Chemical Manufacturing: An Overview
Chemicals can be manufactured in batches or lots or in huge volumes as a continuous process. While there are different categories of chemical, they are broadly classified into basic, specialty and consumer chemicals.
Basic Chemicals comprises of Polymers, Basic Inorganics, Petrochemicals, and other chemicals derived from coal & biomass. Specialty chemicals include chemicals required for insecticides, pesticides, paints, inks, dyes & pigments, and other chemicals used by industries like textile, paper etc. Consumer Chemicals include soaps, detergents, cleaning liquids etc.
Whatever type of chemicals they are manufacturing, chemical industries face some common challenges related to market, supply chain, production, quality, safety & environment and compliance
Challenges faced by Chemical Industries
As a Chemical manufacturer, you need a system which helps you in building an efficient Supply Chain while running Production and Quality processes that help you deliver quality chemicals on promised dates to your customers. The system should help you in your research journey as well as local and international compliances related to quality, safety and environment. You should be able to monitor your business real-time and respond to any situation immediately.
Keeping these challenges and opportunities in perspective, we have designed and developed a solution on SAP ERP – CastaChem, specifically for Chemical manufacturers, which is being used by several organizations in India.
Main features of our solution for Chemical Industry
An enterprise application for a chemical manufacturing business should meet these requirements and help the business in addressing the associated challenges.
Our solution CastaChem is specifically designed to do this! Our team of business experts with vast experience in Chemical Industry have identified major requirements of chemical industry and developed this pre-configured solution, certified by SAP SE.
Our solution enhances the capabilities of SAP S/4HANA and helps you in managing your sales, production, quality & logistic processes specific to chemical industry apart from supporting back office functions like accounting and human resources. We constantly update our solution with improved planning & scheduling processes along with latest compliance requirements and release them in the form of service packs.
Major components of our solution are listed below.
Cross-Industry Functions & Features on SAP ECC or SAP S/4HANA
Standard processes across functions such as Finance, Sourcing & Procurement, Sales, Supply Chain, Quality Management, Production etc. are pre-configured and available for use readily. All processes are available with local tax compliance and reporting requirements.
For example, processes such as procurement of raw material, assets, services etc. are already configured with various release strategies and Purchase Order layouts with the required tax procedures. Processes supporting Domestic Sales, Exports, Online Sales etc. along with invoice layouts are already pre-configured and available to use. Chart of Accounts that supports local and international reporting requirements are available along with the Legal & Statutory reporting templates.
Ready-made tools are available to migrate your Master data and open items. Analytical reports across various functions are readily available.
You can adapt to these pre-configured processes or customize where required and start using the solution quickly. The Baseline functions included in this solution are listed below.
Chemical Industry Addon
An add-on solution for Chemical Industry on SAP ECC or S/4HANA
Apart from the baselines functions, we have included processes and features which are specific to Chemical Industry in our solution. These features are available to organizations producing Basic Chemicals, Specialty Chemicals & Consumer Chemicals.
Using the native functions & features of SAP ERP, we have incorporated features to support CxP practices related to Manufacturing, Laboratory, Distribution and Storage of all material used in Chemical production. All these practices support various local and international compliance requirements such as FDA, MHRA & HACCP.
Some of the important features specific to Pharmaceutical Industry are listed below.
Other SAP Applications
Add more capability to your Chemical Solution on SAP ERP
In addition to the Baseline solution & Chemical Add-ons, you can implement additional SAP Applications listed below which are customized for Chemical Industry.