This is a story about extraordinary innovation. About how a small commercial manufacturing company in Lexington, Kentucky transformed into an international industry leader by making daring decisions. When they adopted their provocative name, it was a spark that ignited a fire. Innovation followed by growth, followed by more innovation. Now, they use data driven manufacturing as a standard way to operate. See how Big Ass Fans transformed manufacturing fans into high-tech solutions for customers.

 

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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, and 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 Industry.


As an automotive parts or components manufacturer, you may be both encouraged and challenged by a growing number of trends in the automotive marketplace. From disruptive trends in product developments—such as electric vehicles, advanced assistance and safety capabilities, and driverless vehicles—to trade tariff increases, regulation changes, and higher interest rates, it’s apparent that change is in the air.

Production trends show that manufacturing of most motor vehicles is on the rise—at least for SUVs, crossovers, pick-up trucks, and commercial trucks. Conversely, production is down for cars and medium-duty trucks. Ford surprised some when it announced scaling back significantly on its car offerings, continuing production on only two car models in order to focus more attention on its SUVs, crossovers, trucks, and commercial vehicles.

How these trends will shape the future of the automotive industry and the manufacturers that supply them remains to be seen. As an industry insider, you know that multiple factors can add up to affect the automotive industry in complex ways. New trends and the risks, opportunities, and challenges associated with them were examined recently during a presentation hosted by Today’s Motor Vehicles1 and sponsored by Epicor® Software. Read on for an overview of what’s shaping today’s auto vehicle industry.

 

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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 and Distributors. 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, and 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 Industry.


As our world changes, we’re becoming more connected in all aspects of our personal and professional lives. While the number of connected devices increases, the cost of technology is decreasing, and fundamentally changing our expectations. The pervasive use of smartphones, smartwatches, and home virtual assistants serves up a steady stream of information that keeps us always connected to nearly whatever and whoever we choose. Now, facilities are increasingly becoming connected—like connected cars, connected cities, and connected flights. That means organizations are also creating new connections—like connected factories, warehouses, and machines, as well as the underlying software—to innovate how they leverage data for productivity gains, savings, and revenue growth.

 

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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 and Distributors. 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, and 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 Industry.


It’s important for American manufacturers to stay current if they wish to remain successful. Positioning yourself for growth means looking to the future and gaining efficiencies through new technologies. That’s why this question may be the most important one for your business— are you a future-ready manufacturer?

Before you can adequately answer that question, you and the members of your organization need to know the answers to these three questions

 

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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 and Distributors. 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, and 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 Industry.


Headquartered in Salt Lake City, Utah, Traeger Grills specializes in the design and manufacture of wood pellet grilling systems that bypass conventional propane and charcoal burner capabilities—creating healthy foods with a flavorful, smoky taste.

Offering a complete line of grills, hardwood pellets, sauces, and accessories, Traeger surpassed its own expectations by increasing year-to-year sales by nearly 40 percent over the last three years. Among the driving forces behind this sales boost was an expanded retail channel consisting of big box and specialty dealers, online venues, and specialty events that dramatically generated greater awareness among key audiences—ranging from barbecue enthusiasts to world-renowned chefs.

Success Highlights

Challenges

  • Easily fulfill a dramatic increase in orders generated from new markets and expanded sales channels

Solution

  • Epicor® ERP Cloud

Benefits

  • Reduce delivery times and costs
  • Identify stock availability and location in real-time
  • Quickly secure additional IT resources during peak times with minimal expense
  • Shifted IT from a capital expenditure to an operational expenditure

 

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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 and Distributors. 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, and 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 Industry.


Founded in India in 1972, A.C. Brothers is a market leader in gifts and home accessories. Today, the company makes hard goods such as wooden and metal designer home furniture and accessories using the traditional skills of local artisans. The company’s goal is to supply top quality accessories and furniture with international designs—all while building strong ties with its customers.

Success Highlights

Challenges

  • Lacked a single source of data throughout the supply chain.

Solution

  • Epicor® ERP

Benefits

  • Delivered accurate business data to improve decision-making
  • Increased production through more efficient use of resources
  • Reduced customer delivery delays from 18% to 14%
  • Freed up capital and space with 5% reduction in inventory carrying costs
  • Vastly improved customer and supplier satisfaction

 

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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 and Distributors. 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, and 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 Industry.


Founded in 2009, Aimtron is a highly sophisticated printed circuit board assembly (PCBA) manufacturer that delivers thermal management technology to verticals such as medical, military, automotive, consumer, commercial, gaming, and alternative energy. Its capabilities range from small, rapid-turn prototypes to high-volume domestic and offshore manufacturing.

Success Highlights

Challenges

  • Inability to plan at group level because of poor alignment across different departments
  • Legacy system could not cope with new acquisitions
  • Inadequate supply chain planning
  • Tough compliance laws

Solution

  • Epicor® ERP

Benefits

  • Increased efficiency with consolidation of data across multiple legal entities and real-time data monitoring
  • Eased compliance with U.S. industry regulations
  • Integrated platforms across the entire supply chain
  • Saved more than seven percent on inventory costs
  • Reduced production staffing costs by 23 percent

 

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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 and Distributors. 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, and 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 Industry.


Baxter Manufacturing—a subsidiary of ITW Food Equipment Group—is a worldwide leader in designing and manufacturing quality cookware and baking equipment. One of the advantages of being owned by the ITW consortium is that the company gives subsidiaries like Baxter resources to succeed, yet also lets them choose their own technology systems. Several other ITW companies also successfully rely on Epicor ERP to grow their business, but Baxter stands out for staying on the leading edge of the system and being an expert in how to leverage the technology to help its customers create authentic experiences for consumers.

Success Highlights

Challenges

  • Dated ERP system lacked the flexibility to accommodate the business’ fast pace

Solution

  • Epicor® ERP

Benefits

  • Reduced production lead time from 2 months to 1 day
  • Offered out-of-the-box functionality with easy-to-use data mining capabilities
  • Provided real-time information with a 360-degree view of the business
  • Helped identify business opportunities with existing customers through manufacturing resource planning (MRP) and customer relationship management (CRM) modules

 

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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 and Distributors. 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, and 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 Industry.


Bench Dogs specializes in manufacturing custom-designed point-of-purchase and retail displays. This includes the manufacture of permanent store fixtures—created to make an impact on the merchandising environment. Most recently, these services were expanded with the addition of commercial case, wood cabinetry, and millwork for the regional construction industry.

Success Highlights

Challenges

  • Bolster infrastructure with an ERP solution that has the functionality and flexibility needed to support continued growth

Solution

  • Epicor® ERP

Benefits

  • Fostered 60 percent growth over the last year alone
  • Allowed users to retrieve and store finite levels of detail on a job-by-job basis
  • Improved profits by better anticipating overhead, costs, and labor deviations
  • Drove process improvements that boosted profits and lowered expenses
  • Offered greater daily visibility throughout the business
  • Backed up and stored essential data in the cloud

 

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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 and Distributors. 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, and 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 Industry.


Big Ass Fans first made its mark selling massive ceiling fans that spun slowly but moved astounding amounts of air thanks to aerodynamically friendly designs. The fans kept large spaces that lacked air conditioning—such as factories and dairy barns—feeling cool and comfortable.

After an extensive search, the company landed on Epicor ERP, which has proven capable of growing alongside the company.

Success Highlights

Challenges

  • Streamline production
  • Identify cost savings across the supply chain

Solution

  • Epicor® ERP

Benefits

  • Identified cost savings in the supply chain
  • Enabled changes to production schedule in real time
  • Allowed for growth through procurement solutions
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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 and Distributors. 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, and 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 Industry.