Electron, production of electric switchboards (electrical
Electron is a software suite for the automation of production and storage
processes of companies specialising in the production of electric
switchboards (electrical installations). ERP.Electron is meant for the
planning, cost estimate preparation, manufacturing and further analysis
of the production of electric switchboards under and above 1 kV,
installation of electric machines and auxiliary equipment as well as
installation of power lines and power distribution networks.
One of the most sensitive issues for a great number of firms which
produce electric switchboards and other electrical installations is the
time they are forced to spend on the preparation of cost estimates for
customers and the management of bulky follow-up documentation. The
Electron software suite allows personnel’s work to be organised with the
highest achievable efficiency by minimising labour resources spent on
routine operations through all the stages from the placement of an order
to the ending date of the operating period of the electrical
COST ESTIMATE PREPARATION STAGE
A new project is created, using the database of the customers and their
projects. At the stage of the cost estimate preparation, all the
components and their technical specifications are obtained from the
database of components and materials and entered. The database can
comprise the components provided by a number of suppliers and the main
data concerning these (price, XYZ [dimensions], number of modules to
house the components, assembly time, component group, poles, etc.).
On-screen filters by component type, manufacturer, supplier and technical
attributes allow the selection of components to be downsized to just a
few, which decreases the time it takes to enter the components quite
The cost of configurations and supplementary materials is performed
automatically depending on the standard values which have been entered.
Standard or previously created similar cost estimates can be used for the
creation of a new cost estimate. A functionality also exists for
importing data from CAD software for the cost estimate to be calculated
automatically on the basis of the design data. In addition, there is a
separate option for automatically replacing components produced by one
main manufacturer with components produced by another on the basis of the
component replacements table.
ORDER EXECUTION STAGE
Materials and components requirement planning allows the necessity for
their purchase to be calculated as the request order is about to be
released, taking stock reserve and shop orders into consideration. In
addition, information about independent demand, for example, demand
forecast for components, can be taken into account.
The planning of labour expenditure for the manufacturing of the products
is performed at the same time as the planning of materials and
components, resulting in a production schedule. One of the outputs of the
software suit is the generation of requests for shop orders and supply
orders by the system. A shop order can be supplemented with operating
instructions (technical specifications for the operations) for the
execution of the order, and components can be added or removed.
When the data are being entered, the software suit allows the user to see
the full designed prime cost, cost for the client and estimated revenue
after each component and its quantity is added. Such additional
parameters as the full assembly time, total number of modules, time
allocated for testing and other important design data are accessible for
the user at any time, which maximises the transparency of the cost
In addition to standard options, the Electron software suite can prepare
the following types of documents: Sales contract [Estonian Müügileping],
Sales order [Mügitellimus], Purchase order [Ostutellimus], Order
components list [Komplekteerimis leht], Data sheet [Spetsifikatsioon],
Work hours [Töötunnid], Checklist [Kontrollileht], Structure and
performance control [Konstruktsiooni ja talitiusomaduste kontroll], Final
inspection report [Lõpkontrolli protokoll], Technical data sheet
[Tehniline Pass], Technical inspection report [Tehnilise kontrolli],
Testing hours [Testitunnid], Technical specification [Tehnilised andmed],
Measurement report: Voltage [Mõõtmise protokoll pinge], Measurement
report: Protection from fault current [Mõõtmise protokoll RVK],
Declaration of conformity [Vastavusdeklaratsioon] and more.
The Electron software suite implements a role-base access system, in
which the roles of the designer, control group, administrator, warehouse
employee and other roles allow the functions of access to data and
functionalities to be allocated in order to generate an optimal feature
set for each user.
For each manufactured product eligible for maintenance, the software
allows not only specifications to be entered but also a list of spare
parts and components installed after its commissioning. The list of
repairs as well as follow-up maintenance of the completed product during
its entire life cycle is also recorded in Electron.
To cater for special requirements for the inventory of materials and
components of electrical installations, tailored warehouse management
is used. It is
integrated in the Electron software suit and is fully compatible with it
at all work stages.
The Electron software suite allows the production process to be monitored
and controlled in detail concerning the following:
– components and consumable materials for production; analysis of the
budgeted and actually spent finances;
– labour costs, including the system of piece-work payment for labour and
time-based payment system with the analysis of the scheduled/budgeted and
actually spent working time and finances;
– analysis of production output (including defects, product recalls,
– fixed corporate expenses (rent, leasing, etc.) with the analysis of the
budgeted and actually spent finances;
– invoices issued and the payment of invoices.
The data obtained allow the following:
– analysis of the production cycle across any period, by stages or by
orders with the results displayed as on any date and the analysis of the
cost and prime cost;
– analysis of several lines of operation;
– analysis of subcontracting and general contracting, including the
analysis of the budgeted and actually spent finances in accumulation or a
cross a certain period; analysis of the timeframes of the execution of
• Functionalities for the ongoing evaluation of the economic health of
the company, economic benefit of the specific current project, order or
the company’s line of operation.
• Archiving all documentation without any limitation of storage time.
• Fast and efficient information search in the archive by a variety of
attributes (number of the project, order, job order, configuration,
client name, account number, etc.).
software can be used for gathering data on the hours worked.