It is time to enhance (seriously enhance) the manufacturing module. Can all interested people please detail out their requirements? You have time till December 31, to detail out your requirements. If you have already listed the requirements someplace or thread else, please provide the link here.
The more diverse the industries we cover, the more comprehensive the requirements going to be.
Let’s answer that question a little later, if you don’t mind. Let’s first detail out all the requirements first. We definitely won’t be able to do everything, but we can prioritize the requirements and worry about budgets at that time.
A major development in the manufacturing environment would be better production planning capabilities.
Improving the operation scheduling system to include lead times for purchased parts
Allowing adjustment to the schedule based on changes to lead times, # of parts produced in a shift (move schedule up if parts completed faster than originally scheduled, add extra shifts if behind schedule)
More co-ordinated scheduling based on in stock quantities (can’t build assembly #2 until child assembly #1 is built, so scheduling parts so that their dependancies are built / arrived first)
Other things that would help:
Improved control of assembly documents (that tie into the operations for BOMs)
Better analysis tools for production (efficiency analytics, deadline delivery analysis tools)
Find parent BOMs by child item from the Item doc form
I’m sure there are many more things, but these are ones that my company will be looking for in the future (and that I likely will need to start working on in the next 6-12 months).
I have a couple of issues in Github already (which Rmehta has shared) for the manufacturing module, but I think overall @Ben_Cornwell_Mott has nailed it.
More advanced and flexible production scheduling based on all the the information that’s already in the system is the way forward for ERPNext Manufacturing. ERPNext is a fantastic database that generates excellent reports on static data, but good scheduling is fluid, adaptable, and integrated with all departments. Also, easy visibility is a must. The new Gantt chart will be very useful.
I believe basic Bin/Shelf/Location information would be useful for stock entry. When doing a production order, I would like to print out the order with the BOM material needed, the amount per item, the Bin/Shelf/Location where this item is stored, and instructions on how to create the product.
Another tack on determining mainstream requirements is to do a gap analysis of an existing ERP package focused on manufacturing. The documents below can provide details on one such package – DBA Software.
@Dbone & all: There are a whole bunch of good suggestions on the manufacturing module. I am going to sit and compile all inputs and my thoughts together and present to the community my first cut approach by Monday, Jan 9.
We will then seek inputs from the community for another week and then come up with the roadmap for the manufacturing module. Yes, bounty seems to be the best way of going about it.