Akey software used in MRP is the E2 Shop System. This software hasbeen considered by many business operators as the leading shopmanagement system that exists in the market today. The software hashelped more than 5000 shops achieve more profits through taking themanagement of their shop floor (NTMA, 2012). The E2 Shop System isusually designed for machine shops, job shops and is made to makeorder to manufacturers who need assistance on the shop floor anddesire to keep using their QuickBooks. This software can be utilizedin handling different shop floor needs outlined below
AccurateQuoting: this software helps users in obtaining quotes out fast andaccurate. This is made possible since it is easy to view the pastestimates, which can be used as reference for the new quote. Thismeans that it is possible to email new quotes to a customerexceedingly fast.
OrderEntry: when using the E2 Shop Software, it is possible to turn thequote right into an order with just a click. The routing and bill ofmaterials come out automatically without the need of double clicking.
MaterialsManagement: the software assists users in setting re-order levels onmaterials or items that they do not want to run out of. This helps indirect purchase of materials or stock for the shop.
Scheduling:this software helps users in scheduling. When using this software, itis feasible to know where the bottlenecks are, which is critical inmaking adjustments to schedules prior to affecting customer duedates.
QualityControl: this software has the capacity of integrating qualitymanagement into its system, which aids in quality control such as thetracking of non-conformances and document control.
JobTracking/Costing: E2 system is considered as the only real timesystem which can automatically update job costing with labor as wellas material posted from shop floor.
E2emerges as the only shop management system that offers shop ownerstwo alternatives when it comes to the interface with QuickBooks(NTMA, 2012). The first is the real time alternative where all itemssync up automatically without any additional keystrokes. The otheralternative is that it allows users to review every item first priorto syncing up. Therefore, E2 system is given a priority over othershop management systems by users. The E2 Shop system has the abilityto handle job costing, quoting, scheduling, performance analysis,inventory, purchasing, shipping, bar and data collection, quality andcontract management (NTMA, 2012). A screen shot of the E2 shop systemsoftware is as indicated in the following illustration
Thecost of the software varies however, the products can be installedin a business at a starting price of $4,995, which is one-time cost.The product features of the E2 shop system and its uses can make mewillingly accept the use of the software. In case, I was to choose ashop management system, I would automatically go for the E2 shopsystem software. This is because of the advantages it is associatedwith first, when using the software, it can be easily integratedwith QuickBooks which is an added benefit because one does not needto quit using QuickBooks in case he was using. Furthermore, thesoftware has the ability of improving the profits this emanates fromits quality management use.
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