SMTA International Conference Proceedings


Authors: S. Ramakrishnan, S. Parimoo, and K. Srihari, Ph.D.
Company: Binghamton University
Date Published: 9/25/2005   Conference: SMTA International

Abstract: An ERP (Enterprise Resource Planning) system provides the infrastructure for consolidating all business operations into a single computing environment. It integrates the information flow across functions and provides a set of tools for production planning and control. Consequently, an ERP system helps an organization streamline its data flow. The ERP software can control all the business processes within the various departments of an organization. An organization could use an ERP system to drive processes such as financial management, sales forecasting, purchasing, inventory management, production control, project management, and human resources.

This paper discusses the critical aspects that need to be considered during the implementation and the postimplementation assessment of an ERP system for an Electronics Manufacturing Service (EMS) provider, from a capacity planning and yield management perspective. The stages to customize the ERP system to satisfy the existing business processes were identified. These included transitioning the MRP strategy, planning and production control, human resources and cost center parameters.

A Business Engineering (BE) based approach was used for streamlining the business processes during and post-ERP implementation. The unique characteristics of electronics manufacturing, such as the more varied product mix, were also considered while transitioning to the ERP system. Once the system was rolled-out, certain business processes had to be reengineered to overcome the rigid nature of the ERP system.

Keywords: ERP system, Business Engineering, Release Yield, Tool load, Best Practices

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