Discrete Manufacturing ERP Software Comparison for the Industrial Machinery Industry

Below is a comprehensive, independent review and comparison of Discrete Manufacturing ERP software for the Industrial Machinery Industry with an easy-to-navigate matrix comparing general data (e.g. price, financing options, etc.), materials management, sales order management, financial management, production management, supply chain management, and customer relationship management, plus any additional capabilities each vendor might provide. Click on the links to dive deeper into each vendor's software or request a free demo to get more hands-on experience.
  General Data
  Product NamePlex Manufacturing CloudEpicor ERPEnterpriseIQSYSPROabas ERPSage ERP X3E2 Shop SystemIFS Applications 9.0Global Shop SolutionsECi M1Expandable ERP Cetec ERPPriority Software ERP
  VersionAlways Current10.0015.27.0201677.29.02016. Current17.3
  Price Range$5K + per month-$4K -500K$50K- $2M$25K-500K onsite$75K and up-$2600/ user-$5K-200K$300K-2M$5K-500K$10K-250K$20K-200K or$250/User/Mo $40/User/Month-$1,400-$3,000/license
  Financing OptionsSubscriptionLease, Owner Financing, Lease to ownLease, Financing, Leasing Options, SubscriptionLease, Owner Financing, SubscriptionLease, FinancingOwner Financing, Lease to ownFinancing, Leasing OptionsSubscriptionFinancing, Leasing OptionsLease, Owner Financing, Lease to ownSubscription, LicensedSubscriptionSubscription, Licensed
  User Range20-1000+1-2000+5-Unlimited4-100010-25020-1000+1-30040-50003-10001-5001-Unlimited5-Unlimited5-1,000
  Multi SiteYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYes
  Multi NationalYesYesyesYes, 60+ Countries YesYesYesYesYesAU, NZ,US,CA,UK.YesYesYes
  ArchitectureSaaS Multitenant SOASOASOA, .NETSOA, XML, WebserviceSOA / Multi-tier Client/ServerSOASOASOA, .NETWindows ClientServeSaas, MultitenantAll current Windows
  Database PlatformCloud-Based (Saas), Universally Compatible w/all Data Base PlatformsMS SQL Server, Cloud-Based (Saas), MAC OSMS SQL Server, Oracle, ODBC Compliant, Cloud-Based (Saas), Amazon Web services (Cloud)MS SQL Server, Other, Cloud-Based (Saas), Universally Compatible w/all Data Base PlatformsCloud-Based (Saas), abas Open Object Oriented Database, Universally Compatible w/all Data Base PlatformsMS SQL Server, Oracle, Cloud-Based (Saas)MS SQL Server, MS SQL ExpressOracle, Cloud-Based (Saas), MySQLMS SQL Server, ODBC Compliant, Cloud-Based (Saas)MS SQL Server, IBM DB2, OtherMS SQL Server, Cloud-Based (Saas)Cloud-Based (Saas), MySQLMS SQL Server, Oracle, MS SQL Express
  Server OSCompatible w/all Operating SystemsLinux, Windows, UnixLinux, Windows, Unix, .NETWindowsLinux, Windows, UnixLinux, Windows, UnixWindowsCompatible w/all Operating SystemsWindowsWindowsWindowsCompatible w/all Operating SystemsLinux, Windows, Unix
  Materials Management
   Inventory Summary    Advanced Material Mgmt.    Inventory Control    Inventory Management     Inventory Management    Inventory Control    Data Collection    Complex MRO    Bar Coding    Advanced Inventory Mgmt    Consignment Inventory     Barcoding & Labeling    Materials Management Overview  
   Inventory Tracking    Bar Coding    Vendor Managed Inventory    Lot Traceability     Material requirements planning (MRP)        Bar Coding    Costing    Bill of Materials    Inventory Management    Inventory Accuracy     Bill Of Materials    Mobile Devices, Barcode & RFID  
   Bill of Materials    Handheld    Wireless Warehouse Management System        Material Cost Posting        Bill Of Materials    Demand Forecasting    Data Collection    M1 Calculators    Inventory Control    Dimensional Inventory Control    Picking and Shipping  
   Bar Coding    Material Handler Interface            Scheduling        Handheld / Pocketview    Inventory Replenishment    Inventory Control        Inventory RESTful API     Inventory Management    Receiving & Put-Away  
   Job Tracking System    Material Movement            Warehouse Management        Inventory Control    Project Budgeting    Inventory Management        Lot Tracking    Lot & Serial Traceability    Replenishment  
   Material Requirements Planning    Prioritize Orders                    Inventory Management    Project Reporting    Materials & Inventory        Materials Management    Mobile Warehousing    Traceability  
       Sales Order Allocation                    Lot and Serial Control    Scheduling and Resourcing    Materials Purchasing        Serial & Lot Production Control RESTful APIs    MRP & Inventory Forecast      
                           Material Management         Materials Solutions        Serial Number Tracking     Production Scheduling & Capacity Planning      
                                   Physical Inventory                  
                                   Wireless System                  
  Sales Order Management
