Our Top Picks

ACUMATICA
Acumatica
  • Public cloud (SaaS) or private cloud (self-hosted)
  • Quality management
  • Supply chain management
Acumatica Cloud ERP offers its Manufacturing Edition which brings together a fairly wide range of functions tailored to the industry. The software can manage most popular production strategies, such as make to order, engineer to order, make to stock and others that make use of its data collection and forecasting.

As an ERP, it’s also able to reach more parts of a business and take on more responsibility when compared to many competitors. This includes management of production and distribution, inventory and purchasing, warehouse and service, accounting and other financials.

The advanced planning and scheduling (APS) system makes Acumatica an attractive option for midsize businesses, as well as the inventory management tools that can handle complex distribution processes. As each area of a business comes under the management of this ERP software, its ability to accurately predict future events and provide competitive quotes is increased even further.

Pros & Cons

Pros

  • Comprehensive ERP solution
  • In-depth BOM/Routing tools
  • Flexible private cloud option that can be bought outright

Cons

  • Public cloud model only supports Microsoft SQL Server
  • No access via ODBC

Summary

ACUMATICA
Acumatica
  • Starting Price
    • Contact for quote
  • Production Scheduling
    Yes
  • Quality Management
    Yes
  • Supply Chain Management
    Yes
  • Integrations
    Yes
  • Reports
    Yes
Features
  • Public cloud (SaaS) or private cloud (self-hosted)
  • Quality management
  • Supply chain management
Epicor
Epicor Software
  • Production scheduling
  • Inventory management
  • Bill of materials
Epicor is another of the enterprise resource planning (ERP) solutions on this list that work best when allowed to manage more areas of a business than MRP software. Modules can be purchased that provide a greater level of control and scheduling, such as the manufacturing execution systems (MES), and the software can provide end-to-end visibility with real-time reporting when efficiently deployed.

When deployed to its fullest extent, Epicor ERP can monitor and collect data in real time, including input from PLCs and IoT-enabled systems, as well as shop floor employees via tablets and smartphones.

The software can be integrated with popular third-party applications via Epicor Integration Cloud, including OpenERP, QuickBooks and eCommerce providers such as eBay. The access to API also makes it easier for businesses to integrate custom and lesser known software that isn’t supported by many competitors, and the integration process can be managed entirely by Epicor for an additional cost.

Pros & Cons

Pros

  • API access and integrations
  • Supports on-premise deployment

Cons

  • Many modules required for complete business management
  • Extensive set up and ongoing maintenance

Summary

Epicor
Epicor Software
  • Starting Price
    • Contact for quote
  • Production Scheduling
    No
  • Quality Management
    Yes
  • Supply Chain Management
    Yes
  • Integrations
    Yes
  • Reports
    Yes
Features
  • Production scheduling
  • Inventory management
  • Bill of materials
ERPAG
ERPAG
  • Enterprise resource planning (ERP)
  • Material requirements planning (MRP)
  • Point of sale (POS)
ERPAG is a relatively cost-effective solution for businesses that need manufacturing and MRP software that can handle a good amount of responsibilities at a reasonable cost. It includes extensive inventory management and tracking options, with support for standard label printers and scanning via mobile app, as well as advanced dropshipping capabilities.

Inventory management can be set up to span multiple warehouses, with tracking of new arrivals and comprehensive logs of all changes to stock levels. The relevant data can be viewed via custom dashboards and charts for each level of employee, which makes it easier to bring non-technical staff on board.

ERPAG is one of the better options on this list for small businesses in particular. The functionality it provides can often minimize the need for other systems that are currently in place or that may be needed in the future. API integration is another positive for small and midsize businesses that have existing systems and software that will remain in use alongside ERPAG.

