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ERP For The Industrial Vehicle Manufacturing Industry

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Industrial Vehicle Manufacturers: A Mixed Mode, Complex Industry

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.”

-Vincenzo Speziale, VP of Marion Body Works

 

What Are Your Manufacturing Pain Points?

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.

Inaccurate & Slow Quoting

Do you struggle to create quotes quickly and efficiently due to a lack of streamlining quote preparation?

Absence of Scheduling

Does your business have issues with establishing a consistent production schedule?

Lack of Visibility

Not being able to see your shop floor and inventory is a problem for your business and your customers may ultimately pay the price.

No Product Configurator

Do you constantly run into issues with producing, ordering and planning controlled products?

No Serial Number and Warranty Tracking

Can you maintain accurate records for unique warranties and serial numbers?

No “Mixed-Mode” Support

Do you manufacture both custom and pre-configured parts and vehicles?

What Makes WorkWise ERP Unique for Industrial Vehicle Manufacturers?

Product Configurator

Product Configurator

The WorkWise ERP Product Configurator allows industrial vehicle manufacturers to simplify the production of vehicle parts (ordered, planned, engineered and controlled) that are assembled for customer order. This tool helps with producing faster and more accurate quoting as well as reducing order lead times and engineering costs.

Bills of Material

Bills of Material

WorkWise’s Bills of Material application allows manufacturers to outline the structure of products that they sell, assemble, cost and plan. Manufacturers can directly associate materials to an operation, which improves planning and scheduling and save a significant amount in carrying costs.

Streamlined Quotations

Streamlined Quotations

The Quotations application saves time and effort by converting quotes to orders through streamlining the process. Accurate quotes helps industrial vehicle manufacturers generate sales, create accurate quotes and complete quotation content. Save time and improve production.

WorkWise ERP Software for Industrial Vehicle Manufacturers

+- 5 Challenges for Industrial Vehicle Manufacturers

Manual Quoting Pitfalls

Manually updating spreadsheets or using a homegrown quotation system can end up taking a lot of time, effort and potentially lead to losing important company information or slowing down processes due to a lack of software integration. This may become especially apparent as your business grows. The WorkWise ERP Quoting application helps sales reps streamline quotation preparation. Using this application, users are able to seamlessly convert customer orders without re-keying data to streamline the order entry process. The entire process is quick and efficient and can help you drastically cut down on the time it takes to prepare quotes.

Mismanagement of Product Lines

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 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.

Product Design Void of Integration

When designing new vehicle components, 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. 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.

Scheduling and Planning are Nonexistent

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 or overages, which slows down the production process and can inflate inventories. 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.

5. Empty Customer/Business Bond

Satisfied customers are a function of effective customer service, which is achievable with the help of WorkWise Customer Relationship Management (CRM) software, which comes fully integrated with WorkWise ERP software. The all-in-one sales and marketing automation software can help strengthen the bond between vehicle manufacturers and their dealers, distributors and end-users. Ultimately helping to grow the vehicle manufacturer’s sales. WorkWise’s CRM also offers the ability to track all customer communications, order history, support tickets, incidents and resolutions, and more. These features can help in highlighting the need for proactive corrective actions and the reduction of incidents.

+- WorkWise ERP Key Features for Industrial Vehicle Manufacturers


WorkWise ERP features key applications  designed to improve overall production and solve challenges for each sector of the manufacturing industry, including industrial vehicle manufacturing.

Customer Service. Industrial Vehicle Manufacturers service large numbers of people for a number of reasons and at the basis of all business is customer service. WorkWise ERP provides OnContact CRM integration, which delivers powerful sales, marketing and customer service functions including:

  • Sales Automation
  • Marketing Automation
  • QuickBooks integration
  • Customer Order Management
  • Estimating

Accounting and Financials. In order to manage the overall production of industrial vehicle manufacturing parts, taking command of your financials is key.

  • Job Cost
  • Standard Cost
  • Payroll
  • General Ledger
  • Quoting
  • Product Configurator
  • QuickBooks Integration

Production. The WorkWise ERP production suite streamlines manufacturing processes in order to keep up with shop floor changes and quality management.

  • Quality Management
  • Shop Floor Control & Visual Scheduling
  • Kanban
  • Equipment Maintenance
  • Inventory Management
  • UPS/FedEx Shipping Integration


+- WorkWise ERP Solution Benefits

WorkWise ERP provides a host of benefits and business value to industrial vehicle manufacturers, including:

  • Improve Business Quality and Efficiency. WorkWise ERP keeps the internal processes of a business running smoothly and efficiently with the streamlining of business processes.
  • Enhance Employee Productivity. ERP cuts down on monotonous tasks thanks to automations, which controls and monitors production. With manufacturers, automation helps to complete financial reports and routine communications.
  • Customization Meets Your Needs. WorkWise ERP can be customized to meet the needs and help solve the issues that your business faces, choosing the applications that you need and how the system is installed (on-premise and the cloud).

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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

ACI

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

CFO

ACR

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

CapstanAG

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

Hampel

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

President

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

Strongwell

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

RMF