Manufacturing resource planning (MRP II) software can provide critical insight into the requirements, availability, and usage of resources during complex manufacturing processes. This software can automate common scheduling and reporting activities, freeing you and your team to focus more on the task at hand. It also provides more advanced analytic and forecasting tools that can drive long-term cost savings and more competitive delivery timelines, whether implemented on its own or as part of an enterprise resource planning (ERP) software suite.
Manufacturing resource planning is a set of tools and techniques used to manage, monitor, and control resources used in manufacturing processes. Also known as manufacturing requirements planning, MRP II emerged in the 1980s, growing out of earlier material resource planning (MRP) methodologies.
As its name implies, MRP focused primarily on material resources (e.g., equipment, ingredients, and physical components); by contrast, MRP II takes advantage of improved computing power and database systems to track different kinds of resources and provide better tools for production managers to schedule, forecast, budget, and review the production process.
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Manufacturing resource planning software incorporates MRP II principles and practices into an onsite, cloud-based, or SaaS solution. Today, the resources and tools described by MRP II are included as part of a comprehensive ERP software suite.
At its core, these software solutions track and aggregate data on resources before and during manufacturing. This data may be collected from other interfaces, such as ERP or shop floor control software, or input directly from spreadsheets or manual logs. The software uses this information to:
While any company can benefit from improved material requirement planning processes, a robust approach to resource planning based on MRP II principles is especially important for production engineers who are working on highly complex manufacturing processes that incorporate multiple subassemblies, components, and bill of materials (BOM) requirements.
Organizations who are required to follow legal regulations and industry-specific current good practices (cGxP) will benefit from manufacturing resource planning software that streamlines or automates common forecasting, scheduling, and purchasing activities.
MasterControl’s Manufacturing Excellence solutions are ideal for companies who are beginning their smart manufacturing and digital transformation journeys. Our solutions easily integrate with your company’s existing ERP, MES, or MOM, providing critical benefits not found in existing systems, including:
To find out more about MasterControl Manufacturing Excellence and how it can support your manufacturing resource planning software needs, please contact a MasterControl representative.