, inventory and regulatory requirements as they grow. Increased business levels put strain on manual and spreadsheet-based processes while staff struggle to visualize how new solutions will be effective. Horizons Manufacturing Suite eases the transition to integrated systems by providing required functions like version control of formulas and bills of material, accurate costing, complete serial and lot trace. If your organization is struggling with how to:
Scale serial and lot trace activities to meet regulatory requirements
Move from paper or spreadsheet based production planning systems
Manage transition of costs from product development to perpetual inventory
Balance cash flow and inventory investment
please contact us for additional information about our manufacturing software solution for Life Sciences.
Equipment manufacturers range from small specialized tools to large multi machine installations. They want to integrate bar code scanning, shorten lead time and ‘lean’ up the overall operations. Achieving those goals requires the use of integrated manufacturing software for bills of material with version control, material planning, production and cost management. Horizons Manufacturing Suite integrated with Microsoft DynamicsGP provides these necessary underlying functions in either an on-premise or hosted configuration. If your organization is challenged with
Monthly or more frequent physical inventories
Delayed shipments due to incomplete orders
High costs due to expediting
Low customer satisfaction levels due to poor quality
please contact us for additional information about our manufacturing software solution for Equipment & Machinery manufacturers.
Consumer expectations for cradle-to-grave lot trace, freshness, healthy choices and strict adherence to food safety regulations create demanding operational environments for food processors. When business grows, manual systems can’t keep up and staff is challenged with how to continue to be accurate and timely without increasing costs. Horizons Manufacturing Suite integrated with Microsoft DynamicsGP provides efficient transactions for formulation management, inventory control, material planning, lot trace and quality to help keep manufacturing operations tightly controlled. If scaling your systems to maintain safety and profitability is your goal and if your organization is challenged with
Spreadsheet based systems that limit visibility
Lack of inventory data such as lot expiration, allocations or pending deliveries
Formulation and bill of material data that is inaccessible and can’t be accurately costed
Inability to forecast finished goods availability
please contact us for additional information about our manufacturing software solution for Food Processors.
All Your Manufacturing Functions In One Package
Bill of Materials
Lot & Serial
Shop Floor Management
Item Pricing Matrix
Engineering Change Control
Spotlight On: Perpetual Inventory through Integrated Manufacturing
Manufacturing and distribution organizations rely on inventory to satisfy their customers. Making the effort to maintain the right level of inventory investment is critical to business success. Too much inventory ties up too much cash and too little inventory results in a failure to meet customer needs.
Software that supports the integration between purchasing, production, and shipping provides the most reliable view of real-time inventory in the most cost-effective manner. It will help you be successful in three ways.
The “Two For” Benefit.
Integrated software solutions provide a “two for the price of one” benefit. Every transaction that affects an inventory item also generates the correct accounting transaction, so your decision-making data is always real-time and accurate. Month-end processes close more quickly.
Meaningful Physical Inventory Results
Without real-time inventory transactions to mirror the events of your processes, your physical inventory count is nothing more than a snapshot in time. Real-time tracking with integrated solutions means you can identify what your expected counts should be and you can monitor how effective your business process controls really are by the accuracy of the counts.
Quality System Improvements
Physical inventory reconciliation will highlight issues in your processes that need to be fixed. Identify which stock levels can be safely reduced by addressing quality issues with your vendors.
How Much Can I Expect To Pay?
Your cost has two key elements, software licensing and implementation services.
Licensing is easy to predict because it is directly tied to what you want the software to do and how many people will be doing it. It is also the basis of your measureable return on investment because it identifies specifically what tasks are changing and how will they be more efficiently or cost effectively handled.
Implementation Services are a bigger percentage of your costs today because licensing costs have become commoditized while the skills for implementation are still scarce, especially in manufacturing. Every manufacturer uses different methods for producing their products so mapping the right kind of transaction to your processes takes special skills and vertical knowledge.
We are confident that the numbers on our Pricing & Plans page are realistic estimates of the investment needed for success.
In observance of the upcoming Memorial Day holiday, Horizons will be closed Monday, May 29th. We will resume normal business hours on Tuesday, May 30th.