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Fishbowl Manufacturing

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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Recent recommendations:  155
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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
Rating:  13 reviews
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Recent recommendations:  145
Our advisors have recommended this product 145 times in the last 30 days. These recommendations are based on buyers' needs. Contact us for a free consultation.
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E2 Shop System

E2 by Shoptech Corporation is a manufacturing solution that offers scheduling, purchasing, shipping, customer management and accounting. It’s designed specifically for job shops, contract and a variety of make-to-order manufacturers. E2... Read More
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Recent recommendations:  98
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Global Shop Solutions

Global Shop Solutions offers a One-System ERP software to serve clients across manufacturing industries of all sizes. The multi-modular application comprises of independent modules for customer relationship management, inventory management,... Read More
Rating:  61 reviews
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Recent recommendations:  48
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Infor VISUAL ERP

Infor VISUAL is an Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) System with end-to-end functionality built for manufacturing organizations looking for a complete solution that supports the entire operational lifecycle, from planning to sourcing,... Read More
Rating:  19 reviews
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Recent recommendations:  24
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Deskera ERP

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
Rating:  3 reviews
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Recent recommendations:  23
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IQMS ERP Software

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
Rating:  44 reviews
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Recent recommendations:  19
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Henning Visual EstiTrack ERP

Visual EstiTrack ERP is an on-premise solution for small to midsize shops that offers manufacturing execution management, light material requirements planning, product lifecycle management, supply chain management, customer management,... Read More
Rating:  5 reviews
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Recent recommendations:  19
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Realtrac

Realtrac is an on-premise job management solution designed for job shop manufacturers and modular machine shops. It helps small and midsize manufacturers to schedule workflows, manage shop operations, track inventories, manage purchases... Read More
Rating:  37 reviews
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Recent recommendations:  18
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QT9 Quality Management

QT9 Quality Management Software is a web-based QMS software used by companies to comply with ISO and FDA quality standards. The software is available for deployment either on-premise or in the cloud. The tool eliminates the need for... Read More
Rating:  20 reviews
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Recent recommendations:  16
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uniPoint Quality Management

uniPoint Quality Management Software is a modular on-premise quality management solution capable of integrating with other ERP systems. Built on Net Technology, a SQL database, and Crystal Reporting, this system is designed to grow... Read More
Rating:  8 reviews
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Recent recommendations:  15
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EVO~ERP

EVO~ERP is an enterprise resource management (ERP) solution that helps small and mid-size businesses to manage inventory, accounting, warehouses and manufacturing. The solution supports multiple languages, currencies, exchange rates... Read More
Rating:  2 reviews
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Recent recommendations:  15
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Sage Business Cloud Enterprise Management

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
Rating:  16 reviews
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Recent recommendations:  14
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Genius ERP

Genius ERP is an enterprise resource planning solution for small to medium-size custom manufacturers. The product caters to machine and equipment manufacturers, steel tank and process equipment manufacturers, transportation equipment... Read More
Rating:  10 reviews
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Recent recommendations:  14
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WorkWise ERP

WorkWise ERP is an on-premise enterprise resource planning (ERP) solution that helps midsize businesses in the manufacturing industry to streamline their management processes and operations. WorkWise ERP provides users multiple applications... Read More
Rating:  13 reviews
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Recent recommendations:  13
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MasterControl Quality Management System (QMS)

MasterControl QMS is an integrated quality management system that can be installed on-premise or accessed through the web. It is suited for businesses of any size and a multitude of industries including agriculture, lumber, industrial... Read More
Rating:  38 reviews
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Recent recommendations:  12
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E2 Manufacturing System

Shoptech’s E2 MFG System is a fully integrated Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) solution designed for discrete manufacturers of all sizes utilizing make-to-order, make-to-stock, engineer-to-order, assemble-to-order and mixed-mode... Read More
Rating:  4 reviews
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Recent recommendations:  12
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MIE Trak PRO

MIE Trak Pro is an enterprise resource planning (ERP) offering that is best suited for manufacturing businesses. It includes modules designed to accommodate most production cycles and optimize the capabilities of repetitive, custom,... Read More
Rating:  99 reviews
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Recent recommendations:  11
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TrueERP

True ERP is an operations management suite available in both cloud-based and on-premise formats which caters to SMB enterprises like wholesalers, construction firms and retailers, along with others. True ERP contains several different... Read More
Rating:  40 reviews
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Recent recommendations:  11
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Expandable ERP

Expandable by Focus Works, Inc. is an enterprise resource planning (ERP) solution designed for manufacturers of all sizes. It offers material requirement planning, production planning, accounting, business intelligence and supply chain... Read More
Rating:  23 reviews
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Recent recommendations:  11
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Buyer's Guide

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Last Updated: August 14, 2018

There are more than 220 manufacturing software solutions to address all aspects of manufacturing, from product inception to customer delivery. We’ve written this buyer’s guide to help manufacturers navigate this complex market.

