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Compare Manufacturing Software Industry Systems for Aerospace, Defense, Chemical, Electronics, Food and Beverage, Medical Devices, Pharmaceuticals

Six critical industries that are served by a range of software vendors are described below:

  • Aerospace and Defense — The Aerospace Industry designs and maintains aircraft and spacecraft for private and for government use. It also often designs the tools and components that service these aircraft. Almost by Definition, the aerospace and defense industries are inter-related because so many of the aerospace components can be designed for both military and private use. There is more and more overlap, as time goes on between Aerospace and Defense applications and the needs of the private sector.Basic manufacturing functions are needed by all parts of the manufacturing sector: inventory control, shop floor applications, all accounting functions are basic to all types of manufacturing, but as more and more specialized software is developed by industry, the specific of a generalized manufacturing package will not be applicable from one industry to another. Specialized templates and applications will be needed for Aerospace and Defense applications. Then, too, security and physical safety concerns are often issues for industries like these, and the software requires additional safeguards.

    Several mid-market vendors for aerospace include: Exact JobBOSS, E2 Shop System, and Infor Visual.

  • Chemical— The Chemical Industry has particular requirements that generic ERP software could not begin to serve: Formula matching and formula optimization, the need to meet Federal and state regulatory and compliance mandates, safety concerns and testing standards for consumption and for the manufacturing environment, FDA standards for pharmaceuticals, and so much more.In addition to the standard issues of manufacturing productivity, and the need to bring products to market, to distribute them, and general accounting needs, there are many software applications and demands that is specific to the Chemical industry.

    New technologies and software for Chemical Industry Manufacturing Software makes new processes and applications available to the chemical manufacturing industry today. Some of the applications that might be desirable for chemical manufacturers would be Assemblies, Audit Trails, Financials and Accounting Applications, and Marketing tools.

    In addition, new tools such as mobile devices integrated into ERP systems, Dashboard and GUI interfaces for overall ERP management, and Big Data analytics offer chemical manufacturing managers better tools to manage all their manufacturing functions. ERP in the Cloud for the chemical industry also offers the ability to keep current with technology and software without having to reinvent your physical and software plant.

    Several vendors in this arena include: Sage ERP X3, Sage 300 ERP, Epicor, Batchmaster, and Infor Adage.

  • Electronics — The electronics industry is a high-tech and exacting industry with its own specific requirements. When we are talking about anything from fiber optic cables to transistors to remotely-controlled appliances, and even homes, the degree of exactness required in such manufacturing procedures is great and the stakes of poor quality are high and can cost a company their market share.As our everyday world becomes more and more dependent on electronic products, including our cell phones, tablets, medical treatment electronic and tool components, computer controlled automobile parts, and almost everything else, the needs of the electronics production company grow and overlap with other industries.

    Vendors in the mid-market arena that serve the electronics industry include: Epicor ERP, Infor Syteline, SYSPRO, ECi M1, Dynamics AX, and Dynamics Navision.

  • Food and Beverage — The food and beverage industry has special requirements regarding safety, traceability of ingredient, recipe based materials management, extending shelf-life with faster throughout of products, and regulatory compliance.Processors and packagers of food have different manufacturing requirements, including consignment costing, order and delivery processing, retailer-specific labeling, high-speed order management, and streamlined production. Obviously, many of these processes are requirements shared by many other manufacturers within other industries. But food and beverage producers have specific requirements within these processes, and industry-specific software can cut the time and costs associated with these processes.

    Several vendors that serve the food and beverage industry include: SYSPRO, Sage ERP X3, Exact MAX, and Infor Adage.

  • Medical Device Manufacturing – With the legal reach of electronic medical records across the medical industry, the role and the requirements of medical devices within the industry have grown and changed. Medical devices are now required to interface not only with other medical monitoring devices but with electronic medical record systems. Medical devices are also subject to federal regulation. In fact, some medical related software apps may soon be classified as medical devices.

    The range of medical devices is huge, from software programs and blood sugar testers to huge CT and MRI machines, and manufacturing requirements for different types of devices vary tremendously.

    Vendors that serve the medical device industry include: Expandable ERP, Epicor, SYSPRO, EXACT MAX, and IQMS.

  • Pharmaceutical Industry Software–Because the pharmaceutical industry, like the food, beverage and chemical industries, is heavily regulated by US government agencies, and the governments of other countries that a company exports and sells to, and because it involves an exacting set of procedures heavily related to medical developments and bio-engineering issues, manufacturing software for the pharma industry is complex.

    When buying and implementing ERP software for the pharmaceutical environment, this industry has some specific requirements in addition to the regular materials and accounting / financial management functions that any manufacturing concern would require.

    Several vendors that serve the pharma industry include: SYSPRO, Sage ERP X3,TGI, and Infor Adage.