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Vicinity - Process Manufacturing Software

An ERP system designed by Vicinity Manufacturing for manufacturing companies.
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Introducing Vicinity software, the first software application in a decade built specifically for process manufacturers, integrating and simplifying critical functions like formula management, production scheduling, and QC tracking. Vicinity helps your entire team work as one. And because it’s developed with the latest Microsoft .NET technology, Vicinity lets you work closely with outside parties too.

Now suppliers and customers can have easy, controlled access to data like Certificates of Analysis and MSDS - directly via the internet. Vicinity integrates with Microsoft Business Solution’s Great Plains and Solomon to deliver a robust and flexible ERP system to meet you where you are and grow to your potential.

Industries Served:

  • Paint/Inks
  • Chemical
  • Fragrance/Flavorings
  • Food/Beverage
  • Chemical Distribution

Financial Integrations:

  • Great Plains
  • Solomon
  • Microsoft Small Business Manager

Compliance

Allows for the generation and maintenance of key compliance data specific to process manufacturers - some of these reports include MSDS and SARA. MSDS’s are generated by Vicinity and are available for approval by the compliance officer at any time - MSDS versions are tracked to ensure up to date MSDS data is being submitted to customers. Each formula can be marked as yielding a static or dynamic MSDS. This allows an MSDS request to either generate an MSDS upon demand or return a previously approved MSDS from the MSDS revision library. This feature allows ultimate flexibility to your compliance offer.

After all no two companies operate identically.

External Access

Vicinity is written on a .NET platform. This allows for the controlled interaction from one system to another without additional human intervention.

Examples of external users are as follows:

Control Devices - when raw materials are dispensed into a mixing tank the control device can simultaneously record material usage to Vicinity and in turn Vicinity can update Great Plains or Solomon inventory quantities.

Bar coding system - when finished goods are produced they can be scanned into inventory. This transaction can be sent to Vicinity to update the batch ticket as well as the underlying Great Plains or Solomon inventory.

Requests for COA - remote users can request COA data from your system (if authorized). This allows your customers to increase meaningful interaction with your organization.

There are countless other examples being discussed and generated everyday. The only limitation is in the creative ideas on how Vicinity and .Net can bring companies closer - working as one.

Product Development

Allows users to enter and maintain inventory items and formulas with specific features unique to the process manufacturing sector.

Inventory data can store CAS number, chemical name, unlimited units of measure and QC test for inbound receiving. Regulatory data such as HMIS and NFPA values are tracked and reported on DOT Bills of Lading and MSDS.

Formulations are maintained allowing a powerful search engine to manage thousands of formulation with ease. Vicinity provides a multi-level routing providing the ability for shop floor capacity planning and re-routing if necessary.

Formulas can be viewed by all users, just one user or a class of users. This allows for the storage of experimental formulations in the same database as production without fear of releasing an unapproved formula to production.

Production Control

Allows for the effortless generation and management of production batch tickets. From one set of screens the user can create, update and record the results of batches - including raw material usage, finished good production, QC test results and labor allocations.

A fully customizable batch ticket written in Crystal reports allow for complete flexibility to report all data available to Vicinity and to capture critical production data in a manner familiar to the production users. Results of production can be integrated directly to Microsoft Business Solutions’ Great Plains or Solomon for inventory control and valuation.

Production Planning

Allows the user to generate a Master Production Schedule based upon historic sales and production data as well as future sales forecasts and seasonal adjustments. This schedule is maintained periodically by the production planner yielding production plans to generate batch tickets.

MRP reads off of the Master Production Schedule, Production Plans and existing batch tickets along with existing and expected supply of inventory.

The result is a cleanly integrated scheduling solution for the unique needs of a process manufacturer.

Quality Control

Allows for a Quality technician or supervisor to review and enter QC test results for a given batch as well as print a Certificate of Analysis based upon those results. Each QC test can be controlled to print on a COA or to be withheld. By using Crystal reports the user can alter the COA layout to meet even the most demanding requirements.

All QC tests can have a numeric, alpha-numeric or yes/no result as well as being tracked as an external test or one being performed by your QC lab.

Vicinity allows the QC department to track trends in production batches by reviewing key QC tests giving clues to changes that may be needed. This functionality takes the QC function from one of reporting results to analyzing results - saving you time and money in future production.

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