Learn how the world-leading OEM engine tooling provider, Rhinestahl, leveraged Epicor Kinetic to improve efficiency.

Rhinestahl Case Study

Epicor ERP is adding more capabilities for integration with the release of Epicor Automation Studio, a low-code/no-code integration platform as a service aimed at average business users. Automation Studio enables organizations to integrate their Epicor products and automate workflows end-to-end across apps, data, and teams.

The Challenge

By not implementing integrations, employees at enterprise organizations can’t access the data they need in the apps they use every day, such as Salesforce, ADP, and ServiceNow. This creates data silos, where employees are forced to: search for data across apps, re-enter data several times, and constantly context switch across applications to accomplish tasks.

Learn more about Epicor Automation Studio below:

Epicor Automation Studio

As workers increasingly take stock of their careers and their lives, the manufacturing industry is experiencing challenges attracting and retaining skilled labor. From March-April 2020, there was an 11% lag in employment for manufacturing. Some industry segments rebounded well by the end of 2020, but two years on there are still nearly 500,000 open manufacturing jobs.

Technology solutions, like manufacturing execution systems (MES), can help manufacturers address the labor shortage intelligently with faster, easier ways to onboard new workers, collect and share data, and monitor processes and performance to make critical adjustments that improve operations and productivity. Technology is also attractive to a new generation of workers who are already digitally fluent and expect to use digital tools on the job. Given a choice between multiple job offers, 91% of Gen Z candidates say the technology offered by an employer would be a factor in their decision.

Here’s a closer look at three areas where MES can help your business operate more smoothly with the resources you have and the new workers you bring on board.

1. Speed up Employee Onboarding

Turnover is common in manufacturing as seasonal work and other demands keep workers coming and going. But to meet production demands, manufacturers need staff levels to remain as stable as possible, which means every new worker has to get up to speed fast.

MES can operate as a virtual onboarding tool for new workers, providing training documentation and videos, work instructions and drawings, process steps, and on-demand assistance through an easy-to-use touch-screen interface. As workers advance through onboarding and training, MES can also manage their skills and capabilities to let businesses know when workers are ready to run a machine or can be scheduled on specific work cells.

MES makes hiring and training easier by helping workers ramp up quickly so manufacturers can operate as expected, no matter the circumstances.

2. Efficiently Collect and Share Data

Manufacturing workers deal with data all the time, but much of it is handled through manual methods like tracking down part numbers, images, and drawings, making calculations, or writing information down on paper by hand. These manual methods create undue complexity for new workers and increase the risk of errors and delays—all of which impact productivity.

MES streamlines data collection, sharing, and reporting by automating changeovers, part counts, and parts fulfillment that can reduce human error and time wasted hunting for information. Automated, accurate, real-time data collection also gives manufacturers much-needed visibility into inventory, part availability, and machine performance to better understand what’s happening on the shop floor.

MES not only unburdens workers from manual, error-prone data processes that hurt job satisfaction, it also helps manufacturers make better business decisions to improve operations and reduce overhead and labor.

3. Improve Processes and Performance

Collecting data on processes helps manufacturers understand the production environment so they can monitor the issues and variables that impact the rest of the production line or even the end customer. The problem is that relying on physical inspections and quality checks for process monitoring is time-consuming and inefficient.

MES automates process monitoring through statistical process and quality control methodologies and part quantification. The software can be programmed to stop a machine or turn on an alarm when necessary. Data is collected from each operator to understand their efficiency and experience levels, identify where more training may be necessary, and reward top-performing workers. Automated process monitoring and performance analytics also allow manufacturers to understand the number of workers and shifts that are needed to meet production demand.

MES allows machine operators to focus their time on production and performing a job well, instead of cumbersome quality checks, while giving you valuable insight into your labor and hiring needs.

MES is Today’s Answer to Manufacturing Labor Challenges

The volatility of the manufacturing labor market may not let up anytime soon, but it doesn’t have to derail your business. MES technology provides a path forward, giving you the digital tools and information you need to swiftly and successfully bring on new workers and make more efficient and productive use of your current workforce. Better data around processes and performance improves day-to-day operations on the shop floor and uncovers specific labor needs. MES can even help you reduce your labor footprint by turning over the most repetitive and inefficient tasks to automated technology solutions.

The transition to Industry 4.0 and smart factory technology is already underway. MES can help you get there with less disruption and more confidence.

