Ross ERP (V 7.0.3) Is TEC Certified for Process Manufacturing ERP

  • Written By: Ted Rohm
  • Published: February 26 2014

TEC is pleased to announce that Ross ERP (V 7.0.3) by Aptean is now TEC Certified for process manufacturing enterprise resource planning (ERP).
Ross ERP is built for process manufacturers looking for a complete solution to manage formula and recipe-based manufacturing. The solution’s core components include: Financials ( AP, AR, fixed assets, GL, and project accounting); Manufacturing (maintenance management, materials requirements planning, process manufacturing, process planning; Distribution (data collection, inventory control, pricing and promotions, PO processing, sales order processing, contracts and chargebacks, customer portal; Traceability (through TraceExpress); Document Connect (valuable and simple document management, integration with SharePoint).
Ross ERP’s origins date back to 1972, when the company was founded by Ken Ross. The Ross solution was originally a core financials package that became widely popular when it was shipped with every VAX mini-computer sold by Digital Equipment Corporation (DEC). Ross ERP for process manufacturing has its roots in the purchase of a process manufacturing solution in 1992, and the product has been built out organically over the past two decades. Ross ERP likes to say that it’s been around for 40 years and plans to be around for another 40 years.
Aptean, parent company for Ross ERP, was formed with the merger of CDC Software (CDC) and Consona Corporation (Consona) during the summer of 2012. CDC had acquired Ross Systems in 2004. As a whole, Aptean has over $280M (USD) in revenues, 9,000 customers and 1,500 employees worldwide, and its solutions are deployed in over 150 countries. The CDC and Consona product lines have historically been built up to support specific lines of business and complimentary product offerings. Unlike other software companies that grow through mergers and acquisitions (and sometimes end up with products that compete against each other internally), the merger of CDC and Consono created a solution provider with little overlap in product offerings.
Ross ERP aims to address the unique needs of process manufacturers, such as complex inventory management (including the complexities around variable raw material inputs), backward and forward lot trace, recipes/process specifications, quality test results, product costing, and sales pricing/bracket pricing. A key benefit to process manufacturers using Ross is built-in track and trace integrated throughout the system, not just added on:

Figure 1: Management of key business processes in Ross ERP
The embedded track and trace integration across the manufacturing processes enables Ross ERP to provide unique product tracing capabilities that really make the solution stand out from the crowd. The TraceExpress tool (delivered as part of Ross ERP) provides a graphical display of the manufacturing process—a user can easily view product from inbound deliveries through to outbound shipments, as seen here.

Figure 2: Ross ERP TraceExpress screenshot
Along with extensive functional capabilities, Ross ERP has solid business platform support, including workflow tools, reporting, document management, and user interface features and capabilities.
As part of the certification process, TEC was given a hands-on demonstration of Ross ERP. The latest release features comprehensive allergen tracking, tank management, backflush of lot contolled products from bin location, SEPA (Single Euro Payments Area) controls, and mobile for sales order entry. Allergen management lets a user record permitted and non-permitted allergens against the recipe and process specification (e.g. milk may be permitted, but not peanut oil). The system automatically manages the use of the allergens during the manufacturing process. The tank management features allow automatic mixing of multiple lots into a tank, recalculating properties like pH and percent of solids in the newly created lot of material. Ross ERP had long supported the ability to backflush non-lot-controlled products and now supports backflushing for lot-controlled products.
I am currently writing the full Ross ERP certification report, with more on the solution’s background, highlights, features and functions, and competitive strengths and weaknesses. The report will be available in a few weeks on the TEC Certification Reports page.
Based on the comprehensive software comparison data that TEC possesses, Ross ERP ranks higher than the average competitive solution for functionality support in the process manufacturing ERP solution space. TEC data show that Ross is stronger than the average solution in the financials, process manufacturing management, inventory management, purchasing management, quality management, and sales management functional areas. You can see how Ross ERP stacks up to the competition in much greater detail using TEC’s proprietary TEC Advisor tool now.
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