Batchmaster ERP Solution & Chemical Manufacturing

By: Thomas Cutler

In an exclusive for Managing Automation, manufacturing journalist TR Cutler, profiled the specific needs for Chemical manufacturers. According to Cutler, "Quality control throughout a chemical manufacturing operation must also include purchase receipts and sales shipments and be available at any stage of production. Critical reports for the specialty chemical industry include certificates of analysis (COA), bills of lading, and material safety data sheets."
Specialty chemical companies require ERP functionality with the following key product features:
&bullLaboratory and Formulation: Conducts laboratory analysis with formula revisions.
&bullCompliance Reporting: Creates MSDS and other shipping and material storage compliance reports.
&bullQuality Control: Integrated QC in purchasing, receiving, sales shipping, and in any stage of production.
&bullProduction Scheduling: MPS schedules production in order to maximize capacity while fulfilling shipping promises.
&bullMaterials Planning: MRP manages inventory, reducing holding costs without the risk of shortages.
&bullLot Control and Tracking: Tracks lots from vendor to customer; features must include expiration date, vendor lot number, quarantine date, and material attributes.
Laboratory and Formulation: According to Dr. Sahib Dudani, president of ERP provider BatchMaster, "Very few ERP systems provide a laboratory module." A system that does, he says, "reduces man-hours spent on tedious, error-prone manual calculations, and delivers useful information quickly and accurately." In BatchMaster, "raw material specifications and formula physical properties are user-definable, so users can perform calculations in the most familiar methods," Dudani notes.
"Formulas can be easily sized by weight or by volume to lab- or production-sized batches," adds Doug Miller, lab manager for Weyerhaeuser Corp.'s Specialty Products Division, and a user of BatchMaster. "This feature enables chemical manufacturers to keep complete records of all versions of a formula, with whom, why, and when it was changed."
William Stoltz, controller and information technology director of Alpha Chemical Services, Inc., also uses BatchMaster. "The solution is versatile in its reporting potential, with a virtually infinite range of customizable reports," he reports. "We have been able to produce information with pinpoint accuracy for our management."
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About BatchMaster

BatchMaster Software, Inc. has provided advanced ERP solutions for over two decades with more than one thousand five hundred installations worldwide. BatchMaster's customers can be found in every formula or recipe-based business, including food, beverage, cosmetic, personal care, paint, coating, nutraceutical, pharmaceutical, and specialty chemical industries. Flexible, easy to learn and use, and scalable to grow with a process manufacturing business, BatchMaster is the definitive solution for the challenges facing small to midsize process manufacturers. BatchMaster has more than a hundred technical staff numbers of highly-qualified software professionals.

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