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Recently Epicor reached a new cloud milestone: 1,000 Epicor Kinetic customers have chosen cloud. That’s over 82,000 daily users in 105 countries transacting over 100,000 jobs a day for over 1 million tasks a week.

Epicor has made it a goal to become “The cloud vendor of choice in the markets we serve.” This milestone represents Epicor and Encompass’ combined success in transitioning technology, business models, and culture to transform businesses to be successful in the cloud.

Customers and the market have taken notice. Recently, an Epicor Kinetic customer posted this statement in the peer reviews for Gartner,

“Switching to Epicor and as a SaaS has allowed us to advance our ability and continue our growth. It is completely scalable for our business and has been great for our ability to integrate our business processes.” Director of ERP Systems, Industry: Manufacturing, Firm Size: 50M-250M

The good news moving forward is that driving growth through cloud business propels us all forward at a higher velocity and offers new opportunities in the process.

Who is the 1,000th cloud customer on Epicor Kinetic?

VPI Technology Group is a multi-discipline technology firm, specializing in electronic design services, engineering, prototyping, certification and testing services, and electronics manufacturing. Epicor Solutions for Electronics and High Tech delivered what this service and manufacturing firm in the Electronics market needed. With rapid growth plans that include acquisition targets in the future, the need for ERPs to manage their distributed business became a priority. A key driver for their decision to choose Epicor Kinetic was our Government Cloud offering that supports their requirements for CMMC, simplifying their ability to stay in compliance with the Department of Defense (DOD).

“As a government contractor, it was essential to select an ERP that offered world-class security and compliance. Epicor Kinetic in Azure gives VPI many assurances. It can accommodate data subject to various US government regulations and requirements, allowing us to transform mission-critical workloads to the cloud.”

“Of all the systems our committee evaluated, Epicor Kinetic was rated as the most easy-to-navigate and easy-to-use system, which factored heavily into our ERP decision. The rich UI for the development and integration tools was also a key factor in our decision-making process.”

Jerry Scott, Chief Operating Officer | VPI Technology Group

About Encompass Solutions

Encompass Solutions is a business and software consulting firm that specializes in ERP systems, EDI, and Managed Services support for Manufacturers. Serving small and medium-sized businesses since 2001, Encompass modernizes operations and automates processes for hundreds of customers across the globe. Whether undertaking full-scale implementation, integration, or renovation of existing systems, Encompass provides a specialized approach to every client’s needs. By identifying customer requirements and addressing them with the right solutions, we ensure our clients are equipped to match the pace of the Industry.


Epicor Insights 2022 will be taking place in Nashville, Tennessee at the Gaylord Opryland Resort and Convention Center from May 23 to May 26, 2022. The full agenda, along with extended education classes, for Insights will be released in early 2022.  Below is the schedule at-a-glance so you can plan your trip to Nashville!

  • Sunday, May 22: Extended Education
  • Monday, May 23: Extended Education & Welcome Reception
  • Tuesday, May 24: Welcome Keynote, Breakout Sessions & Wine & Cheese Reception
  • Wednesday, May 25: Guest Speaker Keynote, Breakout Sessions, Evening Party
  • Thursday, May 26: Breakout Sessions

Epicor Insights Registration

Insights attendance is limited to current Epicor customers, authorized partners, and guests only. Early-bird discounts are available for a limited time.

Early-bird Epicor Customer / Epicor Authorized Partner rate – $1,495.00 (Early-bird pricing expires February 18, 2022)

Register for Epicor Insights 2022 by clicking HERE.

Conference Package

The Insights 2022 experience includes:

  • Welcome Reception on Monday evening, May 23, 2022

Conference activities May 24 – 26 include:

  • Learning via keynote and general sessions, breakout sessions, and hands-on labs
  • Meals include daily continental breakfast, lunch, and break refreshments
  • Epicor Solutions Pavilion exhibit hall and giveaways
  • Wine and Cheese Reception on Tuesday evening, May 24
  • Insights 2022 Dinner and Entertainment on Wednesday evening, May 25

Optional items you can add to your registration package include:

  • Additional Guest Meals Pass – $350.00
  • Additional Keynote Speaker Pass – $75.00
  • Additional Guest Final Night Dinner and Entertainment Pass – $150.00
  • Printed Eclipse Lab Book – $25.00
  • Printed Kinetic (the new name for Epicor ERP) Lab Book – $25.00
  • Printed Prophet 21 Lab Book – $25.00

Epicor Insights Hotel and Venue

This year, Epicor Insights 2022 will be held at:

Gaylord Opryland Resort & Convention Center
(615) 889-1000
2800 Opryland Dr, Nashville, TN 37214

Click here to book at the discounted rate at the Gaylord Opryland: 

Be sure to book before Wednesday, April 20, 2022, to secure your discounted rate!

