5 ERP software systems to simplify your manufacturing process

2014-09-07, by Diana

Manufacturing ERP software can bring more efficiency to manufacturingManufacturing CEOs strive to employ strategies that enable their companies to reduce manufacturing costs and decrease risks. What are the most effective ways to automate these strategies? Here’s a run-down of the 5 most effective ERP manufacturing systems that help manufacturing CEOs face their daily challenges.

1. Computer Aided Design & Engineering Systems (CAD & CAE)
Computer Aided Design and Engineering software can be used by manufacturing businesses to automate the whole process of manufacturing products. This software system enables the visualization of concepts as they explore design ideas and finalize products. The application enables a manufacturing company to rotate objects in 3D format, render objects from several angles and provide guidelines on how they can apply multiple sources of light. CAD and CAE systems will help businesses ensure that manufacturing processes are performed effectively and efficiently.

2. Customer Relationship Management (CRM) Software
Properly configured CRM software can save companies a lot of time and money, as well as improve customer satisfaction. Effective CRM software drives profit by effectively managing company’s relationship with current and future customers. It can incorporate all customer-oriented processes in a company, such as sales, marketing, and technical support. Main features of effective CRM systems encompass automation, tracking, and organization of all documents containing information about communication with customers.

3. Just In Time (JIT) Manufacturing
The main objective of Just in Time manufacturing systems is to develop products for immediate use rather than for stock inventory. It is an automation strategy that ensures no time is wasted during the manufacturing process by minimizing in-process inventory. JIT requires advanced technological support, such as production scheduling software and electronic data interchange. By using proper software systems, CEOs can reap the benefits of JIT methodologies and be better prepared to deal with challenges such as material shortages.

4. Material Requirement Planning (MRP) Software
An MRP system makes the ordering of raw materials an efficient process. This process is backed by an arrangement which involves the manufacture and assembly of output. The key elements of this computerized system are calculations of manufacturing time and product quantity. Prerequisites for successful MRP system implementation include maintenance of master parts files, inventory files and the bill of material files. Manufacturing CEOs can utilize MRP systems as they push their organizations towards flexibility and efficiency.

5. Management Reporting Systems
This system is also known as management information system. The main objective of this system is to focus on efficiency and provision of data summary, analysis and reporting. Summarization of data is essential manufacturing sector and that is why application of management reporting system will push the manufacturing organizations towards achievement of their objectives.

Proper software can help save a lot of money and time as well as create better and more efficient manufacturing processes. While many companies are already seeing the benefits, creating software that is properly configured is not always easy. Oftentimes, manufacturing companies have special needs that pre-packaged software won’t satisfy, or they need a lot of customization to make these systems work properly with existing technologies. If a manufacturing company doesn’t have the internal capability to optimize these systems, outsourcing their software development may be the next best choice.

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