ERP123 – the ideal system for SME manufacturers

ERP123 is a proven ERP product for manufacturing.  Originally designed as a system for manufacturing and inventory management, the business process logic that forms the core of the ERP123 software platform was built by incorporating the best available business processes applicable to the industries where ERP123 was being implemented.  Over the years a great deal of functionality built up to the point where adding additional functions became more rare and  the development team focuses on making the system easy to configure and friendly to the user.  The business processes were then coupled with flag controls that allow functions to be toggled on or off.  In addition many flags include parameters that can be modified by the user.  Since its first release in 2008 ERP123 has been successfully implemented in many differed types of manufacturing facilities:


Although some manufacturing processes require special functionality (we’ll discuss this more later), there are some common factors that are typical within manufacturing businesses.  These are what we refer to as “manufacturing basics”.  These include the following

Work Orders

Work Orders are the heart of any manufacturing system process.  Their key role is to allocate materials and resources at specific points in time that are tracked by the inventory management and production planning systems.  In addition, Work Orders are also the basis for scheduling activities and are the source of actual cost data.  Work Orders can be used not only to build products and subassemblies, but also to perform preventative machine maintenance, quality management activities and control internal projects.

Time and Attendance

ERP123 provides a barcode –based Time Clock system to gather raw payroll data.   It employs barcode-based badges for  each employee that are used to scan into the Time  Clock as they enter and depart the facility.   The end result is raw payroll data that can then be edited and approved. 

Production and Labour Reporting

ERP123 provides a barcode–based Shop Floor Reporting system designed to simplify the gathering of production reporting and labour consumption.   Using barcode Work Orders or  schedules employees scan onto a job as they start it and then scan out when they complete their work.  As the user scans out they are prompted by the system for information relating to production and material consumption.

Scheduling and Resource Management

ERP123 provide incorporates a variety of scheduling models and techniques that provide the optimum scheduling environment for repetitive, job-based, or project-based manufacturing environment.  These detailed schedules are built on finite capacity data for your departments and Work Centers and the data within the Work Orders.  Outputs include level-loaded machine schedules, manpower requirements, and graphical data representations.

Other Features:

Scrap reporting – record materials scrapped during production processes

Quality issue and downtime reporting – record issues associated with quality and machine downtime

Manufacturing businesses come in many different shapes and sizes.   The same can be said for systems.  Some that excel at one style of manufacturing often perform poorly when they encounter a different type of manufacturing.  Choosing the right system used to be hard.  But ERP123 makes it simple.  ERP123 was designed to support all of the major classes of manufacturing including:

   You build the same products every day

   Your products can be configured  with different  components

   You build something  different each time – Big Jobs

   You build something  different each time – Small Jobs

Mixed mode (combinations of the above)


Our definition of a “custom manufacturer” incorporates four out five of the major classes of manufacturing (other than repetitive).  A custom manufacturer is defined as one who is job-based and normally makes something different on each job.  This is the polar opposite of a repetitive manufacturer who makes the same things every day.  Some major industries such as construction fall completely within the walls of custom manufacturing as defined by ERP systems.

Repetitive manufacturing systems and custom manufacturing systems have dramatically different functional requirements.  While there are some commonalities between them there are also some major differences.  For example, custom manufacturing systems will emphasize sales, quoting, job creation, and job costing while repetitive manufacturers focus on product structure data, standard costs, manufacturing execution systems, and master scheduling.

Got Special Needs?

Some styles of manufacturing may require the use of specific equipment or specific processes that may not be properly supported by an “out of the box” ERP solution.  This is where the ERP123 excels.  With ERP123 it is simple to add on additional functionality in cases where it is necessary.  Ask us how.

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ERP - Custom Manufacturing ERP - Repetitive Manufacturing ERP - Distribution and Wholesale ERP - Mixed Mode Manufacturing ERP - Service Industry

Repetitive Manufacturing

Capacity planning, forecasts, EDI, Bar coding, Scrap reporting are just some of the tools you can use.

Configure-to-Order Manufacturing

Build products in real-time on the order desk, create a job, plan inventory, scheduling, make it, ship it

Project-Based Manufacturing

ERP123 is the right choice for project-based manufacturers and the construction industry

Custom – Job Shop

Estimate the job, create a quote, convert it into an order, order materials, track actual labour and material costs, job costing