ERP for the Food & Beverage Equipment Industry

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?




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 Software for 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
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
  • 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
  • Improved lifecycle management
  • Lower costs and waste thru lean practices
  • Ability to handle multiple planning models, configurations
  • Effective aftermarket sales and support
  • Improved quality with Kaizen, TQM
  • Better visibility into all aspects of your operations
  • Real time feedback to stay on top of all activities and performance
  • Enhanced productivity for the shop floor
  • Low cost efficient operations
  • Insights into accurate product costs with full view and application methods
  • Improved supply chain management and cost control
  • Precise execution throughout the business
  • Flexibility in adapting products to specific customer wishes
  • Better control over design changes
  • Real time feedback to stay on top of all activities and performance
  • Ease of doing business for the customer
  • Enhanced productivity for the shop floor
  • Better customer fill-rates and delivery promises
  • Extend value add programs (solutions)
  • Improved collaboration and relationship with the customer, engineers, and suppliers
  • Optimize production capacity
  • Tight control on serial numbers and lots
  • Manage high level receivables
  • Project and manage cash flow

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