Process manufacturers are faced with a complicated situation when embarking upon an ERP upgrade or selection. That’s because processors must be careful to evaluate ERP systems that can easily handle batch production, track ingredients and recipes and help the company meet mandates regulating chemicals, food and beverage, life sciences, pharmacy and other process operations.
In addition, the ERP system must easily manage complex supply chains, a key element for a processor to assure quality and market acceptance of their brand.
Over the years, we’ve teamed with process manufacturers to help with a range of services including defining ERP requirements. In the case of food processors heading into an ERP selection project, we search for ERP systems that help the company meet the FDA’s record-keeping and lot-tracking requirements to rapidly identify and track every food ingredient from receipt through processing, packaging, and shipping, to the exact customer location. Food producers are also wise to select an ERP system that tracks batch recipes and related data—descriptive information, technical properties, quantities in user-definable units, costing information, notes, and history.
ERP System Must-Haves
Ultra’s team of independent ERP consultants has helped many process manufacturers go through an ERP selection project to meet these challenges. We’ve found that process manufacturing ERP selection projects have their own unique set of requirements and challenges.
One specific feature we often advise our clients to look for is a robust “Quotation to Invoice” process. This is critical for the make-to-order process manufacturing company that builds product to customer order.
We pay special attention to electronic document management which helps streamline paper handling by allowing any electronic file— jpg, Word, Excel, pdf, etc.—to be attached to any sales order, item master, customer, vendor, purchase order, or accounting transaction file. This document management function all plays a role in compliance. In process manufacturing, a food finished good requires FDA paperwork, and a chemical finished good requires hazardous materials paperwork.
Process ERP System Demo Series
Due to the unique business scenarios facing process manufacturers, Ultra is offering process manufacturers the chance to compare top ERP vendors in convenient online demonstrations of how their systems meet the needs of process manufacturers.
Registration is open now for the series taking place November 4-8, 2013 and requires no registration fee. It includes eight two-hour presentations at two presentations per day.
The online presentations are perfect for processors heading into an ERP selection project. Participants receive an “apples to apples” comparison from top ERP vendors offering robust process manufacturing features including:
Apples to Apples
Each vendor demonstrates system features using a standard script of business processes for each industry. The presentations are hosted by our independent team of ERP experts, and showcase an integrated “end to end” business process.
We encourage process manufacturers to reserve their spot for this informative demo series. Registered participants gain access to recorded archives to share with team members at a later date.