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Fishbowl Manufacturing logo
 
Fishbowl is a business automation and inventory management platform for small to midsize companies. It integrates with QuickBooks accounting and offers inventory control, material requirements planning (MRP) and job shop floor control/manufacturing... Read More
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Fishbowl is a business automation and inventory management platform for small to midsize companies. It integrates with QuickBooks accounting and offers inventory control, material requirements planning (MRP) and job shop floor control/manufacturing... Read More
 
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Deskera ERP is a cloud-based enterprise business management suite that automates sales, billing, fulfillment, distribution (including pick, pack and ship process), sales commission calculations, purchasing, payment processing, product... Read More
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Deskera ERP is a cloud-based enterprise business management suite that automates sales, billing, fulfillment, distribution (including pick, pack and ship process), sales commission calculations, purchasing, payment processing, product... 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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Royal4 has served the manufacturing and distribution markets with their software since 1984. The system can support manufacturers in multiple process segments such as chemicals, pharmaceuticals and food & beverage.
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Royal4 has served the manufacturing and distribution markets with their software since 1984. The system can support manufacturers in multiple process segments such as chemicals, pharmaceuticals and food & beverage.
 
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Mar-Kov CMS (Chemical Management System) is a cloud-based process manufacturing solution for process, batch, and formulation based manufacturers. The solution can also be installed on-premise to automate daily routine processes of... Read More
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Mar-Kov CMS (Chemical Management System) is a cloud-based process manufacturing solution for process, batch, and formulation based manufacturers. The solution can also be installed on-premise to automate daily routine processes of... Read More

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Sage Business Cloud Enterprise Management, formerly known as Sage X3, is an ERP software suite that includes integrated functionality for financial management, sales, customer service, distribution, inventory, and manufacturing, and... Read More
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Sage Business Cloud Enterprise Management, formerly known as Sage X3, is an ERP software suite that includes integrated functionality for financial management, sales, customer service, distribution, inventory, and manufacturing, and... Read More
 
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ERP MARK 7 by Axqolt is an enterprise resource planning software suite that offers small to mid-size manufacturing companies with inventory control, material requirements planning (MRP) with finite capacity scheduling, and manufacturing... Read More
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ERP MARK 7 by Axqolt is an enterprise resource planning software suite that offers small to mid-size manufacturing companies with inventory control, material requirements planning (MRP) with finite capacity scheduling, and manufacturing... Read More
 
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MRPeasy is a manufacturing software for small manufacturers. The software is a suite comprising production planning, CRM, procurement, supply chain management, and inventory control modules. The application features a drag-and-drop... Read More
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MRPeasy is a manufacturing software for small manufacturers. The software is a suite comprising production planning, CRM, procurement, supply chain management, and inventory control modules. The application features a drag-and-drop... Read More
 
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Aquilon Software offers a combined supply chain, manufacturing, distribution, and financial management system that is deployable either on the cloud or on-premise. All modules integrate with each other, allowing users to gain full... Read More
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Aquilon Software offers a combined supply chain, manufacturing, distribution, and financial management system that is deployable either on the cloud or on-premise. All modules integrate with each other, allowing users to gain full... Read More
 
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BatchMaster Software offers process manufacturing software solutions for the food, chemical, nutraceutical and pharmaceutical industries. Users can run the manufacturing application with QuickBooks, Sage 100&300, Microsoft Dynamics... Read More
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BatchMaster Software offers process manufacturing software solutions for the food, chemical, nutraceutical and pharmaceutical industries. Users can run the manufacturing application with QuickBooks, Sage 100&300, Microsoft Dynamics... Read More

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S2K Enterprise Management solution by VAI is a cloud-based, integrated ERP system designed to manage midsize and enterprise businesses in the wholesale distribution, manufacturing and speciality retail industries, across many vertical... Read More
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S2K Enterprise Management solution by VAI is a cloud-based, integrated ERP system designed to manage midsize and enterprise businesses in the wholesale distribution, manufacturing and speciality retail industries, across many vertical... Read More
 
