Manufacturing (MRP/ERP) White Papers

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As a company that has helped hundreds of businesses to implement MRP/ERP we have compiled a series of free white papers to help educate and demystify in equal measures. Our Marketing Manager, Martin Bailey, has also written a book on implementing MRP, which you can pick up free of charge at one of our Evaluation Workshops.

How ERP can help with supply chain

Manufacturing global supply chain issues have made headlines of late. Whether it was the Suez Canal blockage of 2021, the semiconductor shortage (which itself was as a result of the COVID 19 pandemic and exacerbated by the US-China trade war), or one of the various ransomware cyber-attacks, there are many seemingly remote factors that can significantly impact your production.

This white paper details examples of common supply chain issues and demonstrates how MRP/ERP software can help you mitigate against them.


Death of an ERP system

(And what to do about it). Receiving notification that your ERP system - the software on which your business hangs everything - has reached end of life (such as Sage 200 Manufacturing or Caliach) generally would strike fear into the hearts of management. (If it doesn't, it should!). While a replacement system may be available from the same vendor it should not be a foregone conclusion that you implement it, as it is likely to require the same effort to implement any system and won't necessarily deliver the same functionality that you had before.


7 reasons why erp systems fail

7 reasons why ERP systems fail

ERP is generally the single most expensive software acquisition a manufacturing company will ever make, sometimes costing more than all of the standalone packages a company may have combined. Not only is it traditionally expensive, but companies rely completely upon it. So why is it that many struggle to implement such a system, or limp along for several years using partial functionality before abandoning it?

This white paper highlights the most common reasons why ERP implementations are not successful, and how you can avoid them.


Integrating MRP/ERP with other data systems

While MRP/ERP spans all key departments within a business, every company will have its own collection of standalone systems that deliver specific functionality, such as CADCAM or testing. However, linking them with MRP/ERP can deliver multiple and significant benefits.


Complete guide to the best MRP/ERP system

A complete 11-point guide to MRP systems

Here we answer the eleven top questions about MRP systems. What's the difference between MRP and ERP, what costs are involved, what data to transfer, choosing a system and how to measure success.

Excerpts taken from our book 'How to implement a manufacturing system', available free at any 123insight event.


MRP and the human factor

Most people know that implementing MRP will deliver the usual benefits such as better stock control, more efficient sales/purchasing processes and improved visibility, but an important factor is often overlooked altogether and one of the key reasons for implementing it in the first place - people. These are the lifeblood - literally - of your company, and focusing on their physical and mental wellbeing with manufacturing software can pay dividends.