  • Discounted room rate at the Gaylord is $219.00 plus a daily resort fee of $20.00 and any applicable taxes and fees
  • A Daily Resort Fee of $20 plus applicable taxes will be added to each guest room. The daily resort fee includes:
    • High-speed in-room wireless internet access
    • Unlimited local and domestic long-distance calls
    • Daily scheduled shuttle service to Grand Ole Opry House, Opry Mills, General Jackson Showboat & The Inn at Opryland
    • Fitness Center access
    • Bottled water (2 daily) replenished once daily with housekeeping service
    • Daily credit of up to $10 per room towards dry cleaning (credit not cumulative through stay)
    • Gaylord Springs Golf Links practice range access, a daily bucket of balls, and shuttle
    • Wildhorse Saloon cover charge for up to 4 guests (some restrictions may apply)
    • Opry Mills Savings Passport worth hundreds of dollars in savings

*Please note that Insights attendance is limited to current Epicor customers, authorized partners, and guests only.  Full conference registration includes all conference sessions, access to the Solutions Pavilion, meals, and evening events. All conference sessions and meals will take place at the Gaylord Opryland Resort & Convention Center.

Please contact events@epicor.com with questions.

About Encompass Solutions

Encompass Solutions is a business and software consulting firm that specializes in ERP systems, EDI, and Managed Services support for Manufacturers. Serving small and medium-sized businesses since 2001, Encompass modernizes operations and automates processes for hundreds of customers across the globe. Whether undertaking full-scale implementation, integration, or renovation of existing systems, Encompass provides a specialized approach to every client’s needs. By identifying customer requirements and addressing them with the right solutions, we ensure our clients are equipped to match the pace of the Industry.


Collaboration tools for manufacturers are an unsung hero of the sales cycle. However, the benefits of collaboration don’t start and stop at the bottom line. Employee stress diminishes considerably when collaboration and communication are seamless between departments. Connect your business like never before and foster a culture of collaboration in the workplace to discover just how efficiently your organization can operate with everyone on the same page and working with the same data.

Modern Collaboration Tools for Better Efficiency

Build collaboration across a tech-savvy workforce with Epicor Collaborate—the messaging platform for a connected workforce. Simple and easy to use, Collaborate has the familiarity of popular digital messaging tools—with powerful features designed for business.

  • Familiar concepts like tagging, liking, and sharing help promote cooperation and engagement
  • Cloud deployment offers easy access for a remote workforce on desktop and mobile devices
  • Secure, scalable messaging enabled by powerful Azure tools helps you maintain confidentiality

In less than a day, Encompass can teach your team how to use the new tool, and build collaboration with a connected workforce.

The Benefits of Epicor Collaborate

Out of the box, Collaborate comes with pre-built notifications that cover almost everything a business would need. Not only this but setting up notifications is fast and simple.

Managing the alerts you subscribe to as a user is intuitive and handled right from the Kinetic desktop.

You can message users directly, create and message groups, or message users from inside a record that needs their attention and input.  All of this happens inside the ERP system, so there’s no need to clutter email inboxes.

As long as Kinetic users have a Collaborate license and credentials to access it, Encompass consultants can bring your organization online and up to speed in a single day.

For cloud users, set-up is minimal, while on-premise installations will require the expertise of an ERP systems administrator or our own Managed Services team.

Sound like a conversation worth having? Contact Us today using the link below.

About Encompass Solutions

Encompass Solutions is a business and software consulting firm that specializes in ERP systems, EDI, and Managed Services support for Manufacturers. Serving small and medium-sized businesses since 2001, Encompass modernizes operations and automates processes for hundreds of customers across the globe. Whether undertaking full-scale implementation, integration, or renovation of existing systems, Encompass provides a specialized approach to every client’s needs. By identifying customer requirements and addressing them with the right solutions, we ensure our clients are equipped to match the pace of the Industry.


Discover how you can create an empowered community with Epicor Kinetic and Collaborate at the center.