Pros & Cons

Pros

  • Appropriate for small businesses
  • Ecommerce automation
  • API integration

Cons

  • Fewer templates in customer management tools
  • Limited help available in software itself

Summary

  • Starting Price
    • Basic: $49/month
    • Standard: $79/month
    • Premium: $149/month
    • Professional: starts at $550/month
    • *2 months free with annual billing
  • Production Scheduling
    Yes
  • Quality Management
    No
  • Supply Chain Management
    Yes
  • Integrations
    Yes
  • Reports
    Yes
Features
  • Enterprise resource planning (ERP)
  • Material requirements planning (MRP)
  • Point of sale (POS)
Genius-ERP
Genius ERP
  • Enterprise resource planning (ERP)
  • Quality assurance
  • Material testing
Genius ERP is a management and reporting solution that can help custom manufacturers at the SME level boost productivity and profitability. It’s a consistent favorite across a variety of specializations, including those that need quality assurance, material testing, warranty tracking and other functionality that is commonly overlooked by competing systems.

The management tools available in Genius ERP allow for a great amount of automation — including internal business systems and external sources — and API access allows connectivity between just about any external platform. This flexibility and real-time data sharing can be used to improve the speed and safety of production and other processes, and the software can optimize most repeat manufacturing and complex project types.

Genius ERP can manage scheduling and optimization of shop-floor processes, where it uses historical and real-time data to avoid conflicts arising from inadequate materials or production capacity.

Pros & Cons

Pros

  • API integration
  • Integrated CRM uses real-time data
  • Automated RFQ for vendors

Cons

  • Minimal integrated accounting tools
  • Modular system may be inappropriate

Summary

Genius-ERP
Genius ERP
  • Starting Price
    • Contact for quote
  • Production Scheduling
    Yes
  • Quality Management
    Yes
  • Supply Chain Management
    Yes
  • Integrations
    Yes
  • Reports
    Yes
Features
  • Enterprise resource planning (ERP)
  • Quality assurance
  • Material testing
Global-Shop-Solutions
Global Shop Solutions
  • ERP
  • Quality management
  • Maintenance management
Global Shop Solutions is a provider of enterprise resource planning (ERP) software to businesses worldwide, and it can help with compliance issues in many locations. It’s focused heavily toward creating paperless processes — offering tools to manage documents and versions as well as training materials — and the mobile customer relationship management (CRM) functionality as well as many dashboards that can be accessed quickly from any device when needed.

The ERP applications available include shop management, scheduling, inventory, accounting, quality control, CRM, and 25 more. Available in the cloud or on-premise, customers benefit from real-time inventory accuracy, improved on-time delivery, lower administrative costs, increased sales, and improved customer service. When deployed with the appropriate functionality to meet the requirements of a business, Global Shop Solutions is one of the more comprehensive solutions. Global Shop Solutions ERP can be tailored to provide further automation of processes, assist employees by showing simplified and streamlined screens and provide support for custom applications.

Pros & Cons

Pros

  • Wide-ranging capabilities
  • Can reduce duplicated work & systems
  • Advanced planning & scheduling

Cons

  • Generally requires more time to set up

Summary

Global-Shop-Solutions
Global Shop Solutions
  • Starting Price
    • Contact for quote
  • Production Scheduling
    Yes
  • Quality Management
    Yes
  • Supply Chain Management
    Yes
  • Integrations
    Yes
  • Reports
    Yes
Features
  • ERP
  • Quality management
  • Maintenance management
Infor
Infor CloudSuite Industrial (SyteLine)
  • Enterprise resource planning (ERP)
  • Quality management
  • Collaboration portals
CloudSuite Industrial is a suite of tools for the SyteLine ERP that are packaged together specifically for the manufacturing industry. The software can be used to simplify processes in many areas of a business — or automate processes entirely when possible — and this is accomplished with advanced planning and scheduling (APS) tools powered by real-time data analysis.

Plant floor operations, expense management and the ability to coordinate multiple warehouses in multiple physical locations are strong points in favor of SyteLine and associated tools. Project management is handled efficiently and presented in user-friendly screens.

