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ERP for the Food & Beverage Equipment Industry

ERP Software for Food & Beverage Equipment Manufacturers

The growing world is demanding more and more food. Increasing world-wide demand, plus a shift to higher calories per individual (a greater proportion of these calories coming from animal products like beef, chicken and pork) translates into rising product demand for the food processing equipment industry.

Shifting customer preferences such as organics, and health consciousness products, are driving certain types of equipment to extend their versatility. And with growing demand, comes new competition, particularly from foreign regions of the world.

What Makes the Food & Beverage Equipment Market Unique?

Complex Operations

Complex Operations

WorkWise ERP handles complex work operations including rising materials costs, inefficient operations and water and energy reduction among other features.

Growing Competition

Growing Competition

Handle the ever-growing competition in the food and beverage industry with ERP software that includes unique features to compete with growing food & beverage industry.

Rapidly Evolving Technology

Rapidly Evolving Technology

In order to deliver excellent service, help customers, perform jobs better, WorkWise ERP provides evolving technology in order to help maintain business operations.

Food and beverage equipment manufacturers face a challenge of helping their customers perform their jobs better, while at the same time responding to rapidly evolving technology, growing competition, and complexity in their operations.

Their customers are demanding increased value with decreased costs, while expecting solutions that include full services and support. Simple quality metrics of the past have now been replaced with total life-cycle performance, including all the activities that occur from the birth of the equipment till its final replacement. Low maintenance is now a mandate rather than a “nice to have” feature. Reliability and quality play a dynamic part in maintaining product pricing, both in new and resale (which makes purchase of new equipment more feasible). Material costs also continue to fluctuate, which make pricing of the products difficult. At the same time, manufacturers must offer solutions to help cope with rising transport costs, increased government regulations, food safety concerns and changing consumer tastes.

No doubt about it, food and beverage equipment manufacturers have a full plate. Fortunately, WorkWise ERP software has unique features that address these problems, helping to bring these challenges under control.

WorkWise ERP for Food & Beverage Equipment Manufacturers

+- Challenges Faced by Food & Beverage Equipment Manufacturers


  • Foreign low cost competition
  • Weak foreign rights in intellectual property, copy cats


  • Staying ahead of the competition
  • Ability to make things faster, better
  • Product flexibility, versatility
  • Waste prevention and loss reduction
  • Long lasting reliability
  • Rapid change in consumer tastes and associated changes to equipment
  • Water and energy reduction
  • Meeting customer expectations
  • Low maintenance and clean ability
  • Groundbreaking technologies
  • Shorter product lifecycles
  • Customer demand for lower prices
  • Customer demands for more features, functions and solutions
  • Rising material costs
  • High inventory levels
  • Pressures to reduce cost
  • Push for lower total cost of ownership for the product
  • Inefficient operations
  • Rising transportation costs


  • Large number components and operations in product
  • Variety in features, functions, and special orders
  • Longer and larger supply chains


  • Lifecycle quality-birth to death
  • Product traceability
  • Long lasting reliability
  • Material safety
  • Regulatory compliance
  • Large customer defection rates for poor quality

Total Solutions

  • Customer mandated solutions- birth to death
  • Need for comprehensive aftermarket service and support
  • Requirement for readily available aftermarket parts
  • Mandated full warranty coverage and extended time frames
  • Better customer service
  • Focus on product performance rather than features, functions
  • Resale value of equipment
  • Food processing expertise

Supply Chain Weaknesses

  • Fluctuating raw material prices
  • Unreliable suppliers
  • Poor delivery performance
  • Need greater insights into supplier activities

+- WorkWise ERP Key Features for Food & Beverage Equipment Manufacturers

Mixed Modes

  • Make to stock
  • Assemble to order
  • Build to order
  • Configure to order
  • Repeat and tweak
  • Engineer to order
  • Mixed methods
  • Lean Manufacturing
  • Kanban
  • MRP & MPS
  • JIT
  • 5s
  • MES
  • Role based manufacturing
  • TQM, Six Sigma, Kaizen

Product Life Cycle Management

  • Customer portal
  • CRM-Customer
  • Product configuration
  • Document and file management
  • Engineering change orders
  • Supplier traceability
  • As built BOM and routing
  • Build histories
  • Quality archives
  • CRM-Support
  • Warranty

