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In 2010, NetSuite launched their full-suite offering for the manufacturing industry. The solution handles the needs of job shop manufacturers and has standard modules such as bill of materials (BOM) and work order management.
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In 2010, NetSuite launched their full-suite offering for the manufacturing industry. The solution handles the needs of job shop manufacturers and has standard modules such as bill of materials (BOM) and work order management.
 
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The Fishbowl Inventory solution can serve small to mid-sized companies. It contains features for job costing, work orders, work schedules and inventory tracking. MRP and SCM come in an integrated suite.
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The Fishbowl Inventory solution can serve small to mid-sized companies. It contains features for job costing, work orders, work schedules and inventory tracking. MRP and SCM come in an integrated suite.
 
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Infor VISUAL ERP is an affordable, user-friendly platform for small to mid-sized job and machine shop manufacturers. This solution integrates core manufacturing, inventory control and supports the entire operation lifecycle.
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Infor VISUAL ERP is an affordable, user-friendly platform for small to mid-sized job and machine shop manufacturers. This solution integrates core manufacturing, inventory control and supports the entire operation lifecycle.
 
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One-System ERP is complete resource planning solution for any mode of production in multiple manufacturing industries including industrial and automotive. Estimate, quote and track orders, manage inventory and more.
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One-System ERP is complete resource planning solution for any mode of production in multiple manufacturing industries including industrial and automotive. Estimate, quote and track orders, manage inventory and more.
 
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ECi was awarded an American Business Award in 2008 for Best Executive. The ECi M1 system targets mid-sized contract manufacturers. This solution includes features for job costing, order management, shop floor control and more.
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ECi was awarded an American Business Award in 2008 for Best Executive. The ECi M1 system targets mid-sized contract manufacturers. This solution includes features for job costing, order management, shop floor control and more.

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Exact JobBOSS is one of the most popular solutions on the market today. The system is highly affordable and is an especially good fit for machining, sheet metal fabrication, spring shops and machine builders.
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Exact JobBOSS is one of the most popular solutions on the market today. The system is highly affordable and is an especially good fit for machining, sheet metal fabrication, spring shops and machine builders.
 
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E2 Shop System can serve many make-to-order contract and custom manufacturers. The system targets the small to medium manufacturer and provides an integrated suite that includes MES, accounting, human resources and more.
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E2 Shop System can serve many make-to-order contract and custom manufacturers. The system targets the small to medium manufacturer and provides an integrated suite that includes MES, accounting, human resources and more.
 
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IQMS’ flagship product, EnterpriseIQ ERP, is developed specifically for SMB and large discrete, and batch process manufacturers in the aerospace, medical device, automotive, food and beverage, consumer products, plastics, packaging... Read More
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IQMS’ flagship product, EnterpriseIQ ERP, is developed specifically for SMB and large discrete, and batch process manufacturers in the aerospace, medical device, automotive, food and beverage, consumer products, plastics, packaging... Read More
 
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KeyedIn Manufacturing is a web-based solution designed for small and mid-sized manufacturers that helps manage everything from the shop floor to production, scheduling, estimating, and more. KeyedIn was developed specifically for custom... Read More
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KeyedIn Manufacturing is a web-based solution designed for small and mid-sized manufacturers that helps manage everything from the shop floor to production, scheduling, estimating, and more. KeyedIn was developed specifically for custom... Read More
 
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The SYSPRO ERP system is used by small to medium-sized job shop manufacturers across the world. The integrated suite includes MRP, MES and supply chain management while application for human resources is offered through a partner.
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The SYSPRO ERP system is used by small to medium-sized job shop manufacturers across the world. The integrated suite includes MRP, MES and supply chain management while application for human resources is offered through a partner.

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With over 30 years of experience in the ERP and Manufacturing markets, ProfitKey International has developed Rapid Response Manufacturing (RRM) to provide a fully integrated ERP and MES solution for small to mid-size manufacturers.... Read More
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With over 30 years of experience in the ERP and Manufacturing markets, ProfitKey International has developed Rapid Response Manufacturing (RRM) to provide a fully integrated ERP and MES solution for small to mid-size manufacturers.... Read More
 
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Epicor is a solution that we recommend to discrete manufacturers looking to improve their execution and planning. A good option for a number of industries, from aerospace and defense to plastics and pharmaceuticals.
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Epicor is a solution that we recommend to discrete manufacturers looking to improve their execution and planning. A good option for a number of industries, from aerospace and defense to plastics and pharmaceuticals.
 
