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Why Aerospace and Defense Manufacturers Need Manufacturing Cloud ERP, Not Typical Cloud ERP

In his column “Ten Ways Cloud Computing Is Revolutionizing Aerospace And Defense, Louis Columbus on Forbes.com reports, “Synchronizing new product development, supply chain, production and Maintenance, Repair & Overhaul (MRO) strategies across Aerospace and Defense (A&D) manufacturers while reducing costs continues to make cloud platforms a viable option in A&D… As one aerospace executive told me recently, the industry sees cloud computing as solution to what many call “silos of excellence” that slow down progress.”

However, when selecting a Cloud ERP solution, it’s not enough for the ERP to be only on the Cloud because most Cloud ERP software is created from either an accounting or customer relations viewpoint. They are manufacturing light. Aerospace and Defense Manufacturers needs a Manufacturing Cloud ERP. Only then can they –

· Gain better visibility on project schedules and costs,
· Compare actual costs versus budget by project in real time,
· Capture complete serial and lot traceability through the entire Product Life Cycle,
· Provide ‘as maintained’ versus ‘as built’ versus ‘as designed’ view of the entire BOM Tree Structure,
· View the project impact of capacity on the shop floor and
· Run Material Requirements Planning on a project Basis.

Manufacturing Cloud ERP software for Aerospace & Defense Manufacturers enables companies in this industry to efficiently manage all aspects of their Logistics and Supply Chain. Complete traceability for Inventory Items by both Lot and Serial Number satisfies the most rigorous industry requirements. Planning, costing and inventory tracking is implemented on an ‘item-project/contract’ basis for visibility of projects. Manufacturing Cloud ERP Engineering Change Control capabilities provide for easier integration to industry standard PLM systems. Complete ECO and Revision control insure that engineering changes are successfully implemented. Such software also supports multiple Divisions or Plants with the additional capability to allow Purchasing and Engineering to be centralized.

The Scheduling module of Manufacturing Cloud ERP will schedule operation steps (which can be sequential or concurrent) for Work Orders by Work Center. The software will also provide a comprehensive ‘drag and drop’ scheduling feature when reviewing a work center’s capacity. Comprehensive priority rules enable production control to easily manage the changing demands of the various contract ship dates. Bottlenecks are exposed and load can be adjusted.

Audit trail records are created for a purchase order receipts, all inventory material movements and adjustments, work order issue and work order receipts, subcontract purchase issues, labor and machine bookings, sales order fulfillments, RMA receipts and advanced shipments, site to site inventory transfers, and division to division inventory transfers as well as any reversals of these functions.

A Manufacturing Cloud ERP Material Requirements Planning (MRP) module will feature capabilities that are beneficial for those Aerospace and Defense firms that manage their business by Contracts or Projects. MRP can be run by Project and all Planned Orders are identified by Project. With the Manufacturing Cloud ERP modules, all of the departments of an Aerospace and Defense company can now have complete visibility at a very granular level of all aspects of their operation and the infrastructure to more easily communicate and respond to events in a timely manner.

Typical Cloud ERP Is Not Enough

Although many typical Cloud ERP software suites can provide the Cloud benefits that Aerospace and Defense organizations need, they cannot offer the ERP benefits that are needed. That’s something only a Manufacturing Cloud ERP solution supplies.

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