3 New Year's Resolutions for Your Process Manufacturing ERP Project

January has already begun and you still haven’t been to the gym yet. So how about a New Year’s resolution that you can keep and that can make you a hero in your process manufacturing business at the same time?

Integrate Your HR and Job Management Processes

Your process manufacturing ERP will probably include a human resources module. The HR department have always used it to manage annual reviews and attendance, but how can you improve the ROI of this module even further in 2015?

If you are producing pharmaceuticals or similarly controlled products, you have a requirement to document the training your personnel have taken and certify they are qualified to carry out the operations assigned. HRM functionality provides a database to capture training and other certifications for all employees. When an employee logs on to a job and operation, the system can easily test if their qualifications match the skills required for the operation. Further, that data is saved for any subsequent compliance audits.

Use ERP Formula Management to Inform Safety Compliance and Production Scheduling

You might want to use process manufacturing ERP to better manage your formulas and recipes in 2015. You can define the ratios for ingredients at a variety of environmental conditions. If the humidity is low, you know how much to reduce an ingredient. If the barometric pressure is high, you can quickly adjust another one.

Managing your recipes within your ERP will yield higher quality products more consistently and allow better management of materials from your suppliers at the same time.

Managing your recipes within your ERP will yield higher quality products more consistently and allow better management of materials from your suppliers at the same time. If you have points in your flow where your product is hazardous, you can also manage safety compliance in a more thorough manner using ERP formula management. Formula management will allow you to better plan production of similar products with similar formulas back-to-back.

Link Machine Data to Your Process Manufacturing ERP

You have millions tied up in your equipment. Your equipment suppliers can troubleshoot equipment problems remotely. Is it time for you to use that same connectivity? Link the machine data to your ERP. Your scheduling will improve when you know exactly when the next batch will finish and you can better plan the next operation and the next batch on a particular piece of equipment. You can also monitor many conditions within the machine automatically and receive alerts if any metric drifts outside tolerance limits you set to control your product quality.

So there are three New Year’s resolutions you can keep and make money from at the same time. You can’t lose.

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Tom Miller

About the author…

Tom completed implementations of Epicor, SAP, QAD, and Micro MRP. He works as a logistics and supply chain manager and he always looks for processes to improve. He lives near San Francisco Bay in California and can be found on the water in his kayak or on the road riding his motorcycle. Contact Tom at customerteam@erpfocus.com.

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