Internal messaging capabilities create accountability for teams and the wider workforce and generally make it easier for employees to work toward unified goals from unified, authoritative data sources. The software can also help a business stay in touch with B2B and other customers via collaboration portals that provide insight and increase the longevity of relationships.

Pros & Cons

Pros

  • Customer relations, aftermarket sales and warranty management
  • Strong multi-site management
  • Frequent updates to popular tools

Cons

  • Powerful but complicated reporting system
  • Functionality is often poorly documented

Summary

Infor
Infor CloudSuite Industrial (SyteLine)
  • Starting Price
    • starts at $150/user/month
  • Production Scheduling
    Yes
  • Quality Management
    No
  • Supply Chain Management
    No
  • Integrations
    Yes
  • Reports
    Yes
Features
  • Enterprise resource planning (ERP)
  • Quality management
  • Collaboration portals
Iqms
IQMS
  • Enterprise resource planning (ERP)
  • Manufacturing execution system (MES)
  • Shop floor control
IQMS develops manufacturing and enterprise resource planning (ERP) software, which includes material execution system (MES) functionality, that can be deployed in the cloud or on premises. As such, it’s one of the most flexible software packages when handled correctly and one of the most popular choices.

Industry and project-specific modules help in areas such as quality and compliance, operation levels of connected machines, traceability and fairly comprehensive management at each stage from material to product to customer. This end-to-end visibility and in-depth data collection allows the business to reduce errors, meet regulations and assess the quality of individual suppliers.

EnterpriseIQ also helps keep customer satisfaction up while automating much of the process. This can provide real, measurable benefits to the business without adding more ongoing work for employees beyond the initial setup and optimization phase. Alternatively, business users can integrate an existing CRM and continue using the other elements of this system.

Pros & Cons

Pros

  • Popular and well-supported product
  • Intuitive, contextual navigation and design

Cons

  • Custom reporting is time-consuming to set up

Summary

  • Starting Price
    • Contact for quote
  • Production Scheduling
    Yes
  • Quality Management
    Yes
  • Supply Chain Management
    Yes
  • Integrations
    Yes
  • Reports
    Yes
Features
  • Enterprise resource planning (ERP)
  • Manufacturing execution system (MES)
  • Shop floor control
Jobboss
JobBOSS
  • Enterprise resource planning (ERP)
  • Ordering and shipping
  • Cost analysis
JobBOSS is a comprehensive ERP system that caters to manufacturing shops in need of high-level visibility across many business systems and production processes. It’s most appropriate for SMEs in various manufacturing modes, such as MTS, MTO, ATO, contract and mixed mode.

At its core, the JobBOSS ERP can handle quotes and order processing, scheduling and real-time shop floor control, shipping, costing and inventory management. The software can be extended with add-ons that cover quality management, CRM and labor, payroll and accounting and business activity monitoring. Alternatively, the base package can integrate with existing systems in the business, which may help cut costs.

In contrast to many of its competitors, JobBOSS is appropriate for use at all levels of a business, and by employees with minimal technical knowledge. The ability to connect everyone from shop floor workers to office managers and beyond and have them involved in data entry, processing and analysis can minimize duplicated work and speed up processes.

Pros & Cons

Pros

  • Cloud and on-premise options
  • Base package is relatively cost-effective

Cons

  • Many standard features are paid add-ons
  • Confusing UI

Summary

  • Starting Price
    • Contact for quote
  • Production Scheduling
    Yes
  • Quality Management
    Yes
  • Supply Chain Management
    No
  • Integrations
    Yes
  • Reports
    Yes
Features
  • Enterprise resource planning (ERP)
  • Ordering and shipping
  • Cost analysis
Katana
Katana MRP
  • Material requirements planning (MRP)
  • Inventory management
  • Time management
Katana is a fresh, well-designed MRP with a focus on inventory management and ordering processes. The UI is carefully laid out and highly customizable, which allows administrators to create role-specific screens that bring teams together and maintains focus on what matters to the appropriate users.

