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NetSuite Manufacturing Edition offers an integrated inventory, warehouse management, accounting and financial management, order management, customer relationship management (CRM), and e-commerce platform. Offered as a cloud-based solution... Read More
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NetSuite Manufacturing Edition offers an integrated inventory, warehouse management, accounting and financial management, order management, customer relationship management (CRM), and e-commerce platform. Offered as a cloud-based solution... Read More
 
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Fishbowl Manufacturing is a business automation and inventory management platform for small to mid-sized. It integrates with QuickBooks accounting. Fishbowl offers inventory control, material requirements planning (MRP) and job shop... Read More
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Fishbowl Manufacturing is a business automation and inventory management platform for small to mid-sized. It integrates with QuickBooks accounting. Fishbowl offers inventory control, material requirements planning (MRP) and job shop... 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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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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SYSPRO offers Enterprise Resource Planning software to support the control, integration, and synchronization of the life of the manufacturing process for both short and long production runs. Implementing SYSPRO is made simple with... Read More
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SYSPRO offers Enterprise Resource Planning software to support the control, integration, and synchronization of the life of the manufacturing process for both short and long production runs. Implementing SYSPRO is made simple with... Read More
 
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Mar-Kov CMS (Chemical Management System) was developed to meet the unique needs of process, batch, and formulation based manufacturers. By automating daily routine processes, companies are able to streamline their operations while... Read More
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Mar-Kov CMS (Chemical Management System) was developed to meet the unique needs of process, batch, and formulation based manufacturers. By automating daily routine processes, companies are able to streamline their operations while... 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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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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Chempax by Datacor is an integrated enterprise resource planning (ERP) and customer relationship management (CRM) application designed specifically for chemical process manufacturers and distributors. The solution can be scaled to... Read More
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Chempax by Datacor is an integrated enterprise resource planning (ERP) and customer relationship management (CRM) application designed specifically for chemical process manufacturers and distributors. The solution can be scaled to... Read More
 
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SAP Business One is an integrated enterprise resource planning (ERP) software suite designed primarily to serve small to midsize businesses. SAP Business One is used to address the needs of many industry verticals including manufacturing,... Read More
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SAP Business One is an integrated enterprise resource planning (ERP) software suite designed primarily to serve small to midsize businesses. SAP Business One is used to address the needs of many industry verticals including manufacturing,... Read More
 
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Ideal for small and mid-sized manufacturing and distribution companies, Enterprise 21 ERP from TGI offers a fully integrated solution that facilitates industry best practices. This robust ERP system provides a single platform to streamline... Read More
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Ideal for small and mid-sized manufacturing and distribution companies, Enterprise 21 ERP from TGI offers a fully integrated solution that facilitates industry best practices. This robust ERP system provides a single platform to streamline... Read More
 
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Ross ERP by Aptean is an enterprise resource planning (ERP) solution designed for the needs of process manufacturing companies in the food and beverage, chemicals, pharmaceutical and biotech industries. The solution is useful for... Read More
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Ross ERP by Aptean is an enterprise resource planning (ERP) solution designed for the needs of process manufacturing companies in the food and beverage, chemicals, pharmaceutical and biotech industries. The solution is useful for... 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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SAP Anywhere integrates sales, marketing, e-commerce, and inventory activities into one complete front-office system. With SAP Anywhere users can manage and track inventory, manage orders, manage the procurement process, and more.... Read More
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SAP Anywhere integrates sales, marketing, e-commerce, and inventory activities into one complete front-office system. With SAP Anywhere users can manage and track inventory, manage orders, manage the procurement process, and more.... Read More
 
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Geneva Business Managements Systems (GBMS) is a web-based ERP application with the best aspects of a desktop application giving small to medium-sized businesses the flexibility they need in order to succeed in today’s competitive... Read More
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Geneva Business Managements Systems (GBMS) is a web-based ERP application with the best aspects of a desktop application giving small to medium-sized businesses the flexibility they need in order to succeed in today’s competitive... Read More
 
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Macola is the ERP and business software that manufacturers and wholesale distributors trust to automate, grow and streamline their business workflows. Macola meets the unique needs of growing SMBs ─ automating and managing core... Read More
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Macola is the ERP and business software that manufacturers and wholesale distributors trust to automate, grow and streamline their business workflows. Macola meets the unique needs of growing SMBs ─ automating and managing core... Read More
 
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HYDRA by MPDV USA is a fully integrated Manufacturing Execution System (MES) that helps organizations collect and analyze critical data related to production, HR, and supplier management. With HYDRA, manufacturers can gather real-time... Read More
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SAP Manufacturing is an enterprise-class software solution that enables users to integrate their manufacturing operations, ensure efficient supplier/partner coordination, increase visibility throughout the manufacturing processes and... Read More
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SAP Manufacturing is an enterprise-class software solution that enables users to integrate their manufacturing operations, ensure efficient supplier/partner coordination, increase visibility throughout the manufacturing processes and... Read More
 
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BatchMaster ERP is an integrated enterprise resource planning (ERP) solution for small and midsize process manufacturing companies. AS an OEM SAP solution, it performs a wide range of business management functions including, business... Read More
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BatchMaster ERP is an integrated enterprise resource planning (ERP) solution for small and midsize process manufacturing companies. AS an OEM SAP solution, it performs a wide range of business management functions including, business... Read More
 
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ProcessPro believes in one basic rule: as soon as business owners start to get more from their information, they will start to get more out of their business as well. It’s that simple. Intelligent Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP)... Read More
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ProcessPro believes in one basic rule: as soon as business owners start to get more from their information, they will start to get more out of their business as well. It’s that simple. Intelligent Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP)... Read More
 
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S2K Enterprise Management Software by VAI is a fully integrated ERP system designed to manage mid-sized and enterprise businesses in the wholesale distribution, manufacturing and speciality retail industries, across many vertical markets... Read More
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S2K Enterprise Management Software by VAI is a fully integrated ERP system designed to manage mid-sized and enterprise businesses in the wholesale distribution, manufacturing and speciality retail industries, across many vertical markets... Read More
 
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Microsoft Dynamics GP is a financial accounting system designed to meet the requirements of small to midsize businesses. Microsoft Dynamics GP was originally developed by North Dakota-based Great Plains Software and was acquired by... Read More
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Buyer's Guide

by Lisa Hedges,
Content Analyst
Last Updated: August 22, 2017


Gartner defines process manufacturing as, “manufacturing that adds value by performing chemical reactions or physical actions to transform materials, or by extracting, mixing, separating or forming materials in batch or continuous production modes.”

