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Software Functionality Revealed in Detail

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Process Manufacturing (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, human resources) and include, with varying degrees of acceptance and skill, many solutions that were formerly considered peripheral (product data management (PDM), warehouse management, manufacturing execution system (MES), reporting, etc.). While 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 old adage is "Such a beginning, such an end", and, consequently, many ERP systems' failures could be traced back to a bad software selection. The foundation of any ERP implementation must be a proper exercise of aligning customers' IT technology with their business strategy, and subsequent software selection. This is the perfect time to create the business case and energize the entire organization towards the vision sharing and a buy in, both being the Key Success Factors (KSFs). Yet, these steps are very often neglected despite the amount of expert literature and articles that emphasize their importance.    

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Preface

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ERP for Process Manufacturing Buyer’s Guide

Process Manufacturing and ERP solutions

ERP System Technology Trends

Trends in ERP Solutions for the Manufacturing History

Process Manufacturing Business Challenges

Food and Beverage Industry Unique Challenges

TEC Market Insight for Process Manufacturing ERP Selection Projects

Conclusion

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Process Manufacturing and ERP Solutions


Process Manufacturing Defined

Process manufacturers are commonly concerned with tracking formulas and recipes, variable units of measure or bulk products, and product ingredients. Process manufacturing often results in a product, which once produced, cannot be broken back down into its component parts.

Processing manufacturing is defined by APICS, the Educational Society for Resource Management (formerly the American Production and Inventory Control Society), as “production that adds value by mixing, separating, forming, and/or performing chemical reactions. It may be done in either batch or continuous mode,” as opposed to discrete manufacturing, which concerns itself with the tracking of parts, units, and bills of materials (BOMs). Like many definitions, this one can be adapted to meet the needs of marketers or others. But, when it comes to manufacturing, APICS is still one of the best sources for purist definitions in the manufacturing industry.

This guide also touches upon mixed-mode manufacturing, defined for the purposes of this guide as a combination of discrete and process manufacturing. (The term is sometimes used to refer to running one manufacturing mode in combination with another manufacturing mode, e.g., continuous make-to-stock [MTS] production lines along with engineer-to-order [ETO].)

Process manufacturing is performed by many different manufacturers, with the majority falling into the following broader vertical market segments: food and beverage, chemical, and pharmaceutical/biotech industries. While other vertical segments, such as nutraceuticals and cosmeceuticals also exist, this guide examines the needs of process manufacturing in general, with a closer look at the needs of the food and beverage industry.

When a process manufacturer is looking for a software solution that meets its needs, it is important to look for a vendor that has developed its solution for the process manufacturing industry from the ground up. Some vendor solutions were initially developed for the discrete manufacturing industry, and functionality specific to process manufacturing was subsequently added as an afterthought. Because the end product of process manufacturing is created in such a different way from the end product of discrete or mixed-mode manufacturing, certain aspects of the manufacturing process must be treated from a process-specific perspective in the functionalities of a process manufacturing solution, such as formulation, routing, ingredients, unit of measure, and pricing.

Process manufacturers also need to look for vendor solutions that have strong references from customers in their particular industry—it is recommended not to be the first to use a system for a particular vertical market segment. For example, if a bakery is looking to purchase a solution, it should be able to call upon the experience of other bakeries using that solution. The case studies included in this guide provide the reader with solid customer references for process manufacturing solutions.


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