Moldmaking Technology Profiles SOLIDWORKS Integration with ETO ERP by COUNTERPART Contributor Andrew Schutte

Moldmaking Technology Profiles SOLIDWORKS Integration with ETO ERP by COUNTERPART Contributor Andrew Schutte

Andrew Schutte, General Manager for COUNTERPART ETO ERP, was recently contributed to the January issue of MoldMaking Technology. Schutte discussed how moldmakers who produce one-of-a-kind customized molds require solutions which are specifically designed for streamlining workflow. Read the full article here

Schutte noted, “The ETO manufacturing process means engineers are constantly making new and different components, as opposed to high quantity manufacturing. For moldmakers using SOLIDWORKS, integration is vital and even stronger if paired with SOLIDWORKS PDM. New assemblies with many shared components, yet never the same, are ideal when looking to streamline the engineering to production flow.” 

Moldmakers are able to synchronize SOLIDWORKS and COUNTERPART ETO ERP data in real-time ensuring that production, purchasing, and engineering are continually aligned. Failure to synchronize a fully-integrated ERP solution will introduce human error. The paradigm in ETO always comes down to what to build when, and keeping up with new engineering requests, cancellations, and revisions. 

MoldMaking Technology addresses the complete lifecycle of the manufacture and maintenance of a mold—from design to first shot—by providing solutions and strategies to moldmaking professionals charged with designing, building, and repairing molds. 


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 General Manager Andrew Schutte, “When ETO manufacturers improve visibility into project monitoring and focus on challenges and opportunities for improvement, best-in-class lean manufacturing is achieved.” 

Schutte 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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