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ERP for the Industrial Equipment Industry

ERP Software for Industrial Equipment Manufacturers

Industrial equipment manufacturers face some of the biggest challenges. Their customers are demanding increased value with decreased costs, while expecting solutions that include full services and support. The products are typically complex in the number of components, and sourced from a number of outside vendors. Simple quality metrics of the past have now been replaced with total life cycle performance, including all the activities that occur from the birth of the equipment till its final replacement.

The main challenge for industrial manufacturers lies in handling all the variety, complexity, and change that continually bombards them. Customers want more variety in the products, for a lower cost, and with a strong performance over the entire life cycle. Combined with foreign competition driving price and innovation, the industrial equipment manufacturer has a full plate.

Fortunately, WorkWise ERP software has unique features that address these problems, helping to bring these challenges under control.

What Makes the Industrial Equipment Industry Market Unique?

Life Cycle Performance

Life Cycle Performance

WorkWise ERP assists the industrial equipment industry throughout its entire life cycle process, from inception to product releases.

Product Complexity

Product Complexity

Our ERP software is designed to handle the complexities of industrial equipment from lot tracing to back flushing and serial tracking.

Growing Competition

Growing Competition

You can compete with the best in the industrial equipment manufacturing industry with WorkWise ERP despite the growing competition.

Increasing Customer Demands

Increasing Customer Demands

Meet the needs of your customers increasing demands with key features including shop order explosion and multi-level pricing.

WorkWise ERP Software for Industrial Equipment Manufacturers

+- Challenges Faced by Industrial Equipment Manufacturers


  • Foreign low cost competition
  • Weak foreign rights in intellectual property
  • Supply exceeds demand


  • Staying ahead of the competition
  • Meeting customer expectations
  • Need to connect more closely to customers design efforts
  • Shorter product lifecycles


  • Customer demand for lower prices
  • Customer demands for more features, functions and solutions
  • Rising material costs
  • High inventory levels
  • Pressures to reduce cost
  • Push for lower total cost of ownership for the product
  • Inefficient operations


  • Large number components and operations in product
  • Variety in features, functions, and special orders
  • Longer and larger supply chains


  • Lifecycle quality – birth to death
  • Large customer defection rates for poor quality

Total Solutions

  • Customer mandated solutions- birth to death
  • Need for comprehensive aftermarket service and support
  • Requirement for readily available aftermarket parts
  • Mandated full warranty coverage and extended time frames
  • Faster speed needed for quotes and estimates
  • Better customer service
  • Focus on product performance rather than features, functions

Supply Chain Weakness

  • Fluctuating raw material prices
  • Unreliable suppliers
  • Poor delivery performance
  • Need to outsource
  • Need greater insights into supplier activities

Critical Demand

  • Economic
  • Seasonal

+- WorkWise ERP Key Features for Industrial Equipment Manufacturers

Mixed Modes

  • Make to stock
  • Assemble to order
  • Build to order
  • Configure to order
  • Repeat and tweak
  • Engineer to order

Mixed Methods

  • Lean Manufacturing
  • Kanban
  • MRP & MPS
  • JIT
  • 5s
  • MES
  • Role based manufacturing
  • TQM, Six Sigma, Kaizen

Customer Service

  • Quoting and estimating
  • Complex Orders
  • Product configuration
  • Copy and tweak order creation
  • Direct Fulfillment
  • Customer portal
  • Customer relationship manager

After Market Sales and Support

  • CRM Call Center
  • eCommerce
  • Warranty
  • Customer Portal

Product Life Cycle Management

  • Customer portal
  • CRM – Customer
  • Product configuration
  • Document and file management
  • Engineering change orders
  • Supplier traceability
  • As built BOM and routing
  • Build histories
  • Quality archives
  • CRM Support
  • Warranty

Manufacturing Execution

  • Product configuration
  • Visual scheduling
  • Shop Floor Control
  • Work in process manager
  • Asset utilization manager, CMMS/EAM
  • Mobile data collection
  • Kanban
  • Kaizen
  • 5s
  • Performance management
  • Human resource management

Supply Chain

  • Inventory management
  • Supplier portal
  • Purchasing
  • Bill of material
  • Engineering change orders
  • JIT
  • Warehouse management

