When searching for a rubber and plastic manufacturing ERP system to implement, manufacturers often fail to look for specific functionality related not only to their industry, but to their operational needs. Failure to do this will most likely lead to a doomed selection and implementation of the system, costly workarounds, and inefficiencies.
Rubber and Plastic Manufacturing ERP Selection Best Practices.
Before beginning to search for an ERP system, you must first think about which type of manufacturing your company does because choosing a system that is designed for your specific manufacturing method is vital for success. This is because ERP software designed for process manufacturers differs greatly from ERP designed for discrete or mixed-mode manufacturers.
For example, an effective discrete manufacturing ERP system is required to improve quality and keep costs low. In process manufacturing, ERP software must be tailored to provide lot traceability, pricing, process batch control and reporting, and formulas, among other key functions. Mixed-mode manufacturers require ERP software that improves forecast accuracy and manages product traceability and raw material lead times, as well as other key areas.
After thinking about and identifying your manufactuing mode, you can begin to look at the best options in terms of your requirements from an operational and business standpoint. While every manufacturing company is different, many require the same basic functions in an ERP system. Some features you should look for when searching for manufacturing-specific ERP include:
- Audit management
- Production scheduling
- Shipment Tracking
- Financial modules
- Compliance reporting
- Inventory management
- Analysis and reporting
- Shop floor data collection
- Work center scheduling
- Plant maintenance
- Electronic Data Interchange (EDI)
Unlike generic ERP systems, industry-specific ERP is developed to specifically meet the requirements of those in the target industry (in this case, rubber and plastics manufacturing). If your company chooses a generic ERP system instead, customization will need to be made to make sure the system meets your needs, which will likely cause longer implementation time and cost your company more money in the long-run.
Still confused about what to look for in an ERP system for your company? Pick up a few more best practices in the white paper below and don’t forget to try our ERP evaluation template!