ERP systems applications are mainly targeted at the manufacturing companies. Previously Material Resource Planning application was used to track the manufacturing product status and schedule manpower accordingly. Many new features were integrated into this application to form the Enterprise Resource Planning. The ERP has to be customized to fit the requirements of the company. The best type of ERP Manufacturing Software should be selected with care. It should focus on the main functional areas of the manufacturing industry. After the evaluation of the business has been done, the software can be chosen accordingly. Each application has to be integrated with other application and has to be customized to provide a solution for the customer needs. The features of the manufacturing software should offer simple methods to generate RFP. The software should allow determining a checklist to obtain the capabilities of the vendors. The modules in manufacturing are Human Resource Management, CRM, Finance, Sales, Product Data Management, Supply Chain Management, Master Data, Service Management, etc. A number of ERP Manufacturing Software is available and some of the providers are Sage, Tally, SAP Manufacturing, Oracle JD Edwards, etc.
The best type of ERP manufacturing software has many features like being scalable and is able to adapt to the trends of the market. It should be able to offer an increase in the profits, sales and market share. The software should be able to decrease the manufacturing costs, reduce the wastage, reduce total work time and increase the production cycles. It should offer easier maintenance of the data at the different units which are located at different locations all over the world. The best type of ERP Manufacturing Software should allow for better market visibility and be able to predict the market demand to get an edge over its competitors. The application should aid in improving the quality of the products and provide for engineering of products according to the requirements of the customer. It should be have feature for keeping the maintenance cost low and make the communication with the partners easy. The automated system should ease the process of customer support.
Planning of resources is the core of process manufacturing software and it aids in planning of manufacturing activities which are based on machinery, material and labor. MRP software is normally integrated with MES systems and CRM software. The accounting software is also integrated now to aid in monitoring the general ledgers.
The best type of ERP manufacturing software should provide the company with an integrated inventory control, resource planning, material acquisition, serial number control and shop floor control. The software should efficiently process through a fully integrated MRP, it should eliminate the double entries, perform easy transition from a planned to released work and purchase orders, keep a history of the product and maintain the production scheduling. Along with all this the best type of ERP manufacturing software should ensure quality which is an important element of a manufacturing system. It should be able to perform quality tracking and take corrective action tracking to ensure that one problem does not lead to another.