Without a doubt, the chemical manufacturing world is complex. Chemical industry challenges abound, from the regulatory pressures from smoke stack, effluent and solid waste production to the need to keep sufficient raw material inventories to avoid expensive delays in a high capacity production environment. Add to that price pressures from the competition, rising energy costs and supporting health and safety practices, both in the workplace and for the transport of goods, and the financial implications become exponential.
For over 15 years, Edgewater Fullscope has helped commodity, industrial, specialty and agricultural chemical companies implement ERP for chemical manufacturers. Beyond basic production requirements including co-products and by-products including waste, formula management and the never-ending task of staying compliant, Microsoft Dynamics AX ERP for the chemical process industry is designed to address these specific challenges:
Most chemical companies create off-spec materials. Large quantities of off-spec materials may exist in drums all over plants, which means big dollars tied to unsellable inventory.
The need to adjust forecasts and inventory to help ensure adequate supply for demand is a never-ending one, especially with some of the expensive feedstock considerations.
The traditional way of accessing data — in standardized monthly sales, production or inventory reports — will not cut it for today's chemical manufacturer. Not only do you need real-time information, you need access to raw data beyond that found in standard reports.
Chemical manufacturers value throughput and must look to optimize current assets without making additional plant and equipment investments.
For most chemical manufacturers, the process functionality in Dynamics AX 2012 is enough. For others who need more, Fullscope has pre-selected other Microsoft ISV solutions that are integrated with AX 2012, and can solve specific issues like EAM, advanced scheduling, MES, formula optimization, transportation costing, and more.
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