Why use an enterprise resource planning solution (ERP) designed for another manufacturer whose operations are nothing like yours? Common sense, right? However, this is the approach taken by less robust ERP software systems that lack the flexibility to integrate customizable features. Sure, most of the standard features are usually there—purchasing, time clock, scheduling, inventory, shipping, and so forth. But what happens when your needs as a manufacturer are more than just the “standard” manufacturing functions?
This is where the advanced ERP software systems come in to offer the ability to be customizable for the individual customer. With all of the benefits ERP has to offer the manufacturer today, it would seem as if we’ve made great strides toward total manufacturing efficiency. Benefits such as the synchronicity of all shop operations, orderliness, efficient direct labor costs, less in-direct labor costs, and so on, means that the job shop today can operate at fuller capacities and with enhanced bottom lines. (more…)