This MRP software offers an in-depth set of time management tools in addition to the management of resources and machines that is typically provided in alternative solutions. By tracking time as a resource, Katana can help business users see exactly who is working on what, and ultimately assess how much time is added to the manufacturing process in each step.

Katana can be integrated with external systems currently in use, and it’s particularly good at connecting with most popular eCommerce and financial service providers such as QuickBooks and WooCommerce. Integration with Packhelp can increase customer satisfaction and brand awareness via custom packaging, and it’s available at a discount to Katana users.

Pros & Cons

Pros

  • Pro plan is reasonably priced for appropriate businesses
  • Smooth integrations with popular eCommerce systems

Cons

  • Limited to one operator in base plan

Summary

Katana
Katana MRP
  • Starting Price
    • Essentials
    • $99/month
    • Plus $29 per additional user/month

    • Pro
    • $299/month (billed annually)
    • Plus $39 per additional user/month
    • Plus $9 per additional operator/month
  • Production Scheduling
    Yes
  • Quality Management
    Yes
  • Supply Chain Management
    Yes
  • Integrations
    Yes
  • Reports
    Yes
Features
  • Material requirements planning (MRP)
  • Inventory management
  • Time management
MRPEASY
MRPeasy
  • Material requirements planning (MRP)
  • Customer relationship management (CRM)
  • Inventory management
MRPeasy is a fairly unique material requirements planning (MRP) system that caters directly to small businesses that have under 200 employees, which makes it a good option for many manufacturers when compared to the alternatives on this list.

The planning and reporting capabilities can be used to great effect in the right hands. For example, MRPeasy can analyze trends and combine this knowledge with real-time input from various parts of the business. This functionality can result in more accurate quotes that attract more attention in competitive markets while maintaining profitability, as well as providing increased shop-floor efficiency by minimizing equipment downtime.

MRPeasy can be used as a standalone solution or as the central hub that other systems communicate with and act as the authoritative source of valid data and actionable insights. The software can be used with Xero and other popular financial tools with ready-to-go integrations, and business users with existing systems can integrate via API to ensure compatibility with custom processes.

Pros & Cons

Pros

  • Specifically designed for small businesses
  • Built-in CRM

Cons

  • Not appropriate for businesses with over 200 employees

Summary

  • Starting Price
    • (first 10 users only)
    • Starter: $49/user/month
    • Professional: $69/user/month
    • Enterprise: $99/user/month
    • Unlimited: $149/user/month
  • Production Scheduling
    Yes
  • Quality Management
    Yes
  • Supply Chain Management
    Yes
  • Integrations
    Yes
  • Reports
    Yes
Features
  • Material requirements planning (MRP)
  • Customer relationship management (CRM)
  • Inventory management
NetSuite
NetSuite Manufacturing Edition
  • Enterprise resource planning (ERP)
  • Material requirements planning (MRP)
  • Shop floor control
NetSuite Manufacturing Edition is one of the most popular and wide-ranging material resource planning (MRP) systems for the industry. It’s also a full-featured enterprise resource planning (ERP) system that is capable of connecting and managing almost every element of a business and its production processes. The customization options allow even further expansion of the system when operated by sufficiently skilled operators.

One of the strengths of NetSuite Manufacturing Edition is its global reach, which gives business users the capability of tracking, managing and optimizing worldwide supply chains, warehouses and production processes. This functionality includes built-in compatibility with various regulatory requirements specific to each location, as well as automation of manufacturing based on labor and material costs related to each location.

NetSuite Manufacturing Edition covers other important bases, such as customer relationship management (CRM), order management, inspections and quality management based on real-time data.

