Industries That Are Better Off Because of ERP Systems

October 2, 2019 | ERP Systems
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The truth is, we can’t think of any industries that are not better off because of ERP systems! Any company that is working with data, people, products, and services can gain a serious competitive edge and increase productivity with this platform.

While all industries can and will benefit from ERP systems, those with unique or highly-specific needs may find ERPs to be a significantly helpful addition. Here we’ve outlined a variety of specialized sectors in which choosing the right ERP is vital. If you don’t see your industry listed below, the ERP experts at DRI can help you to find the right solution for your company and your industry.  

Foundries and Forging

Foundries and forging companies are highly specialized. That means they require an ERP system that meets industry-specific needs. Heat treat operations, chemical properties, and other specialized product attributes, as well as shop floor automation, quality control, and customer and vendor communications are critical. Not just any platform can get all of that done efficiently and without error. But we can provide the right ERP for this kind of performance. Foundries, forging companies, and other firms in primary metals will see a substantial positive impact from the introduction and integration of an ERP system. 

Equipment Manufacturing

Anyone who is making, moving, or maintaining equipment and machinery knows that many parts and pieces are involved, literally and figuratively. A good ERP platform accounts for all of those parts, with a strong focus specifically on visibility and control.

An ERP does a lot of heavy lifting in equipment manufacturing. It provides highly detailed product tracking, configuration tools for companies offering custom orders, project management, service and repair applications, and shop floor automation.

Oil and Gas

There is very little room for error in oil and gas operations, which makes an ERP especially valuable in this industry. A reliable platform connects customers, vendors, and your company. It can track processes, as well as the quality of products and services through the entire sales funnel. 

With an ERP, you can manage inventory in various locations, whether on-site or off. An ERP can also help you handle service and repair costs, tracking, billing, and warranties. The system will provide real-time data to vendors and customers, and ensure that you’re providing the highest quality services across the board.

Metal Fabrication

Metal fabrication is another demanding industry that relies on highly proficient processes and operations. With an ERP, your company doesn’t need to worry about manually monitoring specifications (leaving room for human error!). Instead, you and your team can track all product attributes, including size, shape, color, and material, ensure quality across the board, track information, and even integrate the ERP with your CAD system. You also won’t have to worry about being on the wrong side of regulatory compliance with an ERP designed for metal fabrication.

Food Manufacturing

An ERP will have significant benefits to offer food manufacturers, from the ability to manage recipes and formulas in a centralized database, to ensuring quality and consistency. It’s also advantageous for managing recalls, lot control, and batch scheduling, on top of the usual benefits. 

We also know first-hand that other industries like electronics manufacturing, aerospace and defense, mining, and material processing benefit from the centralization, automation, and tracking features of an ERP. Take a look at the industries we support and please contact us with questions, or for more information on how to select and integrate an ERP that is specific to your industry.

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