JOBSCOPE Metal Fabrication Software Increases Revenue
Jobscope metal fabrication software is the manufacturing ERP software that Engineered Products Pallet Rack uses to manage all aspects of it steel fabrication business. Engineered Products Pallet Rack is a metal fabrication manufacturing company that designs, manufactures, and installs material handling systems, including Pallet Racks, AS/RS Mini Loads, AS/RS Unit Loads, AS/RS Rack Supported Buildings, Carton Flow Rack, and Pallet Flow Rack. All material handling systems manufactured by EP are either made to order or engineered to order for a specific customer order.
At EP, every project must be meticulously engineered, and budgets carefully prepared for all aspects of the job.
The first step in the life of Pallet Rack jobs is quoting a system to meet the customer’s requirements. Once the project is received, a job is opened in Jobscope metal fabrication software, and the engineering department proceeds with the work required to get the materials on order, and to generate the work orders required for the manufacturing effort. Engineers charge their time to the particular phase of the pallet rack project on which they are working. The manufacturing work is put into the schedule and as the materials begin to arrive, they are staged in job inventory and charged to the job. At the appointed time, the manufacturing process begins. Shop personnel do the work, and charge their time to the work order on which they are working. Jobscope applies the labor costs against the appropriate budget automatically.
The pallet rack work is divided into manufacturing and shipping releases to insure that the equipment arrives at the jobsite as it is needed. Each release is a truckload of equipment. The on-site installation work begins as the first materials arrive and on-site installation personnel charge their time to the job as well. Shipping releases for the later parts of the installation may still be in the shop even as the first releases are installed.
Jobs in Jobscope metal fabrication software may be linked together under a single contract. At EP, three jobs are normally opened under a single contract for each pallet rack job, one for the engineering work, one for the manufacturing, and one for the installation. When the engineering work is complete, that job is closed. The same is true for the manufacturing job and installation job. Subsequent service order jobs or contracts are opened in the months and years after the original job is closed.
On the financial side, Engineered Products uses JOBSCOPE for all accounting functions in the company. This includes accounts payable, accounts receivable, progress billings, percentage completion accounting, balance sheets, payroll integration, income statements, invoicing, project cost control, pallet rack cost accounting, cash flow statements and general ledger.
Detailed general ledger activity that reflects current assets, liabilities, revenue and expense items is created monthly for management analysis. Balance sheets and income statements are derived from the general ledger to provide more detailed views of finances. Using JOBSCOPE to track all job costs, trial balances can be easily generated to serve as analysis tools of accounting activity to detect any financial errors. Departmental income statements provide cost break-downs in each department giving Engineered Products a true cost picture across numerous categories.
“With JOBSCOPE metal fabrication software, we’ve been able to track all of our costs for any pallet rack job,” says Tommy Sinclair, Vice President for Engineered Products. “It is a great fit for metal fabrication and every aspect of or manufacturing processes are handled by JOBSCOPE. For us, it’s easy to see where we are at any time for any job.”
For purchasing activity, JOBSCOPE metal fabrication manufacturing software tracks the entire process thru its mrp software system. As soon as purchase orders are received, they are entered into JOBSCOPE. Parts and materials received at Engineered Product’s shipping dock are immediately scanned into JOBSCOPE for job cost management. Labels are then printed, placed on the part and either stocked or assigned to a project using JOBSCOPE’s bill of materials functionality.
Reports and analysis are simple. Within JOBSCOPE, Engineered Products can easily see the dollar value of materials ordered, track vendor performance or view on-hand and received materials versus outstanding and open purchase orders. JOBSCOPE’s inventory management functionality allows Engineered Products to run valuation reports based on data in the system. Delivery time projections can then be made by analysis of project schedules and the availability of materials required to complete each stage of a special order.
The task of locating parts has also been made efficient through JOBSCOPE. Searching for parts and knowing where to find them by project or storage location is a simple procedure. With this level of functionality, JOBSCOPE gives metal fabrication companies like Engineered Products true visibility into all inventory areas and associated cost details. Plant shutdowns for inventory counts that once took a week have now been reduced to two days. And, at job completion, Engineered Products is able to look at all costs involved with a project at every stage.
“JOBSCOPE metal fabrication software gives us complete job costing information which is critical to efficiently running a metal fabrication business,” says David Shupe, President of Engineered Products. “Having immediate access to real-time cost information is key to our operations and future growth of the company. JOBSCOPE manufacturing software is made for metal fabrication companies build to order and that is exactly what we do.”
With over 30 years industry experience, Engineered Products knows what it takes to provide quality workmanship and superior customer service. The company is committed to delivering the engineered-to-order material storage solutions and pallet racks that meet the specialized needs of their customers. JOBSCOPE will continue to be counted on as the manufacturing software system that helps the business grow.
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