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Enterprise 21 ERP from TGI is a cloud-based enterprise resource planning (ERP) solution that provides small and midsize businesses across various industry verticals tools and functionalities to manage day-to-day operations and routines... Read More
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Enterprise 21 ERP from TGI is a cloud-based enterprise resource planning (ERP) solution that provides small and midsize businesses across various industry verticals tools and functionalities to manage day-to-day operations and routines... 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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IFS Applications is a cloud-based enterprise resource planning (ERP) solution that helps businesses to integrate data and processes across multiple departments and locations. It offers various modules to users for asset management,... Read More
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IFS Applications is a cloud-based enterprise resource planning (ERP) solution that helps businesses to integrate data and processes across multiple departments and locations. It offers various modules to users for asset management,... Read More
 
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Abas ERP is a solution geared towards small to midsize manufacturers and distributors. Abas has three main application offerings on the market today: Abas ERP, Abas Distribution and Abas eB, a line of e-business solutions that can... Read More
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Abas ERP is a solution geared towards small to midsize manufacturers and distributors. Abas has three main application offerings on the market today: Abas ERP, Abas Distribution and Abas eB, a line of e-business solutions that can... Read More

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Oracle SCM Cloud is a cloud-based supply chain management solution that offers distribution, manufacturing, inventory management and fleet management within a suite. The product features product development, which allows users to... Read More
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Oracle SCM Cloud is a cloud-based supply chain management solution that offers distribution, manufacturing, inventory management and fleet management within a suite. The product features product development, which allows users to... Read More
 
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ShopVue by Casco is an on-premise shop floor control solution designed for job-centric discrete manufacturing businesses. It offers labor tracking production planning, machine monitoring, component control and time and attendance tracking... Read More
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ShopVue by Casco is an on-premise shop floor control solution designed for job-centric discrete manufacturing businesses. It offers labor tracking production planning, machine monitoring, component control and time and attendance tracking... Read More
 
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PSI LeanEra is an enterprise resource management (ERP) designed for industrial manufacturing, chemical manufacturing and distribution, biotech and medical device manufacturing and automotive industry. Primary features include product... Read More
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PSI LeanEra is an enterprise resource management (ERP) designed for industrial manufacturing, chemical manufacturing and distribution, biotech and medical device manufacturing and automotive industry. Primary features include product... Read More
 
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SAP S/4HANA is an integrated enterprise resource planning (ERP) software suite designed to serve businesses of size and kinds. SAP ERP is used to address the needs of many industry verticals including manufacturing, retail, service... Read More
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SAP S/4HANA is an integrated enterprise resource planning (ERP) software suite designed to serve businesses of size and kinds. SAP ERP is used to address the needs of many industry verticals including manufacturing, retail, service... Read More
 
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ProcessPro is a complete Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) solution for small to mid-sized batch process manufacturers to manage their business operations through manufacturing, sales, inventory, quality and financial integration.... Read More
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Buyer's Guide

by Lisa Hedges,
Content Analyst
Last Updated: October 17, 2018


Not only are chemical manufacturers regulated, the regulating agencies vary depending on the chemicals produced. The ATF, DEA, FSIS, EPA or FDA may be involved. Most likely, more than one agency will require compliance documentation.

The ingredients or the finished products may be controlled substances. Inventory storage can be problematic with chemicals. Some have particular storage requirements regarding temperature or humidity. Others should not be stored in combination, like chlorine and ammonia. Many chemicals have a limited shelf life. Some chemicals have strict regulations concerning disposal. Even shipping is regulated in many cases. The inventory system should assist with all of these issues.

Order entry and fulfilment has some interesting issues as well. If the chemicals are restricted, the order entry system must identify the customer securely. The required material safety data sheets (MSDSes) must be enclosed. The shipping labels must include any required warnings. The receiving system should mirror the order entry and fulfillment systems. The vendor should be securely identified. The vendor should issue an advance shipping notice (ASN). Any discrepancies should be identified by the system and sent to management so that the appropriate authorities are notified.

