11/12/2009"Seasoft MRP Software Reduces Food Manufacturing Costs, Maximizes Customer Service"
November 12, 2009 — Seasoft Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) software for seafood processors and distributors today announced a software-based Material Requirements Planning (MRP) solution that helps seafood processors synchronize Sales, Purchasing and Production departments to reduce manufacturing costs and improve customer service.

The Seasoft MRP Module includes complete Bill of Materials, Recipe Management and MRP Scheduling to safeguard against purchasing insufficient quantities of an item used in manufacturing, or purchasing the wrong item, so you’re always able to meet tight customer delivery contracts. The software also ensures that you don’t purchase excessive quantities of an item and tie up cash while it remains as stock.

“More and more companies are augmenting cutting services with value-added, recipe-based products and frozen, packaged goods as a way to increase revenue and compete more effectively. But like any other manufacturing organization, they face the same daily practical problem: customers want products to be available in a shorter time than it takes to make them. This means that some level of planning is required,” said Frank Motta, vice president of product development at Seasoft . “Seasoft’s MRP software integrates sales, manufacturing and purchasing activities and provides a roadmap of what's needed and when based on production capacity, resources, minimum inventory levels and vendor lead times.”

Seasoft’s MRP software also helps you control the types and quantities of materials you purchase so that you can maintain the lowest possible level of inventory, and you can easily plan manufacturing activities, delivery schedules and purchasing activities to ensure that you can meet current and future customer demand, all at the lowest possible cost

With input from your sales team, Seasoft lets you create a detailed MRP Report listing the annual sales budget and forecast for each item in your inventory. The report is typically run on a weekly basis to ensure that it accounts for current sales projections, accurately reflects what items or raw materials (ingredients, packaging supplies, etc.) are required, how many are required, and when are they required.

The weekly MRP report is distributed to the sales team, purchasing group and the manufacturing supervisor. The manufacturing supervisor uses the report to generate a comprehensive Master Production Schedule (MPS), essentially a roadmap of what is needed and when it’s needed based on manufacturing capacity, resources, minimum inventory levels and vendor lead-times. The MPS report includes a Recommended Production Schedule of the required minimum start and completion dates, with quantities, for each step of the Routing and level of the Bill of Materials.

About Seasoft ERP Software

Developed in conjunction with an advisory group of clients in the seafood industry, and designed using industry-best practices and advanced computing technology, Computer Associates’ Seasoft Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) software consolidates critical business information to maximize the efficiency of every aspect of your business and help your entire team work smarter, faster and more profitably. Seasoft offers a full range of business software modules to meet the unique challenges of weight-based, commodity-priced products where yields, lot and portion control, by-product accounting, settlement processing, catch weight, multiple freezer/warehouse and multi-corporation locations are of paramount importance.

For more information, contact your Seasoft Account Manager at 800.422.4782 or visit www.caisoft.com/seasoft.