ACCURATE quoting times in the competitive sheet metal market has been cited as a major productivity asset in this competitive industry by national supplier Select Metal Fabrications.
The sheet metal manufacturer and powder coater has maintained its markets in recent years through accurate time estimates on jobs that meet just-in-time expectations of its customer base.
"We don't have export markets ourselves, but a lot of our clients do have export markets and it is critical that we quote manufacturing times as accurately as possible to fit their rigid schedules," said Select Metal Fabrication's Neil Fitzgerald.
"With more than 40 employees running two shifts 15 hours a day from 6am to 10pm, there is pressure on us to perform economically as well."
Amid the testing time experienced in recent years by the manufacturing sector, the company has grown its business since 1993 with the aid of ManuSoft DRC (dynamic resource control) software.
Select Metal has been able to triple its output, citing the software as a means to achieve growth through quicker and accurate quoting while in the knowledge of where individual items and jobs are on the shop floor.
Touchscreen-operated ManuSoft DRC can recommend stock purchases to match jobs, operate and control production lines, slot each and every job into a busy schedule, function across various integrated process lines, price and invoice jobs, and work out time taken per employee on each run to calculate accurate labour costs.
It is modular and covers the complete range of manufacturing activities from job quoting, through production control, stock and inventory control and onto product dispatch.
Continuous training upkeeps operator expertise. As software develops, access is given to free upgrades.
"ManuSoft can cope with as much as you put in when the work is at highest demand," said Mr Fitzgerald.
"If your time quoting is reasonably accurate, you get a much better understanding of large contracts and are far more prepared to take them on.
"We upgrade with each new version of ManuSoft that comes out every 12-18 months."