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SOFTWARE UPDATE


companies who are frustrated with their current cumbersome shop-management systems. What gets measured gets improved; without measurable data, a company cannot intelligently make the decisions that are needed. This is a tool that captures data to measure ef- ficiencies, throughputs, machine and employee performance, and ultimately profits. The software takes a talented machin- ist and guides them to become a great business person. The future of America’s small and medium-sized machine shops and metalworking manufacturers rests on how fast they adopt the latest technology.


Whether you call it Enterprise Resource Planning [ERP], or just describe it as ‘software to help you run your machine shop,’ the manufacturing companies that are using these tools are growing faster and building more stability than those who choose not to. It’s like driving a car while trying to


decipher a map instead of using GPS. ME: What are job shops looking for most in their shop- floor ERP software?


Sakuta: Business owners looking for an ERP solution have typically been spending the vast majority of their time chasing paper and striving to be more efficient in managing daily aspects of their business from quoting, purchasing and planning. They know that to make the critical decisions to grow their businesses they must have measurable data and an integrated technology solution that frees up time so they can focus on what makes them the best at what they do. The successful shop owner understands that to be-


come profitable they need the following: the right customer; customers who will pay the right price for a quality product; the right employee; employees who maintain efficiencies and machine good parts; the right machine; machines that will manufacture the part at the lowest cost; the right price; quot- ing the price with an acceptable profit; the right data; captur-


ing the data to make sure that the first four needs are met. ME: How easy is it to get started using this ERP system? Sakuta: Start-up and implementation times vary based on the size of a company. We’ve had companies running


Let Mitutoyo Help Find Your Solution


Measurement Solutions custom tailored to your needs, from full turnkey automated inspections systems to part holding fixtures, our team of engineers are available to help you maximize your Mitutoyo Quality investment. Let us find your Solution.


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