Contract manufacturing companies need software flexible enough to manufacturer goods from pharmaceuticals to automotive parts, while also being efficient enough to produce low cost, high quality goods in a lean and highly automated environment. Contract manufacturers need to manage multiple customer requirements simultaneously while meeting delivery deadlines, product design requirements, and quality specifications.
Strong contract manufacturing software will offer robust demand planning and production control, detailed costing information, integrated financial management, as well as strong inventory control for raw materials and finish good inventories. What further intensifies contract manufacturing software requirements is the need to manage a variety of customer production requirements that could include a mixture of discrete, process, and mix-mode manufacturing processes. While there are ERP software packages available for this diverse set of requirements, not all ERP solutions can meet the needs of a contract manufacturer.
Contract Manufacturing Software Requirements
- Formulations and recipes
- Scalable batches
- Multi-level bill of materials
- Revision level tracking
- Engineering change order tracking
- Engineer-to-order production scheduling
- Online product configuration
- Strong inventory management
- Certificate of analysis (COA) generation
- Bi-directional lot tracking
- Expiration date tracking
- Recall management
- Lot control and serial number tracking
- EDI transmissions
- Bar-coding and RFID
Panorama’s ERP consultants are aware of the potential pitfalls of ERP selection projects and can help hedge against project cost overruns, software that is misaligned with business needs, and lack of return on investment. The ERP team has industry specific expertise that helps facilitate a successful ERP selection project and measurable business improvements.