After Market Sales and Support

  • CRM-Call center
  • eCommerce
  • Warranty
  • Customer portal


  • Engineering change orders
  • Quality control
  • Regulation compliance
  • 21 CFR Part 11., Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Points (HACCP) and Sanitation Standard Operating Procedures (SSOP).
  • SPC
  • APQP
  • Supplier score carding

Production Planning

  • Material requirements planning
  • Master scheduling
  • Product configuration
  • Available to promise
  • Lot traceability
  • Capacity planning

Manufacturing Execution

  • Product configuration
  • Visual scheduling
  • Shop Floor Control
  • Work in process manager
  • Asset utilization manager, CMMS/EAM
  • Mobile data collection
  • Kanban
  • Kaizen
  • 5s

Cost Management

  • Job cost
  • Standard cost
  • Multi-layered cost application

Customer Service

  • Quoting and estimating
  • Complex orders
  • Product configuration
  • Copy and tweak order creation
  • Direct Fulfillment
  • Customer portal
  • Customer relationship manager

Supply Chain

  • Inventory management
  • Supplier portal
  • Purchasing
  • Bill of material
  • Engineering change orders
  • JIT
  • Warehouse management

+- WorkWise ERP Software Additional Key Features & Functions

  • Role based screens and applications
  • Performance management
  • Freight and shipping system
  • Blanket purchase orders
  • Document archiving
  • Asset purchased and tracking system
  • Back flushing
  • Rules based configurations
  • Kitting
  • Cumulative lead time
  • Cost application of design, research and other special costs
  • Modular design capability
  • Rules based quotations and configurations
  • Sales order to job link
  • Serial tracking
  • Lot tracing
  • What-if quotes and costing
  • Available to promise
  • Shop order explosion
  • Matrix bills
  • Features and options
  • Multi-level pricing
  • Smooth forecast error
  • Substitutes and alternatives
  • Family forecasting
  • Serialized inventory
  • Attribute management

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All aspects of our company are now running through our ERP software. Having everyone work out of the same system and not have multiple programs that you have to jump back and forth through, has allowed us to get more done in less time.

Gary Volz

Software Developer


One of the main benefits we’ve experienced using WorkWise ERP is being able to get meaningful information we can use, versus getting data that requires more work to get the answers you’re looking for. The data is integrated and streamlined for efficient use which keeps our fixed costs lower and allows us to invest our capital into building better products.

Michael Ray



It doesn’t take all day to do our schedule anymore. Also, the Performance Management WorkBench lets us see what information we want to see, and what time we want to see it, in a nice visual way. Item Planning is also great. It’s so easy to look up specific information related to whatever we need to see.

Kelly Crowell

AMI President

American Metal Fab

What’s really nice is having everything in one package. My financials are in the same package as manufacturing and customer orders. Everything integrates seamlessly. Bringing in inventory management has been a huge benefit for us. Being able to jump between workbenches and different points of data has been really nice.

Pam Reynolds

Chief Financial Officer


I would highly recommend WorkWise to other companies. It’s cost competitive, the Cloud ERP implementation has been great, the people have been great. WorkWise bends over backwards to help us. We feel that they’re on our side.

Don Lavrenz

President and CEO

The Industrial Controls Company

WorkWise has been a true leader in our ability to drive process change and productivity enhancement, and to assist us in our lean capabilities.

Jim Moldenhauer

IT Manager


I would definitely recommend WorkWise ERP to anyone looking to improve their manufacturing processes. We’ve been utilizing the software for 20 years and have never regretted our decision.

Chris Reid


Service Stampings

WorkWise spent a lot of time with us in order to understand our manufacturing process. We’re fairly unique, and there’s not that many companies in the world that do what we do. WorkWise really made us feel like they understood what we were doing and where we were going.

Dave Manahan

Business Process Improvement Director


The team at WorkWise is phenomenal. I highly recommend WorkWise ERP to any company looking to improve their processes, improve their efficiency, become more productive and work with a company who really gets to know them and understands what they’re going through.

Mike Campise

IT Systems Specialist