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Ready for Plastics Manufacturing ERP

Aptean DTR is a comprehensive ERP system for plastics manufacturers. Built from the ground up to serve this dynamic industry, DTR has a 20-year track record of improving business processes, reducing costs and increasing sales.

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The ERP for the

Plastics Industry

Streamline Your Business Processes

DTR delivers tailored features to drive efficiency across all your operations—from production forecasting and scheduling to bill of materials (BOM) management, material requirements projections and production monitoring. And by integrating your core plastics production operations with other business processes, DTR also helps you manage product and project costing, quoting and variance reporting with speed and accuracy.

Accelerate Production

With increasingly short lead times, you need a reliable system to easily and accurately determine required materials for production. DTR’s scheduling tools provide production management with detailed information—driving strategic decisions about what to produce, when to produce it and what resources to use. This data eliminates repetitive calculations and paperwork and helps shorten production cycle times. It also minimizes waste and provides instant feedback in response to changing situations on the shop floor.

Strengthen Customer Relationships

DTR centralizes customer data and provides real-time order tracking to help you better manage relationships and improve customer satisfaction. The system’s customer relationship management (CRM) stores comprehensive customer and prospect information in a central database that is fully integrated with the ERP. This gives employees across every department easy access to the information they need to identify sales opportunities, nurture customer relationships and improve customer service. DTR’s real-time reporting tools enable precise tracking of customer orders and shipping schedules so you can confidently provide status updates at any time.

Specialized and User-Friendly

Generic ERPs are simply not designed to support the unique workflows of plastics manufacturers, leading to frustrating inefficiencies in your daily operations. DTR is different. Whether you’re an injection molder, extruder, film and bag processor, blow molder, thermoformer or compounder, DTR provides purpose-built functionality to support and streamline your processes—from inventory control and job costing to distribution and financial management. DTR is quick and easy to implement and provides a user-friendly experience for employees in any department.

Designed and Built Exclusively for Plastics Manufacturers

Aptean DTR unites robust ERP functionality with the flexibility required to support your organization’s specific needs. Developed by a team with extensive plastics industry experience, DTR delivers an array of process improvements and insights designed to give your business a competitive edge. 

After implementing DTR, most plastics manufacturers report immediate improvements to overall operational efficiency and key performance metrics, including: 

  • Reduced inventory costs

  • Minimized waste

  • Shortened production cycle times

  • Reduced on-hand inventory

  • Faster time to market

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ERP Features Designed

for Plastics Industry


Manufacturing and BOM

DTR provides tailored manufacturing and bill of materials (BOM) management features that support the unique requirements of the plastics industry. The system’s BOM tools help you consider a wide variety of cost inputs, including materials, regrind, scrap, labor, workstation rates, machine setup, tooling, sub-contracting and warehousing. You can easily perform mass updates of BOMs with replacement items for obsolete or unacceptable materials.

Quote and Order Management

DTR’s Quote and Order Management tools have unique functionality to help plastics manufacturers create sales orders, build quotes and manage inventory in various units of measure. The tools include the ability to: create sales orders, capture costs and build quotes by process (extrusion, printing, slitting, etc.), amortize setup costs across a production run, easily retrieve quotes for multiple items (by customer or sales representative), and ensure the correct selling price by using high/low order margins.

Master Scheduler

DTR’s robust Master Scheduler saves you time by allowing you to manage your production schedule by exception. Running a daily data-queue process pulls demand changes into the Master Scheduler to automatically create, update and remove production tasks in your schedule. You can also use the Master Scheduler to make schedule adjustments based on the availability of materials, tools, cavities, labor and maintenance. The Master Scheduler supports the scheduling of single and multi-tool workstations, tools and cavities.

Customer Relationship Management

DTR’s CRM stores comprehensive customer data in a central location that's tightly integrated with the rest of the DTR feature set. It gives employees in marketing, sales and support quick access to the information needed to take advantage of sales opportunities, better meet customer requirements and improve customer satisfaction.

Job Costing

With DTR’s Job Costing feature, you can view the actual cost of any job, product or project at any point in the production process. Users can capture cost by process—like extrusion, printing or slitting—and calculate costs to the fifth decimal place. You can also monitor scrap and regrind for more accurate job costing.

Finance and Accounting

DTR comes equipped with a full suite of financial management features and accounting tools, including general ledger management, accounts receivable, accounts payable and cash disbursement features. All finance and accounting tools are fully integrated with DTR’s purchasing and sales modules.


DTR Forecasting improves accuracy with support for every major forecasting methodology. Fully integrated with DTR’s scheduling features, it gives you the tools you need to improve accuracy while decreasing inventory costs.

Inventory Control

DTR’s Inventory Control features deliver complete control and visibility over raw materials, assembled work-in-process and finished goods, among other items. The solution also offers full visibility into customer inventories.

Preventative Maintenance

The Preventative Maintenance module allows your team to schedule service calls for preventative maintenance and capture all expenses associated with service calls.

CorVu Reporting Software

DTR offers integration with CorVu reporting applications to provide specialized performance management capabilities, including drilldown reports and dashboards.

Barcode Management

DTR offers integration with IMS barcode scanners (so users can import barcode data directly into the DTR ERP system) and Loftware barcode label generation (so users can design and generate barcoding labels that comply with regulations around format, logos, languages and content).

Advanced Quality by uniPoint

Advanced Quality by uniPoint helps you track and measure the cost and frequency of quality events, initiate non-conformances and preventative actions, track documentation and manage preparation for quality audits. uniPoint supports a paperless system that allows all documents to be viewed and shared digitally, while providing full control over each user’s viewing and editing rights.

Event Management Framework

Aptean Event Management Framework (EMF) for DTR allows your company to build its own proactive early warning systems—empowering users to respond to events on the fly and resolve situations before they escalate. EMF is easily integrated into your existing business system infrastructure and can be configured to deliver alert notifications over a variety of communication channels, based on the programmed logic.

Process Monitoring

DTR offers integration with a range of process monitoring tools to provide a real-time picture of the shop floor, including production, cycle time, up- and down-time, scrap, job schedules, material usage, tool change schedules, machine utilization and production efficiency. All data is seamlessly integrated with the inventory, manufacturing and financial data within the DTR ERP.

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If you’re ready to take your discrete and industrial manufacturing business to the next level, we’d love to help.

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