Here’s what we’ll cover:

What Is Manufacturing Software?
Common Features of Manufacturing Software
Manufacturing Software BuyerView | 2014
Where Type of Buyer Are You?
Market Trends to Understand
Benefits of Manufacturing Applications
Recent Events You Should Know About

What Is Manufacturing Software?

Manufacturing ERP software assists with the planning and execution of manufacturing projects by tracking suppliers, materials and production costs and supporting the maintenance of relationships with end customers. This class of software covers the gamut of ERP—from the accounting systems that track accounts for international giants, to the shop scheduling system that your local metal shop uses. Regardless of the scale of the system, software for manufacturers helps increase productivity and improve management of the product life cycle—from design concept to production planning to field service.

Common Features of Manufacturing Software

Material requirements planning (MRP) Automates the front end of the production process. Functions include planning and costing of materials, labor and equipment; automated quoting; order processing and resource scheduling. Systems should also process advanced shipping notification from suppliers to reduce receiving errors and report any changes in cycle counts for inventory management.
Manufacturing execution system (MES) Controls the actual production phase and shop floor operations. Functions include work-in-progress reporting, production tracking, labor tracking, equipment utilization and scrap reporting.
Manufacturing accounting Manages all of the financial transactions and operations for a company. In addition to the traditional accounting functions of general ledger, accounts payable and receivable, inventory and payroll, the accounting application includes support for sales orders, purchase orders, change orders, work-in-progress reports and job costing modules.
Production planning & scheduling Creates production schedules, including reviewing inventory levels, tracking lead times and making build-versus-buy decisions. This is a subset of MRP; planning and scheduling does not generally include automatic ordering or inventory tracking functionality.
Product life cycle management (PLM) Organizes all manufacturing information around to the designing, producing, supporting and disposing of manufactured goods. May include computer-aided design software, bill of materials data and document management.

Manufacturing Software BuyerView | 2014

Over the years, we've spoken to thousands of manufacturing software buyers. As a point of reference, we thought it would be helpful to provide potential buyers with an overview of past clients' pain points and reasons for switching to a new system. Key questions analyzed by the report include:

  • What methods do buyers currently use to track processes?
  • What are the top reasons for a manufacturing software purchase?
  • What are the top application requirements?

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What Type of Buyer Are You?

The specific type of system you need depends on what kind of company you are, what problems you’re experiencing, or what objectives you set. Here are a few common situations in which buyers find themselves.

You’re looking to consolidate applications into a single system. This kind of buyer values the seamless integration of data and processes that comes from having one ERP software system for all functions. For example, it can be helpful to have a full-suite system for estimating, work-in-progress management and accounting so you can automatically turn an estimate into a budget for project management, and then match invoices to project status while allocating job costs. If you’re a large manufacturer, you should evaluate enterprise-level suites like SAP, Oracle, Sage ERP or Microsoft Dynamics AX. We recommend systems such as Epicor, NetSuite and MISys Manufacturing for small to mid-sized firms.

You run a subsidiary manufacturing division of a larger company. Businesses running from multiple locations need a way to stay tuned in to one another. Smaller subsidiaries will require a smaller, less robust system to complement the larger system used at the company’s main headquarters. You’re likely looking for a “two-tier ERP.” NetSuite, for example, is a good choice here because of its fast time to deployment, which is useful for a division that needs to get up and running with an ERP system quickly.

Netsuite CFO Reporting Dashboard
CFO Manager from NetSuite


You need to improve one process (e.g., shop floor operations). Some buyers will find that they only need a single application, such as manufacturing resource planning software, to improve their production. If you’re in a small job shop industry like sheet metal fabrication, an efficient MRP system that can schedule the production of each customer’s order is key. Job shop specialities have a smaller scope, and need a solution that suits their focus. Exact JobBOSS and Casco ShopVue are good solutions here as they both offer strong MES and job shop control.

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Shop Floor Scheduling from Casco ShopVue

 

You’re a small manufacturer. Small manufacturers often spend too much time tracking information such as inventory in spreadsheets or by other manual means, which is prone to errors. You need an automated system for small manufacturers that is more reliable than a “pen and paper” method of managing important data, and you are probably on a tight budget. A good solution here is Fishbowl—an affordable program that has the ability to integrate with QuickBooks, which is useful given that many small manufacturers are already using this program for their accounting needs.

You’re a job shop or process manufacturer with unique needs. General systems aren't specialized enough for you. If you’re a process manufacturer, for instance, you may have difficulty with your bill of materials functionality. You’re the type of buyer who will rely heavily on a system that includes a strong inventory control feature that can adjust to many different kinds of units of measurement. 

A system such as ProcessPro that is specifically designed for process manufacturers would be a good fit. You will also need inventory management that can integrate with your most important system: the MRP application. Infor is a good provider for niche manufacturers to consider as they offer extensive vertical functionality thanks to their acquisitions of smaller, niche providers.

Meanwhile, job shops such as metal fabricators or aerospace manufacturers also have specialized needs. For example, the shop floor may have special fabrication machines which require special control systems that integrate with specific job shop software. Additionally, some organizations will require industry-specific functionality. For this reason, we have created unique guides for aerospace, apparel, chemical, electronics, food and beverage and pharmaceutical manufacturers.

