Enterprise resource planning software is a must-have for businesses looking to increase their efficiency across a variety of business components, from warehouse inventory management to time tracking and many other general and segment-specific operations.

While a basic ERP solution is better than manually managing workflows and finances, the functionality of such software is significantly increased when additional modules geared toward a business’ specific needs and common industry practices are utilized. NAV modules added to common ERP solution Microsoft Dynamics are a popular way to easily increase the already-useful features of such programs.

Manufacturing Business Technology highlighted industry-specific features for companies involved in the automotive field in a recent article, providing an example of how the targeted addition of modules to existing software created extra benefits.

Compliance, cost and quality
As in many industries, automotive equipment and parts manufacturers have the ultimate goal of creating high-quality products while increasing efficiencies and eliminating waste. There are specific considerations involved as well, like stringent product and piece tracking requirements that are mandated by various federal government laws related to recalls.

MBT points out that these regulations require tracking far above and beyond those used in most other industries and necessitate specific solutions. Items must be tracked as they flow in and out of various storage areas and as they are assembled and shipped. In this instance, a sophisticated barcode inventory system that records history of movement as well as current location can be added to overall ERP software, providing a solution to a segment-specific problem.

Inventory optimization can also be especially valued in the automotive industry as high-value and large pieces involve a high resource dedication. This is another instance where a specific module can be added to enhance the functionality of ERP where it is necessary.

Systems combination
The use of disparate systems is a common problem for small and big businesses alike. Although large companies more often have the capital to quickly implement a holistic solution, smaller shops also have answers that fit their budgets as well. Non-integrated software leads to inefficiencies and time wasted trying to track down pieces of data. The lack of ability to quickly study workplace information means that decision making about expenditures and labor commitments suffer.

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