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Microsoft Dynamics GP: The Recipe for Success for Process Manufacturers

Microsoft Dynamics GP: The Recipe for Success for Process Manufacturers

All manufacturing is not created equal. 

As you well know. Because if you’re a process manufacturer, then you’re keenly aware of how dramatically different your requirements are than those of a discrete manufacturing company. What’s more, if you’ve ever been searching for an ERP software system that can actually fulfill your requirements, then you also know that many ERP systems are not equipped to handle your unique needs.

Process manufacturing is common in the food, beverage, chemical, pharmaceutical, nutraceutical, and biotechnology industries, as well as certain consumer packaged goods. In process manufacturing, the relevant factors are ingredients, not parts; formulas, not bills of materials (BOMs); and bulk materials rather than individual units.

Discrete and process manufacturing software have different focal points and solve different problems. For the same reason that the proverbial square peg does not fit in the round hole, software geared toward discrete, or even hybrid manufacturing, will not work smoothly in a process manufacturing plant.

With process manufacturing, the end-product cannot be broken down to its original ingredients, for example, beer or pasta sauce. Thus, the software must be able to account for these intricacies in its ability to convert and transform raw materials to finished goods.

Critical aspects of process manufacturing include:

  • Recipe formulation
  • Forward and backward lot traceability
  • Handling of mixed units of measure and conversion
  • Raw material calculations
  • Scalable batch tickets with revision tracking and recording of manufacturing steps

Tidestone Solutions offers a recipe manufacturing-specific ERP software solution that automates business processes for your industry.

You need to focus on what you do best…making great recipes! We will help you identify your business process gaps and evaluate your real costs. As recipe manufacturing companies continue to grow, it’s important to have intelligent and world-class software to help you manage that growth.

Our solution is built on the venerable Microsoft Dynamics GP software system, which provides:

  • Real-time insight from raw materials to finished packaging
  • Ability to plan and schedule based on actual demand
  • Quality control so that you can get it right the first time to achieve your sales goals
  • Reliable data and visual dashboard reporting, so that you can make critical decisions based on your financials in real-time
  • One integrated system, reducing the number of spreadsheets, and eliminating manual error

Special Treat for Craft Breweries

For craft breweries, Microsoft Dynamics GP integrated with VicinityBrew is the solution tailor-made for you. Dynamics GP brings the best, most comprehensive set of nuts and bolts that you would expect to find in a world-class ERP system, while VicinityBrew allows brewers to measure yields and loss, incorporating labor and overhead for a complete cost breakdown. Brewers have the ability to collect data and define stages within the brewing process with a brewery-rich feature set that includes tank blending, splitting, and multi-stage processes such as barrel aging. Vicinity further incorporates quality data such as daily tank checks to identify trends and maintain consistent, quality brews. Read on…

Ready to learn more about what Tidestone can do for you? Contact us today by email at info@tidestonesolutions.com, or just pick up the phone and call Tidestone at 207.761.2133.

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