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Meeting Process Manufacturing Challenges Through More Potent Functionality
The process manufacturing market remains one of the most competitive and dynamic segments of manufacturing. Process manufacturers must evolve to meet the

process manufacturing challenges  Process Manufacturing Challenges Through More Potent Functionality The process manufacturing market remains one of the most competitive and dynamic segments of manufacturing. Process manufacturers must evolve to meet the challenges of changing market demands, the increasing commoditization of products, and the volatility of pricing in energy and raw materials. A powerful enterprise resource planning (ERP) system with detailed functionality should help process manufacturers manage active ingredients

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Core PLM for Process Industries

The foundation of product lifecycle management (PLM) for the process (or recipe-based) manufacturing industries is product data management (PDM). It covers design and product-related aspects of PLM including management of material specifications, recipes, formulas, production processes, design tools, document management, and collaboration. 

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Using ERP for Process Manufacturing Quality Management


Today, process manufacturing executives need to think about more than core batch and recipe management capabilities when considering software solutions like enterprise resource planning (ERP). Due to both regulatory and market factors, quality management and documentation of the quality and content of goods produced is essential. Advancing environmental awareness and the ability to handle recalls both factor into this increased focus on quality.

Customers have high expectations of manufacturers and other suppliers and often focus on good corporate behaviors, especially when it comes to sustainability. Adherence to legislation is of course necessary—but manufacturers who go beyond the required can find this to be a competitive advantage.

As supply chains and distribution patterns become more global, more process manufacturers also need to pay attention to and comply with numerous national and regional regulations.

This white paper outlines how batch process manufacturers can select and use enterprise software with embedded quality management functionality to face these challenges.

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SAP Manufacturing-Manufacturing Intelligence Dashboards


Adaptiveness in the manufacturing sector depends on being able to push decision making to the shop floor. But that’s often easier said than done. However, manufacturing intelligence dashboards aggregate content from the full range of manufacturing systems into a single view of operations. These role-specific dashboards thus enable employees to manage manufacturing performance, and respond quickly to changes.

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TEC 2013 ERP Buyer's Guide for Process Manufacturing


A focus on user experience is driving ERP vendors to deliver lean, flexible solutions that blur the lines between traditional ERP tiers. Read this buyer’s guide and see how vendors are addressing the most pressing process manufacturing challenges—especially for food and beverage companies who face unique pressures in today’s health-conscious market—and how trends like integrated BI, in-memory analytics, mobility, and social media are changing the way process manufacturers do business.

This buyer’s guide provides an overview of the process manufacturing industry, including an in-depth look into the needs of process manufacturers, and then gives a detailed description of how an enterprise resource planning (ERP) software system can fulfill these needs. The guide also takes a broad look at major current information technology (IT) trends and their effect on the ERP market, and ERP solution trends specific to the manufacturing industry.

The ERP for process manufacturers’ buyer’s guide also examines the general business challenges faced by process manufacturers, with an emphasis on the unique challenges of the food and beverage vertical, and offers tools for helping these organizations select the right software solution to address the challenges. It further presents a breakdown of ERP product functionality required by process manufacturers and details how a select list of vendors supports those requirements. Lastly, the guide presents a range of real-life case studies that highlight client successes in the process manufacturing sector, along with specialized solutions for food and beverage manufacturers, and thought leadership about relevant process manufacturing issues and challenges and the solutions vendors in this space are offering to address them.


Table of Contents


Preface

About this Guide

ERP for Process Manufacturing Buyer’s Guide

Process Manufacturing and ERP solutions

ERP System Technology Trends

Trends in ERP Solutions for the Manufacturing History

Process Manufacturing Business Challenges

Food and Beverage Industry Unique Challenges

TEC Market Insight for Process Manufacturing ERP Selection Projects

Conclusion

Product Comparison


TEC Resources for Process Manufacturing

TEC Selection Project

TEC Helps San Carlos Select New ERP Solution


Casebook

Deacom Customer Success Story: D.G. Yuengling & Son – Brewing Up Efficiency

Epicor Customer Success Story: Epicor Tropos Solution Key ERP Ingredient for New Bloomer Candy Company

Epicor Thought Leadership: Why Food & Beverage Manufacturers Should Avoid Generic ERP Systems

IFS Customer Success Story: Kemin Gains Worldwide Efficiencies with Infor M3

Infor Thought Leadership: The Future of Controlling Costs in Food & Beverage Manufacturing

IQMS Customer Success Story: Network Polymers and IQMS: A Mixture for Success

JustFoodERP Customer Success Story: Leading Snack Food Manufacturer Selects JustFoodERP to Meet Regulatory Compliance

Sage Customer Success Story: Alloy Polymers Finds Formula for Success in Sage ERP X3

Sage Customer Success Story: Sage ERP X3 Has Garland Industries Covered

SAP Customer Success Story: Achieving Powerful End-to-end Processes in the Supply Chain

SAP Customer Success Story: ACH Food Companies: Transforming from a Commercial to a Consumer- branded Business

SYSPRO Customer Success Story: SYSPRO Helps Vanns Spices Enhance Efficiency and Tighten Controls

Plex Customer Success Story: Groeb Farms Cuts Processing Time by 600-plus Hours Annually, Reduces BRC Mock Recall Time by 75 Percent


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Process Manufacturing and ERP Solutions


Process Manufacturing Defined

Process manufacturers are commonly concerned with tracking formulas and recipes, variable units of measure or bulk products, and product ingredients. Process manufacturing often results in a product, which once produced, cannot be broken back down into its component parts.

