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.

MRP for medical manufacturing

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 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.


MRP and physical/mental wellbeing

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.


MRP for medical manufacturing

MRP for Medical Manufacturers

While manufacturing products for the medical industry may entail similar processes and needs to those in other manufacturing sectors, the value to risk association is much greater. If mistakes happen during manufacturing, it doesn't just result in a product return - people can die. The stakes are so much higher and, as a result, the system required to manage manufacturing needs to be that much more robust.

MRP for engineering

MRP for Engineering Manufacturers

When one thinks of engineering in terms of manufacturing, it is often thought of as a 'default' manufacturing type, however the sector has some unique requirements. Here we explore some of the common problems that engineering and metals manufacturers experience, how MRP solves them and what additional benefits it can provide.

Integrating MRP/ERP with other data systems

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.


MRP software for food and chemical manufacturers

MRP for Food/Chemical Manufacturers

The food and chemical industries serve up unique challenges for manufacturers, specifically around management of stock that often has a limited storage life and manufacturing processes that can differ based on the quantity being produced or method of production. Here we explore common problems that many food or chemical manufacturers experience, how MRP solves them and what additional benefits it can provide.

MRP software for textile manufacturers

MRP for Textile Manufacturers

The textile industry presents some unique challenges for manufacturers, specifically around stock management. In this article we explore some of the common problems that textile manufacturers experience, how MRP solves them and what additional benefits it can provide.

MRP software for EMS electronics manufacturers

MRP for Electronics Manufacturers

The electronics industry has unique challenges for manufacturers. This article explores common problems and how MRP software can help EMS electronics manufacturers to stay ahead of the competition.

Guide to migrating data from MRP/ERP system

Migrating from an old MRP/ERP system

Changing MRP/ERP systems is often seen as an overwhelming task. This white paper examines the reasons why people choose to replace a system and what to consider when migrating to a new one.

Complete guide to the best MRP/ERP system

A complete guide to MRP systems

Here we answer many basic 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.


Choosing the right accounts solution for your manufacturing business

Do I need an MRP system?

How to decide if it's time to select a new or replace an existing MRP system. There comes a time with your current manufacturing system processes where you have to sit back and say, ‘is this really the best that we can do?’ Perhaps you're using a collection of Excel spreadsheets and/or paper-based systems, you have created and subsequently outgrown a bespoke system, or have already invested in a 'packaged' system which is no longer fit for purpose - but there are initial benefits and drawbacks with each system.

Choosing the right accounts solution for your manufacturing business

Choosing the right accounts solution for your manufacturing business.

Regardless of what your business does or what industry sector you serve, any company needs a competent accounting system. However, many will argue that when looking at manufacturing systems accounting should be front and centre of its competences. There are strong arguments for accounting information to be visible from directly within MRP, but should you select a platform for your entire business purely because of its capabilities for your financial department?

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.

MRP versus ERP

MRP versus ERP

Many manufacturing companies mistakenly believe or are steered into the decision by consultants with a vested interest that they need ERP over an MRP system. But what is the difference and where do you draw the line between those that need it and those that don't?

This white paper breaks down the various elements of ERP, demonstrating that the lines are not always clearly drawn between ERP and MRP, and also why it's better to select 'best in class' for each area of your business.

Changing the game

Changing the game

How the traditional approach of ERP selection and implementation places all of the risk on the customer, rather than the vendor, and how 123insight's innovative evaluation process saves time, effort and money.

Evaluating MRP

Under Evaluation

This article discusses the step by step process of evaluating a new MRP system, from putting the right team together through to measuring success after going live. First published in Manufacturing Management magazine

MRP Security

Keeping the channels open

The recent cyberattack on the NHS was caused by a reliance on obsolete software, and manufacturers are running a similar risk. First published in Manufacturing Management magazine.