Aerospace and Defense

Aerospace and Defense ERP – Industry Description

The Aerospace and Defense industry includes the following types of manufacturers: parts manufacturing, maintenance, repair, and overhaul (MRO) service providers, and airlines. There are approximately 10,000 companies that design and build products for the A and D Industry. These companies have unique requirements for their information systems.

Applicable SIC Codes

  • 3711 – Motor Vehicles
  • 3721, 24, 28 – Aircraft
  • 3731, 32 – Ship Building
  • 3761, 64, 69 – Guided Missiles, Space Propulsion, Space Vehicle
  • 3795 – Tanks

Critical Requirements for Aerospace and Defense ERP

Aerospace and Defense ERP must accommodate the highly engineered made-to-order products of this industry sector.  Manufacturers are challenged to conform to exacting standards with documentation to support fabrication and assembly. Federal mandates, safety requirements, and other specified product specifications must be tracked and documented. Typical mandates involve DCAA audits of the financial and operational components of the production process.

As with all highly engineered products, configuration management is used to track engineering changes. Aerospace and Defense ERP should also offer comprehensive lot and serial number control, cost tracking including labor, material and overhead, and other operational details.

Specific features of Aerospace and Defense ERP should include Bill of Materials, Inventory management for full tractability, Purchasing for full documentation, Shop Floor Control, Master Production Scheduling, and Finance, as well as other areas.

Aerospace and Defense companies should evaluate the following critical requirements:

  • Navigation/Personalization
  • Business Intelligence
  • Internet Portals
  • Worflow
  • International
  • Security
  • Customer Relationship Management
  • Quoting & Estimating
  • Order Processing
  • Product Configurator
  • Product Data Management (PDM)
  • Product Lifecycle Management (PLM)
  • Document Management
  • Engineering Change Management
  • Forecasting/Demand Planning
  • Multi Plant
  • Materials Management
  • Mixed Mode Manufacturing
  • Projects
  • Engineer To Order
  • Lean Manufacturing
  • Supply Chain Management
  • Advanced Manufacturing Planning
  • Quality
  • Warehouse Management
  • Plant Equipment
  • Field Service
  • Repair
  • Cost Accounting
  • Accounting
  • Fixed Assets
  • Human Resources


Selected Aerospace, Defense Clients

Our team has solid experience in the aerospace and defense sector. Here’s a sampling of mid-market companies we’ve teamed with for ERP selection, evaluation, BPI and change management: DRS, Spectrum Control. See additional Ultra Consulting clients served by our independent team:

ERP Vendors for Aerospace and Defense Industry

Aerospace and Defense companies should evaluate the following vendors: