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NetSuite logo
 
NetSuite began serving the manufacturing industry back in 2007 targeting light manufacturing. Since then, they’ve grown their SaaS product to handle the needs of more complex segments such as aerospace.
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NetSuite began serving the manufacturing industry back in 2007 targeting light manufacturing. Since then, they’ve grown their SaaS product to handle the needs of more complex segments such as aerospace.
 
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Known as the top-selling QuickBooks add-on, Fishbowl Inventory offers strong functionality for small to mid-sized manufacturers. The system is well-suited to handle the engineer-to-order methods of aerospace manufacturing.
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Known as the top-selling QuickBooks add-on, Fishbowl Inventory offers strong functionality for small to mid-sized manufacturers. The system is well-suited to handle the engineer-to-order methods of aerospace manufacturing.
 
Infor VISUAL ERP logo
 
Infor VISUAL ERP was designed with small-to-mid-size manufacturers in mind. Aerospace manufacturers will find that it integrates core manufacturing operations and that it supports the entire operational lifecycle.
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Infor VISUAL ERP was designed with small-to-mid-size manufacturers in mind. Aerospace manufacturers will find that it integrates core manufacturing operations and that it supports the entire operational lifecycle.
 
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One-System ERP is a full-featured software solution for aerospace manufacturers of nearly any size. One-System offers inventory management, job costing, scheduling, quality management, and project management functionality.
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One-System ERP is a full-featured software solution for aerospace manufacturers of nearly any size. One-System offers inventory management, job costing, scheduling, quality management, and project management functionality.
 
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ECi M1 can support many small to medium-sized complex manufacturing firms, including aerospace firms. The system must be installed on-premise and is designed exclusively for the Windows platform.
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ECi M1 can support many small to medium-sized complex manufacturing firms, including aerospace firms. The system must be installed on-premise and is designed exclusively for the Windows platform.

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IQMS’ flagship product, EnterpriseIQ ERP, is developed specifically for SMB and large discrete, and batch process manufacturers in the aerospace, medical device, automotive, food and beverage, consumer products, plastics, packaging... Read More
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IQMS’ flagship product, EnterpriseIQ ERP, is developed specifically for SMB and large discrete, and batch process manufacturers in the aerospace, medical device, automotive, food and beverage, consumer products, plastics, packaging... Read More
 
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E2 Shop System has its heritage in the job shop manufacturing industry and can support many manufacturing industries. The software is a fit for small to mid-market aerospace manufacturers that are looking for an integrated suite.
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E2 Shop System has its heritage in the job shop manufacturing industry and can support many manufacturing industries. The software is a fit for small to mid-market aerospace manufacturers that are looking for an integrated suite.
 
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Trusted for more than 30 years, SYSPRO is an on-premise, Web-based solution for small to mid-sized manufacturers based in Canada and the U.S. Bering a sophisticated ERP system, this is a great aerospace manufacturing selection.
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Trusted for more than 30 years, SYSPRO is an on-premise, Web-based solution for small to mid-sized manufacturers based in Canada and the U.S. Bering a sophisticated ERP system, this is a great aerospace manufacturing selection.
 
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With over 30 years of experience in the ERP and Manufacturing markets, ProfitKey International has developed Rapid Response Manufacturing (RRM) to provide a fully integrated ERP and MES solution for small to mid-size manufacturers.... Read More
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With over 30 years of experience in the ERP and Manufacturing markets, ProfitKey International has developed Rapid Response Manufacturing (RRM) to provide a fully integrated ERP and MES solution for small to mid-size manufacturers.... Read More
 
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Epicor is a solution that we recommend to discrete manufacturers looking to improve their execution and planning. A good option for a number of industries, from aerospace and defense to plastics and pharmaceuticals.
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Epicor is a solution that we recommend to discrete manufacturers looking to improve their execution and planning. A good option for a number of industries, from aerospace and defense to plastics and pharmaceuticals.

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Infor SyteLine ERP logo
 
Infor SyteLine ERP is designed specifically to help manufacturers improve process flow. Core capabilities include mixed-mode manufacturing, advanced planning and scheduling and complex product configuration.
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Infor SyteLine ERP is designed specifically to help manufacturers improve process flow. Core capabilities include mixed-mode manufacturing, advanced planning and scheduling and complex product configuration.
 
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Kenandy is a comprehensive cloud-based ERP solution created for companies that design, manufacture, or distribute products. It helps businesses manage core processes including order-to-cash, planning and production, procurement, TPM,... Read More
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Kenandy is a comprehensive cloud-based ERP solution created for companies that design, manufacture, or distribute products. It helps businesses manage core processes including order-to-cash, planning and production, procurement, TPM,... Read More
 
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Priority is an enterprise resource planning (ERP) solution that is suitable for midsize to large businesses in many industry segments, including manufacturing, apparel, electronics, food and beverage, industrial machinery and more. Priority’s... Read More
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Priority is an enterprise resource planning (ERP) solution that is suitable for midsize to large businesses in many industry segments, including manufacturing, apparel, electronics, food and beverage, industrial machinery and more. Priority’s... Read More
 
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Rootstock Software is a cloud-based ERP solution designed for manufacturers and distributors of all sizes and across industry verticals. The software controls different aspects of the business - from sales and purchase order management,... Read More
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Rootstock Software is a cloud-based ERP solution designed for manufacturers and distributors of all sizes and across industry verticals. The software controls different aspects of the business - from sales and purchase order management,... Read More
 
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Exact MAX is an on-premise ERP system that is best-suited for small to mid-sized companies. Applications for MRP software, financial accounting, asset management and manufacturing execution are offered in an integrated suite.
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Exact MAX is an on-premise ERP system that is best-suited for small to mid-sized companies. Applications for MRP software, financial accounting, asset management and manufacturing execution are offered in an integrated suite.

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SAP Business One is an integrated enterprise resource planning (ERP) software suite which primarily serves small to medium-sized businesses with up to one hundred employees and less than $75 million in annual revenue. SAP Business... Read More
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SAP Business One is an integrated enterprise resource planning (ERP) software suite which primarily serves small to medium-sized businesses with up to one hundred employees and less than $75 million in annual revenue. SAP Business... Read More
 
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Exact Macola's offering for aerospace manufacturers includes functionality to manage supply chains, monitor plant production and track current and potential customers. The software also has many features for regulatory compliance.
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Exact Macola's offering for aerospace manufacturers includes functionality to manage supply chains, monitor plant production and track current and potential customers. The software also has many features for regulatory compliance.
 
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MIE Track Pro is a robust manufacturing software for aerospace businesses that includes functionalities like cost estimating, sales order processing, router design, work order processing, purchasing and machine scheduling.
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MIE Track Pro is a robust manufacturing software for aerospace businesses that includes functionalities like cost estimating, sales order processing, router design, work order processing, purchasing and machine scheduling.
 
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Cetec MRP is a web-based system for aerospace manufacturers. Key features include job costing, inventory, planning and scheduling, fulfillment, and manufacturing execution.
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Cetec MRP is a web-based system for aerospace manufacturers. Key features include job costing, inventory, planning and scheduling, fulfillment, and manufacturing execution.
 
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Oracle SCM Cloud offers a full suite of applications for companies to manage their supply chain, distribution, manufacturing, inventory management, and fleet.  Using product development, users can create a detailed bill of material... Read More
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Buyer's Guide

by Daniel Harris,
Market Research Associate
Last Updated: April 21, 2017


Four types of customers comprise the market for aerospace manufacturers: defense, civilian aviation, government space technology and civilian space technology. Often used as the primary example of precision engineering, the industry is now under financial pressure. For a firm to assure continued success, it must focus on three things: shortening the time to move a product from development to production, increasing the efficiency of the supply chain and increasing efficiency of the production process.

A main area for concern is import/export restrictions. For example, some products from aerospace manufactures must conform with International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR). And items on the United States Munitions List (USML) require a Department of State export license—while products for the Department of Defense (DoD) must meet military specifications. Products destined for space must also be specially qualified. Aerospace manufacturers must comply with the EPA’s National Emission Standard for Hazardous Air Pollutants (NESHAP) for Aerospace Manufacturing and Rework Facilities.

There are many critical components in an aerospace manufacturer’s software suite, such as: inventory, manufacturing planning and scheduling, order entry and fulfillment. Customer relationship management (CRM) is also key, specifically for those dealing with producing and shipping items that are restricted. Payroll and personnel modules have requirements to track which employees work on what products and help maintain current information on employees’ security clearances. Accounts payable and general ledger are standard. Many aerospace manufacturers, and in particular those that are units of larger firms, use enterprise resource planning (ERP) systems. In this industry, cloud-based, software-as-a-service software systems are uncommon because of security concerns, but are increasingly common in smaller firms that do not manufacture restricted products.

Common Features of Aerospace Manufacturing Software

In evaluating software, aerospace manufacturers should consider the following functions to meet their unique requirements:

Supply chain management Aerospace manufacturers need transparency into suppliers’ systems. Order status, supplier inventory, current pricing, order entry and payment can all be integrated between supplier and manufacturer.
Integrated design and production Design systems should identify off-the-shelf parts and generate bills of materials once the design is complete. Advanced systems will introduce costing models into the design process so that revisions will automatically update projected cost of production.
ITAR compliance and USML The system should produce all reports required for ITAR compliance. Advanced systems will automatically notify if a customer attempts to order a restricted item. System should identify which products are subject to State Department registration fees.
Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) compliance The system should support the process for applying for FAA certification. It should also produce compliance reports for production runs as necessary.
Federal Communications Commission (FCC) registration Any electronic device sold in the United States that emits radio frequency interference (RFI) must be registered with the FCC. The system should produce the information required to complete the registration process and provide updates if the design changes.
Scrap management There are two parts to scrap tracking. First is minimizing the amount of scrap by laying out job to make the most efficient use of material. The second is tracking recyclable scrap through to resale to the scrap yard.
Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) compliance Aerospace manufacturers are specifically addressed by NESHAP. The system should prepare all EPA compliance reports.
Security If the manufacturer produces restricted items, information about the products, processing and materials should be restricted to authorized personnel. Information should be encrypted.
Personnel management The system should track which employees are eligible to work on which projects. It should also track current status for each employee, including security clearance and, if applicable, H1-B visa status.
Subcomponent management Teams or subcontractors making subcomponents may not know the nature of the final product. The system should enable authorized workers to access required information but nothing about other subcomponents or the final product. It must also support high-level managers in tracking overall progress on each project.
Materials tracking Department of Defense specifications require that all components for each product be documented throughout the entire lifecycle. The system should identify every item from inventory through assembly to final delivery.
Recall management The system should support product recalls by identifying which runs are affected and which customers received them.
Engineering change management The system should track engineering changes and their impact on manufacturing time and cost-per-unit. It should also be easy to enter the changes into the system so that the changes can flow to other products and the overall production schedule.

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