Improve Manufacturing Productivity and Efficiency with an ERP System

April 2, 2020 | Discrete Manufacturing
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Manufacturing productivity and efficiency requires a streamlined approach, with as much automation and smart business processes as possible to maximize the time available for the real work of manufacturing products. Improving manufacturing productivity often means working smarter, not harder. When your business processes and software solutions are working for you with little need for manual input, there’s more time to make products and get them out to your clients.

An ERP system simplifies and streamlines all of your business operations, reducing complexity and improving manufacturing productivity. The result is stronger profits, happier customers, and better use of your time and the time of your employees. Here’s how an ERP system works to improve productivity in the manufacturing industry.

Take Advantage of the Cloud

Modern software solutions have moved away from expensive and infrastructure-heavy on-premise deployments. An ERP system that operates in the cloud improves manufacturing productivity because it is fast and easy to set up and use right away. If you need more out of your ERP system, a cloud-based system scales well and integrates easily with other systems and components. And, you and your staff can access cloud-based information and processes anywhere, any time.

Streamline Your Workflow

Complex business processes take a lot of time. Streamlining is important to maximize earnings, but what exactly does that look like with an ERP system in place?

First, your company needs to examine the existing workflow, from technology to staff to your business processes. Wherever you have redundancy, confusion, or inefficiency, there is an opportunity to streamline with your ERP. Find the pain points and bottlenecks and use the ERPs data and smart analysis to find solutions. Such solutions include automation or implementing new scheduling and workflow monitoring.

Maximize Inventory Management

Inventory management is key to manufacturing productivity and efficiency. Too much product inventory and you’re potentially losing profits. Too little and you’re risking frustrated customers. An ERP system can automatically track and reorder inventory based on historical data and intelligent, automated predictions. It works to track where inventory is, where it needs to go, and when it will arrive, so you never have to worry about stopping work because of missing components. If you run into problems like poor quality, rejections, or late shipments, the ERP tracks it and alerts you so you can find alternative solutions.

Increase Your Revenue

With your workflow, supply chain, business processes, and product inventory working to its utmost efficiency, you may already be seeing increased revenue. There’s still potential for more, as your newly streamlined business has the time and resources to reach out to more clients, create more products, hire more people, or invest in new equipment to do more work. An investment in an ERP system pays off.

Get in touch with Decision Resources, Inc. to learn more about improving manufacturing productivity with an ERP system. You can also call us at 412-562-9660 or email

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