Yield, quality and full regulatory compliance from day one
Products that customers rely on for their well being have to be right. Manufacturers and distributors of these vital products rely on software from Epicor, formerly Solarsoft, to help them meet the highest standards of efficiency, traceability and quality.
Epicor, formerly Solarsoft, has been developing software for
manufacturers of pharmaceuticals and healthcare products since
1982. For manufacturers, our Tropos system has specialized
functionality developed with customers making pharmaceuticals,
biotech products and cosmetics.
Quality control is an integral part of Tropos and there is full
support for compliance with regulatory authorities such as
Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA), US Food
and Drug Administration (FDA), HM Customs & Excise (HMCE),
Control of Substances Hazardous to Health Regulations (COSHH) and
the Health and Safety Statutory Instruments.
Our experience enables us to lead our customers to a fast,
successful implementation with rapid return on investment.
- Improve quality control
- Monitor product distribution
- Adhere to regulatory authority controls
- Increase management visibility
- Improve efficiencies between multiple production lines
- Control stock levels and minimize excess expired stock
- Achieve full traceability through multiple levels of
Tropos forms an integral part of any pharmaceutical processing
organization, supporting the key business operations from
development, demand planning, order processing, customer service,
production scheduling, manufacturing and inventory control while
helping to ensure companies meet the stringent standards of
industry and international regulators by managing quality control
records, supporting full traceability and audit support.
Incorporating specialized functionality for pharmaceutical
manufacturers and distributors, the features of the Tropos system
improve control, reduce the dependence on clerical records and
improve efficiencies through the full development and manufacturing
cycle. Tropos is supplied with comprehensive system integration
tools supporting controlled information and data exchange with
equipment and systems for research, product manufacture and
Management control and process efficiencies are enabled through
tight control of process operations, materials and ingredients,
batch control and expiry dates. Efficient production scheduling
provides economies within processing areas and minimizes down time,
creating an organized, controlled and effective process between
multiple product lines and storage areas.
Epicor's ERP customers in the chemical and pharmaceutical
sectors speak for us. Our case studies include manufacturers of wet
chemicals, plastics, prescription pharmaceuticals, reagents and
human blood fractions.
The record-keeping requirements of these industries and the
controls required, together with easy tools for user configuration
of integration with machines and measurement equipment
- integral for LIMS development, clinical trials, research,
product manufacture, distribution and hazards management
- make Tropos the ideal solution.
Sales order processing whether telesales, EDI or through a
web-portal needs to be fast and effective with accurate pricing and
backed up by customer relationship management (CRM) to provide a
high level of service beyond simple product delivery.
Many industries are reliant on accurate Forecasting and
Inventory Optimization, feeding through to the Demand Management
process if the right goods are to be delivered on time in full.
For international sales, the correct Export Documentation is
essential. Producing these yourself can give significant savings
compared to agents' fees.
Sales Management Features:
- Sales Order Processing
- Forecasting and Inventory Optimization
- Demand Management
- Export Documentation
If the problem is a long-term strategic planning, a medium-term
tactical plan, or a detailed schedule for today - then Tropos has
the tools to support decision making. With Rough Cut Planning and
Scheduling to full Graphical Planning with balancing and
optimization between lines, Tropos has what your business needs.
Traditional MRP / MRPII still has its place, but these processes
should no longer dictate the pace of the business. The Tropos
Process and Materials Planning Module raise the pace with on-line,
dynamic materials control.
For the specialist niche of Whisky blending, Epicor has
developed the Whisky Workbench to optimize this process.
- Visual Planner
- Process and Materials Planning
- Bulk Whisky Workbench (for distillers and blenders)
Many systems fail to deliver where the battle is lost and won
- in operation. The cycle of material movement and adding
value from Purchasing and Goods Receiving through Production, with
support from Warehousing and Inventory Control, feeding into the
For fresh produce, the supply chain can be extended back into
the field with field-based data capture, auditing and consolidation
software for the agri-food industry. The high utilization demanded
from plant and equipment can only be ensured with effective Planned
- Production Monitoring
- Warehousing and Inventory
- Sales and Distribution
- Plant Maintenance
Technical and Regulatory
A fully flexible system for developing BOMs, Formulations and
Recipes, with multiple units of measure, by- and co-products
together with an accurate model of the Production Processes,
provides the backbone of the ERP model. When supported by
practically unlimited Product Attributes, with flexible processing
significance, even difficult products can be accurately
Quality Management should not be separate to the core business
applications, so Tropos was designed with quality at its heart.
Without this it would not be possible to control the quality of the
other processes in the business.
In environments where the materials are hazardous, it is
important to keep track of documentation such as MSDS and TREM and
ensure that the necessary warnings and instructions are present.
The Tropos Hazards Management Module provides these facilities.
The New Product Development process (NPD) has special
requirements when supplying the major multiples, so a high level of
integration has been developed.
When managing Customs and Excise duties in a bonded warehouse
environment that is subject to HMC&E controls, the Tropos
Customs and Excise facilities provide the resources to support
compliance with the statutory notices.
Technical and Regulatory Features:
- Bill of Materials
- Process Definition
- Quality Assurance
- Hazards Management
- Customs and Excise
Finance and HR
Tropos has a full suite of Financial modules, and is fed from a
Product Costing module to support accurate financial management of
the business. If managing major projects in the business, the
Tropos Project Planning and Control module allows projects to be
defined with work breakdown structures and the progress and costs
As well as managing the financial elements of a business, the
Human Resources are key to delivering profitability and managing
time and attendance.
Finance and HR Features:
- Project Planning and Control
- Human Resource Management and Payroll
Tools and Technology
Tropos is built on a technical architecture that is scalable in
size and sophistication. Tropos clients can be browser, PCs or
mobile devices. Data integration tools are supplied with every
system and the Application Designer enables developers to extend
and enhance Tropos without affecting core program integrity and
support. Workflow is set-up and managed with the Tropos Active
module, reducing errors and speeding activity through the business.
EDI integration is enabled with standard tools. Printed Forms can
be customized and the database design means data can be accessed
for reporting and analysis with a wide range of standard reporting
Tools and Technology Features:
- Technical Architecture
- Web Client
- Role-Based Applications
- Application Designer
- Shop Floor Data Collection
- Reporting and Business Intelligence
- White Paper Printing
- Data Integration
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