Aerospace Software

Aerospace companies require ERP software that is specific to their industry. An aerospace software solution meets customer demands while adhering to high levels of compliance and quality control.

Aerospace manufacturers must adhere to project schedules and budgets with tight control over labor and materials costs. The aerospace software must surpass standard ERP functionality and address all these requirements associated with DCAA, CAS, and FAR compliance.

Aerospace Software Requirements

• Complete job costing
• Integration with AutoCAD
• Estimating
• Engineering
• Multi-level bill of materials
• Revision levels
• Engineering change notices (ECN)
• Original vs. current budget
• Actual vs. estimated cost for project components
• Tracking of percentage of completion
• Calculations for cost-of-sales and revenue earned
• Contract manufacturing
• Contract accounting
• Contract inventory management
• Milestone based billings
• Role based security
• Audit trail

As we have discovered in our experience with more than 150 ERP solutions, each ERP software package has its strengths and weaknesses. Below is a summary of a small sub-set of data from that database, which our project teams use to help clients select the right ERP software for their organizations.

This table below identifies the generalized functional strengths of each of the listed ERP solutions for Aerospace and Defense manufacturing and distribution. Our ERP software selection process leverages more detailed information from our database to conduct a more thorough assessment of software fit with each client’s business requirements.

ERP Software Packages for Aerospace and Defense Manufacturing and Distribution

Aerospace and Defense Software FunctionalityIFS
JD EdwardsCincom
Cost Point
Standard ERP Functions
Standard AccountingHighHighHighHighHighHighHighHigh
Manufacturing Resource Planning (MRP)HighHighHighHighHighHighHighHigh
Project ManagementHighHighHighHighHighHighHighHigh
Configuration ManagementHighHighHighHighHighHighHighLow
Bar code and Label PrintingHighHighHighLowHighHighHighLow
Electronic Data Interchange (EDI)HighLowHighLowHighHighHighHigh
Reporting with Drill DownHighHighHighHighHighHighHighHigh
Quality Process - Non-Conformance MaterialHighHighHighHighHighHighLowLow
General Requirements
Document Management and Version ControlHighHighLowHighHighHighHighHigh
Roles-based SecurityHighHighHighHighHighHighHighHigh
Support Work Breakdown Structure (WBS)HighHighHighHighHighHighHighHigh
Program-based Reporting for Procurement Status, Kitting, Build, and Test StatusHighHighHighHighHighHighHighHigh
Capture as-built ConfigurationHighHighHighHighHighHighHighLow
Job Costing within WBSHighHighHighHighHighHighMediumHigh
Key Differentiating Requirements
Historical Labor Hours, Costs, and Bill of MaterialsHighHighHighHighHighHighHighHigh
Alternative Part NumbersHighHighHighHighHighHighHighHigh
Capture Kitted Part Traceability DataHighHighHighHighHighHighHighHigh
Consigned KitsHighHighHighHighHighHighHighHigh
BOM Change Order Tracking (ECN Management)HighHighHighHighHighHighHighHigh
Shop Floor Movement and Tracking by Serial NumberHighHighHighHighHighHighHighHigh
Track Non-Conforming Materials with Full Audit TrailHighHighHighHighHighHighHighLow
Functional Specific Requirements
Manage OpportunitiesHighMediumMediumMediumLowLowHighMedium
Plan and Manage ProgramHighHighMediumHighLowMediumHighMedium
Manage InventoryHighHighHighHighMediumMediumHighLow
Build and TestHighMediumHighHighMediumMediumHighLow
Financial and Cost AccountingMediumHighHighMediumLowLowHighHigh
Non Conforming Material (NCM)HighHighHighHighHighHighLowLow
Disclaimer: For illustrative purposes only. Assessment for your unique needs may vary based on specific business processes and requirements. You will want to develop more detailed requirements as part of your software evaluation and selection process.

Panorama’s ERP consultants provide a complete service offering that can assist your organization throughout the process of ERP selectionERP implementation and organizational change management.

Our consultants are aware of the potential pitfalls of ERP selection projects and can help hedge against project cost overruns, software that is misaligned with business needs, and lack of return on investment. Panorama’s team has industry-specific expertise that helps achieve measurable business improvements.

Recent clients in this industry include Boeing, SEAKR Engineering and DRI Relays.

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