   Commission Tracking    Order Management    Packing Slip & Shipping Management    Document Flow Mgmt.    Costing    Purchasing Management    Order Entry    Collaborative Solutions    Complete Order Management    Advanced Bill of Materials    Configuration Control     Automatic Order Processing    Orders  
   Competitor Intelligence Database    Sales Management    Quoting and Estimating    Ecommerce Shopping Cart    Invoicing    RF Warehousing    Quoting / Estimating    Component Repair    Demand Management    Estimating & Quote Mgmt.    Electronic Data Transmission    Configurable Manufacturing Modes    Price Quotes  
   Customer Orders    Demand Management    Sales Orders    Point Of Sale    Process History    Sales Monitoring    Vender Returns    Coordinate Projects    Electronic Data Interchange (EDI)    Lead Management    Pack-Out Ship     EDI / Ecommerce    Tasks  
   E D I    Electronic Data Interchange        Report Writer    Quotation Management            Customer Orders     Invoice Order History    Project Mgmt    Quick Sales Order Entry     Field Service & Projects      
   Order Entry & Tracking    Estimate / Quote Mgmt.        Return Mgmt    Sales Management Overview            Field Service    Order Enrty        Return Material Authorization    Manufacturing Quoting      
   Quote Tracking    Storefront        Sales Analysis    Shipping Order            Sales    Quoting & Estimating        Sales Order Credit Card Validation    Packing, Shipping, & RMAs      
   Sales Order            Sales Orders                Sales Quotes    Return Merchandise Authorization        Sales Order Management     Sales Reporting & Analysis      
                                   Sales & Service Management        Shipping RESTful API     Workflow & Routing      
                                   Sales Application        Volume Pricing          
                                   Shipping Logistics                  
  Financial Management
   accounting Overview    General Ledger    Financial Overview    Budget Management    “What if” Financial Scenarios    Business Intelligence    Accounts Payable    Accounts Payable & Receivable    Accounting Application     General Ledger    Accounting RESTful APIs     Accounts Payable     Billing  
   Accounts Receivable / Accounts Payable    Accounts Payable    General Ledger    Accounts Payable    Cost Accounting    Data Collection    Accounts Receivable    Budget Management    Accounts Payable    Accounts Payable    Accounts Payable     Accounts Receivable    Budget Control  
   Costing    Accounts Receivable    Finanacial Reporting    Accounts Receivable    Financials and Accounting    Financial Overview    Budgeting / Cashflow    Cash Flow    Accounts Receivable    Accounts Receivable    Accounts Receivable     Bank Reconcile & Credit Card Import    Cash Management  
   Expense Project Tracking    Multi-Cureancy / Company    Accounts Payable    Activity Based Costing    Fixed Assets        Executive Overview    Consolidate Accounts    Business Intelligence    Multi-Currency    Bank Reconciliation     Configurable Costing Methods    Cost Control  
   Inventory Valuation    Financial Mgmt Overview    Accounts Receivable    Tax Management    Liquidity Planning        General Ledger    Financial Summary    Business Intelligence Application    Payroll    Business Intelligence & Analytics    Financial Reporting (Multi Site / Company)    Financial Management Overview  
   Multi-Company Financial Consolidation    Tax Connect    Electronic Data Interchange (EDI)    Assests Register    Perpetual Inventory Costing        Payroll    Fixed Assets    Cash Flow        Financial Reporting    General Accounting     Financial Statement Generator  
       Cash / Asset Mgmt        Payroll            QuickBooks    General Ledger    Financial Management        Foreign Currency     General Ledger    Fixed Assets  
       Global Engines        Analytics                Sales Contract Mgmt.    Fixed Assets        General Ledger     Project Accounting    Regulatory Compliance  
                                   General Ledger        Multiple Company     Tax Management      
                                   International Accounting                  
                                   Multi-Currency Management                  
                                   Payroll Management                  
  Production Management
   Barcode Labeling    Production Mgmt     Bill of Manufacture (BOM)    Bill of Materials    CAD Integration    Discrete Manufacturing    Advanced Scheduling    Asset Design    Advanced Production Scheduling    Job Management    Integration For Finite Capacity    Bill Of Materials    Production Management Overview  
   Capacity Planning    Advanced Production    Engineering Change Order    Engineering Change Control    Production Summary    Process Manufacturing    Job Management    Batch Process    Cost Breakdown Application    M1 SFE Shop floor Entry    Job Scheduling & Costing     Configurable Manufacturing       