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Visual EstiTrack by services custom manufacturers involved in fabrication, tool and die and others trades. The system includes features one would expect such as fabrication scheduling and job estimating.
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Visual EstiTrack by services custom manufacturers involved in fabrication, tool and die and others trades. The system includes features one would expect such as fabrication scheduling and job estimating.
 
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Mar-Kov CMS (Chemical Management System) was developed to meet the unique needs of process, batch, and formulation based manufacturers. By automating daily routine processes, companies are able to streamline their operations while... Read More
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Mar-Kov CMS (Chemical Management System) was developed to meet the unique needs of process, batch, and formulation based manufacturers. By automating daily routine processes, companies are able to streamline their operations while... Read More
 
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Kenandy is a comprehensive cloud-based ERP solution created for companies that design, manufacture, or distribute products. It helps businesses manage core processes including order-to-cash, planning and production, procurement, TPM,... Read More
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Kenandy is a comprehensive cloud-based ERP solution created for companies that design, manufacture, or distribute products. It helps businesses manage core processes including order-to-cash, planning and production, procurement, TPM,... Read More

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Infor SyteLine ERP logo
 
With the dependability of the Infor name, SyteLine ERP works to reduce inventory levels and shortages, drive organizational growth, plan and schedule order by order, and deliver critical information quickly to help make better business... Read More
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With the dependability of the Infor name, SyteLine ERP works to reduce inventory levels and shortages, drive organizational growth, plan and schedule order by order, and deliver critical information quickly to help make better business... Read More
 
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Chempax by Datacor is an integrated enterprise resource planning (ERP) and customer relationship management (CRM) application designed specifically for chemical process manufacturers and distributors. The solution can be scaled to... Read More
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Chempax by Datacor is an integrated enterprise resource planning (ERP) and customer relationship management (CRM) application designed specifically for chemical process manufacturers and distributors. The solution can be scaled to... Read More
 
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Priority is an enterprise resource planning (ERP) solution that is suitable for midsize to large businesses in many industry segments, including manufacturing, apparel, electronics, food and beverage, industrial machinery and more. Priority’s... Read More
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Priority is an enterprise resource planning (ERP) solution that is suitable for midsize to large businesses in many industry segments, including manufacturing, apparel, electronics, food and beverage, industrial machinery and more. Priority’s... Read More
 
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SAP Business One is an integrated enterprise resource planning (ERP) software suite which primarily serves small to medium-sized businesses with up to one hundred employees and less than $75 million in annual revenue. SAP Business... Read More
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SAP Business One is an integrated enterprise resource planning (ERP) software suite which primarily serves small to medium-sized businesses with up to one hundred employees and less than $75 million in annual revenue. SAP Business... Read More
 
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Exact offers a variety of solutions for the job shop and machine shop manufacturing segment. Exact Macola is geared toward the mid-sized shop and can help improve shop floor and supply chain operations.
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Exact offers a variety of solutions for the job shop and machine shop manufacturing segment. Exact Macola is geared toward the mid-sized shop and can help improve shop floor and supply chain operations.
 

Buyer's Guide

by Daniel Harris,
Market Research Associate
Last Updated: April 24, 2017


Job shop and machine shop specialties are limited-scale manufacturing, including prototyping and single unit production or “one offs.” Margins can be very thin, so successful firms balance their time spent on manufacturing with time on maintaining inventory and fostering customer relationships.

Job shop software is essentially an enterprise resource planning (ERP) system with a limited scope. In fact, it's is often part of ERP if the shop is a small part of a larger organization. Broadly speaking, the system is used to automate many of the tracking and scheduling duties within the company.

A prime requirement for job and machine shops is manufacturing resource planning (MRP), the system that schedules the manufacturing of each customer’s order. Inventory and order entry are important and must be integrated with the MRP system, particularly with the pipeline management system.

Screenshot of E2 Shop System scheduling whiteboard

Screenshot of E2 Shop System scheduling whiteboard

Contract manufacturing is a relationship-based businesses. As such, owners should use customer relationship management (CRM) to track sales history and to market opportunities targeted at specific customers. Strictly speaking, payroll is standard. However, one of the resources tracked by MRP is worker time spent per work order. This allows owners and managers to measure the profitability of each employee.

