Metalworking Production & Purchasing : Trakware Profile

By: Thomas Cutler

In the current issue of Metalworking Production & Purchasing, leading manufacturing journalist TR Cutler profiles Trakware (www.trakware.com) MES for Project based manufacturers.

Parametrics involves the ability to adjust based on parameters. The dictionary definition of a parametric equation implies that such parameters are based on coordinates. For a project-based manufacturer using a manufacturing execution system (MES), those coordinates take on great importance.

"MES technology solutions should include parametrics which go far beyond using parameters only to represent coordinates," according to Randy Richel, CEO of TRAKware, an MES provider. "Coordinates should have the capacity to dynamically adjust bills of materials, bills of labor, routings, costs, selling prices, and sizes."

Few MES solutions have an advanced parametric configurator that allows users to build parts and products that have full parametric capabilities. And yet, to increase lean productivity and profitability, complex parts and products with unlimited variations must be represented by a single item.

Founded in 1995, Trakware's partners include Microsoft, Oracle, ADP, Sage, and SolidWorks, Dell and TouchSystems. TRAKware software allows any manufacturer with unique requirements of a custom engineered-to-order business, in any industry, to have total control of each and every order through the plant. Trakware is the leader in delivering innovative Manufacturing, Planning, and Control (MPC) solutions for project-based manufacturers.

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