   Complex Assembly    Advanced Quality Mgmt    Manufacturing & Production Reporting     Factory Documentation    Project Cost Accounting        Order Costing     Configure / Make / Assemble    Engineer-to-Order    Order Managent    Master Scheduling & Planning    Integrated QMS & ECO / ECR      
   Labor & Time Tracking    Job Management    MES    Cost Tracking    Project Management        Quality Management    Constraint-Based Scheduling    Lean Manufacturing    Product Configurator    Shop Floor Routing    Mobile Shop Floor      
   Multi-Plants    Lean Manufacturing    Material & Capacity Requirements Planning    Planning and Scheduling    Time Recording / Job Time        Rapid Documentation    Engineer to Order    Management Solutions    Quality / Warranty        Production & WIP Reporting      
   Plant Floor Mobile Access    Manufacturing Execution Systm.    Production Overview    Projects and Contracts    Work Order Management        Shipping    Make to Project    Planning & Scheduling    Scheduling        Production Scheduling & Capacity Planning      
   PLC Machine Integration    Planning & Scheduling    Quality Management    Quality Mgmt            Shop Floor Control    Multisite Planning    Production Configurator            Time Tracking, Job Costing, & Outsourcing      
   Preventative Maintenance    Planning and Scheduling    Real Time Monitoring    Quotations                Project Management    Project Management Application            Work Order Documents      
   Production Scheduling Overview    Product Data Management        Requirements Planning                Repetitive Manufacturing    Quality Control Application                  
   Shop Floor Control            Shop Clock                Shop Floor Reporting    Quality Tracking                  
   Statistical Process Controls                            Shop Order    Shop Floor Control                  
                               Sub-Contract Management    Shop Floor Data Collection Application                  
                                   Shop Management                  
                                   Software Preventative Maintenance Application                  
                                   TrueView Data Display Application                  
  Supply Chain Management
   Online Order & Tracking    Supply Chain Mgmt.    Capable to Promise    EDI Solution    Purchasing        Advanced Scheduling    Distribution    Advanced Planning and Scheduling    Purchasing Mgmt.    e-Purchase Order Requisitions    Customer / Vendor Portals      
   Online Tool Release    Inventory Management    Demand Planning    Freight Calculator    Requisitions        Demand Forecasting    Equipment    Forecasting Trust    Purchasing RFQ    Electronic Data Transmission    Lot & Serial Traceability      
   Problem Control    Purchase Management    Materials Ordering    Inventory Forecasting    Sales Planning & Forecasting        Executive Overview    Equipment Effectiveness    Shipping & Receiving Management    Shipping Mgmt.    Lot Tracking    MRP / Kanban / Replenishment      
   Supplier Quality    Shipping & Receiving    Outsource Central     Shipping Mgmt    Supplier Relationship Management        Inventory Management    Preventive Maintenance    Supplier Relationship Management         PO From SO Create Workbench    Production Scheduling & Capacity Planning      
   Supply Chain Overview    Sourcing                    Purchasing / Receiving    Procurement    Supply Chain Manager        Purchasing    Receiving / Picking / Packing / Shipping      
       Supplier Relationship Mgmt.                        Supply Chain            Purchasing RESTful API     Requisitions & Purchase Orders      
       Warehouse Management                        Warehousing            Serial & Lot Product Control     Supply Chain Management      
                                           Serial Number Product Tracking    Supply / Demand Forecasting      
  Customer Relationship Management
   Configurator Pricing     Customer Relations Overview    Customer Relationship Management (CRM)    Contact Management    Customer Relations Mgmt.    CRM    CRM    CRM Features    CRM Application    Call Management    Customer Support     Built-in CRM    CRM Overview  
   Cost & Quote Estimating    Campaign Connect        CRM for Syspro    Customer Relationship Management Overview        Sales Forecasting    Customer Services    Customer & Prospect Management    Contact Manager    Expandable CRM    Calendar Reminders / Follow-ups      
   Customer Master List    Case Management                    WebView    Information Shring    Customer Relationship Management        Integration for Salesforce CRM    Custom Lead Pipelines       
   Customer Relations Summary    Customer Relationship Management                        Mobility Features    Sales Forecasting            Customer & Contact Management      
