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Software for Process Manufacturers

At the core of your process manufacturing operation is a formula or recipe. Formulas and recipes are what make your product different from other manufacturers. A traditional assembly or BOM manufacturing solution doesn’t fit your business. Keeping your formula or recipe secure, consistent, and accessible helps ensure ongoing quality products. Critical aspects such as your formula, routing, ingredients, unit of measure, and pricing are usually what the process manufacturing solution is tailored around.

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Process Manufacturing Software

Process manufacturing is common in the food, beverage, chemical, cosmetics, paint, oil & gas, pharmaceuticals, consumer packaged goods, and biotechnology industries. A process manufacturing solution combines your machines, tools, and resources to maximize efficiencies in your manufacturing process. A process manufacturing solution can save you time, enhance production capacity, and give you greater command over inventory and forecasting.

A process manufacturing solution can be part of an enterprise resource planning (ERP) system, or it can potentially be added to your existing financial system (3rd party). And some general manufacturing solutions can be configured to the needs of a process or batch manufacturer.

Gaining Better Control of Your Production Process

The most critical aspect of a process manufacturing solution revolves around inventory control. Typically managing different units of measure. Traditionally when you put your product together you most likely can’t take it apart which distinguishes how raw materials and inventory are tracked and planned for. Your raw materials are typically measured by weight and/or volume. And the quantity and quality of those raw materials can sometimes be unpredictable which can cause variances in loss and production. A process manufacturing system can help optimize production by better identifying a critical path. Most manufacturing processes have delays in between stages. The system can help match needed ingredients or materials to the times they are required. This can help save you time and money with timelier inventory purchases. It can also help reduce waste for necessary or expiring ingredients with a limited shelf life with expiration tracking. The system can help track ingredients from supplier to end-of-life. And lot management can help with traceability and compliance allowing you to track lot information along key stages from order receipt to end user.

A process manufacturing focused system should allow for units of conversion in measurement. That will allow you to better track inventory levels for order processing, receiving, and batch production. The system should allow you to track for yield variances for actual versus expected yield for each batch. This will allow you to set standards or user thresholds to help with quality control so that you know if variances are so large that you can intervene or alert regulatory agencies.

Your inventory and batches can really be traced back to 4 areas of focus where a solution geared towards process manufacturing can really shine (ingredients, delivery, capacity, & packaging).

  • Ingredient- This ties in with raw materials or ingredient inventory. Matches your batch size to the available quantities of your ingredients or raw materials on hand. This can help you reduce inventory costs by eliminating unnecessary inventory or better timing with orders from suppliers.
  • Delivery- This ties in with your supply network. Match your batch size to the amount on order plus the quantity of inventory you keep on hand. This can help reduce your cycle time and profitably deliver what your customer wants when they want it.
  • Capacity- Match batch size to the capacity that you can produce. This can help with administrative costs, production output, and can potentially reduce overhead. Get the full picture on how capacity affects your total production costs. This information can give you great insight to the exact value/benefit added capacity bring you. Can you take on more orders?
  • Packaging- Match your batch size to the finished product that can be packaged with materials on hand. This can also help you reduce inventory costs.

Formulation & Recipe Management

The system should include some functionality regarding recipe management, including ingredient substitution. Recipe management can help eliminate errors commonly found in manually generated recipes. Recipe management can even allow you to formulate products to individual customer specifications and produce customized batches. It can allow you to break down recipes into sub mixes or interim stages into a graphical view. You can also track the execution of batches and calculate finished product costs based on the defined ingredients. The system can even help traceability allowing you stay in compliance as ingredients and suppliers change. And you should be able to produce several reports giving you stats and insight on individual ingredient use, formula consistency, batch history, stock control, and production yield.

You may want to keep your ingredients encoded to keep recipes secret. Some formulas can be quite complex. And there are often multiple levels in one bill of materials based on the materials that go into the final product. Added security can help with accessibility, consistency, and ensuring quality.

Gain a Competitive Advantage

While many manufacturers can rely on an assembly and interchangeable and consistent parts, process manufacturing companies typically gain a competitive advantage with an ERP solution through their formula or recipe. For all manufacturing companies the pressures of the global economy require a constant commitment to establishing competitive advantages. Process manufacturing software provides a streamlined approach to production and inventory that can provide you significant advantages over the competition. The ability to gain better control of production increases profitability, reduces costs and lead times, minimizes risk, utilizes technology to bring your products to the market faster, and leverages information resources to allow you to make more informed decisions.

Popular Process Manufacturing Software Products

Looking for software for your process manufacturing business? Over the years, we’ve helped match thousands of businesses just like yours with great software. Below you can check out a list of the options most commonly considered by others in your industry. Browse for fits or let us help you find the best choices for your needs.

