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ERP system meets growing needs of kitchen manufacturer

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MELBOURNE'S Schiffer Manufacturing manufactures a significant range of kitchen products, including cupboard doors, panels and bench tops in MDF or natural timber, form press vinyl, or aluminium in an incredible choice of profiles, edge and pattern or paint finishes as well as an enormous diversity of sizes, both custom and to order.

Schiffer’s commercial manager Brett Mitchell said that the sheer diversity represented a difficult range of products to manage, particularly when manufacturing volume has doubled over a two year period.

"We came to the conclusion we desperately needed a production system to match our current needs and our future growth. For instance we operated three manual input systems for quoting, job entry into our optimiser software for production and then for invoicing our clients,” Mitchell said.

"We sought an ERP software program which would enable us to improve our efficiency by overcoming multiple manual entry tasks, reducing the scope for errors, enhance our management decisions and in turn meet our forward growth expectations." Mitchell added.

The outcome was the purchase of the M1 ERP system from Bowen & Groves .

"Now we only key in data once prior to exporting the data to our optimiser software which both minimises data entry errors, saves us time and ensures maximum yield from our raw materials,” he said.

"We have also recreated all our spreadsheet reports in M1 and have been able to customise all reports to suit both our own internal needs and those of our clients.

"We have been able to value add to our production process and using a price matrix with size ranges we can accurately report profit margins based on our production sizes.

"We will shortly commission the scheduling module which should further enhance our factory’s efficiency.

“The inventory management system allows us to track various sizes of board material both full sheet and off cuts. The reorder report also tells us what we need to add to our purchasing," Mitchell said.

Bowen & Groves 03 9705 2244.

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