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Manufacturing Software to Help Streamline Production

The integration of Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) systems with Manufacturing Execution Systems (MES) is crucial.

Manufacturing Software to Streamline Machine Shop Production: Introducing StartProto

The traditional Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) system, while foundational, often falls short in addressing the needs of modern machine shops. This is where StartProto steps in, offering a comprehensive all-in-one solution that seamlessly merges ERP with Manufacturing Execution Systems (MES), quality management, and regulatory compliance. Let's delve deeper into how StartProto is capturing both users' attention and industry accolades.

Beyond Traditional Production Management Systems

ERP-style manufacturing software systems have long been the backbone of large-scale digital operational environments, managing resources and ensuring smooth workflows. However, small and mid-sized manufacturing businesses are tired of hunting for a more efficient and well-integrated software that meets their unique needs. 

The StartProto team recognized this and designed a solution that took the often over-complex, unfriendly, and broad applications of the traditional ERP and overhauled it for machine shops and small manufacturers. No one does job shop ERP systems better.

All-in-One Manufacturing Software Solutions

StartProto is an integrated platform that brings together all the essential elements of job shop planning, scheduling, and control. 

  • Streamlined quoting
  • Purchasing suggestions
  • Item definition
  • Production planning
  • Workflow routing
  • Prioritized task scheduling
  • Inventory monitoring
  • Shipping management

It's the future of small business manufacturing software, designed for the modern job shop.

Integrating Manufacturing Execution Systems (MES):

Manufacturing isn't just about planning; it's about execution. StartProto's MES capabilities ensure that every step of the production process — from ordering raw materials to shipping out the finished products — is tracked, optimized, and executed flawlessly.‍

Unified Information & Documentation on All Production Needs

One of the standout features of StartProto is its ability to bring together information and communications across various aspects of production, from quoting to scheduling, under one umbrella.

Bill of Materials (BOM) & Routings: With StartProto, creating, updating, and duplicating BOM and routing processes is a breeze. Our machine shop management software allows users to define routing steps seamlessly while building their BOM, ensuring that every detail is captured.
Drag-and-Drop Scheduling: This intuitive feature lets users easily add material and routing steps to the BOM & Routing. This not only simplifies the scheduling process but also provides insights into how different elements impact the overall cost.

Harnessing the Power of Automation

StartProto MRP does more than consolidate machine shop management processes. It makes them smarter.

One-Click Scheduling: Gone are the days of manual scheduling. With its advanced heuristic algorithms, StartProto can automatically schedule tasks, taking into account various factors such as machine availability, shift times, and job priorities.
Purchasing Planning: Once a deal is clinched, StartProto jumps into action, informing you about the materials you need to order and their timelines. This ensures that production never hits a snag due to lack of supplies.

Enhanced Communication and Costing Insights

Effective communication is a cornerstone of any successful operation. StartProto keeps everyone connected with an integrated, lean manufacturing software that’s quick to access — whether you’re in the back office or on the production floor. Machinists, operators, production managers, and everyone else stays equipped with linked digital tools that foster better communication and efficient job tracking.

Customer RFQ: In a customer-centric manufacturing environment, StartProto allows customers to access quotes directly through an online portal, making the entire process transparent and efficient.
Live Job Tracking: Teams can now have a real-time view of operation progress and costing. This feature is also synced to sales reporting, ensuring that every stakeholder is on the same page.

The Best Manufacturing Software For Machine Shops

There’s no need to settle for the frustrations of inefficient legacy manufacturing software or the multi-layered complexity of enterprise systems that work best in massive factory environments. You can leverage a purpose-built, custom manufacturing software solution that aims to revolutionize the productivity of machine shops — and grow with you.

By automating complex tasks, enhancing communication, and providing real-time insights, you can set new standards in production efficiency. Take your machine shop operations to the next level with StartProto.

Greg Finnegan

Growth Lead