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23 March 2015

Why ERP systems don't understand the cable calculus

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In the cable industry lengths 200m and 100m don’t add up to a length of 300m. How to deal with this in your ERP system. 



InnoVites CableERP - Length Management in Cable ERP solution for the Wire and Cable industry


Massive calculations
ERP software is much about calculus: the software executes massive calculations to figure out when and how much raw materials need to be purchased. It determines when and how much semi-finished materials need to be produced. All to make sure that finished goods can be delivered to customers in time.

Twisted cable calculus
These ERP calculations in the wire&cable manufacturing and distribution industry are a bit weird though. For example, 100 and 200 don’t add up to 300 in this industry.

Think of a contractor who wants to connect a building to the power substation over a distance of 300 meters. He wouldn’t accept two drums with 100m and 200m each.
Another example: 7 times 100m doesn’t equal 700m in the wire&cable manufacturing industry when stranding 95m of conductor. Exactly seven separate spools with 100m each are required at the pay-off positions of the strander.

InnoVites CableERP - Wire and Cable Length management in Cable ERP for the Wire and CableIndustry

Standard ERP disconnected
Standard ERP systems cannot deal with this cable calculus. They are typically designed for either discrete industries or process (continuous flow) industries. However, the processes at wire and cable distributors and manufacturers are neither discrete nor continuous: they are somewhere in between.

That’s why companies in this industry usually have massive customizations to their ERP software, or even developed their bespoke software in-house. InnoVites CableERP: just for Wire&Cable industry InnoVites has developed CableERP which is exclusively designed just for the specific requirements of wire&cable distributors and manufacturers.

The so-called length management is in the genes of CableERP and fully supported in all transactions.
It means that with CableERP you deliver the cables to your customers in the lengths (tolerances) as agreed.
Your shipment department can run the optimal rewind and cutting operations, based on the orders created by the system.
Your production team has the right drums in front of the machine to make the customer lengths, while minimizing scrap and change-overs by consolidating production lengths.

Want to know more?
InnoVites CableERP is developed just for wire&cable distributors and manufacturers. It has length management in its genes.
But it has much more! Drum management, Non-Ferrous (Cu, Al) pricing, Production optimization tools, Fiber management, etc. Contact us today for more information!


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