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ORION PFM ERP for Formula based Manufacturing

The Power of Industry Specific Computing…

ORION PFM (Product Formulation Manufacturing) software is designed for and built from the bottom up to support midrange companies that use product formulation as the mainstay of their manufacturing process. As such, we understand the requirements, the challenge and the pressure points. In short, we understand the business. With over 25 years in business and more than 60 customers, we have developed and maintained expertise in the following process manufacturing industries:

  • Lubricants
  • Paints, Inks, and Coatings
  • Janitorial-Sanitation
  • Adhesives

What is PFM?

ORION PFM is a full-featured ERP software package that runs in a Windows client/server environment and is priced for the midrange market. But that is just the beginning. ORION PFM helps companies be successful by providing a fully integrated system that tracks inventory, controls production, manages formulas, supports regulatory reporting, ensures financial integrity, and, with the backing of 3i Infotech, will be there as you grow and expand in the future. This means that, from purchasing material to paying invoices, from managing inventory to making product, from taking orders to billing customers, from posting entries to financial reporting, ORION PFM helps your organization to do its business more efficiently, effectively, and profitably than ever before. And, with ORION PFM you can do all of this and more with ease of use.

Our solution facilitates the management of business by providing:

  • Ease of formula creation and maintenance
  • Scalability of formulas based on available inventory levels
  • Accurate and timely forecasts of customer demands
  • MSDS, EPA, DOT, and other regulatory reporting
  • Container tracking and accountability
  • Flexible, multi-level CAS reporting
  • Flexible pricing and promotions
  • Financial analysis reporting and budgeting
  • Lot traceability and physical inventory counting
  • Implementation tools for initial data loading and conversion

Lubricants

Lubricant Industry Today! Good Software Needed for Smooth Running Operations

Just as lubricants make for the smooth running of your machinery, good software designed specifically for your industry is needed for the smooth operation of your business. To say the lubricant industry is complex is an understatement. The type of lubricant can vary based on its application - automotive, industrial, and mining to name of few. Correspondingly, software must enable you to quickly adjust formulas for variations in ingredients, measurements, and routings. Adding to the mix are constantly changing raw material costs, affecting profit margins and customer pricing. And, it doesn’t end there. The lubricant industry is heavily regulated by the EPA, OSHA, and DOT. Having software that helps your company stay in compliance is not a nicety; it’s a must! And you still have to satisfy the back office functions of accounting, purchasing, payables, and receivables. Clearly, you need software that meets these objectives and more. You need software built from the ground up, to specifications of the lubricant industry, and not a “forced fit” to your environment.

The Challenges To meet these objectives and stay competitive, adhesive manufacturers are confronted with a number of challenges. Prominent among them are:

  • Scale formulas easily based on on-hand inventory levels
  • Substitute ingredients to create alternate formulas for producing the same finished good
  • Support extensive end-to-end lot tracking from production lines to customer’s shelves
  • Ability to repackage product to meet customer demand
  • Need for accurate and timely forecasts of customer orders
  • Support the requirements of private labeling and packaging
  • Control and optimize inventory levels to reduce carrying costs and increase product availability
  • Provide a powerful, flexible pricing engine to meet the specific needs of customers and products
  • Support mass updating of price lists and matrices based on changes in raw materials
  • Increase the likelihood of fulfilling customer orders through available / capable-to-promise capabilities
  • Facilitate the generation of MDSD documents for products and product lines
  • Generate bills of lading that are in compliance with constantly changing DOT guidelines
  • Provide visibility to and analysis of real-time, enterprise-wide information throughout the supply chain

The Answer Through its ERP offering, ORION PFM - Product Formulation Manufacturing, 3i Infotech understands the unique requirements of the lubricant industry and its manufacturers and effectively uses technology to meet these challenges. ORION PFM is a comprehensive, affordable, full-featured process manufacturing solution aimed for entry-level and mid-range markets. ORION PFM helps you control your production costs, streamline operations, and increase overall customer satisfaction.

For an industry that can change day to day, you need software that is equally responsive and immediate. You need ORION PFM.

Paints, Inks and Coatings

Paints, Inks, and Coatings Industry Today! It’s Not Paint By Numbers Anymore

If you think that the paints and inks industries consist of simple processes of mixing, blending, and pouring, just consider the spectrum of available colors. Every color requires special ingredients, meaning separate formulas and individual routings. Shades and variations of colors are essential parts of the equation. The traditional paint can has been augmented by multiple packaging options to include plastic and direct feed. When you add coatings to the product mix, characteristics such as surface type, absorption, and elasticity further complicate the overall production process. Of course, you must be concerned with regulated guidelines such as material data safety sheets (MSDS) that need to accompany each order. This is not a paint-by-number process anymore. Accordingly, the software supporting your business requirements must be designed specifically for the painting, coatings, and inks industries. From the back office functions through and including product scheduling and delivery, every aspect of the manufacturing process must be managed, controlled, and reported on to properly focus management’s attention to ensure profitability and customer satisfaction.

