No two manufacturing companies are alike, not even in the same industry; hence flexibility and scalability of software is one of the important parameter for the user.
In industry specific ERPs, business and manufacturing process flow, data entry forms, fields, reports and printouts are predefined with an option to rename or modify but not add.
These may be suitable as a start-up, but will certainly become a bottleneck as the company and the business grows.
In a group of companies, if individual companies are operating in different manufacturing sector, then they will have to use different industry specific software. Managing the different software across the group will be difficult if not impossible and also create another set problem when employees within the group migrate to another company. Similarly, when the output of a company forms the input for another company, problems are bound to arise, as the respective software are designed differently. Generic ERPs are configurable and have the capabilities to…

  • Add/Modify business process & workflow
  • Add/Modify manufacturing process and process parameters
  • Add/Modify quality plan and quality parameters
  • Configure automatic code generation and document numbering system
  • Add/Modify fields for data capturing and reporting without code modification
  • Unlimited form views

Advantage:

  • Configured individually for every company
  • Flexibility and scalability
  • One common platform across multiple companies

Disadvantage:

  • Time delay and cost of the configuration

This disadvantage, however, is overcome by having preconfigured templates based on the past experience in the similar industry which can be further modified to suit individual requirement. Although most people may disagree with this approach, but generic ERP over industry specific ERP in a manufacturing environment is strongly recommended and can be easily demonstrated .