The planning and control of the intra-company and extra-company logistics for the plastics industry pose a great challenge for ERP systems. Characteristics of ERP Usage in the Plastics Industry Production procedures like die casting or extrusion are widely used in the industry. Among others, the distinctive characteristics are:
- a pronouced process character with batch production,
- coupled production,
- a very distinctive tool management (basic tools, moulds) considering availabilities and idle times as well as
- an intensive use of machine data acquisition (MDA) for in-process quality management (e.g.