Pros & Cons

Pros

  • Can manage more systems than most competitors
  • Appropriate for large/global businesses

Cons

  • Outsourced customer support
  • Expensive to deploy and maintain

Summary

NetSuite
NetSuite Manufacturing Edition
  • Starting Price
    • Contact for quote
  • Production Scheduling
    Yes
  • Quality Management
    Yes
  • Supply Chain Management
    Yes
  • Integrations
    Yes
  • Reports
    Yes
Features
  • Enterprise resource planning (ERP)
  • Material requirements planning (MRP)
  • Shop floor control
Prodsmart
Prodsmart
  • Manufacturing execution system (MES)
  • Quality management
  • Traceability
Prodsmart is a manufacturing execution system (MES) with additional capabilities in material resource planning (MRP) and various other elements as part of its tiered subscription plans. The software is intended for use at every level of the business, and it’s relatively good at providing simplified dashboards and input screens tailored to specific roles. As such, this MRP software can help businesses connect shop floor workers and workstations with the system and ultimately speed up data collection and entry.

As data collection and entry speed increases, so does the value of Prodsmart’s real-time data views and analysis. This fresh and trusted information can then be used by many other parts of the software and can be used to optimize processes and generally help reduce failure rates and wasted time. Prodsmart’s tracking and traceability functions also benefit from its strong data collection, and it can provide native support for ISO 9001 and ISO TS 16949 audits.

Pros & Cons

Pros

  • Tiered pricing plans appeal to businesses with specific needs
  • Simplified data collection/entry for shop floor employees

Cons

  • Lacks useful employee management functionality such as skill-based searches
  • Some native reporting tools are relatively underpowered

Summary

Prodsmart
Prodsmart
  • Starting Price
    • Core: $600/mo
    • MES/Mobile Production Tracking: $500/mo
    • Quality Management: $400/mo
    • Lot Traceability: $400/mo
    • Drag and Drop Scheduler: $300/mo
    • API Access & Additional Integrations: $400/mo
    • Maintenance: $400/mo
    • Labels & Barcode Scanning: $100/mo
    • Work In
  • Production Scheduling
    Yes
  • Quality Management
    Yes
  • Supply Chain Management
    No
  • Integrations
    Yes
  • Reports
    Yes
Features
  • Manufacturing execution system (MES)
  • Quality management
  • Traceability
ProShop
ProShop ERP
  • Enterprise resource planning (ERP)
  • Manufacturing execution system (MES)
  • Quality management
ProShop ERP is an enterprise resource planning (ERP) system with built-in functionality for manufacturing execution systems (MES) and others that can handle complex processes, large inventories and fast-moving environments. In particular, this software focuses on shop management for SMEs that are transitioning to paperless operation, which is often referred to as digital manufacturing.

The modular system is designed to show the most important information and input fields to the appropriate users, and this can help significantly in time tracking and other elements that are most effective when used consistently by employees with varying technical proficiencies.

ProShop ERP is among the top choices for businesses that require strong quality management systems (QMS), including non-conformance reports, audits, return material authorizations, training, preventative and corrective actions. These systems benefit from the overall data collection and analysis capabilities of the software and grow stronger as more systems are connected to ProShop ERP.

Pros & Cons

Pros

  • Full-featured ERP focused on shop management
  • Ready-to-go integrations for QuickBooks and Sage50

Cons

  • Lacks support for integrations beyond accounting
  • Documentation for some functions should be expanded

Summary

ProShop
ProShop ERP
  • Starting Price
    • Subscriptions start at $500/month for 7-8 employees
    • To purchase outright, contact for quote
  • Production Scheduling
    Yes
  • Quality Management
    Yes
  • Supply Chain Management
    Yes
  • Integrations
    Yes
  • Reports
    Yes
Features
  • Enterprise resource planning (ERP)
  • Manufacturing execution system (MES)
  • Quality management
Shoptech
Shoptech Software
  • Enterprise resource planning (ERP)
  • Material resource planning (MRP)
  • Customer relationship management (CRM)
Shoptech developed the E2 Manufacturing System — or E2 MFG — as a complete enterprise resource planning (ERP) system for manufacturing small, medium and large businesses. It’s also flexible enough to cater to the most popular production strategies, such as MTS, MTO, ETO, ATO and mixed-mixed mode.