The Challenges To meet these objectives and stay competitive, paints, inks, and coatings manufacturers are confronted with a number of challenges. Prominent among them are:

  • Scale formulas easily based on on-hand inventory levels
  • Substitute ingredients to create alternate formulas for producing the same finished good
  • Support extensive end-to-end lot tracking from production lines to customer’s shelves
  • Ability to repackage product to meet customer demand
  • Need for accurate and timely forecasts of customer orders
  • Support the requirements of private labeling and packaging
  • Control and optimize inventory levels to reduce carrying costs and increase product availability
  • Provide a powerful, flexible pricing engine to meet the specific needs of customers and products
  • Support mass updating of price lists and matrices based on changes in raw materials
  • Increase the likelihood of fulfilling customer orders through available / capable-to-promise capabilities
  • Facilitate the generation of MDSD documents for products and product lines
  • Generate bills of lading that are in compliance with constantly changing DOT guidelines
  • Provide visibility to and analysis of real-time, enterprise-wide information throughout the supply chain

The Answer Through its ERP offering, ORION PFM - Product Formulation Manufacturing, 3i Infotech understands the unique requirements of the paints, inks, and coatings industries and its manufacturers and effectively uses technology to meet these challenges. ORION PFM is a comprehensive, affordable, full-featured process manufacturing solution aimed for entry-level and the mid-range markets. ORION™ PFM helps you control your production costs, streamline operations, and increase overall customer satisfaction.

For paints, inks, and coatings manufacturers, it’s not a paint-by-number process anymore. You need software designed specifically for the needs of your industry. You need ORION PFM.

Janitorial-sanitation

Jan-San Industry Today! Cleaning Up with Software

DOT, OSHA, MSDS, EPA, NAFTAS, VOC, etc. It’s an alphabet soup for manufacturers of cleaning and maintenance chemicals in the janitorial-sanitation industry, or jan-san for short. You need software developed specifically for this industry that can help your company learn its ABC’s and maintain profitability. Because of extensive human contact with potentially hazardous chemicals, the jan-san industry is particularly heavily regulated. All aspects for production are tightly controlled and reported on. Starting with the formulas and ingredients, through QC testing, lot tracking, product labeling, and bills of lading, each step must be accompanied by the prescribed documentation. After being satisfied that compliance is adequate, only then can your company concentrate on the basic business and manufacturing functions such as accounting, purchasing, payables, sales, and production planning and scheduling. Threading water won’t keep your company afloat. An effective software solution can help jan-san manufacturers take care of the routine, day-to-day operations so that management’s attention can focus on fine-tuning processes, delivering better yields, and lowering production costs.

The Challenges To meet these objectives and stay competitive, jan-san manufacturers are confronted with a number of challenges. Prominent among them are:

  • Scale formulas easily based on on-hand inventory levels
  • Substitute ingredients to create alternate formulas for producing the same finished good
  • Support extensive end-to-end lot tracking from production lines to customer’s shelves
  • Ability to repackage product to meet customer demand
  • Need for accurate and timely forecasts of customer orders
  • Support the requirements of private labeling and packaging
  • Control and optimize inventory levels to reduce carrying costs and increase product availability
  • Provide a powerful, flexible pricing engine to meet the specific needs of customers and products
  • Support mass updating of price lists and matrices based on changes in raw materials
  • Increase the likelihood of fulfilling customer orders through available / capable-to-promise capabilities
  • Facilitate the generation of MDSD documents for products and product lines
  • Generate bills of lading that are in compliance with constantly changing DOT guidelines
  • Provide visibility to and analysis of real-time, enterprise-wide information throughout the supply chain

The Answer Through its ERP offering, ORION™ PFM - Product Formulation Manufacturing, 3i Infotech understands the unique requirements of the janitorial-sanitation industry and its manufacturers and effectively uses technology to meet these challenges. ORION PFM is a comprehensive, affordable, full-featured process manufacturing solution aimed for entry-level and the mid-range markets. ORION PFM helps you control your production costs, streamline operations, and increase overall customer satisfaction.

For an industry that is influenced by multiple factors coming from every direction, you need software that provides a 360 view of your operations, customers, and inventory. You need ORION PFM.

Adhesives

Adhesive Industry Today! It’s a Sticky Business For Sure

The adhesive industry combines all of the complexities of process manufacturing. There are lots of ingredients, many of which have unique storage requirements. Formulas are tightly integrated with routings, indicating precise moments for the introduction of ingredients. The regulated reporting is no less severe and demanding. Accordingly, the software supporting your business requirements must be designed specifically for the adhesive industry by experts in the business. From the back office functions through and including product scheduling and delivery, every aspect of the manufacturing process must be managed, controlled, and reported on to properly focus management’s attention to ensure profitability and customer satisfaction.

The Challenges

To meet these objectives and stay competitive, adhesive manufacturers are confronted with a number of challenges. Prominent among them are:

  • Scale formulas easily based on on-hand inventory levels
  • Substitute ingredients to create alternate formulas for producing the same finished good
  • Support extensive end-to-end lot tracking from production lines to customer’s shelves
  • Ability to repackage product to meet customer demand
  • Need for accurate and timely forecasts of customer orders
  • Support the requirements of private labeling and packaging
  • Control and optimize inventory levels to reduce carrying costs and increase product availability
  • Provide a powerful, flexible pricing engine to meet the specific needs of customers and products
  • Support mass updating of price lists and matrices based on changes in raw materials
  • Increase the likelihood of fulfilling customer orders through available / capable-to-promise capabilities
  • Facilitate the generation of MDSD documents for products and product lines
  • Generate bills of lading that are in compliance with constantly changing DOT guidelines
  • Provide visibility to and analysis of real-time, enterprise-wide information throughout the supply chain

The Answer Through its ERP offering, ORION PFM - Product Formulation Manufacturing, 3i Infotech understands the unique requirements of the adhesive industry and its manufacturers and effectively uses technology to meet these challenges. ORION PFM is a comprehensive, affordable, full-featured process manufacturing solution aimed for entry-level and mid-range markets. ORION PFM helps you control your production costs, streamline operations, and increase overall customer satisfaction.

Adhesive manufacturers need to be agile and not stuck in place. Likewise, your software needs to be agile and be able to turn on a dime to meet the constantly changing production and customer demands. You need ORION PFM.

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