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In a Nutshell: What’s the Difference Between Custom Manufacturing and Industrial Manufacturing?

November 4, 2015
By Marketwire News

STERLING, VA –(Marketwired – November 04, 2015) – There are two core branches in the manufacturing industry: custom and industrial manufacturing. While there are some similarities between the two, each one has its own processes and priorities. As a result, the role their ERP platforms play within the organizations is naturally different.In custom manufacturing, unique products are designed or engineered to order. This involves a lot of estimating and calls for fluidity throughout the entire production process as the design is honed into a final product. Thus, custom manufacturers place a premium on ERP systems that bring them flexibility and agility. In industrial manufacturing, on the other hand, products are configured to order. Customers can order a stock product, and while they have the flexibility to alter certain features of the order, they are still limited to a catalog of pre-designed products.If custom manufacturers prioritize flexibility and agility, industrial manufacturers covet operational efficiency. Unlike in custom manufacturing where every project is different, industrial manufacturers have the benefit of predictability and repetition throughout the process. There are forecasts and projections against which managers can measure their results and change course if needed. These metrics drive internal improvement and help to completely integrate the supply chain.abas is an innovator of ERP solutions for mid-size businesses aspiring to be leaders in their industry. We use our 30+ years of experience to deliver exactly what our customers need — software that is agile, intuitive, sustainable for the long term, and that works anywhere around the world. Find out more about abas ERP on the web at, on twitter at abas USA, or on Facebook at abas-USA. Image Available: Information: Contact: Caroline