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Manufacturing Workbench


Logical Simplicity, Massive Capability

Combining Simplicity and Functionality

The Aptean Industrial Manufacturing ERP Manufacturing Workbench (MWB) can be utilized to plan and track all segments of inventory. From forecasting finished items or spare parts to creating a production plan, the Manufacturing Workbench allows complete visibility to all the parts of the planning puzzle.

The Manufacturing Workbench handles items which are processed by MRP to generate a time-phased fulfillment plan as well as consistent demand items which require a simpler ROP methodology. The user has complete query ability to summarize, export, and drill down to the details of material history or shop, customer, or purchase orders.

Manufacturing Workbench Key Features

MRP Planned Orders and Exceptions

MRP Planned Orders and Exceptions

Plan orders and exceptions with the material requirements planning feature.

Customer Back Orders and Later Items

Customer Back Orders and Later Items

Keep records of all customer back orders and later items.

Inventory Re-Order Suggestions

Inventory Re-Order Suggestions

Receive suggestions on the right time for your business to re-order company inventory.

Bill of Material Availability

Bill of Material Availability

Utilize your Bill of Material application simultaneously with the Manufacturing Workbench.

Shop Order Shortages

Shop Order Shortages

Know when shop order shortages occur, to avoid stops in your production schedule.

Negative Inventory

Negative Inventory

Know exactly how much is in your company inventory, especially when it is in the negatives.

MPS Exceptions

MPS Exceptions

Make exceptions for master production scheduling.

The MWB also includes access to all Supplier and Purchase Order Data including the inspection and disposition of purchased materials. For Engineer to Order manufacturers, the MWB includes the Estimating function which enables creation of a complete fully costed planned work order with margin and markups.

Any existing area of the product data base can be copied in the creation of an estimate or alternatively an estimate may be created from a “blank piece of paper”. Once the plan is reviewed and released via the Order Review function of the MWB, the entire execution cycle can be viewed and managed including shop order scheduling and management, and Job Cost Analysis.

Manufacturing Workbench Benefits

  • 360 view of inventory including drill down to all supply and demand
  • Exception analysis of material plan with suggestive corrective actions
  • Review and modification of the production plan before release to the plant and suppliers
  • Supplier analysis including performance and volume pricing
  • What if analysis of production estimates to test the effects of changes in material prices and/or labor on margins
  • Shop Load Analysis with exception management based on user-defined triggers which require action and the ability to change the load or the capacity to smooth variances.

The Original Role-Based ERP Software

Role-Based ERP Workbenches by WorkWise are an innovation that allows the user to assemble all the modules and applications necessary to fit a particular role or task into a single view. Everything is available in one view, sharing the items of interest with multiple functions.

Multi-tier Excel Exports

Export any portion of the Workbench to Excel, including multiple pages.

Advanced Drill Downs

From one screen, quickly drill down to view invoice details and history

Unlimited Search Potential

Create simple searches or specialized queries with advanced criteria.

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


ERP for the Manufacturing Industry

WorkWise has been serving the manufacturing industry for over 15 years, and we understand the unique complexities and challenges it faces. Learn more about the manufacturing industries we serve.

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