Standard features are:

  • General ledger
  • Accounts receivable
  • Accounts payable
  • Payroll

Firms that manufacture controlled chemicals generally have on-premise enterprise resource planning (ERP) systems. Firms that make less-restricted chemicals, particularly small and medium-sized companies, may choose to use cloud-based solutions.

Common Features of Chemical Manufacturing Software

Chemical manufacturers should examine the following functions to meet their unique requirements:

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.
MSDS handling OSHA requires that the MSDS for a product be delivered by the seller, but only for certain customers. The system should have a repository of all MSDSes. The fulfillment system, based on information from the CRM system, should identify (or produce) any required data sheets for packing.
Integration with ERP If the chemical manufacturing facility is part of a larger operation, the manufacturing software must integrate with the parent software. It can either be a set of modules of an ERP system or or it can pass required transaction data.
Lot tracing and recall management Each lot must be identified and tracked. The ingredients of each batch must be tied to their individual batch number as well.
Recall management Recalls are initiated for two reasons. First, a problem in the process causes a product to become tainted or contaminated. Second, an ingredient is tainted or contaminated. In either case, the system needs to identify all of the affected batches and the customers that received those batches.
Hazard Analysis Critical Control Points (HACCP) compliance The system should support reporting for Hazard Analysis Critical Control Points (HACCP) management, in accordance with HACCP Principle 7: “Establish record-keeping and documentation procedures.”
ATF compliance If a chemical manufacturer makes explosives or any of the components used in explosives, it is subject to ATF oversight. The Safe Explosives Act, among others, details required compliance reporting, including reporting theft and loss.
FDA compliance If a chemical manufacturer makes products that are used in the manufacturing of food or drugs, the compounds may be regulated by the FDA. The system should provide all compliance reporting and support the petitioning process. The system should maintain records in compliance with the Public Health Security and Bioterrorism Preparedness and Response Act of 2002.
Food Safety Inspection Service (FSIS) compliance If the chemical manufacturer makes products for agricultural purposes, it may be subject to FSIS-specific sections of HACCP, sections 326.6(b) and 381.606(b). The system should maintain records as mandated under section 417.5.
DEA compliance If the chemical manufacturer makes products or uses ingredients regulated under the Controlled Substances Act, it is subject to oversight from the DEA. The system should document compliance with the act and have access to a current database of controlled substances, regulated chemicals and analogues.
Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) compliance If the chemical manufacturer makes or uses products listed under the Toxic Substance Control Act, the substance may be regulated by the EPA. The system should maintain all compliant records as well as preparing a pre-manufacture notice (PMN) before a new compound is created.
Recipe management and batch sizing The system should include recipe management, including ingredient substitution and batch scaling. In some cases, ingredients are encoded to keep the recipes secret. Advanced systems can size batches to quantities of ingredients in stock.
Quality assurance The system should support quality assurance (QA) testing. The protocols should be documented and implemented through the software. The QA system should randomly identify samples for testing and compare test results against norms. Advanced systems will feature dashboards that will alert management to problems with quality.
Code of Federal Regulations 21 Part 11 compliance Strictly speaking, no software package can be 21 CFR Part 11 compliant because the rule stipulates administrative and procedural controls as well as technical implementation for electronic and hybrid record keeping. However, it can support 21 CFR Part 11 by completely implementing the technical requirements.
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.
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.
Packing & drumming The inventory system must be able to value and price items in different container sizes. It must also identify or generate suitable labels for containers.
Inventory storage planning Some chemicals require a specific storage environment. Some are dangerous to store in combination. The inventory system and receiving systems should notify any special requirements. Advanced systems will have three-dimensional models of the storage areas for products and ingredients and automatically check for potential storage issues.
Expiration tracking Both chemical ingredients and chemical products can have limited shelf lives. The system needs to track expired and close-to-end-of-life inventory.
Shipping Many chemicals have restrictions on shipping either via USPS or common carrier. The system should identify any special requirements and produce appropriate shipping labels.

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