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Aptean Metals ERP is designed to streamline business processes right out of the box. After implementation, metal industry companies can reduce both the time and effort to get things done in virtually every department. You can quickly realize key efficiency gains by automating time-consuming, repetitive tasks and seamlessly aligning Aptean Metals ERP with data collection systems to minimize required data entry.
Financial Management and Cost Control
Aptean Metals ERP integrates financial management into every aspect of operations. Based on detailed inputs and variance analysis, the system’s cost management functions provide full visibility of product costs and highlight opportunities for savings. And this is just the beginning. Other key capabilities - including auto freight calculations and rapid invoicing - help instill a cost-conscious mentality across every department in your company.
Elevating Quality Standards
For any company working with metals, quality is paramount. Unfortunately, the process of transforming, manipulating and forging raw materials leads to actual quality variance. You need to be able to identify the characteristics of each item—from heat to finished product. So, Aptean Metals ERP offers tools to help track materials and improve the way you handle these issues. Our experts know that quality concerns are always top of mind, so they built Aptean Metals ERP to be your greatest ally in addressing this challenge.
Capital Asset Optimization
One of the most powerful aspects of Aptean Metals ERP is its production scheduling capabilities. Attribute-based scheduling increases throughput while minimizing setup and scrap, and job or lineup scheduling can be automated based on product and process characteristics—optimizing capacity utilization and saving personnel time and effort. To keep track of it all, efficiency and utilization reporting offers managers clear visibility into how assets are being used over time.
"Aptean Metals ERP is built for the metals industry, so it has the functions we need—it just fits."
ERP Features for
Metals, Wire and Cable
Dynamic Order Fulfillment
Aptean Metals ERP Dynamic Order Fulfillment eliminates the need to maintain unique product masters, process routings, pricing information and descriptions for every possible product or processing variation. By automating much of the quoting, entry, production planning and order documentation processes, Aptean Metals ERP helps you dramatically reduce time, cost and errors across many key areas of your operation.
Advanced Load Planning
Aptean Metals ERP Advanced Load Planning enables you to both coordinate the right products with the right sales orders and verify that the load being shipped matches those planned parts. Other features allow you to quickly associate sales orders to loads, track loads to customer facilities, utilize closed-loop validation of load accuracy and operate with simple shipping documentation and transportation scheduling processes.
Aptean Metals ERP includes a comprehensive suite of financial applications, including cost management, accounts receivable, accounts payable and a multi-company, multi-currency general ledger. This is all fully integrated with the system’s sales and operational applications, offering financial managers robust capabilities for financial management, reporting and analysis.
Aptean Metals ERP Customer Portal is an online and mobile customer service portal that grants your customers the ability to check on the status of orders, shipments, claims, work-in-process, invoices and payments—in real time. Any certification documents you’ve sent can also be viewed or emailed through the system and, if customers have questions, they can quickly send an email back to their account manager with a single click.
Aptean Metals ERP Roll/Slit Planning simplifies both the planning and execution of metals processes, ensuring consistency in product output and increasing manufacturing efficiency. It allows users to easily find the material needed for a job, create multiple jobs in a single work order and track those jobs to multiple destinations—all with one single process. Additional components provide you with full visibility of material source and destination, the ability to create combination orders involving parent and child products and enhanced material branching from rolling and slitting operations.
Advanced Reporting is a powerful, user-friendly tool designed to streamline financial reporting and give you a competitive edge through increased productivity and visibility. With Advanced Reporting, you can easily create financial reports based on data within Aptean Metals ERP. Quickly drill down to transaction data, build reporting hierarchies and filters based on your GL structure and generate reports for any period of time. Users can create graphs and dashboards, perform multi-company consolidation activities and schedule and distribute reports.
Production Operations Management
Aptean Metals ERP reaches all the way to the mill or factory floor, including extensive support for both planning and execution. With unified product and process definition, you can see the way products are really made and reduce the effort required to describe and maintain them. Other efficiency-driving components include: Attribute-based product identification (to provide consistent descriptions, orders, locations and reservations for products), attribute-based scheduling (to increase throughput by minimizing set-up time and scrap), and load planning and shipping (to accelerate the shipment process, optimize loads and reduce shipping errors).
Sales and Service
Aptean Metals ERP provides the information and functionality to streamline sales order management and customer service, including quote generation, order entry, order status inquiry, shipment and billing, and claims processing and RMA (return merchandise authorization). Order Promising helps you take on more pre-booked and make-to-order business while consistently delivering on time. Workflow-Driven Quotation Development will accelerate the quotation process. Claims/RMA Management helps you maintain a high level of customer satisfaction. And Sales Order Tolerance Logic simplifies order management to help avoid excess inventory, eliminate over-shipments, and maximize revenue for MTO (made-to-order) products.
Aptean Metals ERP Data Warehouse supports your ad-hoc reporting needs by providing a complete SQL-based data warehouse that enables external reporting, business intelligence and custom integrations, along with support for other applications that require access to the Aptean Metals ERP data. The Aptean Metals ERP Data Warehouse includes a complete Extract, Transform and Load (ETL) process based on Aptean Metals ERP’s built-in data reports to extract the data using proven business logic. Aptean EMF transforms and loads the data to a Microsoft SQL database. The system also easily supports other tools such as Crystal Reports, Microsoft SQL Server Reporting Services, QlikView or even Excel.
Remote Managed Services
Remote Managed Services (RMS) is a platform service from Aptean that enables you to sensibly outsource application and database admin tasks to a dedicated team of specialists. This team performs just like onsite IT staff - but with the ability to work remotely - and takes care of your ongoing Aptean Metals ERP administration functions, such as application installs, configuration and upgrades. Performance review, system tuning and remote management are just a few of the tasks that can be managed remotely.
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