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ERP for the Metal Fabrication Industry

ERP Software for Metal Fabrication Manufacturers

Metal Fabrication and component manufacturers produce a wide variety of products sourced from a wide customer base. The main challenge for these manufacturers lies in handling the immense variety of products, and the complexity of producing them within existing capacity.

When customers demand more variety, shorter lead times, and lower prices, this industry requires great flexibility while maintaining precise execution. Customers also demand a close relationship and the ability to easily share information on products, orders, changes and design.

Fortunately, WorkWise ERP software has a variety of unique features that address these problems and help to bring them under control. WorkWise has been serving customers in the metal fabrication and component manufacturing area for over 15 years, and ERP and CRM products have more features and functions in your industry than any other.

Our knowledge-based approach to implementations assures that you will always be paired with people with decades of experience in your business.

What Makes the Metal Fabrication Market Unique?

Precise Execution

Precise Execution

Ensure that your manufacturing products are created specifically how your business needs. Great quality for your customers is our top priority.

Production Complexity

Production Complexity

ERP software for metal fabrication manufacturers knows how to handle the complexities of production with its ability to creating shorter lead times and lower prices in order to produce products faster and within a specific price point.

High Degree of Flexibility

High Degree of Flexibility

Customers demand variety, lower price points and shorter lead times, WorkWise ERP understands the need for extreme flexibility when it comes to production.

Variety of Products

Variety of Products

WorkWise ERP includes a variety of productions and features addressing your metal fabrication manufacturing concerns with products including, CRM integration and job cost capabilities.

WorkWise ERP Software for Metal Fabrication Manufacturers

+- Challenges Faced by Metal Fabrication & Component Manufacturers


  • Low cost foreign competition
  • Need to retain and growing existing customers
  • Ability to offer variety to customers to counter price


  • Thin margins, can’t invest in equipment that is more productive
  • Continued downward product prices
  • Increasing and fluctuating raw material costs
  • Need to reduce overcapacity and cost
  • Accuracy of job costs must be improved
  • Need to improve speed to counter foreign low costs
  • Need to reduce operational costs
  • Need to reduce administrative costs


  • Increasing product complexity
  • Moving from standard products to individualized products
  • Dependent on the demands of other industries
  • Production schedules that must match those of the customers
  • Difficulty in demand planning and forecasting
  • Short response times to changing product mix, demand and customer specifications
  • Need to collaborate with customers on product development life cycles
  • High level of documentation that must be managed and tracked


  • Need to optimize capacity
  • Need to raise productivity
  • Need to better utilize all resources
  • Bottlenecks capacity must be increased
  • Reduce large inventories of raw materials and semi-finished product
  • Need to reduce setup times
  • Need to improve speed to counter foreign low costs


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

+- WorkWise ERP Key Features for Metal Fabrication & Component 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

Manufacturing Execution

  • Visual scheduling
  • Shop Floor Control
  • Work in process manager
  • Asset utilization manager, CMMS/EAM
  • Mobile data collection
  • Kanban
  • Kaizen
  • 5s
  • Performance management
  • Human resources
  • Supply chain
  • Inventory management
  • Purchasing
  • Bill of material
  • Engineering change orders
  • JIT

Cost Management

  • Job cost
  • Standard cost
  • Planned vs. Actual

Production Planning

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

Customer Service

  • Quoting and estimating
  • Direct Fulfillment
  • eBusiness and collaboration
  • Customer relationship manager


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

+- WorkWise ERP Software Additional Key Features & Functions

  • Role based screens and applications
  • Back flushing
  • Blanket purchase orders
  • Customer collaboration portal
  • Shop order explosion
  • Matrix bills
  • Rule base configurations
  • Features and options
  • What if … quotes
  • Multi-level pricing
  • Smooth forecast error
  • Substitutes and alternatives
  • Family forecasting
  • Multi-level quotes and estimates
  • Serialized inventory

+- WorkWise ERP Solution Benefits

  • Responsiveness to changing market demands
  • Ability to offer innovative approaches, products and prices for your customers
  • Control over the complex operations at every level
  • Improved efficiencies across all aspects of the organization
  • Extensive cost reductions (inventory, scrap, procurement) by integrating all aspects of the supply chain
  • Lower operational costs (errors, rescheduling, productivity)
  • Closely connected customer relationships and service
  • Leaner processes
  • Improved customer fulfillment
  • Higher quality

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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