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MRP Requirements

Your ability to meet production schedules, make deliveries, and ensure profitability relies on your access to accurate, actionable information. Manufacturing requirements planning (MRP II) is your way of collecting this information, analyzing it, and transforming it into a production schedule and list of requirements. A strong MRP II solution will incorporate material requirements as well as labor and financial resources to help you develop more thorough, evidence-based production plans and reports.

What is Manufacturing Requirements Planning?

Manufacturing requirements planning, also known as manufacturing resource planning, is an evolution of the earlier material resource planning tools developed in the 1960s and 1970s. Both types of systems help production managers create master schedules that are based on sales orders, forecasts, and other manufacturing requirements.

While material resource planning solutions focus on the physical materials used in production and manufacturing, MRP II software expands this scope by also including human resources and financial resources, as well as improved demand forecasting and QA capabilities.

This software may be standalone, but it’s often incorporated into an enterprise resource planning (ERP) suite, which monitors and controls additional project and product management factors.

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Benefits of Manufacturing Requirements Planning

MRP II can provide a centralized data repository and analytic tools you need to make informed manufacturing and production decisions. Your MRP requirements will depend on your company and the industry in which you do business, but in general a good solution should help you:

  • Process bills of materials (BOMs). BOMs contain essential information about required materials and components. Collecting these requirements into a single system will help improve supply lines and streamline inventory.
  • Create master production schedules. Manufacturing requirements planning is used to create master production schedules that accurately define which manufacturing steps take place and when.
  • Calculate net requirements. When BOMs and schedules are properly developed, you can drive savings and delivery with accurate time, labor, financial, and material requirement calculations for your product.
  • Generate dashboards and summaries. Because MRP II solutions collect many types of data in one place, this software can display actionable, easy-to-read summaries.

Contrasted with paper-based processes, a robust manufacturing requirements planning solution can have an especially large impact on the speed, accuracy, and efficiency of your production processes:

  • Integrate documents in real-time. Rather than having to wait for time-consuming scans or data entry, an electronic system can make documents available within seconds, rather than hours.
  • Improve reporting. Quick availability of documents and data leads to reports that are more up-to-date, relevant, and actionable.
  • Streamline audits. When all the information about a product is on-hand, it’s easy to respond to auditors’ questions, requirements, and deadlines.
  • Eliminate cGxP issues. Software that satisfies your company- and industry-specific MRP requirements can help ensure that everyone from primary users to manufacturing directors follows current good practices (cGxP) in your industry.
  • Increase accuracy. Automatic calculations, electronic forms, and computer-based filing can greatly reduce expensive and time-consuming errors.

Who Can Use MRP Manufacturing Requirements Planning Solutions?

Any company that performs complex manufacturing or production processes needs a robust manufacturing requirements planning solution to help primary users achieve compliance with cGxP, while producing insights and reporting materials that key executives need to steer your company’s long-term goals.

Quality and manufacturing engineers in particular will find that a robust MRP II solution provides the crucial information necessary to develop a master schedule and identify resource requirements.

How MasterControl Can Help You

MasterControl’s Manufacturing Excellence solutions are ideal for companies who are beginning their smart manufacturing and digital transformation journeys. Our software can easily integrate with your company’s existing ERP, MES, or MOM implementations, supporting your mission-critical MRP processes and providing benefits not found together in existing systems, including:

  • Integrated documents. Our Manufacturing Excellence solution stores all your production documentation in one place for fast and easy retrieval and review.
  • Integrated training. Rather than using a costly training solution that may not integrate your existing tools, Manufacturing Excellence makes it easy to train your engineers and frontline workers on changing regulatory and cGxP requirements.
  • Integrated QEM. Companies often use separate systems for quality event management (QEM). This can make it hard for quality engineers to alert production teams about quality events, and for production managers to indicate when they have taken the required corrective or preventive action. Manufacturing Excellence integrates these systems, making communication easier and strengthening your QEM procedures.
  • Easy-to-use UI. Other solutions may provide MRP II tools, but gate this functionality behind an archaic user interface that limits adoption and effectiveness. MasterControl’s MRP II solution has a modern, streamlined interface that’s easy to use and master.

Learn More

To find out more about MasterControl Manufacturing Excellence and how it can help your company attain its MRP requirements, please contact a MasterControl representative.