Manufacturing ERP

Get real-time insights and end-to-end control of your production and financials to drive efficiency and business growth.

  • Real-time coordination across your business
  • Work from anywhere on any device
  • Centralized reporting and approvals
  • Advanced forecasting and CTP capabilities
  • Support for multiple manufacturing methodologies
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WHY DO YOU NEED MANUFACTURING ERP

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Increased Cost

The use of multiple systems on different platforms increases a manufacturer’s IT costs for application licensing, implementation, custom integrations, and support.

Costly Customizations

Utilizing a legacy or entry-level ERP system that relies heavily on expensive customizations and one-off integrations is difficult to maintain and support.

Poor Data Visibility

Without the use of an appropriate ERP system, your data becomes siloed, preventing manufacturing management from making critical business decisions with the best information. Siloed data can create confusion and result in unhappy customers and lost revenue opportunities.

Limited Extensibility

It is difficult and often impossible to connect legacy systems with current business and industry technologies. Without an ERP, manufacturers are unable to automate processes and connect data from external systems or machines.

Missed Opportunities

Manufacturers who have an inefficient manufacturing process can easily have delayed customer shipments and increased costs.

Unhappy Customers

Poor communications, late deliveries, product quality issues and delayed access to information can result in negative customer experiences.

ACUMATICA MANUFACTURING

ERP OVERVIEW

Manage every aspect of your manufacturing business in one place, and boost efficiency with a comprehensive, mobile, manufacturing ERP designed for your unique needs.

Why should you use

manufacturing cloud ERP?

Benefits for Manufacturers

Improve Data Visibility

With a comprehensive manufacturing ERP system in place, businesses connect information and workflows across departments, which improves data accuracy. Access to accurate and timely data allows management to focus on critical outliers through data alerts and dashboards.

Flexibility

An ERP system allows you to set up your back-office system to match the way you already do business. It also has the flexibility to adapt to any vendor or customer requirement, compliance regulations, or other business changes.

Reduce Costs

Utilizing a comprehensive ERP platform eliminates costly custom integrations and third-party application licenses, reducing the cost of ongoing maintenance and support.

Boost Manufacturing Efficiency

Improve your efficiency with Acumatica Manufacturing Edition. Acumatica provides everything distributors need to understand costs, reduce scrap, improve product quality, optimize inventory, minimize carrying costs, and maximize resource utilization.

Timely and Accurate Data

The Acumatica platform connects to leading-edge business and industry technologies for improvements in accurate and timely data capture and improved efficiency.

Reduce IT Costs

Acumatica’s Manufacturing Edition saves manufacturers from one-off integrations, costly third party applications, and intrusive customizations.

Increase Sales

Improved manufacturing processes result in lower costs and more competitive pricing, allowing you to convert more manufacturing estimates to sales. Make it easy for customers to self-serve through integrated customer portals with access to product configurators and estimating. Integrated B2B and B2C commerce storefronts help you sell online. Access to meaningful sales analysis helps you to sell more to existing customers.

Customer Retention

Improve customer satisfaction and retention with improved customer service, on-time deliveries, competitive pricing, and access to self-service information.

Why customers choose

acumatica ERP

Competitive Differentiators

Product Breadth

Acumatica provides unmatched product breadth with out-of-the-box manufacturing, financials, distribution, project accounting, CRM, document management, workflows, field service, and BI (Microsoft Power BI).

Future-Proof Platform

Acumatica is built on a pure cloud platform with AI/ML framework, embedded BI and analytics (Microsoft Power BI), and open APIs for connectivity to leading industry and business technologies.

Real-Time Information

The Acumatica Manufacturing Edition provides unmatched customer access to real-time information from the customer portal. Customers can see any real-time information you choose to share, including estimates, quotes, sales orders, shipments, inventory, and more.

Manufacturing Differentiators

Acumatica Manufacturing Edition provides a unique combination of manufacturing features, including:

  • Product Configurator
  • Disassembly
  • Outside Processing
  • Manufacturing Data Capture
  • Support for discrete and batch process orders

Web and Mobile Framework

Acumatica’s industry-leading browser interface and mobile apps provide distinctive and unmatched mobility on any device, anywhere. The only requirement is an internet connection.