The E2 MFG system is a worthy consideration for businesses that have a large workforce and/or many workstations because it can handle unlimited shop floor and low-level user accounts at no additional cost. The savings from this element alone can be quite significant for many businesses.

Forecasting and business intelligence are also handled well by the E2 Manufacturing System — powered by its above average shop floor data collection capabilities — which generally results in more accurate quotes that convert into sales more often, and the various scheduling features also benefit from accurate, real-time data.

Pros & Cons

Pros

  • Covers many bases with one system
  • Access to underlying SQL
  • Strong forecasting and scheduling abilities

Cons

  • Demanding setup process with minimal documentation in some parts
  • Search functionality isn't intuitive

Summary

Shoptech
Shoptech Software
  • Starting Price
    • Contact for quote
  • Production Scheduling
    Yes
  • Quality Management
    Yes
  • Supply Chain Management
    Yes
  • Integrations
    Yes
  • Reports
    Yes
Features
  • Enterprise resource planning (ERP)
  • Material resource planning (MRP)
  • Customer relationship management (CRM)
WorkClout
WorkClout
  • Team and skill-based employee management
  • Advanced safety functions
  • Training and centralized knowledge base
WorkClout is a more focused approach to MRP software that caters to businesses that need in-depth employee tracking and management and above-average safety management. As a relatively new entrant in the world of MRPs and manufacturing software in general, WorkClout provides more frequent updates than most competitors and tends to be more receptive of customer feedback and feature requests.

The software provides advanced reporting, template systems and many useful features for inspections that aren’t typically included in the other MRP solutions on this list. This includes functions for teams to perform inspections directly from a mobile phone, with the ability to track actions, write follow-up notes and attach images if necessary.

WorkClout is also a strong competitor when it comes to reports — particularly with its ability to automate much of the process — and this can help managers keep their teams updated on actions, failures and other important information.

Pros & Cons

Pros

  • High level of detail and control in employee management
  • More safety management features than the alternatives

Cons

  • Covers less ground than the majority of competitors

Summary

WorkClout
WorkClout
  • Starting Price
    • Free: $0
    • Plus: $35/user/month
    • Pro: $50/user/month
    • Enterprise: Contact for quote
    • *save up to 28% with annual billing
  • Production Scheduling
    Yes
  • Quality Management
    Yes
  • Supply Chain Management
    No
  • Integrations
    Yes
  • Reports
    Yes
Features
  • Team and skill-based employee management
  • Advanced safety functions
  • Training and centralized knowledge base

How We Chose the Best MRP Software

There’s no shortage of material requirements planning (MRP) software available in 2020, but the best choice for any particular business is often unclear. We created this list based on three core functions of MRP software.

Management Tools

All of the main varieties of MRP software have dozens or even hundreds of individual tools that can improve manufacturing processes in many ways. MRP software handles data collection and distribution throughout the business, ensuring all employees and systems are working from the same verified data. Whether the data is entered on the shop floor by non-technical staff, inserted by managers and analysts or triggered by sensors, the MRP software generally acts as central storage and authoritative hub. MRP software can analyze this data to make more accurate predictions, such as providing more profitable quotes. The solutions included in this list can automatically alter production schedules based on any given variables, increasing production to meet demand or to take advantage of cheaper raw materials. Most MRP software also includes quality management tools and error/failure reporting functionality.

Integrations

The best MRP software has many of its own built-in tools that can manage production, staffing, inventory and quality control. However, almost all businesses need or want to integrate third-party software and systems to extend the functionality of the MRP. For example, many business users are quite happy with their current systems for employee management and accounting. These external systems can often be connected to the MRP, allowing it to collect data and interact with more processes.

