ERP Software

Cost-Estimating Software 101

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In an ideal world, every price you quote would be accurate and your shop would always have a high profit margin. However, that sometimes isn’t the case. Quoting jobs can be difficult to do by hand, and having a quick way to look up previous, similar jobs would make it much easier. This is where… Reads more »

An ERP System That’s Just Right

ERP system right fit

You’re probably familiar with the story of Goldilocks and the Three Bears. Goldilocks tries the bears’ oatmeal, chairs, and beds throughout her tour of their house. She’s looking for the one that’s not too big or too little, but is just right. Looking for an ERP system is kind of like that. Some systems are… Reads more »

The Difference Between an MRP System and an ERP System

While looking at ERP systems, you may have come across information about MRP systems. It can be hard to know which one your shop needs and even harder to find out the difference between them. The reason it’s hard to find the difference is that one is an evolution of the other. MRP and MRP… Reads more »

An ERP System: The Manager Your Shop Needs

reduce paperwork with ERP system

Wouldn’t it be great if you could spend less time on paperwork? You’ve got enough on your plate without having to create every report or email every customer. You can’t delegate this to someone on the shop floor, and your office staff is already busy. What you need is a middle manager, or software, that… Reads more »

Shape Up Your Shop with an ERP System

ERP Scheduling System

It’s hard to run a shop when you’ve got too much work and you need to keep everything on time. It’s also hard to run a shop when you don’t have enough work and you need to figure out how to get more. In each instance, ERP software can be what makes the difference for… Reads more »

On-Premise vs. Cloud-Based ERP System

When you’re looking to buy an ERP system, there’s a lot you have to consider. You need to know what you want the software to accomplish and what improvements you want to make in your shop. You need to decide which software company to pick. You also need to decide whether you want your software… Reads more »

Shoptech Stands Out From the Crowd

There is no doubt that an ERP system can do great things for a shop. Using this technology can save shops time and effort and let them run far more efficiently. However, in order for an ERP system to live up to its reputation, it has to be backed by an excellent vendor. Shoptech has… Reads more »

5 Tips to Grow Revenue for Made-to-Order Shops

Just like so many other industries with faceted, multi-approach business models, the manufacturing industry has many types of players in the game. From a plant with 60 machining centers to a 7-person, custom-build job shop, each business-type faces their own challenges and require creative solutions to issues of growth, management and customer demand to name… Reads more »

2 Reasons To Replace Paper and Spreadsheets with ERP Software

In the early 1900s, Americans changed from horse-drawn carriages to automobiles. Once they made the change, drivers saw how much easier a machine was to deal with than an animal that required rest, feeding, and clean up. Automobiles only required fuel. There is a similar revolution underway in today’s shops. In this case, the horse-drawn… Reads more »

Why Your Shop Should Buy ERP Software Now

It’s almost over. In just under three months, another year will be in the books. How has your shop fared this year? Have you met – or even exceeded – your goals? Or has it been more of the same? Have you barely met customer quality and deadline demands? Have you struggled to move product… Reads more »

Manufacturing & Marketing

You might think the only thing those two words have in common (Manufacturing & Marketing) is that they both start with the letter “M.” But you’d be wrong. The reason I know this is because of first-hand experience with how marketing your business can play a big role in growth, no matter if you’re a… Reads more »

Love and Machining: The Importance of Delegation

Perhaps this will sound familiar to many of you. You started your shop from nothing, just you and a couple of folks to run the machines. Now your shop has gotten bigger and as your shop has grown, so have your headaches. There isn’t enough time in the day anymore to finish everything and it’s… Reads more »

An ERP System: The Most Efficient Employee

If you’re like most shops, you keep yours running as efficiently as possible. However, there are some areas you could improve upon. Wouldn’t it be great if you could hire one employee to organize everything from your accounting department to the entire shop floor? This one person could instantly give you the information you need… Reads more »

ERP Software — What Can It Do for a Shop Like Mine?

With recent optimism in the manufacturing industry, you might be one of many small to mid-size businesses looking to capitalize on the upward trend happening in the marketplace. From growing your employee base to reaching out to new prospects to adding new equipment, many companies are searching for opportunities to expand and take advantage of… Reads more »

Buying Guide: Get Only Features You Need – Part 4/4

This is the final installment in our blog series about what to consider when buying an ERP system. The previous posts were ERP Benefits and Capabilities, Vetting the Software, and Vetting the Vendor. It is almost inevitable that ERP systems will offer more functions than your shop needs. It’s easy to get swept up and… Reads more »

Buying Guide: Vetting the Vendor – Part 3/4

This is the third blog post in a series about what to consider when looking for a new ERP system. The first blog post was about ERP benefits and capabilities, and the second post was about vetting the software. This post is about vetting the software vendor. When vetting a vendor, you want to check… Reads more »

Buying Guide: Vetting the Software – Part 2/4

This is the second installment in a series about what to consider when looking for a new ERP system. In the last post, we discussed ERP benefits and capabilities for your shop. In this post, we’ll explore some of the key points in vetting the ERP software you’re considering. The software needs to be easy… Reads more »

Buying Guide: ERP Benefits and Capabilities – Part 1/4

As technology advances in other areas of our lives, it makes more and more sense to get the benefits from technology in your shop. Some of you may already have an ERP system, but some of you may not. If you want to remain competitive, it is essential that you have the most up-to-date ERP… Reads more »

Top 5 Reasons to Purchase an ERP System

I was talking the other day with a friend of mine who has a company that creates specialty conveyor components for the food industry. His workload has been rapidly growing for the past year and he was venting to me about how he’s not sure how much longer they can go at this pace. While… Reads more »

Do You Need ERP Software, But Implementation Scares You?

Change is hard. As humans, our species inherently fights change. In fact, there’s a study out there that 70% of change efforts do not achieve the ultimate goals and results. With that stat in mind, how can any manufacturing company have the confidence to commit to investing and running an ERP system? Because many times,… Reads more »

Shop Efficiency and the Bottom Line

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Catapult Your Shop Efficiencies For many industries, clients and consumers are asking for MORE…more products, more options, more versatility and faster turn times. To stay competitive and profitable, manufacturing shops can’t ignore these demands. They must improve shop efficiency. But how do you carve out more time when you’re already maxed out? One proven answer… Reads more »