Manufacturing planning2019-01-18T10:04:12+00:00
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Cloud PLM for manufacturing planning

You’re where the rubber meets the road. And that means it’s easy to get squeezed by teams further up the value chain. But manufacturing planning is only as good as the designs it has and the inventory to build them.

Cloud PLM means you only get the good stuff.

Collaborate with engineering and procurement teams without 150 emails and 47 attachments, and get freshly released data as soon as it’s ready, anywhere in the world. Take control of your production processes and build better products even faster.

Why Upchain works for manufacturing planning

Easy to use

3D CAD viewer
and markup

Centralized
BOM data

Cross-team collaboration

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white t-shirt hung on steam cleaner

Rapid design iteration

Work closely with engineering from anywhere in the world to iterate rapidly on designs before releasing to the production floor.

  • Review and mark up CAD files instantly
  • Reject designs that aren’t up to standard
  • Raise ECRs quickly and attach photos and files to the request itself

Rapid design iteration

Work closely with engineering from anywhere in the world to iterate rapidly on designs before releasing to the production floor.

  • Review and mark up CAD files instantly
  • Reject designs that aren’t up to standard
  • Raise ECRs quickly and attach photos and files to the request itself
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Clean and complete design files and data

Never be caught with an essential data field left empty again.

  • Stage gates stop incomplete designs being released
  • Email notification and design approvals keep projects moving
  • One BOM with multiple views stops data being replicated and updates being missed
black stove

Clean and complete design files and data

Never be caught with an essential data field left empty again.

  • Stage gates stop incomplete designs being released
  • Email notification and design approvals keep projects moving
  • One BOM with multiple views stops data being replicated and updates being missed
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Catch mistakes early and fix them fast

Early mistakes are cheap mistakes. Find and fix design errors early and cut your scrap rate, production costs, and drive down your lead times to hit production targets.

  • Collaborate with procurement and engineering to keep designs flowing and parts stocked
  • BOM and CAD comparison views make finding mistakes easy
  • Fix mistakes in CAD rather than discovering problems in production

FAQ

Can I attach documents to an issue?

Yes. We have a built-in document management system so any ECR you raise will contain all the relevant documentation and be attached to the project you raised it against.

Can I choose what data has to fill out before a release?

Yes, you can configure the stage gates in your workflow however you want.

Can I be an approver on a design?

Yes, you can. You can configure the approvers in your workflows however you want.

Do you generate manufacturing BOMs / mBOMs?

Yes. Well, sort of. Instead of generating a separate bill of materials, we create a manufacturing “view” so you only see what you need to, but you’re actually looking at the same underlying data as procurement and engineering, so a change there will be reflected in your own mBOM view automatically. This keeps data incredibly accurate and up to date, nipping a lot of mistakes in the bud.

We tend to use Excel a lot to track things on the floor. Is that a problem?

No. We can integrate into Excel, so you can see your data without taking it out of the Upchain system. You can also push Excel data into Upchain if you need to.

25%
lower production costs

25%
less wastage

20%
faster time to market

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Features for manufacturing planning

Granular permission control
Role-based permissions keep your data secure.

BOM management
Track, update, and share BOM data in real time.

Comparison overlays
Compare two versions of a file with dynamic overlays.

G-Suite and Microsoft Office plugins
Use Upchain from within the programs you
already know.

File import / export
Import and export XML, PDF, Excel, and image files.

Document management
View, track, and revise any document you need.

3D CAD viewer and mark up
View and mark up CAD files without CAD software.

Customized workflows
Configurable workflows to suit your business.

GD&T and design document review
Review and mark up design documents.

Ready to start?

So are we. Book your demo and see what Upchain can do for you.

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