- June 2, 2012 -
order is a style of manufacturing rather that one specific industry grouping. Custom woodworking is an example of custom manufacturing. According Tony Parkinson, CFO of Hollywood Woodwork, in Hollywood Florida, “We were finding it harder and harder to hire experienced estimators that truly knew our industry and we were spending an inordinate amount of time developing estimators from within the company. We wanted to find an estimating package that was geared towards the architectural woodworking industry and would help us transfer the knowledge of our senior estimators into a system that could benefit everyone. We knew if we could systemize the process at a more granular level we could better avoid “ballpark”
estimates. We would have the ability to modify and provide estimates quicker and at a more detailed level – something our customers were demanding.” Parkinson noted, “In production and accounting, we needed a system that would give us more specific details of how a job was progressing through the plant so we could monitor it better and be able to schedule. Before the new MES (manufacturing execution system) was installed, we were only able to monitor a job via 'Big Buckets' such as Plant Manufactured Goods, Buyouts, and Installation.”
was the solution Hollywood Woodwork selected.
Trakware Systems is a leading provider of profitability and productivity business optimization software for small to midsize project, contract, engineer-to-
order (ETO) manufacturing, fabrication, and construction companies. According to CEO, Randy Richel, “Many woodworking companies make amazing custom products and are truly engineer-to-
order manufacturers. Many woodworkers do not identify themselves as ETO. They are. ETO manufacturers, in woodworking, (or any custom manufacturing process), can no longer sustain an internal legacy or home-grown database solution to run the business. Visibility to real-time business data is an essential requirement to make strategic and tactical business decisions.”
ETO companies are turning to Trakware for a cohesive solution starting with estimating that automatically populate the contracts or projects won to enable:
• production management
• automatic creation of Bills of Material (BOM's)
• material requirements
• inventory management
• labor scheduling and tracking (shop floor and field)
• work order creation
• change management and releasing
About Trakware Systems Inc.
Founded in 1995, TRAKware software empowers business-critical functions such as estimating, scheduling, project management, business process management, workflow and optimization, job costing, production management, inventory, capacity management and planning, shop floor and field installation labor/material data collection. TRAKware integrates with existing, and leading software providers for financial accounting (Intuit QuickBooks, Sage, JD Edwards, Microsoft Dynamics GP, Oracle Financials), engineering design, optimization, payroll and wireless.
TRAKware's innovative and proven parametric configuration engine provides leading benefits to estimating, manufacturing, and engineering, throughout the entire project lifecycle. ETO companies should arrange a demonstration of the TRAKware solution by calling 780-264-6838.