Reporting Features

Many of the MRP software packages on the list are part of a more in-depth enterprise resource planning (ERP) system, and these options generally provide better reporting features. The majority of MRP software is used in tandem with multiple third-party reporting, analytic and accounting systems.

What Is MRP Software?

Material requirements planning (MRP) software is the digital framework that allows communication, visibility and control of the production and other processes within a business. Most MRP solutions also extend their reach outward to include management of the supply chain and inventory, as well as customer orders and quotes.

The scope of coverage varies based on the chosen MRP and the needs of the business. However, it’s generally accepted that having more data from more sources will provide better results. This is becoming much easier to accomplish with the rapid rise in automatic data entry and AI, and the majority of manufacturers have steadily increased the amount and level of detail in records and reports.

MRP functionality is usually included as part of enterprise resource planning (ERP) systems — particularly those catering to the manufacturing industry. ERP systems generally offer a larger set of business management tools, at a higher price, and aren’t unique to manufacturing.

Most of the listed MRP software also includes components of manufacturing execution systems (MES) to certain extents. MES applications provide visibility, control and real-time data reporting of machines.

Benefits of MRP Software

It’s easier to manage the various bits and pieces of a business when they’re grouped together in a larger framework. The benefits increase substantially when the systems can communicate with each other and provide real-time visibility throughout the business. MRP software can help you do the following:

  • Collect: MRP software can help businesses bring together eCommerce solutions, such as Shopify and WooCommerce, and manage them under one roof. Other popular integrations include QuickBooks, Xero and other accounting, financial and reporting systems.
  • Analyze: Production planning, purchasing, inventory management, sales, accounting and other business processes create valuable data that can help the MRP software and its operators make better decisions.
  • Optimize: The data-driven predictions can help calculate costs more accurately, which can result in more accurate quotes. In areas of high competition, the ability to give attractive yet economical quotes is crucial.
  • Automate: A true end-to-end MRP or ERP system allows accurate, real-time monitoring of processes in the business and those connected to it. With access to fresh data as well as its database of prior usage, the software can be used to optimize many processes, such as purchasing and order management.

Must-Have Features of MRP Software

The fact that over a dozen popular MRP software packages exist is an indication of how varied the functionality can be. However, the following points should be considered in manufacturing businesses of all sizes and complexities:

  • The right tools for the job: Businesses that need to manage heavy competition and low margins may benefit more than most from MRP software with a focus on cost analysis. Others may need the global reach that some solutions provide, such as compliance management across states, countries and continents.
  • Reasonable cost per user and/or workstation: The most popular material requirements planning solutions are software as a service (SaaS), which involves subscription-based plans and higher costs for additional users in many cases. Depending on the business, the total cost for all users can be quite significant. However, MRP software that includes manufacturing execution systems (MES) can help reduce costs without impacting security or efficiency.
  • Ability to customize and integrate: Some MRP software is easier to customize or integrate with other systems a business is currently using, which can be an important factor. In general, software that can be hosted on premises will allow much smoother integrations and more customization. Cloud-based solutions that offer API access can also be quite flexible.

The Cost of MRP Software

MRP software can cost $50 per month or less for the base package from many of the providers on this list. These cheaper plans typically come with only one or two user accounts — sometimes referred to as seats — and most of the material requirements planning software has additional fees based on the number of users. However, some MRP software tools allow an unlimited number of low-level account holders. This is useful for businesses that rely on a steady stream of data entered on the shop floor by hundreds of employees at a time.

On the other side in terms of cost, an effective MRP for a large, multinational enterprise can easily cost thousands of dollars per month after its needs are accounted for. This includes the number of add-ons that a particular business may want or need — purchases that unlock more MRP tools from the official software provider — as well as the number and permission level of user accounts.

Larger businesses with many analysts, managers and executives may find a more cost-effective deal in buying MRP software at the single, lump sum payment offered by some. This type of purchasing plan offers much more freedom and control for the business.