in The Forrester Wave™: Digital Operations Platforms For Manufacturing Businesses, Q3 2020.
Real-time data and consistent repeatable processes help you keep operations in sync.
Create and maintain a master list of products and purchased materials, including all associated data, such as process routings, bills of materials (BOMs), and multi-out production configurations. Link part information anywhere it is needed, allowing users to link back to a single source. Set up and manage process routings to define the operations and sequencing. Display bills-of-materials in multiple ways for any assembly by referencing parts, components, or ingredients from the central database.
With Plex, you can access documentation securely from the document control system (DCS), which maintains the latest revision information. Link the proper revision of documents throughout Plex with the universal attachment system to ensure everyone is working on the correct revision. Set up standard master pricing and cross-customer pricing information that is based on volume discounts or other user-selected parameters. Manage flexible commission payment structure by salesperson.
Set up your receiving system to be optimized for metallic raw materials. Define detailed chemical specification templates for steel, aluminum, and other metals, and validate the chemistry and physical characteristics of incoming materials against engineering specifications. Create inventory records and barcoded labels for each inventory unit received.
Submit engineering change requests (ECR) leveraging the platform’s customizable workflow system to route changes for required approvals. Track the process of ECRs and define the effectivity as to when a change is to be implemented. Maintain all versions of documentation securely forever.
Set up and manage a list of projects and programs, including all pertinent facts and activities about each program, and track and manage multiple phases. Include suppliers, customers, or partners in programs, incorporating their activity and giving them visibility into each phase’s progress.
"Before Plex, we were often in danger of overestimating our inventory and shortshipping a customer, or underestimating inventory and building more product unnecessarily. Getting accurate inventory has had a huge effect on our bottom line."
Materials Manager, Coastal AutomotiveLearn More
"Plex is one of the few systems that we found helps us put in so much information that we can use to make better decisions about our business."
President, Shank's ExtractsLearn More
“We felt Plex was a much better fit for us because it is designed specifically for manufacturers.”
Senior Vice President of IT and CIO, AccurideLearn More