Infor SyteLine ERP:
Metal Fabrication Industry

Work with maximum flexibility in complex processes allowing you to quickly respond to change

Success in the metal fabrication industry is closely tied to reducing work in process inventories by effectively managing the flow of materials through production, while keeping costs as low as possible. Considerable variability in the number and consistency of manufacturing operations performed on any specific component makes this even more challenging.

Even when you are not busy, the process of planning can be beyond human capability. Any breakdown in the process, whether in planning, execution, back office or engineering support is like throwing a rock into a calm pond. The ripples are felt throughout the organization. The key is to have an efficient and automated planning process, along with shop floor execution that operates according to the plan. If it is difficult at best for planning and scheduling professionals to figure out how to get individual components through the shop efficiently so they arrive in time for related assemblies/weldments, what impact does just one worker on the shop floor have on the shop when they pick the wrong job to work on. The ripple can be felt all the way throughout the shop as they are single-handedly rescheduling the entire shop without knowing it. This impacts your ability to deliver the right products to the right customers at the right time … without throwing overtime at the problem. Infor SyteLine (CloudSuite Industrial) provides businesses in the Metal Fabrication Industry a complete solution allowing you to overcome these challenges, while improving your throughput and profitability.

No matter what form of metal fabrication you do …
  • Heavy Weldments
  • Metal Stamping
  • Cold Rolled, Hot Rolled, Stainless Steel, Galvanized, Galvannealed & Aluminum Fabrication
  • Extruded Aluminum
  • Slitting
  • Anodizing, Annealing & Pickling
  • Contract Fabrication
  • Industrial Machinery Builders
  • Cabinetry / Enclosures
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Generators / Light Tower
  • Food Service Equipment
  • Material Handling
  • P.O.P. Display
  • Bracket / Mounting Systems
  • Snowplows and Blowers
  • Farm / Off-Road Equipment
  • Truck / Specialty Vehicle
  • Electronic Chassis / Enclosures
  • Amusement Games
  • Health / Fitness
  • Traffic Control
  • Lighting / Heating Fixtures
  • Fuel Distribution
  • Welding Equipment
  • And More
Infor SyteLine has you covered …
  • Equipment & Plant Maintenance — Manage your entire internal maintenance process, from scheduling preventative maintenance events to handling the unexpected service repair. Advanced Plant Maintenance helps prevent interruptions in production which can lead to bottlenecks in the system, inventory shortfalls and missed customer order deliveries.
  • Integrated Accounting & Financial Management — Every task performed in SyteLine that requires a financial transaction is integrated to its own accounting and financial management applications. From inventory and production transactions to shipping, invoicing, field service and more — they all flow seamlessly into accounting. View cash impact information that incorporates all anticipated sources and uses of cash. From unshipped orders to invoices, outstanding purchase orders, A/R and A/P transactions as well as current cash balances. A simple time phased snapshot of cash available on demand.
  • Advanced Planning and Scheduling (APS) — Find out if you have the materials, people, machines, and tools you need to manufacture an item.
  • Document Management & Automation — Complete management of all documentation: emails, email attachments, CAD drawings, scanned documents, outbound documents, purchase orders, invoices, estimates, and more. Document Book functionality pulls all related documentation for any manufacturing job through assemblies and all the way back to purchased materials—including certification documentation.
  • Hybrid Manufacturing — Any combination of engineer-to-order, configure-to-order, make-to-order, assemble-to-order, make-to-stock, Kanban and repetitive needs.
  • Kitting — Allows a number of components to be bundled in a pack from a sales order perspective. On the picking list / packing slip, the sales order “kit” item is printed together with the indented components that are embedded inside that “kit” item.
  • Labor Collection / Time & Attendance — Touch screen labor recording, production status, real-time dispatching, production recording, material issues, lot & serial recording, time & attendance and manufacturing document automation.
  • Engineering Change Control — Control and track revisions made to a Bill of Materials or to the routing of an item. When it is critical to ensure high quality, safety and consistency of products, the ECN process is crucial.
  • 360° Customer Management — Manage all aspects of your relationships with customers and prospects, from estimating to invoicing to service management.
  • Single or Multi-Site Operations — SyteLine allows your companies to work together or separate based on your needs. A “site” or organization / company represents any place where work is done. A site may correspond to company headquarters, a manufacturing plant, or a distribution center. SyteLine automates intercompany operations where sites supply each other with products or services.
