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ETO Institute Celebrates the Engineer-to-Order Manufacturer
by Thomas R. Cutler.A big problem for engineer-to-order (ETO) companies is that they have many unique requirements that make traditional ERP systems unsuitable. The engineer-to-order market is relatively small and the companies themselves also tend to be small. The resu...
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Canadian Design Driven Display Manufacturing Company Chooses ETO
by Thomas R. Cutler.The Integrated Group is a collection of diverse companies whose flagship company, ID Merchandising, Inc., will be the primary user of Encompix Software. ID Merchandising Group is a design-driven display manufacturing company, focused on delivering me...
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Engineer-to-Order Manufacturers Strategies in Automation.com
by Thomas R. Cutler.Automation.com attracts 140,000+ industrial automation customers, process control and instrumentation professionals each month. TR Cutler, the nation’s leading manufacturing journalist, just authored a feature article about the Competitive Strategi...
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ETO Recognizes the Challenges of Engineer-to-Order Manufacturers
by Thomas R. Cutler.A big problem for engineer-to-order (ETO) companies is that they have many unique requirements that make traditional ERP systems unsuitable. The engineer-to-order market is relatively small and the companies themselves also tend to be small. The resu...
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TR Cutler - Engineer-to-Order Manufacturing
by Thomas R. Cutler.The August issue of Tooling & Production highlights, “Leaning ETO Project Management.” The term engineer-to-order (ETO) denotes a style of manufacturing rather than a specific industry segment. Other synonymous terms are “project-based” o...
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Engineer-to-Order Manufacturing Process
by Thomas R. Cutler.The August issue of Tooling & Production highlights, “Leaning ETO Project Management.” The term engineer-to-order (ETO) denotes a style of manufacturing rather than a specific industry segment. Other synonymous terms are “project-based” o...
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The Manufacturer, Bolt-on Solutions - Chuck Stewart, Encompix
by Thomas R. Cutler.The November issue of The Manufacturer reviewed Bolt-on Solutions. It noted, some boutique ERP providers cautiously embrace the bolt-on model. "Our software supports engineering intensive companies," says Chuck Stewart, founder and executive vice pre...
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Visibility Corp On Project-Based Manufacturers Quality Issues
by Thomas R. Cutler.According to Stephen Carson, Executive Vice-President with Visibility Corporation, “Many project-based manufacturers provide contract engineering and manufacturing services related to the production of electrical components and assemblies with mult...
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VISIBILITY.net Increase ETO Manufacturers After-Market Sales
by Thomas R. Cutler.A capital equipment manufacturer in the mid-western United States with annual revenues of $100M, running VISIBILITY ERP, is also responsible for after-market parts and service. These systems contain unique fabrications and electronic controls, along ...
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Project-based Manufacturers Misplace Project Profitability
by Thomas R. Cutler.According to Stephen Carson, Executive Vice-President of Visibility Corporation, “The ETO business process begins with the Request-for-Proposal. The preliminary work leading to the proposal generation is considerable and requires the interaction of...
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ETO Manufacturers Control Costs: 60% in Job Throughput Time
by Thomas R. Cutler.According to Stephen Carson, Executive Vice-President of Visibility Corporation, “Once ETO (engineer-to-order) manufacturing clients modularized their product design and introduced configurators wherever possible; using VISIBILITY Features and Opti...
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TGI Food & Beverage Manufacturing Systems
by Thomas R. Cutler.Enterprise 21 is the food and beverage technology solution from Technology Group International (TGI).  Unlike generic ERP (Enterprise Resource Planning) solutions, Enterprise 21 is clearly differentiated with requirements serving the food and be...
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aPriori Impacts Discrete Manufacturers’ Bottom-line
by Thomas R. Cutler.According to Frank Azzolino, President and CEO of aPriori, “aPriori provides abilities to capture cost relevant design information, production facility data, and cost accounting methodology to accurately explore cost saving alternatives in the desi...
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ETO Institute Recognized Engineer-to-Order Manufacturer Pressures
by Thomas R. Cutler.Engineer-to-order manufacturers face intense pressures to reduce costs and shorten cycle times, while maintaining high quality. The ETO Institute points out that, to stay competitive, domestic engineer-to-order and project-based manufacturers must tu...
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Mobility for Project-Based Manufacturer Mobile Analysis
by Thomas R. Cutler.“Truly anywhere anytime mobility is a big advantage for manufacturers that conduct some of their business remotely. Customer Self Service, field service, remote access to reporting information  and mobile analysis are just some of the function...
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Discrete Manufacturers Significantly Reduce Costs
by Thomas R. Cutler.aPriori has developed a white paper that presents an architecture for Cost Management platform developed through a six year industry/university collaborative research project initiated to address this problem in New Product Introduction (NPI) program...
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Accurate Cost Predictions - Discrete Manufacturers Margins
by Thomas R. Cutler.“Our software is designed to implement design-to-cost strategies during the product stage rather than as a constraint to satisfy at the end of a design,” according to Frank Azzolino, President and CEO of aPriori  aPriori allows users to avoi...
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Product Cost Decisions & Impact for Discrete Manufacturers
by Thomas R. Cutler.A clear and undisputed characteristic of product delivery is that as much as 70% to 80% of the total product cost is a direct result of the design decisions made in the first 10% to 15% of the product development process.  According to Frank Azz...
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Discrete Manufacturer Cost Critical Decision
by Thomas R. Cutler.True-Cost Convergence, developed by aPriori, provides early cost-assessments for the designer from the beginning of the product development cycle that naturally converge to production level costs estimates as manufacturing and procurement finalize de...
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Discrete Manufacturers & Product Costs : Azzolino
by Thomas R. Cutler.According to Frank Azzolino, President & CEO of aPriori, the Massachusetts based Cost Management Platform company, “There are a number of reasons why discrete manufacturers have been forced to take a “rear view” look at product costs, such ...
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aPriori Profile in Manufacturing.net by TR Cutler
by Thomas R. Cutler.Cost of Goods Sold (COGS) has become an increasingly important metric as the largest expense item on the income statement; typically 70% to 90% of revenue. Manufacturers are forced to focus on product cost and profit margins with renewed vigor. Cost ...
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Complex Manufacturing: Key Performance Indicators
by Thomas R. Cutler.Retrieving departmental or enterprise data to make informed business decisions is challenging for many organizations.   Critical business information is often hidden in transactional systems, spreadsheets, or disparate databases.  Alth...
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Key Performance Indicators for Complex Manufacturers
by Thomas R. Cutler.Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) software for the Complex Manufacturing sector, non-repetitive manufacturing, has been less than effective in accomplishing these strategic advantages until VISIBILITY.net.  Business integration, comprehensive f...
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VISIBILITY.net : Unique KPI for Complex Manufacturing Sector
by Thomas R. Cutler.Complex manufacturers have more than fifty percent of their business in international markets.  The need to access the dynamic communication interface has never been stronger according.  Strategic advantages across the entire enterprise mus...
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Manufacturing & Logistics IT Profiles VISIBILITY
by Thomas R. Cutler.To accomplish the Aspire Project, a new Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) solution for the Project-based manufacturer was required. The incumbent ERP vendor specifically lacked deep and broad Project Accounting and Project Inventory functionality wh...
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