MRP vs. APS and the 5 Reasons You Should Pick APS

July 29, 2020 | Process Manufacturing

By Leigh Lathrop History  While Material Requirements Planning (MRP) had its role to play, emerging demands for increased visibility into the planning process, the increase in sophistication across manufacturing and distribution processes, and the improved processing power in Information Systems ushered in the birth of Advanced Planning and Scheduling (APS). MRP’s fundamental philosophy is back-planning […]

How ERP Can Be Used to Improve Company Performance

July 23, 2020 | Process Manufacturing

No matter the size, every organization consists of departments. Each is based on the functions they serve to the business as a whole. In a typical process manufacturing company, those departments would include accounting, sales, purchasing, inventory, production, and human resources, and more. In many organizations, each department is a separate entity with limited real-time […]

COVID-19 Recovery Outlook for Food and Beverage Manufacturers

July 17, 2020 | Process Manufacturing

Food and beverage manufacturers in the U.S. took a substantial hit during the COVID-19 lockdown. The unprecedented disruptions affected supply chains, the foodservice sector, and commodity prices. As the country looks ahead to the recovery phase of the pandemic, many questions emerge about the industry’s outlook as it moves forward amid a changing consumer landscape. […]

What Food and Chemical Manufacturers Need to Know About ERP Upgrades

July 15, 2020 | Process Manufacturing

By now, you have seen the positive effects that a quality ERP solution has in supporting your business operations and all the data that accompanies it. If your system has become outdated, you’ve likely noticed that your efficiencies and ability to make quick and accurate decisions have suffered. Implementing an ERP system can be a […]

Challenges ERP Can Solve for Food, Beverage, and Chemical Manufacturers

July 9, 2020 | Process Manufacturing

Many manufacturing companies are seeking to optimize the critical steps in their processes. As a result, their lead times, costs, and quality control efforts often suffer. Much of this is due to their inability to handle each step with maximum efficiency. Since full transparency during the planning and execution stages of production is one of […]

Why Food Manufacturers Need Industry-Specific ERP

July 7, 2020 | Process Manufacturing

After you have decided to purchase an ERP solution, the search begins for the one that’s right for your food or beverage manufacturing business, which leads to a slew of other decisions. One of those (and arguably the most critical) is whether to choose generic or industry-specific ERP software. Fortunately, while other choices throughout the […]

Choosing the Right ERP Partner

July 2, 2020 | Process Manufacturing

DRI’s latest free e-book resource, Leveraging ERP Solutions for Food, Beverage, and Chemical Manufacturers, contains the critical information for manufacturers in these key industries to respond to and position for COVID-19 challenges and opportunities. However, your manufacturing company’s response and positioning require more than information—this endeavor necessitates the right partnerships to enable the right solutions for […]

3 Questions Food Manufacturers Ask About ERPs

June 30, 2020 | Process Manufacturing

There are many considerations for food manufacturers when it comes to enterprise resource planning. Food manufacturing is complex and highly regulated. This industry requires constant and strict adherence to compliance, ongoing assurance of food safety and sanitization protocols, and continual responsiveness to customer demand, all while managing steep competition, supply chains, pricing shifts, and changing […]

Creating Accurate Forecast Models

June 25, 2020 | Process Manufacturing

By Dan Diaz & Leigh Lathrop The COVID-19 pandemic has created disruptions to almost every aspect of how we work, interact, gather, and consume. These changes in social behavior and buying habits have resulted in a worldwide air of uncertainty. Eventually, we will turn the corner and move back to more traditional buying habits and […]

5 ERP Benefits for Batch Process Manufacturing

June 23, 2020 | Process Manufacturing

Batch process manufacturing is an approach to creating products that use recipes or formulas. Process manufacturers bring together the various components of a product through step by step progressions. Unlike discreet manufacturing, in which the final product can often be disassembled to some degree, the raw ingredients contained in an item after batch processing typically […]