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Elemoose ERP Software Case Study

Custom Fabricator / Springfield, MO
Elemoose, as a custom manufacturer of signage, props and architectural building finishes, needed an ERP that could keep up with their busy, design-based shop. Genius ERP has been instrumental in helping them transform their processes and keep on top of their job costs.
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The company

A truly custom shop, Elemoose is highly sought after for their unique custom signage and architectural elements, which they create from the ground up for each of their customers. “What I love about working here is the ever-changing pace and climate. Our owner—not only will he actively seek out the toughest, closest to impossible projects—but his fearless attitude of accepting it and then pushing the boundaries of what we think we are capable of, never ceases to amaze me,” saysTrent Auvil, Elemoose’s Engineering Supervisor.

Elemoose is located in Springfield, Missouri and has 50 employees.

Industry

Custom fabricator of signage, props and architectural building finishes in fiberglass, foams, plastic, wood and metals.

The challenge

In high demand for their imaginative, unique and high-quality work, Elemoose was having trouble keeping track of jobs across their shop floor, and understanding their job costs, which was eating into their profits. They also lacked any inventory control systems: “Before we had Genius we didn’t have an inventory tracking system, period. We would count our products at the end of the year, compare it to what we had bought, to find out where we were,” says Chad Baker, Elemoose’s Operations Manager.  


Elemoose was looking for an ERP system that could give them greater visibility throughout their organization, help them improve their processes, track their inventory, and get a handle on job costs. Elemoose also needed an ERP software system that was built for their unique needs as a custom shop: “Genius was different than the other software I looked at because it was built more for design-build shops, which is what we are. We don’t make the same thing every single day, you know, over and over again 500 times. We are very project-based, so Genius was a good fit for that,” states Bonnie Croney, Elemoose’s Estimator.

Top requirements

Accurate Job Costing

To help Elemoose know which types of projects and clients to pursue to increase their profitability

Visibility

To acquire an understanding of what is going on across their organization to improve efficiencies and grow their business

Real-time Data

To gain real-time oversight of their production processes and inventory to improve their planning and shop performance

“I think the biggest improvement we’ve had since we’ve implemented the software is the ability to see what we have worked on in the past, and what we are going to work on in the future. It gives us a lot more context of what we should be doing, and when we should be doing it.”

C. Brandon Stine
Production Manager

The solution

Genius ERP was the right fit for Elemoose from the start. Not only is it designed exclusively for custom manufacturers like themselves, and includes the tools and functionalities they need to run their busy design-based shop, Genius ERP helped them, starting from the implementation phase, to improve their processes and become a more efficient shop: “We’ve each learned about each other's jobs by the process that we’ve been through with Genius. Genius helped us to analyze our processes—when we started off, before we implemented the software—to help us become more efficient and more profitable,” says Controller Mindy Teeter. “The end result[s] that you get [with Genius ERP],” she continues, “are accurate financial data, that will increase your profitability of your company.”


In addition Elemoose has been able to gain visibility into their shop floor, helping them to improve their performance—and know their job costs. “The single biggest improvement for the engineering department since Genius is easily the ability for the production employee to report back to us what was done in real-time. Before they clock off of a job, they are required to tell us what they use, which is something that was unavailable information in the past. And now it comes in as it’s happening, for hyper-accurate job-costings at the end of the project,” says Auvil. Baker adds, “From an operational standpoint, being able to track the jobs and see where we made money, where we could improve on a process [has been very beneficial to us]. Also it helps us to understand what projects and clientele we should go after, because we know that with this type of project we will make a higher profit rate than a different type of project.”


Elemoose has also been able to keep on top of their inventory counts with Genius ERP. “Now with Genius we are able to track live the material as it’s being used on the shop floor. Having our shop floor employees be able to allocate the material to the job, you know exactly what material was used. Because from time-to-time in our production facility you may have to change the product, and so now our engineering department can see that, our costing department can see that, and the material is kept up to date in the count. It’s been a massive improvement,” states Baker. An integrated ERP inventory management system gives Elemoose the capability to avoid production interruptions by eliminating surprise material shortages, replenish stock based on actual on-the-job use, and keep real-time counts for hyper-accurate job-costing.

Key features

Accounting

A connected system gives Elemoose hyper-accurate job costing, letting them know which types of projects to pursue to make them more profitable.

Production Planning

Visibility across their organization, along with the ability to access historical data, lets Elemoose better plan their production schedule—and improve their communication across departments.

Inventory Control

Real-time inventory tracking allows Elemoose to not only know which materials have been allocated to a certain job, but also allows Elemoose to more easily make on-the-fly changes.

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