Cost Management

  • Job cost
  • Standard cost
  • Planned vs. Actual

Production Planning

  • Material requirements planning
  • Master scheduling
  • Product configuration
  • Available to promise
  • Lot traceability
  • Capacity planning


  • Engineering change orders
  • Quality control
  • SPC
  • APQP
  • Supplier score carding

+- WorkWise ERP Software Additional Key Features & Functions

  • Role based screens and applications
  • Blanket purchase orders
  • Document archiving
  • Asset purchased and tracking system
  • Back flushing
  • Rules base configurations
  • Kitting
  • Cumulative lead time
  • Cost application of design, research and other special costs
  • Modular design capability
  • Rules based quotations and configurations
  • Sales order to job link
  • Serial tracking
  • Lot tracing
  • What-if quotes and costing
  • Available to promise
  • Shop order explosion
  • Matrix bills
  • Features and options
  • Multi-level pricing
  • Smooth forecast error
  • Substitutes and alternatives
  • Family forecasting
  • Serialized inventory
  • Attribute management

+- WorkWise ERP Solutions Benefits

  • Improved collaboration and relationship with the customer, engineers and suppliers
  • Ability to handle multiple planning models, configurations
  • Lower costs and waste thru lean practices
  • Better visibility into all aspects of your operations
  • Improved supply chain management and cost control
  • Precise execution throughout the business
  • Flexibility in adapting products to specific customer wishes
  • Better control over design changes
  • Real time feedback to stay on top of all activities and performance
  • Ease of doing business for the customer
  • Enhanced productivity for the shop floor
  • Low cost efficient operations
  • Better customer fill-rates and delivery promises
  • Improved lifecycle management
  • Effective aftermarket sales and support
  • Improved quality with Kaizen, TQM
  • Extend value add programs (solutions)
  • Optimize production capacity
  • Insights into accurate product costs with full view and application methods
  • Tight control on serial numbers and lots
  • Manage high level receivables
  • Project and manage cash flow

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All aspects of our company are now running through our ERP software. Having everyone work out of the same system and not have multiple programs that you have to jump back and forth through, has allowed us to get more done in less time.

Gary Volz

Software Developer


One of the main benefits we’ve experienced using WorkWise ERP is being able to get meaningful information we can use, versus getting data that requires more work to get the answers you’re looking for. The data is integrated and streamlined for efficient use which keeps our fixed costs lower and allows us to invest our capital into building better products.

Michael Ray



It doesn’t take all day to do our schedule anymore. Also, the Performance Management WorkBench lets us see what information we want to see, and what time we want to see it, in a nice visual way. Item Planning is also great. It’s so easy to look up specific information related to whatever we need to see.

Kelly Crowell

AMI President

American Metal Fab

What’s really nice is having everything in one package. My financials are in the same package as manufacturing and customer orders. Everything integrates seamlessly. Bringing in inventory management has been a huge benefit for us. Being able to jump between workbenches and different points of data has been really nice.

Pam Reynolds

Chief Financial Officer


I would highly recommend WorkWise to other companies. It’s cost competitive, the Cloud ERP implementation has been great, the people have been great. WorkWise bends over backwards to help us. We feel that they’re on our side.

Don Lavrenz

President and CEO

The Industrial Controls Company

WorkWise has been a true leader in our ability to drive process change and productivity enhancement, and to assist us in our lean capabilities.

Jim Moldenhauer

IT Manager


I would definitely recommend WorkWise ERP to anyone looking to improve their manufacturing processes. We’ve been utilizing the software for 20 years and have never regretted our decision.

Chris Reid


Service Stampings

WorkWise spent a lot of time with us in order to understand our manufacturing process. We’re fairly unique, and there’s not that many companies in the world that do what we do. WorkWise really made us feel like they understood what we were doing and where we were going.

Dave Manahan

Business Process Improvement Director


The team at WorkWise is phenomenal. I highly recommend WorkWise ERP to any company looking to improve their processes, improve their efficiency, become more productive and work with a company who really gets to know them and understands what they’re going through.

Mike Campise

IT Systems Specialist