The Features Food Manufacturers Need In An ERP Solution

Topics: Food Manufacturing ERP Requirements, ERP for Food Manufacturers

Posted on Apr 9, 2015 12:24:51 PM by Mike Stadelman

Food and drink producers are unique from other manufacturers.
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Why You Need Visibility In Your Manufacturing Processes Through ERP

Topics: Increase Job Shop Efficiency

Posted on Mar 31, 2015 9:52:59 AM by Mike Stadelman

Real-time visibility can help you see the full extent of your manufacturing operations, making it easy to deliver orders on time.
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Serapid Demonstrates the Power of Integration With Exact JobBOSS

Topics: Increase Job Shop Efficiency

Posted on Mar 25, 2015 9:30:06 AM by Mike Stadelman

With Exact JobBOSS, you can do so much more as a small manufacturing shop.
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Straight Talk, Straight from the Top – Purchase of Exact by funds advised by Apax Partners Spells Opportunity for Exact JobBOSS.

Topics: shop management software

Posted on Mar 9, 2015 11:33:18 AM by Matt Heerey

Company leadership is excited and committed to the future of Exact JobBOSS

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How to Select Small-Business ERP Software

Topics: ERP Software Integration

Posted on Feb 24, 2015 10:35:00 AM by Mike Stadelman

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How will you select your ERP software?
So, you're interested in a new enterprise resource planning (ERP) software to replace some of the ways you run your fabrication or custom manufacturing shop. However, you find a quick Google search identifies a dizzying array of choices, many of which are expensive, too large and don't quite match up what your business needs. You're looking to improve operations and profit margins; making the best decision on new ERP software can make all the difference in your long-term success. There's a lot of noise out there regarding ERP, and there are various ways of selecting and implementing the software that don't necessarily apply to your business.
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New Technology - Should You Invest in New Equipment or ERP Software?

Posted on Jun 16, 2014 1:24:00 PM by Mike Stadelman

Subscription to manufacturing ERP allows investment in both equipment and software.

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Increase the Power of Your Manufacturing ERP Solution Through Integration

Topics: shop management software, Increase Job Shop Efficiency, ERP Software Integration

Posted on Jan 15, 2014 9:55:34 AM by Dave Lechleitner


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The Benefits of Implementing Key Performance Indicators and Improving Operational Efficiency in a Job Shop

Topics: Job Shop Key Performance Indicators

Posted on Oct 18, 2013 2:36:00 PM by Dave Lechleitner


A quote often attributed to Albert Einstein says that, “the definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again,yet expecting different results.” Everyone falls into this trap at one time or another, but in the business world indulging in this thinking can quickly lead to failure. Even if you hit a sweet spot early on and have been going off of intuition for years, you can’t afford to take chances any more in today’s business climate. Repeating what worked previously is only effective for so long.

Smart business people – job shop owners included – should have a strategic view of their business, and use a consistent set of key performance indicators to measure the performance of their business. If you are like most job shop owners, your shop is probably one of the most important parts of your life – providing income for your family today, employment for your staff, and a lasting legacy for generations to come. You can’t afford to be anything but smart when it comes to developing your company.

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Implementing Lean Manufacturing in a High Mix, Low Volume Job Shop

Topics: Lean Manufacturing

Posted on Sep 12, 2013 2:23:00 PM by Dave Lechleitner

LeanMfgBlogArticle-mediumThere is no doubt that owning and running a manufacturing job shop in today’s economy is difficult. You are facing more strenuous demands – customers are demanding price reductions and ever-higher levels of service, material prices continue to increase, and finding skilled labor is a challenge. Your burdens are not getting any lighter. Yet, the need to remain profitable and relevant to your customers does not go away, no matter what the external circumstances. You still need to maintain and grow your business. In your search for effective strategies, you may have determined that implementing lean manufacturing strategies in your job shop could be a viable option to meet these challenges. However, even as you researched or learned how effective lean manufacturing could be, you may have also realized that in many ways it may not apply to the type of job shop you are operating.

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Optimizing Your Manufacturing Job Shop - You Can’t Manage What You Don’t Measure

Topics: manufacturing skills gap, shop management software, cost of doing business

Posted on Aug 21, 2013 10:30:00 AM by Dave Lechleitner

measure2If you are an owner or a manager of a job shop or contract manufacturing facility, the old management adage of “you can’t manage what you don’t measure” is more true today than ever before. With the economic uncertainty that still abounds, the demands placed on you by customers for high quality parts at lower and lower prices, and the skills gap between those employees that you might be losing and those available in the workforce, it is critically important to understand the current state of your business through the use of real time key performance indicators or KPIs. The challenge for many job shop owners is understanding first WHAT to measure, then setting a goal or standard METRIC by which your current state is measured against also known as benchmarking, and then putting corrective actions into place to help you achieve or surpass these goals in a regular, sustainable fashion.

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