   Field Service    Information Worker                        Sales Configurator     Sales Opportunity & Marketing Management             Customer Case Management      
   Opportunity Tracking    Lead / Opportunity Mgmt                            Service Management            Integrated CRM      
   Quick Quoter    Mobile Connect                                        Last Touch Reporting      
   Quote Tracking    Service Management                                        Mobile Access & Field Service      
                                               Sales Management & Quote Tracking      
  Additional Capabilities
   Business Intelligence    Cloud Deployment    Payroll Processing    Document Mgmt     Electronic data interchange (EDI)    Multi-Channel Retail and Direct Marketing    Time and Attendance    B2B Contracting     Simplified Label Printing    Document Mgmt    Additional Capabilities Overview    Application Programming Interface    Mobile Solutions  
   Computer Aided Design    Compliance Overview    Work Force Management    Espresso Mobile    Business Intelligence    Wholesale Distribution    Crystal Reports    Business Analytics    Business Web    Human Resources    Business Intelligence Products    Cetec ERP Application Programming Interface (API)      
   Document Control System    Composite Applications            Multi-Site        Data Conversions    Employee Self-Service    CAD Interface Application    M1 WebGear Interface    Engineering Products    Custom Report Writer      
   E-Commerce    Composite Applications                    Document Control    Expense Management     Crystal Reports    System Security    High Technology Package    Custom Workflow & Alerting      
   Electronic Data Interchange    Document Mgmt                    QuickView    Human Resources    Data Conversion    Unlimited View    Integration Programming Interfaces    Ecommerce, EDI, & Credit Card Processing      
   Groupware Communication    Enterprise Content Mgmt                        Mobile Solutions    Document Control        Medical Technology Package    Email Interfacing with Customers & Vendors      
   Human Resources Overview    Enterprise Performance Mgmt                        Payroll, Time & Attendance    Document Control Application        Product Management    Enterprise Document Management      
   SmartPlex Mobile Access    Epicor Everywhere FrameworkEpicor Everywhere Frame                        Recruitment, Training & Developemnt    Electronic Data Exchange        Quality & Regulatory    Pulse Report      
       Global Business Mgmt                            Global Application Builder        Security & Business Monitoring Products          
       Human Capital Mgmt.                            Key Performance Indicators Application        Usability & Data Collection Utilities          
       ICE Business Architecture                            Messaging System Application                  
       Mobile                            Mobile Wireless Application                  
       Product Data Mgmt                            Online System / Time and Attendance                  
       Service Mgmt. Overview                            Process Documentation & Training                  
       Social Enterprise                            RFID Technology Application                  
       Subscription Services                                              
       Web 2.0                                              
  Services Support
   Security    Business Process Outsourcing    IQMS EnterpriseIQ Training Programs     STARS    Upgrade Guarantee        Account Manager    Implementation    FastRESPONSE    Services & Support    Client Support & Training Overview    Cetec ERP Lite, Standard & Gold Levels    Customer Service & Support Overview  
   Training Strategies    Epicor Consulting    IQMS Professional Services and Consulting    Support            Classroom Training    Support    Global Shop Solutions Consulting        Customer Support Module    Custom Development & Integration      
       Hosting Services    IQMS Technical Support    Training and Education            E-Learning    Training    Global Shop Solutions University        Direct Implementation Services    Data Migration      
       Learning & Educational Services    Software Updates and Maintenance Program                Onsite and ISO Consulting        Learning & Educational Services        Meditech Validation Products & Services    Local / Resident Hosting      
       Managed Services                    Phone Support        Training Strategies         Support & Professional Services    On-Site Implementation Consulting      
       Professional Services                                    User Product & Process Training    Project Discovery & Gap Analysis      
       Subscription Services                                        Services User Training Programs      


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