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Process Manufacturing ERP in a Nutshell
A couple of weeks ago, we started a series of blog posts product lifecycle management (PLM) about how TEC defines different types of enterprise resource

erp contract manufacturing  supervised. Inventory Management Most ERP types rely very much on inventory management, but this is even more important for process manufacturing. Ingredients used in this industry have many different units of measure, which require conversion algorithms. Tracking inventory using two or more units of measure is often required, depending on the needs of different departments. Some ingredients expire very fast (and therefore need to be used first), while others can cause serious accidents if not used

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Engineer-to-Order (ETO ERP)

The simplified definition of enterprise resource planning (ERP) software is a set of applications that automate finance and human resources departments and help manufacturers handle jobs such as order processing and production scheduling. ERP began as a term used to describe a sophisticated and integrated software system used for manufacturing. In its simplest sense, ERP systems create interactive environments designed to help companies manage and analyze the business processes associated with manufacturing goods, such as inventory control, order taking, accounting, and much more. Although this basic definition still holds true for ERP systems, today its definition is expanding. Today’s leading ERP systems group all traditional company management functions (finance, sales, manufacturing, and human resources). Many systems include, with varying degrees of acceptance and skill, solutions that were formerly considered peripheral such as product data management (PDM), warehouse management, manufacturing execution system (MES), and reporting. During the last few years the functional perimeter of ERP systems began an expansion into its adjacent markets, such as supply chain management (SCM), customer relationship management (CRM), business intelligence/data warehousing, and e-business, the focus of this knowledge base is mainly on the traditional ERP realms of finance, materials planning, and human resources. The foundation of any ERP implementation must be a proper exercise of aligning customers' IT technology with their business strategies, and subsequent software selection. 

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erp contract manufacturing  Rootstock supports the niche ERP area for companies that design a product but outsource all product manufacturing. On the flip side, there are also specific capabilities in Rootstock for contract manufacturers who are providing services to these design companies. For example, the Rootstock demo for TEC demonstrated the solution for a contract manufacturer for personal computers, such as a company that might be building computers for Dell or HP. Overall, these companies require the project manufacturing Read More

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PeopleSoft Gathers Manufacturing and SCM Wherewithal Part Three: The Manufacturing Industry


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