COUNTERPART ERP Build-to-Print Feature Valuable for Manufacturers Specializing in Low Volume, High Mix Contrast

COUNTERPART ERP Build-to-Print Feature Valuable for Manufacturers Specializing in Low Volume, High Mix Contrast

COUNTERPART ERP enables companies to keep operations streamlined and cost-effective. Build-to-print allows companies to specialize in low volume, high mix contrast manufacturing and build-to-print projects according to custom designs. Companies engage a custom manufacturer for a build-to-print project when their engineers need components which are not their specialization or when they do not have the capacity or equipment to manufacture. Frequently, an OEM will have the capabilities on site to execute most of a design, but will find it less expensive to outsource certain components that fail to align with their staffing and equipment resources.

With its build-to-print feature, COUNTERPART ERP allows manufactures of customer-designed products or parts of products to advance quickly and profitably.  Build-to-print is a process in which a manufacturer produces products, equipment, or components according to the customer’s exact specifications. Typically, an engineer provides drawings, and the manufacturer is responsible for producing the part or piece of equipment to spec, using the correct materials. The design specifications often include performance and quality requirements. Build-to-print falls under the general category of contract manufacturing, and is occasionally referred to as build-to-suit.

Specialties requiring this solution include precision component manufacturing, sub-assembly manufacturing, and end-product manufacturing.

It may also be worth noting that full quoting capabilities are included in build-to-print.  Quotes can be generated via the process flow estimations for individual parts (entering estimated times, setting markup/margin etc.), time/material jobs, or even just a user specified cost. Additionally, the build-to-print capability is especially useful when a company is not purely either a “contract manufacturer” or an OEM.  Because everything past order entry flows identically to demands created through the other entry methods in COUNTERPART the rest of the company can handle changing demands without even a hiccup in efficiency.


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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