ERP for manufacturing: end-to-end solution overview
September 19, 2023
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When you need ERP for manufacturing
With a tailored enterprise resource planning solution, Itransition helps you address multiple concerns, including:
- Time-consuming management and control of core business processes (inventory, production schedules, procurement) via disjoint software apps.
- Multiple inefficiencies and issues, rooting from the lack of visibility into manufacturing operations and business performance.
- Ineffective business decisions and departments operating in silos as a result of data inconsistency and communication bottlenecks.
- Unproductiveness of your current software applications due to the lack of functionality to support existing business processes, absence of vendor support, knowledge gap, or poor user experience.
- Inability to spot and act on new revenue opportunities due to manual workflows and lack of time.
- Failure to meet regulatory requirements due to slow and error-prone manual data entry and aggregation.
Generic ERP vs manufacturing ERP
When choosing the best ERP fit for your company, you should decide whether to go for a generic business management ERP platform (sometimes referred to as a tier-one ERP system) or choose an ERP for manufacturing (tier-two ERP software). The main differences between the two are as follows:
Addresses specific needs of process and discrete manufacturing companies.
Requires help from a software vendor or a partner
Pricey and limited
All modules that are typical of generic solution plus the ones covering the needs of manufacturing business:
- Production planning and management
- Quality management
- Recipe and formula management
- Inventory and supply chain management
- Procurement management
- Order management
Manufacturing companies with particular business needs that otherwise would require a lot of customization with generic ERP systems
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Manufacturing ERP solutions for your sector
The manufacturing industry encompasses a wide range of categories. Recognizing the need for tailored manufacturing ERP systems, Itransition architectures and delivers custom ERP modules and solutions tailored to the specifics of your business.
Manufacturing ERP: an adoption guide
Integrations extend the ERP functionality, increase collaboration between different teams, eliminate duplicate data entry, and build cross-functional efficiency. We set up custom integration solutions or use ready-to-use connectors to integrate the ERP software with your current technology environment, including:
Manufacturing execution system
Integrating manufacturing floor data with other information, such as customer demand or actual inventory levels, helps manufacturers be more responsive to customer demand, make instant production adjustments, and facilitate just-in-time deliveries.
Enterprise asset management
Tracking and measuring asset performance helps plan procurement and replacement activities, accurately allocate physical assets to production activities, and devise effective asset management strategies for overall equipment.
Computerized maintenance management system
Streamlining equipment maintenance activities, generating accurate equipment maintenance schedules, and calculating overall equipment effectiveness could maximize equipment lifespan and manufacturing productivity.
Finance & accounting software
Consolidating accurate financial and operational data helps better manage daily finances, make data-driven decisions, track job costs, and increase the accuracy of financial forecasts.
Customer relationship management software
CRM integration adds visibility to material, production, and shipping costs and allows quick and accurate estimations. It automatically converts customer requests into work orders, tracks them, and communicates their statuses.
BI & analytics
Business intelligence modules facilitate reporting and analytics capabilities company-wide, querying multidimensional data across the department for real-time decisions, alerts, and notifications.
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Best manufacturing ERP platforms
Here, we shortlist in alphabetical order the best ERP software platforms for small businesses, mid-sized manufacturers and enterprises seeking industry-specific functionality.
- Manufacturing process, repair orders, and bill of materials management
- Production planning
- Inventory and supply chain management
- Quality control
- Mobile application
- Intuitive native module integration
- Third-party integrations and customization only via code modification
- Per user + per adapted module or extension
Manufacturing ERP implementation roadmap
Discovery of business processes
ERP solution scoping
Integration scope definition
Tech stack selection
Project timeframes and key steps outline
Project deliverables definition
Change management assessment and planning
ERP software configuration
ERP software customization
Custom ERP development
ERP software deployment to production
Platform infrastructure and users support
Performance issues management
Data flows fine-tuning
Technology upgrades on request
Benefits of using ERP systems for manufacturing
Increased visibility into business processes
Accurate and timely data on core business processes accumulated in a central database allows all authorized parties to access and collaborate efficiently.
Eliminated communication bottlenecks
Open communication channels, data transparency, and role-based homepages break down communication barriers. It helps to eliminate redundant work, address inefficiencies, and foster cross-functional collaboration.
Streamlined data analysis
Structured company-wide data reporting and analytics capabilities enable effective data-driven decision-making.
A comprehensive overview of all business processes helps detect loopholes, predict and proactively address risks and ensure full compliance with regulatory requirements.
Maximized resource & equipment utilization
Managing your product cycle with automated production scheduling and IoT-enabled real-time visibility into available resources and inventory reduces equipment idle time.
Monitoring current and upcoming production orders, automated inventory tracking and simplified purchase orders help ensure timely fulfillment of customer orders and reduce production cycles.
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