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Fishbowl Manufacturing logo
 
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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NetSuite excels at handling the needs of discrete manufacturers, especially those involved in light assembly. The package can handle the needs of made-to-order, repetitive and engineer-to-order for a variety of industries.
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NetSuite excels at handling the needs of discrete manufacturers, especially those involved in light assembly. The package can handle the needs of made-to-order, repetitive and engineer-to-order for a variety of industries.
 
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ECi M1 is flexible enough to handle the needs of all manufacturing modes such as the repetitive, engineer-to-order and make-to-order modes. The system is a fully integrated suite designed for the Windows platform.
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ECi M1 is flexible enough to handle the needs of all manufacturing modes such as the repetitive, engineer-to-order and make-to-order modes. The system is a fully integrated suite designed for the Windows platform.
 
Infor VISUAL ERP logo
 
Infor VISUAL ERP is a cost-effective discrete manufacturing software that helps manufacturers optimize their operations. This solution features applications for resource planning, supply chain management and more.
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Infor VISUAL ERP is a cost-effective discrete manufacturing software that helps manufacturers optimize their operations. This solution features applications for resource planning, supply chain management and more.
 
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One-System ERP is a robust discrete manufacturing software solution that is great fit for all sizes of businesses. One-System offers inventory management and tracking, costing scheduling, and a number of other features.
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One-System ERP is a robust discrete manufacturing software solution that is great fit for all sizes of businesses. One-System offers inventory management and tracking, costing scheduling, and a number of other features.

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KeyedIn Manufacturing logo
 
KeyedIn Manufacturing is a cloud-based enterprise resource planning (ERP) solution specifically designed for custom, make-to-order and mixed-mode manufacturers. The solution offers manufacturers a solution that can be customized to... Read More
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KeyedIn Manufacturing is a cloud-based enterprise resource planning (ERP) solution specifically designed for custom, make-to-order and mixed-mode manufacturers. The solution offers manufacturers a solution that can be customized to... Read More
 
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JobBOSS by Exact is an enterprise resource planning (ERP) built for small and midsize manufacturers in North America. It allows key office and production staff to manage job information day-to-day to aid customer service and on-time... Read More
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JobBOSS by Exact is an enterprise resource planning (ERP) built for small and midsize manufacturers in North America. It allows key office and production staff to manage job information day-to-day to aid customer service and on-time... Read More
 
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Shoptech, makers of E2 Shop System, has been featured in Inc. magazines list of the 5000 fastest growing US companies. The program serves several discrete manufacturing segments with particular strength in job shop manufacturing.
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Shoptech, makers of E2 Shop System, has been featured in Inc. magazines list of the 5000 fastest growing US companies. The program serves several discrete manufacturing segments with particular strength in job shop manufacturing.
 
Henning Visual EstiTrack ERP logo
 
Headquartered in Ohio, Henning Software specializes in serving the needs of discrete manufacturers of every manufacturing mode. Accounting, supply chain management, CRM and supplier management are packaged in an integrated suite.
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Headquartered in Ohio, Henning Software specializes in serving the needs of discrete manufacturers of every manufacturing mode. Accounting, supply chain management, CRM and supplier management are packaged in an integrated suite.
 
Epicor Manufacturing logo
 
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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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
 
Infor SyteLine ERP logo
 
With the dependability of the Infor name, SyteLine ERP works to reduce inventory levels and shortages, drive organizational growth, plan and schedule order by order, and deliver critical information quickly to help make better business... Read More
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With the dependability of the Infor name, SyteLine ERP works to reduce inventory levels and shortages, drive organizational growth, plan and schedule order by order, and deliver critical information quickly to help make better business... 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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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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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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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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Exact MAX excels at meeting the needs of discrete manufacturers in a variety of industries including medical electronics. MAX offers discrete manufacturing software to improve visibility and control of the production process.
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Exact MAX excels at meeting the needs of discrete manufacturers in a variety of industries including medical electronics. MAX offers discrete manufacturing software to improve visibility and control of the production process.
 
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Used in 60 countries and with more than 1,500 partners, Syspro’s discrete manufacturing software is best-suited for small to mid-sized companies in industries such as automotive, metal fabrication and transportation equipment.
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Used in 60 countries and with more than 1,500 partners, Syspro’s discrete manufacturing software is best-suited for small to mid-sized companies in industries such as automotive, metal fabrication and transportation equipment.
 
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Job shops of the discrete manufacturing mode will find MIE Trak Pro capable of managing their operations. The system helps manufacturers monitor their supply chain, manage shop floor operations and track supplier relationships.
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Job shops of the discrete manufacturing mode will find MIE Trak Pro capable of managing their operations. The system helps manufacturers monitor their supply chain, manage shop floor operations and track supplier relationships.
 
