How a Manufacturing ERP Can Support Multiple Methods of Manufacturing

Manufacturing is a complex process that involves multiple stages, methods, and resources. In today’s dynamic market, manufacturers need to be agile, efficient, and responsive to customer demands. However, managing different manufacturing methods can be a challenge, especially when using disparate systems and manual processes. That’s where a manufacturing ERP comes in. With its comprehensive suite of manufacturing features, Acumatica ERP can help businesses streamline their production processes, reduce costs, and improve customer satisfaction. In this blog post, we’ll explore the different manufacturing methods supported by Acumatica ERP and how they can benefit businesses.


Make-to-order is a manufacturing method that involves producing goods based on specific customer requirements. This method is ideal for businesses that needs to customize their products to meet unique customer needs. With Acumatica, a manufacturing ERP, businesses can easily manage their make-to-order processes, from sales orders to production scheduling to delivery. Acumatica ERP provides real-time visibility into inventory levels, production status, and customer orders, enabling businesses to make informed decisions and optimize their resources.


Make-to-stock is a manufacturing method that involves producing goods based on anticipated demand. This method is ideal for businesses that have predictable demand patterns and need to maintain inventory levels. With Acumatica ERP, businesses can manage their make-to-stock processes, from forecasting to production planning to inventory management. Acumatica ERP provides flexible workflows, automated alerts, and real-time data analytics, enabling businesses to optimize their inventory levels, reduce waste, and improve profitability.


Engineer-to-order is a manufacturing method that involves designing and producing custom products based on customer specifications. This method is ideal for businesses that must create complex or unique products requiring specialized knowledge and skills. With a manufacturing ERP, businesses can manage their engineer-to-order processes, from design to production to delivery. Acumatica ERP provides robust project management tools, real-time collaboration features, and advanced reporting capabilities, enabling businesses to deliver high-quality products on time and on budget.


Mixed-mode is a manufacturing method that involves using a combination of make-to-order, make-to-stock, and engineer-to-order processes. This method is ideal for businesses that have a diverse product portfolio and need to balance different production methods. Businesses can manage their mixed-mode processes with a manufacturing ERP, from planning to execution to analysis.

Why you should consider a manufacturing ERP 

A Manufacturing ERP like Acumatica Manufacturing Edition offers many features and functionalities that make it well-suited for handling multiple manufacturing methods. These include flexible workflows, real-time data visibility, robust reporting capabilities, and advanced analytics tools. Acumatica ERP also integrates with other systems, such as CRM, finance, and supply chain management, enabling businesses to streamline their operations and gain a holistic view of their business.


Tips and Best Practices

To optimize their manufacturing processes using Acumatica ERP, businesses should consider the following tips and best practices:

  • Define clear goals and objectives for each manufacturing method
  • Identify key performance indicators (KPIs) and track them regularly
  • Use real-time data analytics to make informed decisions
  • Optimize workflows and automate manual processes
  • Train employees on how to use Acumatica ERP effectively
  • Continuously monitor and improve processes based on feedback and results

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