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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:This industry designs and maintains aircraft and spacecraft for private and for government use and often designs the tools and components that service these aircraft as well. These industries are inter-related because so many aerospace components can be designed for both military and private use.

    There is more and more overlap between aerospace and defense applications and the needs of the private sector. Basic manufacturing functions are needed by all parts of this manufacturing sector: inventory control, shop floor applications, and accounting functions that are basic to all types of manufacturing. As more and more specialized software is developed by industry, the specifics 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. Security and physical safety concerns are often issues for industries like these and the software requires additional safeguards.

  • Chemical: This 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 satisfy general accounting needs, there are many software applications and demands that are specific to the chemical industry including assemblies, audit trails, financials, 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 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.

  • Electronics: This industry is high-tech and exacting 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 its market share. As our everyday world becomes more and more dependent on electronic products, including cell phones, tablets, medical treatment electronic and tool components, computer controlled automobile parts, and more, the needs of an electronics production company will grow and overlap with other industries.

  • Food and Beverage: This 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. Many of these requirements are shared by other manufacturers in other industries, but food and beverage producers have specific requirements within these processes and industry-specific software can cut time and costs.
  • Medical Device Manufacturing: With the legal reach of electronic medical records across the medical industry, the role and the requirements of medical devices have grown and changed. Medical devices are 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.

  • Pharmaceutical Industry Software: Software for this industry is complex. 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. In addition, this industry involves an exacting set of procedures heavily related to medical developments and bio-engineering issues.

    This industry has some specific requirements in addition to the regular materials and accounting/financial management functions that a manufacturing concern would require.