Market Trends to Understand

Several industry-wide trends are worth keeping in mind as you shop for a manufacturing software solution:

Vendor consolidation. Large vendors like Infor, Oracle and Microsoft are buying niche vendors to round out their portfolios and offer more functionality. With so many vendors and products in this fragmented market, this trend will continue for the foreseeable future.

Intelligent inventory tagging. The use of one-dimensional bar coding for equipment and inventory tagging is well established in manufacturing systems. Recent systems use radio frequency identification (RFID), which can be read remotely, to check inventory levels and to confirm equipment availability. Other systems use two-dimensional bar codes which contain descriptive information in addition to an identifier like a part number.

Adoption of cloud technologies. Cloud-based systems are still the exception rather than the rule. However, more and more manufacturers are choosing software-as-a-service (SaaS) applications. SaaS reduces the maintenance costs in computer infrastructure and frees up capital to invest in shop equipment and elsewhere.

Use of mobile devices. Until recently, most inventory system designers assumed that users would be working from a fixed location. There were small mobile devices used for inventory control and parts identification, but most information had to be either remembered or written down and then brought to the computer. The new trend is to have completely mobile workstations on a wireless network in the warehouse or on the shop floor. Operators enter pertinent information directly into their system via mobile devices without having to go to a permanent workstation.

Benefits of Manufacturing Applications

Some of the specific benefits of implementing a manufacturing solution include:

Better planning and resource allocation. One of the greatest benefits of a manufacturing solution is better data and insight into the actual costs of inventory, people and equipment and the time needed for each step of the planning and production process.

Greener operations. Better planning and tracking leads to operations that generate less waste and less scrap, reducing environmental impact for those firms. Additionally, as more documentation is kept electronically, it reduces waste paper and cuts paper costs.

Support for lean manufacturing. Better planning, better resource allocation and reduced waste are all goals of lean disciplines.

Producing compliance documentation. Many manufacturers are subject to strict compliance regulations because of the materials they use, the products they manufacture, or the raw materials they consume. Software can generate much of the required documentation as a consequence of ordering and receiving materials and equipment.

Recent Events You Should Know About

Manufacturing PMI ends 2016 on a high note. The purchasing manufacturer’s index (PMI), a measurement of health in the manufacturing industry from the Institute of Supply Management, reached its highest level since March 2015 in December 2016 with 54.7 percent. Due to growth in new orders, production and employment, manufacturer’s are starting 2017 with a positive outlook.

NEC’s manufacturing visualization solution aims to boost productivity. Taking advantage of the NEC Industrial IoT solution, the Visualization Solution for Manufacturing collects IoT data from the production site to create a more connected factory for increased production and quality.

Open Manufacturing Language initiative serves printed circuit board assemblers. The Open Manufacturing Language initiative, launched by Mentor Graphics Corporation, will offer an Internet of things solution specific to printed circuit board assembly. The solution provides a comprehensive, vendor-neutral interface.

2016 Maintenance Study finds seven key impacts. A study performed by Plant Engineering reveals seven findings that have significant impacts on maintenance management, including strategies, shutdown schedules, training and technology.

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What Is the FrontRunners Quadrant?


A Graphic of the Top-Rated Manufacturing Products

FrontRunners uses real reviews from real software users to highlight the top software products for North American small businesses.

Our goal is to help small businesses to make more informed decisions about what software is right for them. That’s why we engineered FrontRunners.

To create this report, we evaluated over 70 Manufacturing products. Only those with the top scores for Usability and User Recommended made the cut as FrontRunners.

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Scores are based on reviews from real software users.

What’s the Difference Between the “Small Vendor” and “Enterprise Vendor” Views?


The Different Graphics Show Different Sizes of Vendors

Small and Enterprise refer to the size of the software vendor company—not necessarily the size of customers they serve.

We break vendors into two groups for two reasons: It’s a more equal comparison of products, and software buyers have told us it’s helpful.

To determine who’s Small and who’s Enterprise, we look at how many employees the vendors have. All products in FrontRunners, whether Enterprise or Small, are evaluated using the same process.

Each graphic shows the top 10-15 performers for each the Enterprise and Small vendor categories. You can switch views simply by clicking on the version you’d like to see (above the graphic). You can read more in the full FrontRunners methodology here.

How Are FrontRunners Products Selected?


Products Are Scored Based on User Reviews


The gist is that products are scored in two areas—Usability and User Recommended—based on actual user ratings.

To be considered at all, products must have at least 20 reviews published within the previous 18 months, and meet minimum user rating scores. They also have to offer a core set of functionality—for example, materials requirements planning, execution management, quality management and product lifecycle management.

From there, user reviews dictate the Usability and User Recommended scores. Usability is plotted on the x-axis and User Recommended on the y-axis.

You can download the full FrontRunners for Manufacturing report here. It contains individual scorecards for each product on the Frontrunners quadrant.

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