General questions

A management system is commonly referred to as an “application” that mainly controls the admin activities of a company (accounting, active and passive cycle) and, in this case, the system by GP Progetti is not a management system.
Indeed, eNX is introduced in the corporate process to program, optimise and manage “production requests” (everything that needs to be produced), from generation to completion (with the management of production, purchase and subcontracting), thereby integrating the functions of the management system in place in the company.

The eNX system enables you to collect all the necessary information to analyse production, such as for example the amount of items (produced and consumed), the number and type of rejects and non-conformities, the amount and type of productive and non-productive time, and perform analyses (statistics and charts) with specific forms, both as part of typical production and Quality standards.

The eNX system lets you order to purchase (both materials and services) according to the rule of “what you need, when you need it”. This is implemented by the production plan, consisting of production orders with implied activities and materials and always synchronised with the procurement plan.

eNX is a highly configurable system based on the independence of the production plan from fixed settings of the management procedures: as such, it is also used by process companies and enjoys the flexibility of the MES system (which in this case is configured to follow the “state and time” of the current progress) whilst maintaining the synchronisation with the operating variables (typical parameters of the process itself) and the procurement plan.

Firstly, a finite capacity system takes into consideration the best time estimate for an activity (cycle) and applies it for the exact amount of available resources, whilst taking into account technical and environmental times (setups and shifts); secondly, one can activate functions that consider additional elements (e.g. availability of materials, of personnel, of the contractor); last but not least, the re-synchronisation of the production plan considering any changes to it is performed by providing two strong elements to the client: the re-processing time and the evidence of the effects of the change on the plan itself.

As well illustrated by the sector’s jargon, (“push or pull”, etc.), the methods to generate and manage the production plan may vary according to demand (mainly) and internal factors typical of any company (which are not a secondary factor). This is why eNX underwent an important parameter-setting activity of functions and an extension of calculation algorithms: it is therefore configurable to support more consolidated production methods (mrp & crp and similar), as well as the most recent ones (“kanban” and “opf”).

The more one shares the opportunity of conducting sales together with production, the most one can appreciate the possibility of pre-processing a possible sales order as an analysis of suitability for manufacturing/availability of the items in question. De facto, the eNX ensures the production plan can be used for (automatic) simulations of insertion of new potential requests and highlights the resulting needs both in terms production and purchases/subcontracting.

Specific questions

MES is the acronym for MANUFACTURING EXECUTION SYSTEM, i.e. a computerised system consisting of specific software and hardware used to manage the progress of the production orders (amount, time, downtime an rejects), as well as their warehousing.

An intentionally flexible MES system must allow you to collect and defect data from manufacturing activities: at a first level, the manual declaration from the user, usually supported by reading barcodes (manufacturing processes, items, descriptions); at a second level (semi-automatic), one introduces the detection of basic signals from the machines, precisely with the aim of detecting the operating state; at a third level (automatic), the detection is extended to workstation data regarded as significant (along with operation, parameters and control values).

Finite capacity (“crp”) allows you to plan production requests by considering the actual availability of resources in a broad sense. As such, it takes into consideration the best time estimate for every manufacturing activity (cycle) and multiplies it by the exact amount requested only from available resources, by taking into account technical and environmental times (setups and shifts) implies in the calendar period involved in the activity itself.

The Gantt Chart is a graphical instrument created by Henry Laurence Gantt and used in the manufacturing field to manage production activities that are associated with each other and expressed according to their duration. Therefore, the chart has the time on its abscissa and the (production) activities on the ordinate, suitable attributed to the resources intended to perform them (the first one being the work centres). Consultation and management are simplified and enhanced by the graphics (a now well-established and common method).

The system by GP Progetti is used to make, quickly and flexibly with the drag&drop method, changes requested by the production plan, which is shown both in terms of production and purchases/subcontracting, as well as automatically and immediately reflecting the change in the system used to detect factory data (MES).