Intuitive User Interface

Acumatica Manufacturing Edition provides a rare combination of simplicity and functionality. The intuitive user interface is easy to learn with limited training required.

Automated Communications

Acumatica Business Events can be used to automate notifications to customers, providing exceptional customer service. Any information in the database can be shared including document transmittal, status changes for production orders and shipments, and more.

Flexible Methods of

Manufacturing

MAKE TO STOCK (MTS)

MTS is a manufacturing system where finished goods are produced to stock. Customer orders are fulfilled from existing stock as opposed to being fulfilled from manufacturing. In this method manufacturing proactively maintains adequate stock levels for forecasted customer orders.

  • Demand Forecasting
  • Inventory Replenishment
  • Engineering Change Orders
  • B2B or B2C Commerce

MAKE TO ORDER (MTO)

MTO manufacturers rarely stock finished goods. Instead, manufacturing is scheduled to fulfill direct customer orders. Some variants of MTO manufacturing include ATO, CTO, ETO, and job shop manufacturing.

  • Estimating
  • Vendor Request for Quote (RFQ)
  • CAD Bill of Material Integration
  • Job Costing
  • Product Configurator

ASSEMBLE TO ORDER (ATO)

ATO manufacturers assemble components to fulfill customer orders, and therefore rarely stock finished assemblies. They have simple processes and production requirements.

  • Demand Forecasting
  • Kitting and Disassembly
  • Light Manufacturing

ENGINEER TO ORDER (ETO)

ETO manufacturers design products based on customer specifications prior to manufacturing. Assemblies and raw materials are kept in stock, but they are not assembled until a customer order is received and the part is designed by engineering.

  • Engineering Change Orders
  • Vendor Request for Quote
  • CAD Bill of Material Integration

CONFIGURE TO ORDER (CTO)

CTO manufacturing generates unique finished goods using a rules-based product configurator to define the bill of materials and routing based on options and values such as size, color, or other variables.

  • Product Configurator
  • B2B or B2C Commerce
  • Matrix Items

MIXED MODE (MM)

Mixed-mode manufacturers produce finished goods both to stock (MTS) and to order (MTO). Also, companies that operate discrete and process operations are sometimes called mixed mode.

  • Demand Forecasting
  • Engineering Change Orders
  • Bill of Materials and Recipes or Formulas

REMANUFACTURING (REMAN)

Remanufacturing relates to used parts being repaired for resale. Remanufacturing is common for consumer electronics, transmissions, batteries, printer ink, furniture, and other products. Recycling and disassembly are also forms of remanufacturing where products are broken down into salvageable components.

  • Disassembly
  • By-products and Co-products
  • Core Management

JOB SHOP

Job shops typically have minimal raw materials and finished goods inventory on-site. Most orders begin with an estimate, with the job shop purchasing materials directly for their customer’s orders. True job shops do not stock finished goods and typically ship directly from work in process to the customer.

  • Estimating
  • Vendor request for quote (RFQ)
  • Job Costing

REPETITIVE / CONTINUOUS FLOW

Repetitive Manufacturing (REM) is the production of goods in rapid succession and typically is used in conjunction with automated assembly. It is common when producing a standard product for a model year where there is a known or expected demand for the period. Repetitive and continuous flow manufacturing often relies on Master Production Scheduling (MPS) and Rough-Cut Capacity Planning (RCCP).

  • Demand Forecasting
  • Material and labor backflush
  • Engineering Change Orders
  • MPS and RCCP
  • Scheduling by Item

BATCH PROCESS

Batch process manufacturers use batches, formulas, and recipes, as opposed to a discrete bill of materials and work order. The formula or recipe is either a percentage of the batch or a discrete quantity. Acumatica natively supports batch order types, lot tracking, picking by lot expiration date, and many other process manufacturing business requirements. Other process manufacturers use partner applications that extend Acumatica with more advanced process manufacturing features.