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Thanks! Having a service like this to help navigate the ocean of accounting software and help identify potential good-fits without having to delve through numerous bad-fits is of tremendous value! — Mark Carpenter
  • ProcessPro by ProcessPro Software

    ProcessPro offers a robust ERP system with full manufacturing, inventory and financial integration - a complete system from beginning sales order entry through the manufacturing and accounting process. The software solves the critical needs of batch...

  • BatchMaster by BatchMaster Software

    BatchMaster Software is 100% focused on developing and delivering process manufacturing software solutions to the food, chemical, nutraceutical and pharmaceutical industries. BatchMaster Manufacturing is a formula based, process manufacturing...

  • IIG Process Manufacturing Maestro by Information Integration Group

    IIG's Process Manufacturing enhancement, built into the user interface of either Sage 100 (formerly MAS90 / MAS200), is a recipe management software system designed specifically to address the unique requirements needed by batch processing...

  • ORION Enterprise by 3I Infotech

    Going beyond an Affordable, Full-featured ERP Solution for Process Manufacturing. The ORION Enterprise for Process Manufacturing is a comprehensive, affordable, full-featured ERP solution for the industries such as food & beverage, chemical,...

  • Mar‑Kov Chemical Management System by Mar-Kov Computer Systems

    Mar-Kov software focuses on Process, Batch, and Recipe / Formulation based manufacturers. We believe in best-of-breed solutions, and deliver specialized implementations for each of the following industries: Chemicals Pharmaceuticals...

  • Chempax by Datacor

    Chempax Page Complete ERP Software Solution for the Chemical Industry Your software should work harder than you do. Enterprise Resource Planning increases your productivity and incorporates all aspects of your business into one...

  • BatchMaster ERP with SAP Business One by BatchMaster Software

    To grow your manufacturing business, you need to focus on your core competencies and key business objectives. This requires having detailed enterprise-wide information at your fingertips. Having your sales, accounting, manufacturing and distribution...

  • ORION PFM by 3I Infotech

    ORION PFM ERP for Formula based Manufacturing The Power of Industry Specific Computing... ORION PFM (Product Formulation Manufacturing) software is designed for and built from the bottom up to support midrange companies that use product...

  • Ross ERP for Process Manufacturing by Aptean

    Ross ERP is designed to support manufacturers that work with recipes and formulas in order to help them successfully manage the variability and complexities of their products and processes, as well as accurately account for all raw material and...

  • Compex Software ERP by Compex Integrated Systems

    Are you a process finishing shop, manufacturer/fabricator or job shop? IBMS was written for you! IBMS provides the tools you need to run your business. IBMS is a fully integrated package which allows all team members to participate and still...

  • O2 Process Manufacturing by Escape Velocity Systems

    O2 Process Manufacturing ERP software was designed by process manufacturing experts for process manufacturers. From customer specifications and formula engineering/costing to production, quality control, regulatory reporting and security, what we...

  • Focus MRP by Focus Softnet, LLC

    Focus MRP has finite and infinite planning capabilities to assist complex manufacturing processes achieve efficiency with greater degree of compliance and customer satisfaction. Be it a single or multiple location plant, this integrated scalable...

  • Process Manufacturing System by Harvest Software Systems

    Harvest offers a Process Manufacturing System including: Inventory Control Formula Packaging Component Blend Order - Batch Processing Package Order - Production Run Sales Order Purchase Order Reports and utilities...

  • Infor Adage by Infor

    You want to plan well and manufacture well. But your customers want new products faster every day, which leaves less and less time for planning. You need tools that help you: Respond to your customers' needs. Reduce waste. Price...

  • Intellego by E-Markets

    Intellego is the industry-leading, full-featured, commodity-enabled, ERP toolset for process manufacturing. As the leader, Intellego reflects the vision of a great innovative process. The Intellego product was developed and continues to evolve by...

  • iRely Process Manufacturing by iRely

    iRely Process Manufacturing is designed to offer food process manufacturers a simple, effective way to streamline and optimize their manufacturing operations. In today's competitive market, success depends on the flexibility, efficiency, quality...

  • Preactor 400 APS by Preactor International

    Preactor 400 APS has additional algorithms to deal with even the most complex of applications and allows scheduling to take into account both process resources such as machines, labour and tools as well as materials. It has a number of optimization...

  • INNATRACK by The Barke Group

    About Innatrack Key Features: Tailored to the needs of Process Manufacturers, Distributors and Private Labelers. Innatrack typically provides a 95% or better fit. On-line, multi-dimensional, drill-down access to sales and...

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