We have experience in developing tools to provide MRP functionality that wasn’t available
in existing systems and enable the planning of purchasing and manufacturing and the
minimisation of stock and cost.
A manufacturer of high performance and complex electronic systems had installed a
Sage accounting system.
The system managed stock but had no manufacturing management or material planning
capability, both of which were needed by the company as it expended its manufacturing
Tom Gaskell‡ was asked to put in manufacturing control, make it work in the company’s
in-house manufacturing facility, and extend the system to provide Material Requirements
Planning (MRP) capability.
Working closely with the company’s Finance and Operations staff he integrated a manufacturing
control add-on into the Sage system, configured it, then trained the staff in its
To provide the material planning facility he designed, implemented and trained staff
in the use of a suite of 18 different tools that comprehensively reported on materials
and manufacturing status and identified purchasing requirements.
These tools provided MRP functionality that wasn’t available in either the company’s
basic Sage system or its manufacturing add-on.
They enabled the company to accurately plan and expedite purchasing and manufacturing
whilst minimising stockholding, reducing waste and cutting costs.
“The tools that Tom put in gave us all the things that were missing in our original
system; we had been struggling before they arrived. We were very impressed with how
quickly the tools were developed and with their flexibility. They were the critical
elements that enabled us to keep cost under control and manage our stock.”