First Mes Solution for Eto Manufacturing Announced by Trakware

by Thomas Cutler - Date: 2007-06-06 - Word Count: 427 Share This!

According to Randy Richel, P.Eng., CEO and General Manager of TRAKware (, "Unlike typical MES (manufacturing execution systems) designed for repetitive manufacturers, TRAKware is the first MES technology expressly designed and built from a manufacturing centric perspective. Unlike some systems that start with an accounting focus and add-on manufacturing functionality, TRAKware has been specifically designed to meet the needs of project-based manufacturers. We focus on collecting real-time information at the point of transaction."

The term engineer-to-order (ETO) denotes a style of manufacturing rather than a specific industry segment. Other synonymous terms are "project-based" or "custom" manufacturers. ETO companies typically have distinct characteristics about the way they conduct business that differentiate them from discrete or repetitive manufacturers.

ETO companies build unique products designed to customer specifications. Each product requires a unique set of item numbers, bills of material, and routings. Estimates and quotations are required to win business. Products are complex with long lead times, typically months or even years. Unlike standard products, the customer is heavily involved throughout the entire design and manufacturing process. Engineering changes are a way of life. Material is purchased not for inventory but for a specific project. All actual costs are allocated to a project and tracked against the original estimate. Once complete, the product is typically installed at the customer's site. In most cases, aftermarket services continue throughout the life of the product.

TRAKware provides an integrated solution for Manufacturing, Planning, and Control (MPC) functions such as:

- estimating
- order entry
- project execution
- scheduling
- shop floor data collection
- purchasing/receiving
- shipping/invoicing
- job costing
- financial analysis
- accounting

TRAKware Systems is the worldwide leader in manufacturing execution system (MES) solutions for engineer-to-order (ETO) and project-based manufacturers maximizing both profitability and productivity. TRAKware specializes in lean business-critical functions such as estimating, advanced scheduling, job costing, production management and labor as well as material shop floor data collection. TRAKware software fully integrates with existing ERP systems, as well as major software providers for financials, engineering design, optimization, payroll and wireless interaction for mobile workers. TRAKware recognizes ETO manufacturing as a process and includes a wide range of industry sectors including Architectural Woodworking, Cabinets, Store Fixtures, Doors and Windows, Furniture, Oil and Gas Fabrication, Solid Surface, Metal Fabrication, Yachts-building, and Custom Electronics.

Founded in 1995, TRAKware's partners include Microsoft, Oracle, ADP, Sage, and SolidWorks, Dell and TouchSystems. TRAKware software allows any manufacturer with unique requirements of a custom engineered-to-order business, in any industry, to have total control of each and every order through the plant. TRAKware is the leader in delivering innovative Manufacturing, Planning, and Control (MPC) solutions for project-based manufacturers.

Related Tags: eto, engineer-to-order, scheduling software, estimating software, manufacturing execution systems, mes, project-based manufacturing eto erp, woodworking software, fabrication software

TRAKware Systems Inc.
Randy Richel, CEO

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