ERP software for the Mechanical Engineering Industry

Italy’s mechanical engineering industry has always played a strategic role in the national economy.

This industry is facing major challenges, such as the continuously rising cost of raw materials, procurement difficulties and the constant downward pressure on finished product prices.

Against this backdrop, it is vital to reduce operating costs, plan production, forecast demand, and optimize and simplify processes to facilitate the rapid development of new products for new markets.

SAM ERP2 is a high-tech Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) system designed and developed to meet the specific needs of Italian mechanical engineering companies, their supply chains and international relations.

Based on the principles of LEAN MANUFACTURING, the SAM ERP2 system enables users to obtain a “continuous flow” of processes, by eliminating all IT and other operations that do not add value.

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SAM ERP2 is a powerful, latest-generation ERP system designed by Centro Software for complete, integrated management of mechanical engineering businesses.

Advanced management of production processes (batches with technical characteristics, management of processing by and for third parties, production to order, MPS, MRP-I, MRPII closed-cycle scheduling, resource planning, time reading and MES production progress monitoring), optimization of stocks in order to minimize unproductive assets, full control of materials flows, goods handling by means of advanced logistics and wireless bar code reading, quality control, trackability and traceability, management control and calculation of profit margins, and commercial, administrative and financial functions, are just some of the features that make this product ideally suited to all companies in this industry.

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Features of the Centro Software Solution

SAM ERP2 is a comprehensive, integrated system containing all the necessary modules to manage all internal and external processes of mechanical engineering companies, including: purchasing, production, CRM, goods handling and storage, connection with the supply and sales chain and, obviously, administration, treasury, financial management, management control, etc..

The mechanical engineering industry in particular needs specific functions for the full flow of materials, management of production processes with processing by and for third parties, consignment stock (Italy and abroad), vendor web portal and customer web portal.

From management of customer demand (forecasts, goods orders, work orders, etc.) to delivery of the finished product, SAM ERP2 guides operators to ensure optimum management of all business processes, including: generation of production and purchasing plans (MRPII), management of the respective orders, quality control, management of the flows and processing of materials.

Integration with both in-house and customer technical departments plays a vital role in streamlining processes and cutting unnecessary lead times. The advanced PLM and PDM features provide technical departments with an efficient, linear system for “describing” raw materials and products on the basis of “editions” and “revisions” of drawings, bills of materials and processing cycles.

The system also comprises comprehensive capability for the management of advanced logistics with the support of INDICOD “UCC/EAN-128” “SSCC” standards. This logistics module is fully integrated with the system as a whole, and makes it possible, for example, to view raw materials (e.g. a casting) as a batch accompanied by a chemical analysis, in addition to other essential information for fully meeting internal and customer technical specifications.

The integrated scheduler and the MES (Manufacturing Execution System for the management of manned and unmanned resources, teams and departmental calendars) help create a “continuous flow” of processes that maximizes the efficiency and productivity that hold the key to business success.

The function for configuring users and “roles” makes it possible to define the permissions and responsibilities of operators in accordance with the rules in use mechanical engineering processes. The solution can also be complemented with a flexible system for business workflow modeling (Application Designer Kit – “ADK”), which represents an additional support tool for validating data and processes.


SAM ERP2 ensures a high level of synchronization between demand for and availability of the product. Thanks to EDI tools and operating portals, it is possible to collect operating orders and forecasts in a streamlined manner. Management of the “sales forecast plan”, with open orders or framework contracts (which can be used in the same way for the company’s vendors), makes it possible to program procurement (purchasing or production of finished or semi-finished products) either separately from or jointly with the real order book, even in the absence of actual orders, with a system that is also designed to manage “delivery programs” and “open orders”.


This allocates work to company resources, with forecasting of product availability and delivery dates not only on the basis of order planning (MRP-I), but also on the basis of the actual production capacity of the company or strategic contractors. The system therefore takes account of machines, plants, calendars, priorities and relationships between processing phases, production cells and departments or cost centers. For instant control and a comprehensive response, the system provides “dispatch lists” (work sequences for each production resource), analysis of “queues” and Gantt charts for each Production Order, which can also be modified graphically to change the scheduling, with the possibility of generating and saving different scheduling plans and making a major contribution to reducing cases of non-compliance associated with non-fulfillment of delivery dates.

PRODUCTION ORDERS and MES (Manufacturing Execution System)

Full management of all phases of operational production, both in-house and on the sites of external vendors, with production orders, picking slips and works sheets, with advance checking of pickability (on the basis of batch characteristics, technical data of raw materials, quality specifications, customer specifications, etc.), work phase progress, management of testing and approval areas, time reading, management of processing by and for third parties, and instant checking and valuation of work completed, Work In Progress, commitments and the availability of materials. The MES subsystem enables you to conduct real-time checks on the status and use of resources (manned, unmanned and traditional machines etc., plants and personnel) by means of a synoptic panel, which also incorporates routine and reactive maintenance plans. It also enables you to read production times by means of bar codes, read personnel time and attendance in order to balance hours, use graphs to conduct instant checks on the output of each resource, and monitor the maintenance of plant and machinery.

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On the basis of control plans, the system enables you to allocate the necessary technical/administrative data to each batch or loading unit for controlled, certified and consistent goods handling (batch status, certificates, etc.). Thanks to integration with “advanced wireless logistics”, with the support of INDICOD “UCC/EAN-128” “SSCC” standards, goods can be identified and handled by reading the bar codes, which are validated in real time by the central system: entries, shipments, withdrawals, transfers, but also inventories, checks and sampling plans, management of storage locations (Aisles/Levels/Columns) and “loading units”, as well as optimization of space, dynamic mapping of warehouses, etc..


Detailed allocation of costs and revenues by destination, with 2 main objectives: work order accounting (which generates itemized statements by customer, agent, article, etc., calculating profit margins) and cost center accounting, which collects the costs allocated to each department and calculates the costs per unit of work (gross hourly cost of personnel or plants). Accounting by business area (or division) also generates sector-specific statements by branch, production line, business division, break-even point, etc.. The DATAMINING system also automatically processes the necessary summary information for monitoring and directing the entire enterprise, with immediate generation of diagrams and graphs to facilitate their analysis and interpretation. The results of these processing operations play a vital role in ensuring that management takes the best operational and strategic decisions in the various areas.


The operating flows are natively integrated with the company quality system. ISO acceptable quality levels (AQLs), ISO and custom Sampling Methods, Sampling Plans by Vendor with a choice of control severity levels depending on recorded performance, Approval and Non-Conformity Reports, etc. are handled seamlessly within the ERP system, involving all company departments, without time-consuming, conventional procedures based on “Word” forms or departmental software.


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“SAM has improved our order management control”


“SAM has enabled us to improve Production without introducing any disruptive changes to our organization. The interface is easy to use and highly customizable to our company’s needs”


“SAM ERP2 represents the backbone that supports and meets our every need. It has greatly improved our productive and administrative process. Its interface is “reassuring”

S. Burnelli – BASSANI

“The perfect product to automate the organizational routine of our company, while also making it easier to integrate and share the business information”

L. Toneatto – Resp. Sistemi Informativi – CASTEL SRL

“SAM ERP2 excellent product that automates organizational routines and simplifies integration and the sharing of business information.”

S.Merlo – Resp Sistemi Informativi GRUPPO POPPI SPA