  • Mongoose Rapid Application System — Infor Mongoose is an application development framework that lets you easily design and deploy applications that enhance your core enterprise solution. When needed, you’ll be able to create enhancements in a fraction of the time and with far less effort than is required with traditional development approaches.
  • Field Assembly / Installation Support — Some manufacturers deal with products that are sent to the customer for assembly & installation by field service staff. SyteLine easily supports this need with mobile access and updates with everything needed by field workers to complete their work. That includes drawings, manuals, technical specifications and more.
  • Mobile Information Access — SyteLine Mobile Access puts key functions on your mobile device for various user roles within SyteLine. This allows your staff to be productive when away from the office, with the use of their cell phone. Checking in on information from multiple sites is available for roles like Executives, Controllers, Operations Managers, Salespeople and even IT Staff.
  • Forecasting — Determine the right amount of raw materials and components needed to meet production requirements. Automate the calculation of forecasts and other inventory drivers, such as safety stock. Alerts notify you when actual demand varies from the plan.
  • Product Genealogy — Traceability of components and material, along with related information. Trace lot numbers, serial numbers and compliance documentation, from material receipt all the way to the finished product.
  • Quality Management — Quality control for incoming goods, outgoing shipments and in-process production quality checking.
  • Lean Manufacturing — Including Kanban replenishments, back flushing of materials, labor & machine time, and rapid recording of production information- with or without labor recording.
  • Business Intelligence & Dashboards — Simple-to-use tools for decision-making and analysis. Dashboards are dynamic and up-to-the-minute.
  • Complete Project, Job and Product Costing — The Cost Accounting features within SyteLine support both actual costing and standard costing, providing you with the flexibility to choose the Cost Type and Cost Method that works best for each specific product. SyteLine automatically charges work order costs for customer orders to the Cost of Goods Sold upon shipment to the customer.
  • Manufacturing Execution — Top manufacturers have a new secret weapon with SyteLine Manufacturing Execution Systems (MES). Real success in manufacturing requires a great planning system like SyteLine and an equally great shop floor execution system. Multiple systems on the shop floor as well as paper-based reporting and schedules simply can’t keep a modern manufacturing workforce like yours operating at peak efficiency. Utilizing touch screen technology along with drag & drop capabilities, you will accelerate and simplify shop floor operations while garnering excellent user acceptance.
  • Materials and Inventory Management — Buy what you need, when you need it. Do away with side systems, which are difficult and costly to maintain. Shorten order entry time, eliminate duplicate orders, cut down on costly data entry errors, and make sure data is consistent — leaving you with more time to work on activities that grow your business.
  • Application Event Automation — Customize your system without modifying your source code, and improve your workflow in the process. When you upgrade your system, you’ll automatically upgrade your customizations at the same time.
  • Role-based Home Pages — No more confusing, multiple layer menus. Access everything you need with one click from one screen. Save time, be more efficient and less stressed. Everything you need is brought to you instead of you searching endlessly for it.
  • Roll-forward Personalization — Change the look and behavior of screens and forms without impacting source code. This provides you the ability to adapt SyteLine where required to provide not only a functional fit but more importantly to achieve a Business Process fit. These changes are automatically migrated forward in conjunction with patches and upgrades to the base product.
  • Personalized User Experiences — Personalize your user interface (UI) to fit the unique needs of your company, team, or even you as an individual user. Add, remove, and move fields and labels without having to call on IT for help. Get the information you need, when you need it.

Grow your company with Infor SyteLine (CloudSuite Industrial), while saving time and money. With over 28 years of experience built-in, SyteLine solves the daily needs for everything from selling and sourcing, to production and fulfillment. You’ll benefit from continuous clear visibility for everyone across the organization. Experience fast, efficient planning with harmonious execution at greater levels of revenue and profitability. To find out more about how The Lake Companies and Infor SyteLine (CloudSuite Industrial) can help you, call us at (920)406-3030.

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Midwest Wire Products

Infor Industrial Manufacturing for Fabricated Metal Manufacturers


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Did You Know?

The four largest manufacturing industries—food, chemicals, computers and electronic products and fabricated metal products—account for about 44 percent of manufacturing GDP.

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