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Best Manufacturing ERP

Having a highly effective Manufacturing software system is a desired state of any company. But which Manufacturing ERP software is really the best? Which one will once-and-for-all replace your current system that is under-performing and not serving the needs of the business? Which one can run MRP quickly and precisely?

We understand what you are looking for, as we have been there. Production Scheduling, Shop Floor Control, smaller and more flexible lot/batch sizing and scheduling and higher levels of quality are all considerations that need to be managed on a day-to-day and minute-to-minute basis. The needs of manufacturing have changed and your system needs to support you today and into the future.
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Selecting a manufacturing ERP solution should not be difficult. First, you start off with a pool of candidate software vendors. Then you narrow it down to the best two or three providers. Then you view a demonstration and choose the one that best meets your requirements. Finally, you negotiate your purchase.

Then the real work begins. The implementation. But if you have chosen correctly, the implementation should go smoothly. If you choose poorly, then the problems begin.

Too often, manufacturing companies choose software that is outside of their niche (not manufacturing focused) or too general for their needs.

To help you get to the two or three select packages, for whom you wish to see a demonstration, we have listed the most recommended manufacturing ERP solutions here. These are based on hundreds of consultative discussions with manufacturers like you. Based on the outcomes of those discussions, these top 10 manufacturing software systems have risen to the top of many manufacturing companies’ shortlists.

The best Manufacturing ERP solutions are:

Of all the systems recommended based on needs, the leading solution as of Spring 2012, according to SoftwareAdvice.com, is:

Henning Visual EstiTrack

Henning SoftwareVisual EstiTrack ERP is designed for small to medium job shops, make-to-order/make-to-stock manufacturers, precision machining, distributors and other shops interested in an affordable shop management and accounting solution. According to customer reviews: “Their support staff is friendly and very knowledgeable. Their response time for support is immediate and all matters are resolved in a timely fashion.” Based on a 5 star review and lots of recommendations, Henning Visual EstiTrack is our choice for the Top Manufacturing ERP as of Spring/Summer of 2012.

The Top Ten Best Software Solutions are:

The complete list of the Best Manufacturing software solutions as based on the most consultative recommendations by SoftwareAdvice.com is as follows:

Henning Visual EstiTrack

Henning SoftwareVisual EstiTrack ERP is designed for small to medium job shops, make-to-order/make-to-stock manufacturers, precision machining, distributors and other shops interested in an affordable shop management and accounting solution. Visual EstiTrack is a scalable, cost-effective and flexible ERP that is ideal for small to medium-size manufacturers seeking to replace an older or complex system with a more user-friendly and complete solution.

Exact JobBOSS

Exact JobbossJobBOSS is a very popular MRP and shop floor control system for job shops and other discrete manufacturers. The system is especially affordable, easy to use, and adaptable. It is often used by shops outgrowing Excel spreadsheets. Exact released Job BOSS software version 11.4 in June 2011. The update coincided with the release of JobBOSS Total Quality Management (TQM), an extension of the system designed to improve product quality and compliance. The tool can help manufacturers monitor compliance with standards such as ISO 9000.

E2 Shop System

E2 Shop SystemUsing its extensive background in contract manufacturing, Shoptech Corporation created its E2 Shop System for managing shops of all sizes. This easy-to-use solution can be used for machine shops, job shops and more. A recent update to the E2 Shoptech solution extends functionality to the iPad and other tablets. Their newly created Mobile Dashboard interfaces with E2 manufacturing software and allows production managers to check on labor availability, work order backlogs, materials delivery and more.

ECi M1

ECi M1 SoftwareM1 by ECi is designed specifically for the needs of small and midsized discrete manufacturers. The system offers standalone MRP as well as a complete ERP suite with accounting, making it a popular option for growing firms. M1 is fairly unique among its competitors by offering its MRP module on a best-of-breed basis. As a result, M1 is a very suitable option for companies looking to grow into an ERP system and distribute their costs over time. The system also offers features for inventory barcoding, shop floor control, and customizable reporting with Crystal Reports.

Epicor Manufacturing Express Edition

Epicor Express softwareWith a large spectrum of functionality – including customer relationship management, material management, and others – Epicor Manufacturing Express Edition is a comprehensive product for small and medium-sized manufacturers. The system is flexible to serve many different kinds of manufacturers – including job and machine shops, metal fabricators, and others. Epicor has over 20,000 customers in over 150 countries, with products in over 30 different languages.

Sage ERP

SageThe Sage ERP portfolio offers packages for all sizes and types of manufacturers, supporting both discrete and process modes. The system offers comprehensive management of inventory, planning, shop operations, accounting, and more. Users report that this is by far the easiest software of them all to use. It is also the most reliable program that have ever used.

Epicor Manufacturing

Epicor softwareEpicor is one of the biggest name in ERP software and has a large presence in the manufacturing industry. Over the years, Epicor has built out extensive functionality that can scale up or down to all sizes of companies. Epicor is highly recommended to manufacturing firms due to the system’s popularity, functional depth, and functional breadth.

Fishbowl Inventory

Fishbowl InventoryFishbowl has gained lots of market share due to its commitment to seamless integration with Quickbooks. It is a very popular option for small to mid-sized firms looking to automate manufacturing and inventory control. Fishbowl Inventory is used in just about every industry by companies with revenues up to $100 million. Customers receive extensive training and support resources through its training videos, online tutorials, in-house specialists and more. Fishbowl’s seamless integration with QuickBooks provides an easy path for manufacturing, sales, and distribution processes to be linked with back office accounting.


integrateitERP123 gives manufacturers a comprehensive, fully integrated Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) solution that automates and streamlines every aspect of the business, from the shop floor to CRM to accounting. With its modular architecture, the system can be configured in with many various options to fit the unique requirements of your organization. ERP123 can easily be extended as the company grows, but since all modules are included in the price, companies can implement everything at the same time or employ a phased roll-out without spending on additional costs.

Intuitive ERP

intuitiveIntuitive ERP is Consona’s system for small and mid-size repetitive and MTO manufacturers. Its simple layout and visually appealing user interface make it a popular option for companies adopting their first ERP system. Intuitive’s strengths are its modern user interface, a relatively inexpensive price point, and very good technical support being provided. These positive user experiences are key drivers of Consona’s growth. This is a very frequently recommended solution to small and medium-sized manufacturers.

We hope that this gives you a good shortlist of the best software for manufacturers so that you can quickly and easily move forward in your ERP selection process. If you have used any of these software packages, we welcome your comments on their ability to deliver.

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Chris Shaul has implemented hundreds of CRM and ERP as both a project manager and a solution architect. With a strong background in the manufacturing and distribution industries, he has delivered projects for large and small firms. He has implemented software in many industries, including: High-tech, Manufacturing, Distribution, Service organizations, Medical, Non-Profits and Construction firms. Chris is an experienced leader in Customer Service, Salesforce Automation, Social Enterprise and Marketing. He has trained and experienced in Lean Enterprise concepts, Business Process Reengineering, Strategic Planning, Project Management, and Business Systems Architecture. He is currently working as a delivery manager for a global consulting firm and holds four certifications in Salesforce.com.

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