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Last updated: August 22, 2014

Top 10 Most Recommended Aerospace Manufacturing Software Systems

 
Fishbowl Inventory 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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E2 Shop System 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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Exact JobBOSS Since 1984, Exact has progressed from a start-up to one of the biggest names in ERP. As the company’s matured, it’s expanded to complex industries like aerospace. The system comes with MES, MRP, and business intelligence.
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NetSuite Manufacturing Edition 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 manufacturing segments such as aerospace.
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Infor VISUAL ERP 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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Global Shop Solutions One-System ERP 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 ECi M1 can support many small to medium-sized complex manufacturing firms, including firms in the aerospace manufacturing segment. The system must be installed on-premise and is designed exclusively for the Windows platform.
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Exact MAX Manufacturing 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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Epicor Manufacturing Epicor is one of the most recognized names in ERP software today. Their fully integrated suite is capable of serving discrete manufacturers of nearly any size and segment. The software is offered as on-premise and web-based.
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MIE Trak PRO 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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Buyer's Guide

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.

Key Requirements for Aerospace Manufacturers

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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