Herschel ERP is a powerful multi-user database which takes all your valuable manufacturing / distribution business information and puts it into one, secure, accessible place. It provides all the options you need to enter, search, enquire about and analyse your business data. It produces all the documents you need to run your enterprise, as well [...]
No. Herschel has been developed to look after your stock and production, helping you to get product out of the door on time, every time. Accounts packages are designed to help you look after your company’s finances, although they sometimes have clunky stock control bits added on. Most of our customers run both Herschel and [...]
Yes - Herschel is loaded with modern material management techniques to help you control your stock. All stock movements are recorded by the system and anyone can immediately see the current stock levels of any item. But – no matter what package you use you’ll need to make sure that your staff are disciplined enough [...]
Use our dedicated Buy module. Purchase orders can be quickly entered for both stock and non-stock items. Intuitive on-screen enquiries allow the status of an order to be seen in seconds. Herschel can print purchase orders, which can then be sent or emailed to your suppliers. Lots of reports can be printed to help track and [...]
We often have trouble working out where we are with our outstanding sales orders. Could using Herschel make this easier?
Even though it’s vitally important to know what you need to ship, many businesses don’t really have much idea which customer wants what and when. Our Sell module will allow you to see exactly what has been ordered and whether it has been shipped. Meaningful enquiries show the status of any order instantly, and you [...]
Yes! Herschel can handle an unlimited number of currencies. Purchase and sales orders can be raised in any currency. A table of exchange rates is maintained by the system so it can painlessly convert all orders back to your usual “base” currency when producing summary reports.
You can quickly set up Herschel to work with any country as its base and choose whichever base currency you want to work in. Note, however, that there’s only an English language version of Herschel available. Lo siento.
At the moment we have to search our files to find details of past sales and purchases. Can we speed this up?
As each despatch note and purchase receipt is raised, its details are passed to the History module, which allows your staff to examine past sales and purchase records instantly. For example, if a customer calls to raise an order and asks how much they paid last time, the information can be recalled with just a few [...]
To a certain extent every product is specialised. But most manufacturing consists of the following stages: There is a stock of raw materials and components that have already been bought or made. More raw materials and components are bought and put into stock. Items are taken from stock and processed in some way to make [...]
We have some products that are very small and we sell them in large quantities. Will this cause any problems?
No problem at all, the Store module can record quantities from 999,999,999 down to 0.000001, and costs from 9,999,999 down to 0.000001, so most products can be accommodated. Herschel’s windows and reports use a cunning display method called “smart-formatting”. This shows only the number of decimal places needed to accurately portray a number and avoids [...]
Each of Herschel’s datafiles can hold up to 1,000,000,000 records. Herschel uses clever techniques like “indexing” and “Rushmore” to find the data it needs, so there is little, if any, noticeable slowing down of the system as the number of records increases. The system also has various "tune-up" options to keep it running like a [...]
The advanced Assemblies module can handle products with up to fifteen layers of sub-assemblies. Each layer can contain up to 9999 components. That's a lot of components.
We have big problems calculating what components should be issued to the shop floor. Can the system help us sort this out?
Most companies spend ages working out what parts are needed and which works order requires which components. Herschel will make this area of your business so much easier you’ll wonder why on earth you ever did it the old way. When a works (manufacturing) order is raised in the Make module, Herschel looks in the [...]
Running from the cloud is great if you’ve got lots of users and they need access from lots of locations. After in-depth experimentation we decided not to make Herschel cloud based. Our customers are small to medium sized businesses with up to around 30 users, all in one location, so hosting Herschel in-house makes more [...]
Yes, as long as they're running Windows XP or later. You can run Herschel on a mix of Windows versions if you want - and most of our customers do. Herschel works great on Windows 10, so future PCs won't be a problem either.
It’s fair to say that if you don’t network Herschel then you’ll only scratch the surface of the amazing things it could do for your business. If you have a network then your staff can use the system on a PC where they actually work. For example, your stores staff could enter details of receipts and [...]
Herschel produces several summary reports that are suitable for direct, keyless import into your accounts package: Details of all purchased goods received. Details of all despatches made to customers. Remember that all purchasing, sales and manufacturing information is held in Herschel - so operating your accounts package is greatly simplified.
Of course not. We're engineers, not accountants! Herschel has no strictly defined month end procedures. And you can fiddle the dates of despatches and receipts if you need to. You can also quickly make a copy of your Herschel data at the end of month, allowing your production staff to continue working normally, and letting [...]
We already have some software that contains details of our partnumbers and customers etc. Is it possible to feed this information straight into Herschel?
If you can get the data into a spreadsheet, with a little tinkering you’ll be able to import it straight into the various Herschel modules.
The data held in Herschel is in a flexible format that most spreadsheets and databases can open directly, which means you can have immediate access to your manufacturing information without messing about with any data conversion programmes. There's also an OLE DB driver available.