Andrew Schutte of COUNTERPART ETO ERP Contributes to Evolving Enterprise

Andrew Schutte of COUNTERPART ETO ERP Contributes to Evolving Enterprise

Andrew Schutte, General Manager of COUNTERPART ETO ERP discussed the importance of ETO (engineer-to-order) manufacturers listening to the engineering team to achieve efficiency in the recent issue of The Evolving Enterprise magazine. According to Schutte, when an ETO project has started the first task falls to engineering to design the unique aspects of the job. Read the article here

ETO manufacturers run into production nightmares if they ignore the engineering problems and migrate to remote monitoring and continuous unattended production. If a machine is well designed (mechanically and/or electrically) it will perform whether or not it is unattended. Remote monitoring of poorly built equipment is not helpful. This is true whether in the ETO environment or not. 

Empowering engineers to think and act freely to solve the customers’ challenges is often contradictory to deterministic enterprise technologies (ERP, PDM, PLM, CRM, or otherwise). Very few ERP solutions were specifically designed for ETO manufacturing, permitting the necessary flexibility. These demonstrable ETO differentiations include long lead-times, partial BOM’s, reusing/restructuring existing orders, dynamically driven demands, and inventory/material management. 

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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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