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on the most commonly asked questions.
|What is MPI?|
MPI Supply Chain is a software and hardware for ensuring traceability operations, quality control, assessment and improvement of operating performance in the warehouse, production and corporate services.
The software belongs to the category of supply chain management systems. With MPI, companies can calculate the actual cost of their products and services, as well as analyze progress towards achieving target cost levels for the products throughout the value chain.
MPI enables to select specific goals, such as, for example, optimizing the time of receive at the warehouse or reducing costs in a specific work center of production. BLE and RFID technologies help the company management team to monitor online the company assets status, as well as the status of work orders throughout the supply chain.
|How is the selection of equipment for business processes tracking?|
Selection of tracking equipment is one of the key stages of project design and its successful implementation. During the business process survey, we select RFID, RTLS, industrial mobile computers, tablets, industrial printers and bardcode scanners based on the relevance of the business process itself.
|How long does the implementation process take and what stages does it consist of?|
MPI is being implemented in stages, module by module. First, the warehouse module is implemented, followed by the manufacturing module, and then the quality control module.
The main stages of specific MPI modules implementation are:
1. Preparation of a project. It takes 1-2 weeks. A project charter, project plan, regulations are being prepared. Business process survey and solution architecture is being developed.
2. Development of a conceptual business project. It takes 1-2 weeks. Description of “to be” in MPI terminology: organizational structure, master data, business processes, output forms, reports and improvements; preparation of scripts for functional test.
3. Setting up the prototype takes 1-2 weeks. System prototype setup and testing according to prepared scripts; preparation of basic data by the customer (reference books); preparation of an integration test script.
4. Integration test takes 1-2 weeks. Adjustment of the system based on the results of the functional test. Making integration testing. Adaptation of basic data. The process of additional development during the project takes usually no more than 10-15% of the total volume of work.
5. Preparation of the system for a productive start takes 1-2 weeks. Deployment of workplaces; adjustment of RFID, BLE, scanners and tag printers; end user training; loading of basic and variable data.
6. Productive start and its support take 3-6 weeks. Additional loading of basic and variable data; operational support of end users; closing of the first periods.
The implementation time for one module takes from 8 to 16 weeks. The total project implementation period lasts from 16 to 40 weeks. The level of training of our company’s specialists and integrating partners, their deep knowledge of production processes and business management mechanisms, as well as the availability of our own implementation methodology, allows us to guarantee fast and high-quality implementation of MPI systems of various levels of complexity.
|How much does the license and MPI implementation cost?|
The cost of the license depends on the number of employees in your company. You can purchase MPI on a monthly per employee subscription basis. We also have a 500-employee lifetime license package.
The cost of implementation is comprised of the number of specialists involved, their rates and working hours.
|What are the possible deployment options for the system?|
Deployment of the MPI software product is possible On-Premise and in the Cloud.
We always advise our clients to use the cloud version, as the cloud computing employs remote resources, which allows organizations to avoid the cost of purchasing and maintaining servers and other equipment. Our servers are located in the cities of Gunzenhausen (Germany), Tuusula (Finland), Innopolis and Moscow (Russia).
|Is there any integration with other systems?|
We understand the importance of providing the ability to integrate with customer systems, therefore, 100% of MPI functions are available through an open and well-documented API, which allows you effectively integrate with any business applications such as CRM, ERP and MES, office applications and others.