Introduction to Manufactures

Objectives

Once you've completed this tutorial, you'll be able to:

Create a new manufacture

Configure the amount made for the manufacture

Add and remove materials to the manufacture

Calculate your labour cost for a manufacture

This tutorial should take approximately 15 mins to complete.

What are Manufactures?

Manufactures are a record of the creation of your products.

They increase your product stock on hand by the amount you have indicated you have made. The material quantities you list in each manufacture decrease your material stock for the date of manufacture. If required, you can also log your total work time and have your internal labor costs calculated.

Adding Manufactures

Manufactures can be added for a product or a variation of a product. For the purposes of this tutorial we will be adding a new manufacture for a product. We will assume that the product has been added already, and a recipe has also been configured.

To add a new manufacture, you have a couple of different ways of getting to the form page.

The fastest way is via the menu on your product list page. Hovering over the ⋮ icon next to the product name will open a shortcuts menu. Clicking the Add Manufacture option will then take you directly to the manufacture form with this product already selected.

So now that we are at the add manufacture page, let's take a closer look at the form:

General

The first field is your product and is really displayed as confirmation of the product you are adding this manufacture to. However, if you have variations of this product you'll also see these appear directly below the product name for selection.

The next field is your Manufacture date. This is an important field as it determines when your product stock is added to your inventory and when your material stock is deducted. The end date is the date that is used for all inventory changes - the start date (if different to the end date) is for your records only.

The next field is your Code. This field will be filled with an automatically generated code, but if you wish to use your own codes you can remove and add them here.

Product Made

This section allows you to set how many products you made from this batch, using the Batch Manufacture Quantity you have set for the recipe. From here, you can scale up or down the batch by changing the quantity. You'll notice that when you change the quantity, your materials below this section will update their quantities accordingly and will also calculate the actual amount made. If you have made slightly more or less than what you expected out of your batch, you can tweak the amount made via the Actual Quantity.

Materials Used

The next section is for detailing the amount of materials used in the production of this batch. This is how Craftybase knows how much of each to remove from your stock on hand and is one of our most powerful features.

Each inventoriable material you have in your recipe will be displayed here - if you don't have a recipe then this section will be blank and you can configure it from scratch.

The first columns are for the image and name of your material to give you a visual reference for the material you are using. If you need to tweak the amounts used for this particular manufacture, you can do so in the next column called Quantity Used. This will be the amount that is subtracted from your material's quantity on hand.

You can also nominate the specific Lot# that was used for this manufacture - this is great if you need to track full traceability of your manufactures through to sale (we'll cover this in more detail in a future tutorial).

The very last column is for removing a material from your recipe. You can do this for any material that you don't use for this particular manufacture and no adjustments will be made to its stock on hand. This will not change your currently configured recipe for the product - it is a change made only for this specific manufacture.

To add a new material for this particular manufacture, click the Add Material button below the recipe. This will add a new row to the recipe. From here, search and select your material in the material name box - this will then display your current stock on hand for this material.

Once you have configured your materials, we'll move onto the next section of the form. This section is for defining the total time taken to produce your batch and will calculate your total internal labor cost for the manufacture.

For the Total Minutes Worked field, enter the total number of minutes you spent working on the batch.

The message immediately below this field indicates your average make time - this is based on your manufacture history for this product.

Finally, the last field is your Notes field - this is a free text field for any comments / notes relating to this specific manufacture that you wish to keep.

Once happy with the form, click the Save Manufacture button at the bottom of the page to save the manufacture and return to the product page. It is at this point that all inventory calculations will be made, so you'll now see your newly updated stock levels appear on your products and materials.

Have some questions?

If you have any additional questions, please get in touch and we'll be happy to give you a hand. Alternatively, feel free to join and post your question in our official Craftybase Facebook group.