MAS 500 ERP – Manufacturing

Sage Software (formerly Best Software) provides a variety of products for small and mid-size manufacturers to handle virtually every aspect of your business from supply chain management to resource scheduling, quality control, production reporting, and cost and pricing analysis.

Whether you are a make to stock manufacturer or a job shop – a batch-driven chemical manufacturer or an electronics assembler – there’s a Sage Software (formerly Best Software) Manufacturing Solution that can help your company streamline operations, lower costs, and increase profitability.

Advanced Manufacturing

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The Sage MAS 500 ERP Advanced Manufacturing module includes all of the functionality of the Light Manufacturing/Advanced Kitting module, as well as enhanced work orders, and labor and production reporting, which are essential requirements for assembly, electronics, metal fabrication and machine/equipment manufacturing. The system provides shop floor visibility to your entire enterprise, including which employees are currently on the clock in any production facility. With a few mouse-clicks, customer service can quickly view the status of a customer order without having to interrupt the shop supervisor. The GAAP-compliant job costing system helps you identify which manufactured items are generating the most profit and which are costing you money. You will be able to spot production bottlenecks and respond in real-time to last-minute engineering changes and high-priority orders.

Advanced Planning and Scheduling

(Spec Sheet)
Do you have problems scheduling production and managing resources? Are orders late because someone forgot to schedule an operation? Did you ever lose a good customer because production fell behind their required deadline? Manufacturing scheduling software by Sage MAS solves these problem. Sage MAS 500 ERP includes one of the most powerful and easy-to-use Advanced Planning and Scheduling (APS) modules available today. This manufacturing scheduling software module uses industry-standard scheduling rules to automatically schedule production based on advanced algorithms and mathematical calculations. System-generated schedules provide a great foundation but do not take into consideration real-world concerns. That’s why the advanced manufacturing scheduling software module includes a drag-and-drop schedule board. The schedule board displays all system-generated operation schedules, and it allows supervisors or production scheduling personnel to tweak the schedule to fit in high-priority orders or to move scheduled operations to a different machine when another breaks down.

Engineering Change Management

(Spec Sheet)
Quality control is one of the most important business concerns for manufacturers. Sage Software can help you control production costs by producing quality parts for your most demanding customers. Labor operations and material items are constantly changing as new items are developed and manufacturing processes are streamlined using newer equipment. Consequently, it is more important than ever before to standardize your engineering change management process. The Sage MAS 500 ERP Engineering Change Management (ECM) module integrates with e-mail notifications, providing instant visibility and standardized approval methods for routing and bill of material changes. Any change made to an ECM-controlled routing and bill of material is routed through e-mail to members of an approval group. Each member has a specified amount of time to approve any engineering changes. Engineering Change Management can also be used to track effective dates and retirement dates for each routing and bill of material. Engineering Change Management is crucial to quality control and is a requirement for ISO and QS certification.


(Spec Sheet)
Do you know if a new part is going to make you money or cost you money? Do you lose business to your competitors because your estimates are too high? The Sage MAS 500 ERP Estimating module provides detailed estimating capabilities to help you increase business while improving your bottom line. Estimates provide more than an educated guess regarding total cost of production because they include materials, outside processing and labor, as well as overhead rates and one-time charges for tooling and engineering. Estimates can be converted to a customer quote or directly to a sales order with a simple mouse click. Further, an estimate may be copied to or from an existing routing and bill of material. This allows you to quickly create new estimates based on similar items or previous estimates. Estimates can even be created from existing work orders. This is critical because you can use the actual material quantities, scrap yields, and actual costs from a similar job to produce more accurate quotes.

Light Manufacturing/Advanced Kitting

(Spec Sheet)
Is your production process relatively simple? Do you distribute products and have a need for advanced kitting functions? If so, then the Sage MAS 500 ERP Light Manufacturing module is the perfect product to help you manage production and kit assembly without complicated labor transactions or material issues. Light Manufacturing allows distributors, assemble-to-order industries, and other light manufacturers to concentrate on other critical business issues without getting tied up in complex manufacturing processes. Light Manufacturing provides an easy-to-use Production Entry screen where finished goods are reported after the fact. This single point of entry eliminates dozens of potential labor and production transactions by automatically issuing material quantities, outside process transactions, and labor time to finished goods.

Material Requirements Planning (MRP)

(Spec Sheet)
It is impossible to understand material and distribution requirements across a large company without advanced planning tools. Sage MAS 500 ERP uses historical data and advanced replenishment formulas to help you understand current and future material and distribution requirements and how they will affect your business. Unlike legacy material requirements planning (MRP) systems, the Sage MAS 500 MRP module provides single-screen planning. This feature provides up-to-date item statistics, including on-hand quantities, current purchase orders, work orders, transfer orders, and other elements that affect planning decisions.

Process Manufacturing

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O2 Process Manufacturing is a solution from Escape Velocity Systems Inc, a Sage Software Endorsed Solution. Written in the Sage MAS 500 ERP toolset for seamless integration, O2 Process Manufacturing complements the rich distribution, accounting, customizability, and business analytics for which Sage MAS 500 is known. Process manufacturing describes a manufacturing method whereby materials are blended, cooked, or mixed as opposed to assembled from discrete units. This full-featured module supports the demands common to process manufacturing industries, including: formulas (or recipes), split bills of material, flexibility with units of measure, stringent quality control with recall ability, and lot grading/attribute tracking and calculation. From customer specifications and formula engineering/costing to production, quality control, regulatory reporting, and security, O2 presents a complete system for managing your entire business cycle. O2 also has the tools necessary to eliminate the “islands of data” that many companies find in formulation, quality control, and planning and production departments. O2 Process Manufacturing by Escape Velocity does business the way process manufacturers do business. To learn more about O2 Process Manufacturing click here.

Product Configurator

(Spec Sheet)
The Product Configurator module was designed for use in either distribution or manufacturing environments. The rules-based Product Configurator configures sales orders and routings/bills of material for a finished part based on a variety of features or functions. Customer service personnel benefit from an easy-to-use interface for quick feature/option selection of configured parts, and integration with Sales Order entry. New items can be created on the fly using customized item masks, new long and short item descriptions, and other options. The Product Configurator also builds the item cost and suggested price. The advanced Product Configurator is easy to setup and maintain. Popular configurations are saved and reused as standard parts.

Project Management for Manufacturers

(Spec Sheet)
Do you manage engineering or prototype production projects? Do you install or service the products you manufacture? If so, the MAS 500 Project Management solution can keep all of your project managers informed and equip them with the tools they need to profitably manage these projects.

Shop Floor Control

(Spec Sheet)
The Sage MAS 500 ERP Shop Floor Control module provides real-time labor and production reporting for online production visibility throughout the enterprise. The shop floor menu was designed for use with touch screen technology and handheld devices. Shop Floor Control provides access to all of the activities that generally take place in the shop. Users can log into or out of operations manually or they can use the built-in bar coding functionality to scan work order numbers and work order steps for automatic logons. Shop managers can assign job tickets to employees through the Labor Assignments screen. Your employees can then view their assigned tasks and report production using Start and Stop Job Entry. This process saves money and waste by providing a paperless shop floor environment.

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