General ledger, accounts payable and accounts receivable are standard. Most job shop manufacturing systems are installed on premises. The computerization and networking of tools and the associated costs means that most of the infrastructure to support job shop scheduling software is already in place, negating the hardware cost arguments for cloud-based installations.

Here's what we'll cover:

What Is Job and Machine Shop Software?
Common Features of Job and Machine Shop Software
Market Trends to Understand

What Is Job and Machine Shop Software?

Job and machine shop software provide necessary, real-time data that is related to manufacturing and other operations, such as job scheduling, finance, estimations, employees, sales, materials, engineering, job accounting and job management. They also provide job data related to competitors, vendors, customers, marketplace and the overall supply chain.

A job and machine shop solution helps manufacturing units reduce waste, enhance productivity and improve the bottom line. The solution helps users meet the specific requirements of job shops that cannot always be achieved using traditional manufacturing solutions.

Common Features of Job and Machine Shop Software

In addition to core business functions, it's important to evaluate the following functions to meet the company's unique requirements:

Pipeline management Balances jobs against the available resources, checks inventory and prepares orders for materials. Advanced systems also factor in cost and price, prioritizing the most profitable production.
Customer sales monitoring Compares each customer’s historic sales to recent sales to gauge trends. Also, enables supports customer sales incentives.
Job estimating Evaluates required time, materials, machines and personnel to perform a job. Calculates costs and profit. Advance systems can substitute resources and optimize for time or profit.
Make/buy reporting Applies estimating to subassemblies to evaluate whether it’s more profitable to make or buy components. Advanced systems will factor in time to build or buy as well as cost.
Process planning reporting Helps plan and document each step in fabrication for accurate estimating and job tracking. The process planning reports track the development of the process plan for each contract.
Material supplier planning Assists in the make/buy process by helping material suppliers assign a bill of materials to each subassembly. Allows make/buy decisions to be based on current market prices for material and labor for each estimate.
Fabrication scheduling Supports dynamic scheduling fabrication process, changing as different jobs finish late or early and as materials arrive in inventory. Also allows schedules to be reprioritized.
Customer delivery scheduling Helps streamline flows of shipping/delivery/pick up for efficient fabrication process. Includes transit time and adjustable slack time.
Slipped/late jobs reporting Tracks and reports job status through the entire process from estimation to delivery. Advanced systems will have a dashboard that signals management as soon as a job slips past a defined threshold.
Work load planning Helps managers adjust the work load to leverage the most expensive equipment to depreciate or minimize usage of the most expensive to run. Also helps manage employee work loads, taking into account workers’ preferences.
Scrap reporting Provides efficient tracking to minimize the amount of scrap by planning production to make the most efficient use of material. Also helps tracks recyclable scrap through to resale to the scrap yard.
Engineering change management Tracks engineering changes and their impact on delivery date and profit on the project. It should also be easy to enter the changes into the system so that the changes can flow to other projects and the overall schedule.

Market Trends to Understand

In the past several years, many major trends have influenced the manner in which job shops operate in the manufacturing sector, and will continue to impact in the future. New technologies, such as advanced robotics, data analytics and mobile devices will enable small job shops to compete with larger enterprises that have state-of-the-art infrastructure.

To keep up with the latest developments, job shops must be aware of the key trends:

Fully digital supply chain. The digitization of operations in a supply chain is about to become obligatory, leaving no scope for paper-based work. In this situation, paperwork is unacceptable in even the smallest of job shops. An all-digital supply chain increases productivity and efficiency and minimizes the chance of errors.

Artificial intelligence and predictive analytics. The back office requires a finer and better grasp of the big picture for uninterrupted operation. Many low-cost analytics platforms in the market quickly gather data in the warehouse, on the shop floor and through customer communications. This information is then assessed through predictive analytics to shape various supply orders for the upcoming months. It also helps predict which machine is likely to fail soon and which customers to pursue in the immediate term.

Augmented reality. A few years ago, the concept of augmented reality services, such as Google Glass, was in hype but it vanished quickly due to the high price of these services and devices. However, the concept has great potential. In the coming years, the cost of wearable hardware linked to such concepts is expected to reach a more realistic level. It will create plenty of opportunities in inventory management and enable quicker response to overall processes and operations on the job shop floor.

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