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Can ERP Software Work for a Complex Manufacturer?

All manufacturers purchase resources, manufacture a product and then sell the finished item to their customers. Although many manufacturing processes vary in terms of BOMs (Bills of Materials), routes involved and resources required, the same principal applies to all: Buy, Make and Sell. 

Whilst this may be a very simplified explanation, for many manufacturers the manufacturing process can appear complex. This often depends on several factors influencing how and when things are made, including:  

  • The individual processes included throughout the whole process from start to finish – and there may well be multiple processes 

  • The required BOMs or routes to denote the order in which things are assembled – which could include multiple processes and many sub-assemblies 
  • Expertise and resources to complete the process.  

Complexity is also added by people, systems and processes. So, when faced with the challenge of implementing a company-wide IT system to address your manufacturing process, you may well expect that to be a complex task as well.

Can Manufacturing ERP Software Help?   

Regardless of what is bought, made or sold, ERP (Enterprise Resource Planning) software will remove what is considered complexity from manufacturing processes by streamlining processes, increasing productivity, lowering operating costs, removing unnecessary layers, optimising inventory and planning staff to deliver a far more efficient business.  

Despite the complexity of the product sold, manufacturing ERP software solutions can be tailored to meet any level of functionality which best achieves the desired result. Processes can be streamlined through removing or automating unnecessary layers which are added through staff activities. Optimisation of inventory levels and planning across multiple sites and locations can be achieved to help reduce errors and improve the overall delivery of the product.

The huge number of benefits that ERP software can bring may give the impression that the software is unattainable or overwhelmingand you may also think that you wouldn’t find the right software for your complex manufacturing business.  

Choosing the Right Support Partner Matters

Although ERP manufacturing software has the capabilities to meet many complex manufacturing needs, it is the support partner you choose which will be able to provide tailored functionality and services that meet your desired business needs and goals effectively.  

Support partners are essential in helping your business implement and install a system which meets your business goals now. They also help you along the way to grow as the needs of your business change. A dedicated support partner will also continue to provide ongoing support where necessary and even make suggestions as new technology becomes available which may be able to better the functionality that you currently have. 

Modules of ERP software can be sold and work separately depending on a business's immediate needs. This means manufacturers of all sizes can reap the benefits to be had from ERP software.  

Want to Find Out More?

Speak to Syscom today to find out how we could solve your complex manufacturing processes with tailored ERP solutions for complex manufacturing. Call us today on 01384 400 600, email us at info@syscom.plc.uk or submit a contact form below.