  • Formulas or Recipes
  • Scalable Batch Orders
  • Loss / Yield Reporting
  • Lot Tracking with Attributes
  • By-products and Co-products

PROJECT-CENTRIC

Project-centric manufacturers cost, schedule, and build complex products in phases. This is common in capital equipment, aerospace and defense, and other labor-intensive industries.

  • Project Management
  • Product Configurator
  • Engineering Change Orders
  • CAD and PLM Integration

LEAN MANUFACTURING

Lean manufacturing is a method of manufacturing that minimizes waste in both materials and processes. It often uses just-in-time pull systems to shorten lead times, reduce operating costs, and improve product quality.

  • Kanban (Toyota Production System)
  • Single Minute Exchange of Dies (SMED)
  • Poka-Yoke (Error-Proofing)
  • Lot Tracking with Attributes
  • Value Stream Mapping

Specialized ERP Features by Industry

FOOD AND BEVERAGE

Manufacturers of food and beverage products can be either process or discrete. They may require lot tracking, batch processing, and recipe or formula management. Catch weights, expiration dates, unit of measure conversions and variable product packaging are common. Route management for direct store delivery (DSD) is required for some businesses.

APPAREL, LEATHER, AND JEWELRY

Matrix items are an essential requirement for apparel, textile, leather, and jewelry products to manage pricing and availability across product families where style, size, and color combinations are difficult to manage. Retail sales, commerce integration, and product configuration are also popular. PLM is a major requirement.

CHEMICALS AND LIFE SCIENCES

Pharmaceutical, cosmetics, chemical, and similar businesses are predominantly process-based. Batch production, formula and recipe management, and lot tracking are all essential functions. Advanced features include concentrations, potency, specific gravity, and yield and loss tracking. Compliance with the FDA, EPA, and other regulations are also common.

WOOD PRODUCTS

There are only a few ERP systems that support the building products industry well. Acumatica has features such as matrix items which are useful for managing items with variations such as grade or dimensions. Other requirements common in the industry include lot tracking, co- and by-products, and point of sale.

FURNITURE AND HOME GOODS

Most furniture manufacturers require product configuration in their ERP system. Retail and e-commerce sales are also increasingly common for manufacturers of furniture and home goods.

PAPER PRODUCTS

Paper mills and manufacturers of cardboard, envelopes, and publications require specialized ERP systems. Paper mills are best suited to process-oriented ERP systems. Specialized ERP systems for the publishing industry are configured to manage writing and layout for books and magazines. Other companies in this industry rely on general manufacturing ERP systems for basic capabilities.

PLASTIC AND RUBBER

Plastic and rubber product manufacturers require traceability for regrind for recovered material and often schedule production by color to reduce clean-up between production runs. Lot tracking, co- and by-products are also a major concern.

NON-METALLIC MINERALS

Lot traceability is vital for manufacturers of stone, concrete, tile, glass, and other products. Matrix item requirements and dimensional inventory are also common. Other requirements include lot attributes, co- and by-products, and e-commerce integration.

FABRICATED METAL PRODUCTS

Requirements include lot tracking, job costing, and outside processing, and many fabricated metal product manufacturers rely on estimates. Stamping operations have co-product requirements, and open APIs and integration tools must support machine integration for data capture.

INDUSTRIAL EQUIPMENT

Industrial machinery manufacturers rely heavily on CAD and PLM integration, product configuration, serial tracking, and engineering change orders. Many industrial machine manufacturers also require warranty and service management for installation, service, and repairs.

ELECTRONICS AND ELECTRICAL

Electronics, electrical, and high-tech manufacturers require engineering change orders and integration with CAD and PLM applications. Serial and lot tracking and warranties are common, as well as product configuration and e-commerce for commercial and consumer products.

PRIMARY METALS

Tool and die management is essential for scheduling and production management. Primary metal manufacturers depend on lot tracking and often use lot attributes to manage characteristics such as heat numbers, mill certifications, and quality results.