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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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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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Buyer's Guide

by Justin Guinn,
Market Research Associate
Last Updated: June 26, 2017


Discrete manufacturing is a commonly used term in manufacturing that refers to a final product which can be divided up into its raw components. For example, in an automobile, each component can be separated, touched and seen. By contrast, in process manufacturing it isn’t possible to get the raw ingredients out of the final product. An example of process manufacturing is medications produced by pharmaceutical companies.

This guide is intended to help those who are looking for a software solution that will make the discrete manufacturing process more streamlined for their organization. Here’s what we’ll cover:

What Is Discrete Manufacturing Software?
Common Features of Discrete Manufacturing Software
Benefits of Discrete Manufacturing Software

What Is Discrete Manufacturing Software?

Discrete manufacturing systems are designed to give organizations better control of and visibility into the manufacturing process. Discrete manufacturers focus on reducing costs by limiting waste and reducing the time to produce. A typical system will implement a lean manufacturing philosophy, matching the inflow of parts, materials and subassemblies with the production of finished goods.

The key modules for discrete manufacturers are inventory (including purchasing and receiving), accounts receivable and customer relationship management (CRM), with a special emphasis on process control. Manufacturers of discrete goods can choose to implement a full enterprise resource planning (ERP) system or select best-of-breed components to integrate with their accounting system. Firms with automated shop floors will be interested in incorporating manufacturing execution systems (MES). Integration with project management is available on some manufacturing systems as well.

For most manufacturers of discrete goods, general ledger and accounts payable are standard. Payroll is standard, but some companies have bonus pay and overtime that must be charged against specific projects or products.

On-premises installations are the norm for discrete manufacturing software, but cloud-based options exist. The key driver of cloud-based installations is the existing information technology (IT) capabilities of the company, usually based on the complexity of the shop floor technology and integration.

Common Features of Discrete Manufacturing Software

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

Supply chain management Discrete manufacturers need transparency into suppliers’ systems. Order status, supplier inventory, current pricing, order entry and payment can all be integrated between supplier and manufacturer.
Make/buy reporting Products require subassemblies. Make/buy reporting applies job estimating to subassemblies to see if it is more profitable to make or buy components. Advanced systems will factor in time to build or buy, as well as the cost.
Process planning reporting In order to estimate and track jobs, the process for each step of fabrication must be planned and documented. The process of planning reports tracks the development of the process plan for each product.
Material supplier planning Part of the make/buy process, material supplier planning assigns a bill of materials to each subassembly. This also allows make/buy decisions to be based on current market prices for material and labor for each product and production run.
Component substitution If a preferred component is not available, the inventory system should provide any alternative components. The production runs with alternative components should be tracked for recall management.
Bill of materials (BOM) management The system should create BOMs directly from orders. It should allow revisions to the BOM to provide additional levels of detail. In advanced systems, a conceptual BOM is used as part of the process to develop a quote or new product.
Workload planning As part of the manufacturing planning process, shop floor managers can adjust the workloads of employees and machines. Managers can use this feature to leverage the most expensive equipment to depreciate or minimize usage of the most expensive to run. Managers can also manage workloads of shop workers, taking into account workers’ preferences.
Engineering change management The system should track engineering changes and their impact on time and cost per unit. It should also be easy to enter the changes into the system so that the adjustments can flow to other products and the overall production schedule.
Serial number management If the products are serialized, the serial numbers must be managed. Numbers must be linked to specific products, including any variations, such as color options. Serial numbers must be tied to production runs as part of recall management.
Certified design management If the manufacturer produces certified products, the system should provide compliance reports for the certification authority. It should also enforce the stipulations of the certification, such as no component substitutions or no changes in software.
Recall management The system should support product recalls by identifying which runs are affected and which customers received them.

Benefits of Discrete Manufacturing Software

Manufacturing businesses can see a variety of benefits with the implementation of discrete manufacturing software. Some of these benefits include:

  • Creation of a collaborative environment in the organization. Discrete manufacturing tools allow for a collaborative environment that lets employees share information seamlessly with both internal and external stakeholders. They can retrieve a graphical view of processes and workflows that help in sharing and adopting best practices within the organization. Finance and other teams can also access the accurate costs of products and detailed reports once the software is integrated with other applications in use.
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  • Improved customer service. Integrating CRM functions with discrete manufacturing software allows users to generate a consolidated view of their customer information. Users can quickly access the order status, product details and progress report. This information helps users provide after-sales service by monitoring the equipment delivered to its customers. Businesses can further expand their customer base by sending competitive quotes and delivering customized products.
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  • Better visibility of work in progress. Users get up-to-date information of all product orders, which helps them plan their workflows more effectively. The software helps managers determine whether the order will be finished and delivered within the stipulated time frame. This feature helps floor managers take corrective actions and expedite the work on orders with the nearest deadlines.
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  • Increased efficiency. Discrete manufacturers require data about their providers, transportation expenses, the market demand and competitors. An efficient solution provides a consolidated view of data in a single platform, giving full visibility into all processes. Management can also use this real-time data to make better decisions.

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