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ERP Solution Improves Productivity

Epicor Software Corporation has announced that Anchor Fabrication, a Texas-based one-stop metal fabrication shop, has improved its productivity by up to 200% through the help of the Epicor ERP solution. "Epicor ERP empowers a frictionless inventory and order management solution offering the flexibility to deliver world-class customer service while taking on a higher volume of daily transactions," said a company spokesperson.

Anchor Fabrication caters to a wide variety of customers with a range of product needs, from plasma- and laser-cutting to machining, welding and assembly work. Headquartered in Fort Worth, TX, Anchor Fabrication has more than 1,000,000 sq. ft. of manufacturing space across six facilities.

"We have built a reputation within the metal fabrication industry based on our efficiency and ability to quickly execute on a variety of services," said Hector Robles, VP of Manufacturing at Anchor Fabrication. "During site visits, customers often tell us they appreciate our ability to quickly look up almost any particular part's manufacturing history along with the number of times we have built those specific parts."

Reduced Order Planning Costs

Epicor ERP allows Anchor Fabrication to combine all work order data into a single job without the need for manual human entry-ultimately reducing order planning costs by over $100,000 each year, according to the company.

"Anchor likes to inform employees with the most concise data and the best information possible for every job that goes to the floor. Epicor really helps to keep all that information together in one spot," said Jason Davis, VP of Sales at Anchor Fabrication.

Anchor Fabrication's rapid delivery of manufacturing orders is due in part to its ability to perform dynamic nesting, made possible by the Epicor ERP platform, which allows the metal shop team to take work orders and perform them concurrently through integration with Service Connect. The software system examines all orders that are assigned to a certain machine and notifies the Anchor Fabrication team if any orders are a fit for simultaneous execution.

"Many metal fabricators only perform a single service-welding, cutting, coating-but Anchor Fabrication saw an opportunity to differentiate itself from the competition. It has strategically positioned itself as an all-in-one metal fabrication service provider, and one that can complete customer orders faster than single-service competitors," said Terri Hiskey, VP of Global Product Marketing at Epicor. "We are very happy to see that our vertical industry specialization and product knowledge and capabilities have enabled Anchor Fabrication to work smarter, not harder-making a marked difference in the company's business, productivity and revenue."

An Adjustable Fit

Anchor Fabrication began using Epicor ERP solutions in 2007 after determining that its previous software solution could not provide the required flexibility when it came to scheduling orders and making needed changes to orders in process.

"Epicor can tailor software solutions to fit the needs of the customer, whereas most ERP solution providers force customers to adapt to their software capabilities," said Steven Pybus, VP of Engineering at Anchor Fabrication. "They have a support team that really knows the product and solution."

For more information contact:

Anchor Fabrication

1200 Lawson Road

Ft. Worth, TX 76131


Epicor Software Corporation

804 Las Cimas Parkway

Austin, TX 78746

800-999-1809 / 512-328-2300

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