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MRP vs ERP system – What’s the Difference?

MRP (Material Requirements Planning) and ERP (Enterprise Resource Planning) software are two types of software that are used in manufacturing and production processes. While there are some similarities between the two, there are also some key differences.

MRP software is focused on materials planning, production scheduling, and inventory control. It helps manufacturers to manage their supply chain and production processes by tracking and forecasting the materials needed to create finished products. MRP software can help manufacturers to optimize production schedules and reduce inventory costs by ensuring that the right materials are available at the right time.

ERP software, on the other hand, is a broader solution that encompasses all aspects of a company’s operations, including finance, human resources, supply chain management, customer relationship management, and more. ERP software is designed to integrate all of a company’s business functions into a single system, providing real-time visibility into the organization’s performance and enabling better decision-making.

In summary, MRP software is focused on materials planning and inventory control, while ERP software is a more comprehensive solution that covers all aspects of a company’s operations.

Confusion Conclusion

At Factory Superstar, we think terms like ‘MRP system’ and ‘ERP software’ only lead to confusion although, to be accurate, while Factory Superstar has some ERP elements, it is very much MRP software.

But just in case the above was too much: If you’re a small manufacturer looking for something which will manage your production, save lots of time, and allow you to focus on growing your business, then try Factory Superstar.

If you’re a big business looking for an ERP system, there are offerings like SAP (but if you’re reading this, you probably don’t need or want SAP, unless you’re the CEO of Coca Cola or something like that). 

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