Processing manufacturing is defined by APICS, the Educational Society for Resource Management (formerly the American Production and Inventory Control Society), as “production that adds value by mixing, separating, forming, and/or performing chemical reactions. It may be done in either batch or continuous mode,” as opposed to discrete manufacturing, which concerns itself with the tracking of parts, units, and bills of materials (BOMs). Like many definitions, this one can be adapted to meet the needs of marketers or others. But, when it comes to manufacturing, APICS is still one of the best sources for purist definitions in the manufacturing industry.

This guide also touches upon mixed-mode manufacturing, defined for the purposes of this guide as a combination of discrete and process manufacturing. (The term is sometimes used to refer to running one manufacturing mode in combination with another manufacturing mode, e.g., continuous make-to-stock [MTS] production lines along with engineer-to-order [ETO].)

Process manufacturing is performed by many different manufacturers, with the majority falling into the following broader vertical market segments: food and beverage, chemical, and pharmaceutical/biotech industries. While other vertical segments, such as nutraceuticals and cosmeceuticals also exist, this guide examines the needs of process manufacturing in general, with a closer look at the needs of the food and beverage industry.

When a process manufacturer is looking for a software solution that meets its needs, it is important to look for a vendor that has developed its solution for the process manufacturing industry from the ground up. Some vendor solutions were initially developed for the discrete manufacturing industry, and functionality specific to process manufacturing was subsequently added as an afterthought. Because the end product of process manufacturing is created in such a different way from the end product of discrete or mixed-mode manufacturing, certain aspects of the manufacturing process must be treated from a process-specific perspective in the functionalities of a process manufacturing solution, such as formulation, routing, ingredients, unit of measure, and pricing.

Process manufacturers also need to look for vendor solutions that have strong references from customers in their particular industry—it is recommended not to be the first to use a system for a particular vertical market segment. For example, if a bakery is looking to purchase a solution, it should be able to call upon the experience of other bakeries using that solution. The case studies included in this guide provide the reader with solid customer references for process manufacturing solutions.


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Process Manufacturing Software: A Primer


This article defines process manufacturing; discusses its formulation, packaging, and pricing issues; talks about interfaces; and provides cautions and caveats.

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A Primer on Lean Manufacturing Using Microsoft Dynamics AX


Lean manufacturing constructs have been incorporated into the Microsoft Dynamics AX package, enabling firms to support lean and traditional manufacturing practices in a single system. This primer covers the constructs for supporting many of the variations in lean practices.

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Ramco Enterprise Process Manufacturing


Features and capabilities of the Ramco Enterprise Process Manufacturing product include co-product, by-product, and recycle handling; catch weight; yield; ISA S88 compliant model definition; and trial formulation and new product development. It also features and accommodates user-designed document templates, multiple pack sizes, master production schedule, material requirements planning, rough-cut capacity planning, and production order lifecycle management.  

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ERP in Manufacturing AXIS


Enterprise resource planning (ERP) provides a necessary infrastructure, along with the transactional detail and system of record that any manufacturing business needs. But ERP also enables streamlining and accelerating business processes—while providing visibility to those processes throughout the enterprise. This AXIS report looks at ERP solution providers from a market readiness and customer value derived perspective.

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Plex Manufacturing Cloud


The Plex Manufacturing Cloud (formerly known as Plex Online) offers more than 350 functional modules that give manufacturers instant access to vital information and management functions via a simple Web browser. Plex Manufacturing Cloud offers features for virtually every department within a manufacturing operation, including manufacturing operations management (MOM) and quality management systems (QMS) for the shop floor; customer relationship management (CRM) for sales and marketing; supply chain management (SCM) for procurement; and enterprise resource planning (ERP) for finance and management. The on-demand solution features product life cycle management (PLM) functions such as program and change management; ERP functions such as accounting and finance modules; CRM features such as order entry and tracking; manufacturing execution systems (MES) functions such as production scheduling and machine integration; and SCM functions such as supplier quality and traceability.

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The Five Keys to Manufacturing Success: Encouraging Profitable Growth


These are challenging times for discrete manufacturing, especially for small to midsize companies. To stay competitive and meet rising expectations, manufacturers must seize every opportunity to grow—but wisely and profitably. This white paper presents clear strategies that can help these manufacturers achieve competitive advantage while giving clients the innovative, competitively priced products they demand.

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