AEROSPACE AND DEFENSE

Manufacturers of aerospace and defense equipment have complex requirements for work breakdown structure (WBS) reporting with progress and milestone billing. Compliance with DCAA and ITAR is partially supported by ERP data. Additional requirements include engineering change orders, TBLP (transfer/borrow-loan-payback), and material requirements flow-down.

INSTRUMENTS AND MEDICAL DEVICE

Instrument manufacturers have similar requirements to electronics and electrical manufacturers. Medical device companies face increased requirements to comply with 21CFR Part 820 for security and database audits.

AUTOMOTIVE AND TRANSPORTATION

Repetitive, cellular, and lean manufacturing are all common in the automotive and transportation industries. Cumulative demand forecasts and EDI are prevalent, and serial tracking and warranties are essential for component traceability to vehicle identification numbers (VIN).

OTHER INDUSTRIES

There are so many other industries that can benefit from manufacturing ERP applications like Acumatica. Tobacco and legal cannabis manufacturers must adhere to strict regulations. Toy and hobby manufacturers often sell through multiple channels: online, via B2B, or B2C storefronts. Non-manufacturing industries such as forestry, fishing, agriculture, mining, distribution, and other industries often choose Acumatica as the foundation for their businesses.

Manufacturing Management

System Evaluation Checklist

PRODUCTIVITY

FEATURE BENEFIT
Intuitive Easy to learn and use.
True universal availability Access the system from any device, anytime, anywhere to facilitate associates working on the job site and in the office. Easily communicate and collaborate with customers, subcontractors, and suppliers.
Multilingual Work in the language of your choice. Print customer-facing documents (such as change orders) in the language of your customer.
Multicurrency Operate in any currency and convert as needed.
Workflow Automate business processes, approvals, and notifications.
Wiki’s Share information and company documents among any combination of teams, departments, and external users.
Single database Establish a single version of the truth. Eliminate the need to maintain integrations between applications.
Comprehensive Reporting Make faster, better decisions with fewer mistakes. Eliminate guesswork
Document Management Make critical documents available to all key personnel.

Functionality

FEATURE BENEFIT
Multi-entity Support multi-company, multi-warehouse, and international companies, including financial consolidations, intercompany eliminations, and reconciliations.
Financial management Support standard accounting functions, including General Ledger, Accounts Payable, Accounts Receivable, Cash Management, Tax management, and more.
Quote-to-cash Create quotes, convert to sales order, check inventory availability, perform credit check, manufacturer (if applicable), pick, ship, invoice, and collect payment.
Sales Order Management Split orders across multiple warehouses, allocate inventory,verify credit limits, issue replenishment orders, accept returns, and manage complex pricing/discount policies.
Purchase Order Management Automate complex procure-to-pay processes involving multiple products and suppliers. Create requisitions and approvals, obtain bids, convert to purchase orders, receive inventory, input invoices, match and pay.
Inventory Management Manage inventory, plan and manage movement of goods. through distribution network, and control customer and transfer orders. Use multiple locations with lot and serial number tracking. Expired items are automatically removed from available inventory.

Technology

FEATURE BENEFIT
True cloud All functionality is accessible through the internet using a standard browser without the need for any software installation on the user's device. No additional software licensing required.
Responsive design View and interact with every page of the application on any device with a minimum of resizing, panning, or scrolling.
User interface Modern look and feel. Customize screens and dashboards. Easy access to tasks with minimal clicks and intuitive workflow.
Customizable and flexible Ability to modify and customize business logic to meet your company's unique requirements.
Customization using industry standard tools Perform customizations using industry standard tools and programming languages without requiring the use of proprietary languages or compilers.
Full relational database All system data stored in a relational SQL database. Query data for reporting, Bl, financial statements, audits, and more.
Database export Access and export relational versions of all data for reporting, backup, and transfer.
Upgrade on your schedule Ability to plan upgrades at dates and times that are convenient to you and your company - not the ERP vendor.
Capable of moving to the cloud when you are ready Not everyone wants to operate in the cloud. The product should support both on premise and cloud deployments, and let you switch deployment models if and when you are ready.