Process manufacturers generally deal with products that pour, such as liquids or powders, and are produced in bulk quantities. It includes industries, such as chemicals, pharmaceuticals, food and beverages and gasoline.

A process manufacturing system must balance four constraints. First, the batch size is constrained by the amount of product on order and stock quantities to be kept on hand. This is particularly key when using materials or creating a product with a limited shelf life. The second constraint is ingredients, as the most limited ingredient determines how much product can be made. Then, there’s packaging inventory, and one of the challenges of process manufacturing is that you need to store the final product in something. The fourth constraint is capacity—or the ability to make a product within the production facility itself.

The critical function of a process manufacturing system is inventory control. One important feature of the inventory system is the ability to manage different units of measurement, for example, determining how many liters of an item are available when it is received in 55 gallon drums. Related to inventory is recipe management, that is, how to alter the formula to make a certain amount or to use available inventory.

On the other hand, a process manufacturing system can be part of an enterprise resource planning (ERP) system, or be part of a best-of-breed set of solutions. It is also possible to integrate with a manufacturing execution system (MES). Accounts payable, accounts receivable, payroll and general ledger are the standard features of these systems. While most installations use on-premises equipment, cloud-based options are also available. Software as a service (SaaS) viability is primarily dictated by the value of installed technology base, but projected maintenance costs of both hardware and software is an important factor as well.

What Is Process Manufacturing Software?

Henry Ford once said, “If you always do what you always did, you’ll always get what you’ve always got.” Manufacturers must heed these words and always strive to make business processes more efficient. Some of the major concerns they face include:

  • Increase in production cost
  • Highly competitive local and global environment
  • Short product life cycle
  • Reduction of profit margins
  • Considerable improvement in quality assurance metrics

Process manufacturing software is designed specifically to manage these complexities. For manufacturers, fulfilling regulatory compliance by tracing ingredients and industrial waste is pivotal. Therefore, across the globe, executives are considering process manufacturing platforms to monitor business processes from end-to-end, that is, from production to delivery.

It is important to note that manufacturing executives can extend process manufacturing capabilities with their existing ERP or MES solutions as an additional module or integration. Furthermore, numerous vendors in the market offer specialized solutions for process manufacturing businesses. Executives should involve all the stakeholders to list out the requisite capabilities in a solution. In addition, buyers should evaluate the suitability and capability of the solution vis-à-vis their requirements before adapting the solution.

Process manufacturing professionals should focus on resolving the following challenges via a process manufacturing platform:

  1. Mitigate product risks and recalls
  2. Increase a product’s time to market
  3. Track and monitor business performance
  4. Accurately forecast product demand and supply chain issues
  5. Achieve regulatory compliance

There are many objectives that can be achieved with the help of a process manufacturing application. Manufacturing organizations with mobile employees and remote workstations should ideally look for solutions that also offer mobile applications.

Common Features of Process Manufacturers Software

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

Delivery-driven production Delivery-driven production matches the batch size to the amount on order plus the quantity to be kept on hand. The system should also verify that all other constraints are met.
Ingredient-driven production Ingredient-driven production matches the batch size to the available quantities of the ingredients on hand. The system should also verify that all other constraints are met.
Packaging-driven production Packaging-driven production matches the batch size to the finished amount that can be packaged with materials on hand. The system should also verify that all other constraints are met.
Capacity-driven production Capacity-driven production matches the batch size to the maximum capacity that the floor can produce. The system should also verify that all other constraints are met.
Critical path production If the process has stages with delays in between, such as a fermenting stage, then the system can match orders of ingredients to the time when they are required. This can save money in initial production costs by delaying purchases until required but runs the risk of loosing a batch if a required ingredient is not available in time.
Expiration tracking Both ingredients and products can have limited shelf lives. The system needs to track expired and close-to-end-of-life inventory.
Recipe management The system should include recipe management, including ingredient substitution. In some cases, ingredients are encoded to keep recipes secret.
Lot management Each lot must be identified and tracked. The ingredients of each batch must be tied to their individual batch number as well.
Yield variances The system should track actual yield versus expected yield for each batch. The system should report excessive variance based on user-defined thresholds and indicate if variances are so large that regulating agencies should be notified.
Current Good Manufacturing Practice (cGMP) compliance cGMP compliance is required for many regulatory agencies at the state and federal levels as well as for insurance purposes. The system should produce required compliance reports.
Units of measure management The system should convert units of measurement as required for inventory management, order processing, receiving and batch production.
Available to promise, capable to promise Available to promise (ATP) and capable to promise (CTP) are measures of manufacturing capacity. The system should calculate the ATP and CTP for any stock item, accounting for ingredients on hand and any work in process.
EPA and OSHA compliance Manufacturers that make, use or have byproducts that are highly hazardous chemicals (HHCs) must comply with the EPA’s Risk Management Program (RMP) and OSHA’s Process Safety Management (PSM) regulations. The system should produce required compliance reports.

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