 

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About Encompass Solutions

Encompass Solutions is a business and software consulting firm that specializes in ERP systems, EDI, and Managed Services support for Manufacturers. Serving small and medium-sized businesses since 2001, Encompass modernizes operations and automates processes for hundreds of customers across the globe. Whether undertaking full-scale implementation, integration, or renovation of existing systems, Encompass provides a specialized approach to every client’s needs. By identifying customer requirements and addressing them with the right solutions, we ensure our clients are equipped to match the pace of the Industry.


Quoting and estimating are critical processes for many manufacturers. Many software providers lack support for or fall short in delivering these essential needs. Fortunately, Epicor has teamed up with SecturaSOFT to integrate cutting-edge quoting and estimating tools into the Epicor Kinetic ERP solution.

What is SecturaSOFT?

SecturaSOFT is a software company that develops Multi-Discipline Quoting and Estimating Software. Namely, the SecturaFAB and SecturaPAQ solutions. These solutions are designed around the needs of Fabricated Metals, Metal Services, Industrial Machinery, and Folded Carton manufacturers.

Featuring Breakout Capability, users can leverage easy-to-interpret graphical representation and estimate based on nested cutting carried out by specific equipment. Keep in mind that this software is not nesting software. Rather, it uses nesting logic to show a possible nesting and estimate cutting times based on material and machine.

Notable features include:

  • Nesting Estimation: nesting logic for building quotes in seconds
  • Work Order Integration: easily utilize previously-stored geometry to make a quote into a work order
  • 5-Axis Machining: custom tooling setup for complex machining quotes
  • Kinetic Material Integration: pull in materials data straight from Kinetic

See SecturaSOFT Solutions in Action

You can view the SecturaSOFT solutions, SecturaFAB and SecturaPAQ, in action by clicking on the respective links below.

SecturaFAB demo

SecturaPAQ demo

SecturaSOFT FAQ

If you have further questions, you can review the links FAQ document here or reach out to an Encompass representative using the Contact Us link provided below.

SecturaSOFT FAQ

About Encompass Solutions

Encompass Solutions is a business and software consulting firm that specializes in ERP systems, EDI, and Managed Services support for Manufacturers. Serving small and medium-sized businesses since 2001, Encompass modernizes operations and automates processes for hundreds of customers across the globe. Whether undertaking full-scale implementation, integration, or renovation of existing systems, Encompass provides a specialized approach to every client’s needs. By identifying customer requirements and addressing them with the right solutions, we ensure our clients are equipped to match the pace of the Industry.

 


Experience the look and feel of SecturaSOFT’s quoting and estimating solution for metal manufacturers: SecturaFAB. The tool allows manufacturers to optimize and automate their estimating and quoting activities. SecturaFAB uses graphical representation & nesting logic to optimize the quote generation process for manufacturers primarily in the fabricated metals, metal services, and industrial machinery industries. Below are two short videos that provide an overview of the tool, as well as a spotlight on the configurator tool for OEMs.

 

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About Encompass Solutions

Encompass Solutions is a business and software consulting firm that specializes in ERP systems, EDI, and Managed Services support for Manufacturers. Serving small and medium-sized businesses since 2001, Encompass modernizes operations and automates processes for hundreds of customers across the globe. Whether undertaking full-scale implementation, integration, or renovation of existing systems, Encompass provides a specialized approach to every client’s needs. By identifying customer requirements and addressing them with the right solutions, we ensure our clients are equipped to match the pace of the Industry.


Experience the look and feel of SecturaSOFT’s quoting and estimating solution for packaging customers: SecturaPAQ. The tool allows manufacturers to optimize and automate their packaging, printing, and container cutting activities. SecturaPAQ uses graphical representation & nesting logic to optimize the quote generation process for manufacturers primarily in the folded carton and print & pack industries. Below is a video that provides a high-level overview of the tool.

 

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About Encompass Solutions

Encompass Solutions is a business and software consulting firm that specializes in ERP systems, EDI, and Managed Services support for Manufacturers. Serving small and medium-sized businesses since 2001, Encompass modernizes operations and automates processes for hundreds of customers across the globe. Whether undertaking full-scale implementation, integration, or renovation of existing systems, Encompass provides a specialized approach to every client’s needs. By identifying customer requirements and addressing them with the right solutions, we ensure our clients are equipped to match the pace of the Industry.

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