The complexities of today’s industrial vehicle manufacturers are unique. From managing vehicle parts and chassis inventories to quoting customer vehicles and managing production scheduling, industrial vehicle manufactures are relied on to produce a slew of much needed parts within short time spans. For one project, they may need to design and build a completely custom vehicle, while another project requires them to produce a configured body with pre-engineered options built to customer specification. Needless to say, this is a high stakes industry where mixed mode manufacturing support is critical.
With over 20 years of experience, WorkWise ERP has developed a reputation for making the lives and jobs of manufacturers easier. From shop floor to delivery, our one-stop-shop solution gives manufacturers complete visibility into their manufacturing process to help streamline operations, improve efficiencies, lower costs, manage complexity and support growth.
“Our team at Marion Body takes pride in providing the exact custom vehicle or truck component needed for each customer’s application. WorkWise ERP helps us do that, because depending on the nature of the product, we may design and build a totally custom vehicle, or produce a configured body with pre-engineered options, all built to each customer specification. This support for “mixed-mode” manufacturing, plus inherent engineering integration, gives us the competitive advantage we need.”
As with every industry, industrial vehicle manufacturers face unique pain points including, complex supply chain processes, fluctuating demand, rapidly evolving technology and scheduling and planning challenges. Daily business operations and tasks can easily fall through the cracks without the proper ERP software in place.
Do you struggle with handling quotes quickly and efficiently due to a lack of streamlining quote preparation?
Does your business have issues with establishing a consistent production schedule?
Not being able to see your shop floor and inventory is a problem for your business and your customers may ultimately pay the price.
Do you constantly run into issues with producing, ordering and planning controlled products?
Can you maintain accurate records for unique warranties and serial numbers?
Do you manufacture both custom and pre-configured parts and vehicles?
WorkWise ERP comes complete with CRM integration, which helps strengthens the relationship between a business and its customers.
WorkWise ERP features CAD integration, which uses 3D technology to assist with the creation, modification and analysis of product design.
The Product Configurator modules allows industrial vehicle manufacturers to streamline sales and engineer the production of industrial vehicle parts.
When a company is comfortable with an older form of record keeping, which typically involves excel sheets or a homegrown system, they run the risk of losing important company information or slowing down processes because of a lack of software integration.
How can WorkWise ERP software help with eliminating the dangers that come with manual quoting? The WorkWise ERP Quoting module helps sales reps and customer service to streamline the quotation preparation process. Quotes are created accurately and with complete quotation content, which includes images and notes to help provide clarity about the products being quoted. Quotes use the most accurate and current pricing data to help ensure margins are protected. And, pro-active follow-ups for open quotes help to increase wins. Then, as new business is won, quotes seamlessly convert into customer orders without re-keying data to streamline order entry process. More sales, less effort.
When specifying a custom vehicle, accurately specifying dimensions, capacities, colors and add-on accessories needed for that vehicle is critical. Whether specifying a work truck body, dump body, plow, rescue vehicle or custom bus, the answers to a set of pre-defined, logical questions can help determine option choices, to specify and price the parts, dimensionality, and value-added labor needed.
The WorkWise Product Configurator module allows vehicle manufacturers to streamline the sales, engineering and production of custom, dimensional, and standard components needed for each vehicle and accessory item. Perfect for the industrial vehicle industry, since there are so many component parts that make up a custom vehicle. The configurator allows sales teams and customers to select, configure, and order products from manufacturers while making sure that only valid features, options and dimensions are selected. Once the quote is converted to an order, the manufacturing specifications needed to produce and install the products are automatically generated based on the options requested. This reduces the need to do custom engineering, improves quality, and can dramatically reduce lead times.
When designing new vehicle components to be manufactured, CAD, also known as Computer-Aided Design, uses 3D technology to assist with the creation, modification, analysis and/or optimization of a design. Whether you use SOLIDWORKS, Inventor, or other CAD systems, that CAD software integrates with WorkWise ERP so that both systems can work together. This ensures that all departments work from the same secure data, which reduces manual data entry and errors. Engineers can create a design of how they would like their vehicles accessories to appear and operate, and with the ERP/CAD integration, accurate, bill of material data is integrated so production has faster access to the data for planning and scheduling.
Homegrown systems or other antiquated methods of scheduling can cause vehicle manufacturers to order extra materials based on gut feel, rather than real needs. This may reduce the fear of running out of materials but may also cause shortages, which slows down the production process and can inflate inventories. Instead of playing the guessing game in terms of what and when to procure, it is important to have a system in place to buy what is actually needed, which can eliminate disruptions and avoid carrying too much inventory.
Whether scheduling fab, welding, paint, sub assembly or final assembly bays, with WorkWise ERP’s Planning suite of modules, the shop can schedule production based on constraints of people skills, machines, materials, and tooling with the ability to balance it all. Not only are having materials available at the right time important, but skilled workers are a key constraint as well. So, it is important to deal with this constraint ahead of time so we have employees available who are capable of fabrication, welding, electrical, and testing when needed. In this way, you can manage vehicle production in light of all constraints and improve on time deliveries and product quality.
One of the key functions to competing effectively is strong customer service, which is achievable with the help of WorkWise Customer Relationship Management (CRM) software. The all-in-one sales and marketing automation software’s goal is to strengthen the bond between vehicle manufacturers and their dealers, distributors and end-users. Ultimately helping to grow the vehicle manufacturer’s sales.
How well customers are satisfied with their vehicle products is a function of effective customer service. WorkWise CRM offers the ability to track all customer communications and track incidents, so it is easier to service customers and track reasons for issues. This can also help in highlighting the need for proactive corrective actions and reduce those incidents.
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
IT Systems Specialist