As part of our Food and Beverage Webinar series a few months ago, we hosted Plex in a demonstration of the Plex Food and Beverage ERP software. The session also included discussion of certain requirements specific to the food and beverage manufacturing industry and an informative Q&A session. Here is what we learned.
Plex Systems began as an internal IT project at an automotive parts manufacturer, MSI, in 1989. The company was formed as Plexus Systems LLC in 1995, providing client/server manufacturing software based on Progress Software’s database technology. The company began offering its software via the software as a service (SaaS) model when Plexus Online was launched in 2001. In 2009, the company changed its name to Plex Systems. In 2012, funds advised by Apax Partners sold Plex Systems, Inc. to Francisco Partners.
By 2013, the company served nearly 400 customers representing more than 1100 manufacturing production lines. The company also expanded into new industries and continued to build out a world-class management team with key leadership addition. During that time, the company expanded its North American operations with new facilities in Michigan and California, and now has more than 365 employees.
Plex Food and Beverage ERP Software and the Cloud
During our session, we learned the Plex food and beverage ERP software is offered only as a cloud-based solution, as it offers a unique unlimited licensing model. Their preferred approach to filling functional gaps is to internally develop a solution, instead of just bolting on or integrating with a third party solution.
Plex Food and Beverage ERP Software Functionalities
The Plex food and beverage ERP software functional offering is quite extensive and includes the normal modules of purchasing, sales, inventory, planning, finance and accounting, plant operations. It also includes traceability, human resources, maintenance and much more. The solution also touts an EDI capability that is native to the solution, rather than outsourced.
One of the exceptionally nice features of the Plex food and beverage ERP software is its integrated document control that includes versioning and check out/check in functionality. Amongst other things, this greatly supports control and management of recipes throughout the production process. The system also has well-laid out screens, making data clean and easy to read.
From a quality testing perspective, all data is entered directly into the Plex food and beverage ERP software, thereby eliminating paperwork and increasing the ability for effective and efficient traceability. There is also a mobile version of Plex that is available for handheld scanners.
To improve data entry accuracy, the Plex system has a bar code technology that is native to the system. The system also features robust scheduling, allowing for optimization of plant operations. This feature also includes capabilities for minimizing impact of sequencing allergens in the production run.
To learn more about the Plex food and beverage ERP software, visit their website today.