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Fishbowl Manufacturing

Fishbowl Manufacturing is a business automation and inventory management platform for small to midsize manufacturing companies. The app offers QuickBooks integration for accounting management, as well as tools for inventory control,... Read more

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NetSuite

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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Brahmin Solutions

Brahmin Solutions is a cloud-based Inventory and MRP software for fast-growing SMBs. The product is designed for manufacturers, retailers, and wholesalers to manage all operations dealing with purchasing, sales, inventory, and manufacturing... Read more

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Striven

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Intellect eQMS

Intellect eQMS is a configurable cloud-based enterprise quality management solution that helps organizations across various industries to manage the quality and compliance of critical business procedures. Features include document... Read more

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QT9 ERP

QT9 ERP is a highly-scalable manufacturing platform for connecting and automating business data from multiple systems into one scalable and intuitive solution. QT9 ERP integrates inventory management, accounting management, sales management,... Read more

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DELMIAworks

DELMIAworks (formerly IQMS) 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, and electronics... Read more

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Prodsmart

Prodsmart is a cloud-based real-time production tracking and management solution designed for businesses in the manufacturing and fabrication industries. Features include shop floor real-time data collection, production analysis,... Read more

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Datacor ERP

Datacor ERP (formerly Chempax) 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... Read more

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Katana

Katana is a modern manufacturing & inventory management software for small and scaling businesses. Its visual interface and smart real-time master planning allow manufacturers to get an overview of the entire business from one centralized... Read more

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Vicinity Software

Vicinity Software is a cloud-based or on-premise solution designed for process manufacturers with a specific focus on food & beverage (VicinityFood), chemical (VicinityChem) and breweries (VicinityBrew). Features include MRP, centralized... Read more

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ERPAG

ERPAG is a cloud-based enterprise resource planning (ERP) solution. It is suitable for small and midsize businesses in various industries, including automobile, retail, education, information technology and more. Primary features include... Read more

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Adaptive Compliance Engine (ACE)

Adaptive Compliance Engine (ACE) is a quality management solution that allows enterprises to streamline tracking, reporting and management of all quality and compliance business operations. For all business day-to-day operations, ACE... Read more

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Aquilon ERP

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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Mar-Kov CMS

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 X3

Sage X3 is a powerful ERP software solution designed for medium-to-large national and global manufacturers, distributors, and after-sales providers and can establish a foundation for your digital transformation. Sage X3 comes with... Read more

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Skulocity

Skulocity is a cloud-based ERP system for manufacturing and distribution businesses. It offers functionality for warehouse management, inventory planning, manufacturing management, payroll, shipping management, and financial analytics. Skulocity’s... Read more

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Acumatica Cloud ERP

Acumatica provides best-in-class business and industry functionality for small and mid-market growth businesses to run their entire business under a single pane of glass. Technology Leadership built on an adaptable, future-proof,... Read more

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aACE

aACE offers on-premise and cloud-based business management software for small and midsize businesses. Modules include accounting, customer relationship management (CRM), enterprise resource planning (ERP), inventory management, order... Read more

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QAD Adaptive ERP

QAD Adaptive ERP is a cloud-based solution for manufacturing businesses in the food and beverage, automotive, consumer products, industrial, life sciences, and high tech industries. It combines ERP, supply chain, finance, and customer... Read more

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Buyers guide


Last Updated: March 1, 2021

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.

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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.