From Shop to Shop Management Software Provider
A co-founder of a machine shop that developed its own web-based shop management software explains why the decision was made to sell the shop and go into the software business.
ProCNC is a shop I’ve written about a couple of times. In “Creating A Machine Shop Franchise Template,” I describe how the shop applied basic franchising concepts to maximize efficiency in all aspects of its business. In “Committed to Kaizen,” I explain why the shop devoted 5 percent of company time to continuous improvement activities.
One interesting aspect of this shop is that it developed a web-based shop management system for its own internal use. But after agreeing to sell its system to a nearby shop called Sealth Aero Marine and seeing how Sealth benefitted from it, the decision was made to get out of the machine shop business and into the software business by forming Adion Systems.
Adion calls its software ProShop. Since implementing this web-based shop management system, Sealth’s annual sales have increased 125 percent while its workforce has increased by only 15 percent. Read this story to learn more about how it benefits from this web-based shop management system, which includes various individual software modules needed to track and manage jobs, work estimates, customers, scheduling, purchasing, costing and quality.
Applying “intelligent algorithms” to part geometry and linking to appropriate sources of other required information can make the job-quoting process faster, more accurate and more likely to be competitive.
A lot of job shops still use a flat shop rate when costing, estimating or quoting. This job shop developed its own software following another approach that is almost as simple but more accurate.
Having fully interactive access to shopfloor control software enables supervisors at metal finishing and repair job shop to monitor shop activities and make better decisions on the spot.