Manufacturing Matters Magazine Looks at COUNTERPART ETO ERP

Manufacturing Matters Magazine Looks at COUNTERPART ETO ERP

Andrew Schutte, General Manager of COUNTERPART ERP, discussed engineer-to-order (ETO) manufacturers using the best tool for the job in the recent issue of Manufacturing Matter Magazine. Read the article here

Schutte noted custom manufacturers often choose multiple technology solutions which are more specialized rather than trying to force a more complete, but less optimal solution. Engineer-to-order manufacturers often try to force QuickBooks to act as an ERP (Enterprise Resource Planning) solution which is more expensive, less efficient, and less effective than using the correct tool for the job. 

“While not all custom manufacturers self-identify as ETO, the reality is that many of these small shops (estimated greater than fifty percent) are using QuickBooks as an accounting solution. These SMEs stretch the natural functionality of QuickBooks into a quasi-ERP solution. QuickBooks integration comes up quite often among smaller ETO manufacturers,” shared Schutte. 

“QuickBooks is a fantastic accounting tool, and a great value for the money. That said, fundamentally QuickBooks is not an ERP system, added Schutte. 

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COUNTERPART is a full business operating software solution for engineer-to-order (ETO) manufacturers. COUNTERPART Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) significantly improves efficiency, visibility, and project management while reducing human error. 

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.

According to COUNTERPART Sales Manager Todd Clevenger, “When ETO manufacturers improve visibility into project monitoring and focus on challenges and opportunities for improvement, best-in-class lean manufacturing is achieved.”

Clevenger also 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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