Your shop is like no other. Different materials and different processes pose unique challenges. At Shoptech we’re different too. We’re the authority on job shop software. We know the ins and outs of integrating systems within your business. We’ve been there; we’ve done that. Ultimately we’re the ones that are going to help you do the job right!
Many Job Shops share the same fundamental problems.
- How long is a production run and how easily can we switch to the next one while minimizing downtime?
- Do we have the proper materials on hand?
- Are we going to hit the due dates – not only for manufacture, but for shipping and delivery to the
- Did we cost-out this unique one-of-a-kind job properly?
- How quickly can I generate the job cost estimate and quote?
- Have I collected real time labor for accurate job costing?
- Are we making money, or generating so much scrap that it is actually costing the company cash?
- Did we send the bill?
- When are we going to get paid?
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Job Shop Manufacturing Software
A manufacturing Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) software solution can handle all of these situations with ease. The E2 Shop System is for everyone in your shop, from your machine operator to your accounting manager; from your shipping manager to your CEO. ERP brings horizontal integration, which simply means that all your departments talk to each other.
Job Shop ERP Software
ERP software integrates your entire operation. The left hand knows precisely what the right hand is doing! The more automated the process, the less likely there is human error; the fewer manual entries that need to be done, the fewer occasions there are for problems to enter the system. Specifically, when the shop floor and the front office are sharing precise, accurate, and up-to-the-minute information it is a simple matter to answer customer inquiries; the employee knows when the order is complete because that information is right at their fingertips; they know what is coming up next so they can plan for an efficient switch-over with minimal downtime.
Does this customer have a good credit history with you so you can extend credit, or do you require pre-payment?
The Sales/Orders Module communicates directly with the Accounting Module which allows (for example) orders from ABC Company up to $30,000 in credit. They’ve ordered $12,000 already this month so a $5,000 order would be automatically approved, but a $20,000 order is flagged and will require a credit extension before the job shop ERP software will accept it. It can’t be over-ridden by a salesman looking for a commission; it now requires a specific approval, protecting your company from over-extending credit.
Job Shop Management Software
When an order comes into the job shop management software, the system immediate begins checking details:
- Do you have sufficient raw material that is not designated for another project?
- Do you have time available on a required machine?
- Can you meet the delivery date?
The system designates material for a job from your inventory; if stock is inadequate it can alert you as the order is being entered. It can see the delivery schedule for raw materials and advise you when you’ll be able to run it or suggest an additional order of material based on your delivery schedule. In each case it creates a bill of materials (BOM) for the job. You know precisely what it is going to cost.
The E2 Shop System can schedule the job on one or more machines, based on need, and availability, or kick the job out of the queue and refuse it, based on impossible to achieve dates (flag it for a human, to be resolved with the powerful Whiteboard Scheduling Tool).
The job shop software knows your production schedule; it knows which machines are available and which employees can operate a given machine. It can even help you cost out a new job by comparing previous similar jobs with set-up time, scrap, speed of production, and other factors. It knows what portion of the job is complete because bar codes track the jobs. You know who is productive; employees log in and out at machines by tapping a screen. The days of time tickets and manual data entry are gone.
Shoptech is Your Solution
If you’re not using a modern ERP system, you have a significant disadvantage compared to your competitors. Call us today and we will put you back it the race!
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