Value

FEATURE BENEFIT
Multiple deployment options Deployment methods allow on premises in your facility, private cloud of your choice, or our public cloud using Amazon Web Services (AWS).
Flexible licensing options Offers subscription or perpetual licensing (depreciable capital expense versus an ongoing operating expense).
Low total cost of ownership (TCO) Reduce the total cost of ownership over the foreseeable lifetime of the product (at a minimum 3-5 years), including licensing, support, hardware, upgrade, and hosting costs. Be sure to add the cost of additional products required to run the system (web server, eCommerce platform, database server, collaboration tools, CRM, etc.), which includes all required hardware, licensing, and support costs.
Scale as you grow Ability to accommodate heavier volumes, more resources, and more users as your business grows. Pay only for what you use. Add more resources when you need them.
Preserve capital for other business initiatives Cloud deployments reduce the need for initial cash outlay for hardware and software purchases. Cloud deployments also reduce the amount of internal IT staff required for hardware and software support and maintenance.
Charged by resources used, not by user Vendor charges for the resources used, not by user count, making the benefits of ERP available to all employees, customers and suppliers. Charging by user penalizes growing businesses.

Risk

FEATURE BENEFIT
Predictable monthly costs Not vulnerable to spikes in IT costs. Standardizing on a platform allows you to predict your monthly cost for the system.
Deploy quickly Eliminate time delay and risk of unplanned costs by deploying quickly with a cloud solution.
Leverage global technology leaders Ability to utilize the resources of cloud hosting leaders (Amazon, Microsoft, and IBM) for their fast response and uptime.
Knowledge of your industry Reduce risk by using a software vendor with the solutions and knowledge for your specific industry.
Customer references Cites customer successes using their software in your industry.
Best-in-class security at no additional cost Support platform, web, and computer security leveraging expertise at hosting providers.
Data in the cloud Data on your servers are vulnerable to attack.
Backup and disaster recovery Prepared for the worst-cloud deployment lowers costs for backup, failover, and disaster recovery.
Simpler integration with other web apps. Utilize web capabilities to integrate with other web-based business applications.
Vendor handles updates and upgrades Eliminate risk of missing an upgrade with a cloud solution.

Manage Your Entire Business on a Single,

Future-Proof Cloud Platform

  • Effectivity/Expiration Dates
  • Production Steps
  • Where Used Inquiry
  • Phantom BOM
  • Reference Designators
  • Multiple Sites
  • BOM Cost Roll-Up
  • Flexible BOM Copy
  • Mass Change
  • Attributes
  • Revision Control
  • BOM Import

  • Critical Materials
  • Labor Tracking
  • Backflushing
  • Material and Scrap Tracking
  • Production Performance
  • Event Audit Trail
  • Production Order Changes
  • Outside Processing
  • Lot and Serial Tracking
  • Barcode Scanning
  • Job Cost Reports
  • By-Products

  • Demand Forecasting
  • MRP Detail
  • Bucketless Planning
  • Multi-Site Planning
  • Create Purchase Orders
  • Create Work Orders
  • Create Transfer Orders
  • Safety Stock Considerations
  • Master Production Schedule
  • Integrated Project Demand
  • Exception Messages

  • Finite or Infinite Capacity
  • Work Center Capacity
  • Machine Capacity
  • Tool Resource Constraints
  • Rough-Cut Capacity Planning
  • Dispatch Lists
  • Schedule Backward or Forward
  • Setup and Move Time
  • Production Run Time
  • Efficiency Calculations
  • Facility Schedules

  • Engineering Change Requests
  • Engineering Change Orders
  • Approval Process
  • BOM Compare
  • Security Audit Log

  • Sales Opportunities
  • Integrated Marketing
  • Service and Support
  • Customer Self-Service Portal
  • Lead and List Management
  • Accounts and Contacts
  • Email Integration
  • See ERP Transactions in CRM

  • Shipping Carrier Integration
  • Electronic Data Interchange
  • Process Manufacturing
  • Quality Management
  • CAD/PLM BOM Integration
  • Light Manufacturing
  • Salesforce Integration
  • Rental Management
  • Human Resources
  • Supply Chain Execution
  • Logistics Management
  • Budgeting and Planning
  • Container Tracking
  • Royalties and Rebates
  • Much more!

