COUNTERPART ETO ERP Highlights Advantages of Paperless Automation

COUNTERPART ETO ERP Highlights Advantages of Paperless Automation

Andrew Schutte, General Manager for COUNTERPART ERP was recently featured in Robotics Tomorrow magazine. Schutte discussed how paperless automation saves space, money, and boosts security. The ease of transferring information while promoting the environmentally sound choices makes this process logical for all manufacturers, particularly food manufacturers. Read the entire article here.

Egan Food Technologies, based in Grand Rapids, MI. Egan Food Technologies supplies customized food process machinery for the confectionery, baking, and snack food industries. The company also rebuilds, services, and supplies parts and auxiliary equipment for chocolate molding, depositing, extruding, slab forming, and baking equipment.

Joe Cisler Design Engineer at Egan, shared how the company went paperless and increased access from the shop, purchasing, and engineering. Cisler added, “We are down to one printer basically, and the only reason that is being used is for accounting records. Everything else from manufacturing to drawings is paperless.” The company uses COUNTERPART ERP, an ETO (Engineer-to-Order) solution, giving the entire team real-time access.

The main feature Cisler was seeking was a direct correlation to SOLIDWORKS. The company was using outdated technology to access database software that had no communication with SOLIDWORKS. Cisler chose COUNTERPART which has two-way communication direct to SOLIDWORKS.

Robotics Tomorrow is an online trade magazine featuring products, companies, news, articles, and events for the advanced manufacturing, factory automation, and 3D printing industries.


Unlike many ETO ERP solutions COUNTERPART is an engineering-centric solution.  Most ERP systems are back-office accounting solutions and distracted by CRM and other operational functions. COUNTERPART ensures there are no features which detract from focusing on the BOM (Bill of Materials) to address the fast-changing engineering challenges of ETO manufacturers.

COUNTERPART enables manufacturing teams to access the information needed to do the job. By offering a bi-directional software solution integrated with SOLIDWORKS® to share real-time information with those who need it, engineers and purchasing have a non-stop and instantaneous job progress status report. These COUNTERPART elements allow ETO manufacturers to leverage the information to improve engineering efficiency.

Schutte noted that the project management capability with COUNTERPART enhances teams’ efficiency by configuring the software solution to meet the work environment and specific engineering needs. Every job is assigned to the right team member prioritized by release date, lead times, due dates, and more. Every engineering-focused manufacturer will appreciate the critical functionality focus.

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