  • Include Non-Inventory Items
  • Create New Inventory Items
  • Create Production Orders
  • Works with CRM and Sales
  • Adjust mark-up amounts

  • Rules-Based
  • Dimensional Formulas
  • Order History and Look-Up
  • Multi-Level Configuration
  • Formula Validation

  • Barcode Scanning
  • Material Movement
  • Clock-In / Clock-Out of Jobs
  • Supervisor Review
  • Device Agnostic

  • Replenishment Settings
  • Matrix Items
  • Physical Inventory
  • Pricing, Discounts, Promos
  • Customer and Vendor Items
  • Packaging and UOM
  • Shipments
  • Kitting and Disassembly
  • Inventory Valuation
  • Perishable Inventory
  • Lot/Serial Traceability
  • Non-Stock Items

  • Real-time, Bi-directional
  • Sync Item Info and Photos
  • Sync Orders
  • Discounts and Promos
  • BigCommerce Storefront
  • Shopify Storefront
  • Point of Sale Application
  • Retail Hardware Integration

  • Calendar & Appointments
  • Resource Scheduling
  • Flexible Billing
  • Route Optimization
  • Mobile App with GPS
  • Warranty Management
  • Components with Serial Tracking
  • Contract Management

  • Financial Reports
  • Acumatica Report Designer
  • Generic Inquiries
  • Microsoft Power BI Integration
  • Configurable Dashboards
  • Multi-Level Security
  • Private or Public Cloud
  • 99.99% Up-Time
  • Native Document Management
  • Visual Workflows
  • Business Events
  • Online Help and Wikis
  • Contract Management
  • Development Tools
  • Integration Utilities

  • Inventory Allocation
  • Invoice Consolidation
  • PO Linking
  • Real-Time Inventory
  • Returns Management
  • Multiple or Partial Fulfillment
  • Shipment Schedules
  • Pick Lists and Replenishment
  • Credit Limit Verification
  • Custom Workflows
  • Special Order Drop Ship
  • Will Call Orders

  • Partial Fulfillment
  • Consolidated Fulfillment
  • Item Tracking
  • Automatic Payment Vouchers
  • Drop Shipments
  • Landed Cost
  • Vendor Selection
  • Vendor Performance
  • Multiple Addresses
  • Audit Trail
  • Blanket Orders
  • Custom Workflows

  • Convert to Purchase Order
  • Predefined Request Lists
  • Hide Inventory Lists
  • Collect Requests
  • Request Classes
  • Create Customer Quotes
  • Set Vendor Lead Times
  • Shipping Instructions
  • Online Vendor Bidding
  • Security Audit Trail
  • Configurable Workflows
  • Multiple Approval Levels

  • Barcode Label Printing
  • Barcode Scanning
  • Pick, Pack, and Ship
  • Inventory Movement
  • Warehouse Transfers
  • Physical Inventory
  • Device Agnostic
  • Inventory Look-Up

  • Change Orders
  • Cost-Plus or Fixed Cost
  • Forecast Project Budget
  • Timesheets for Specific Projects
  • CRM Portal and Case Integration
  • Sales and CRM Quotes
  • Task Definition
  • Reverse Unbilled Transactions
  • Create Billing Rules
  • Manage Project Quotes
  • Labor Cost Rates
  • Mobile Time Entry
  • Mobile Expense Capture
  • Project Templates
  • Construction Edition

  • General Ledger
  • Accounts Receivable
  • Accounts Payable
  • Multicurrency Management
  • Tax Management
  • Cash Management
  • Deferred Revenue
  • Recurring Revenue
  • Intercompany Accounting
  • Electronic Bank Feeds
  • Advanced Expense Management
  • Fixed Asset Depreciation
  • Payroll and Time Management
  • AP Invoice Automation
  • PCI-Compliant Credit Cards

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