ERP Software Designed for Prefab Construction

Few dispute that one way for the U.S. construction industry to achieve greater efficiency is a greater reliance on prefabricated (prefab) construction. Unfortunately, the convergence of manufacturing and construction disciplines often result in manual, time-consuming back office processes that leave 90% of leaders without the visibility they need to make real-time business decisions.

Whether you’re a contractor expanding into offsite operations, or a manufacturer installing assets on a customer site, get the visibility and control you need across operations to meet deadlines, improve quality and efficiency, and increase profits with ERP software purpose-built for prefab construction.

The flexibility as well as the resource and cost efficiencies of modular and prefab construction make good business sense. As your firm adapts operations to run more like an Engineer-to-Order business, the ERP and back-office systems designed for a typical construction company may no longer suit your needs.

Sikich construction and ETO consultants can work with you to chart your technology path and design a ERP software system that makes sense for your prefab business. We are proud of our long-standing client relationships in both industries. We also have the change management and technology expertise to reduce the risk and improve the success rate of shifting business models.

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Comprehensive ERP software to Cover All Your Prefab Operations

Get a clear picture of profitability for every step of every project, with a unified platform that connects your financial, product, customer relationship and supply chain management processes, specific to the prefab, modular buildings, and offsite component manufacturing industry.

Improve quality and scheduling, meet deadlines, reduce waste, and increase profits with a comprehensive ERP solution that gives you the flexibility to grow and evolve while supporting your changing requirements.

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Design

Manufacture

Ship

Assemble / Install

PROJECT ACCOUNTING

Easily monitor costs and revenue related to your jobs. Flexibly adjust project structures to accommodate multiple purchase orders, specific billing milestones, and other conditions.

ESTIMATING

Provide accurate estimates for project completion. Estimate projects before they turn into jobs and calculate costs without impacting real BOMs and production workflows.

PROJECT MATERIAL MANAGEMENT

Supports the most complex and challenging bills of material (BOM). Plan material purchases directly to a job or to stock.

QUALITY CONTROL

Define quality metrics for your products and product components and pinpoint variances in the manufacturing workflow.

CRM

Manage the entire life of your accounts. Track and store project details, contracts, communications, promises, approvals, and other elements of customer engagements.

MOBILE WAREHOUSE MANAGEMENT

Improve logistics and manage inventory across your warehouse with process shipping, receiving, and picking straight from your mobile device.

MOBILE SHOP FLOOR DATA ENTRY

Enable machine operators to quickly input time, material, quality, and more from their mobile device.

SHIPPING

Plan engagements with shipping carriers, costs, and schedules together with production activities.

AUTOCAD INTEGRATION

Transfer BOM and routing information from your AutoCAD system.

BIM INTEGRATION

Keep project and accounting teams in sync for improved visibility and project decision-making.

VENDOR PERFORMANCE

Manage each subcontractor as if it were an in-house operation.

EQUIPMENT ASSET MANAGEMENT

Whether you rent or purchase your industrial equipment,.

INVENTORY MANAGEMENT

Receive, quality-check, pick, and manage inventory. Realize savings on material handling and avoid costly material shortages and production delays.

Most Common Operational Challenges in Prefab Operations

Low operational visibility creates potential mischief across a surprising number of component manufacturing functions, particularly in inventory management.

According to a recent survey with ConstructionDive, almost one in four construction executives say inventory management is where their ERP/accounting falls short in providing visibility into component manufacturing operations.

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Executives say inventory management is the biggest missing link in their ERP/accounting system.

Lack of automation/manual processes

Which causes delays, inefficiencies, errors and lack of visibility

Costing

Strict job costing will no longer cut it. You need to be able to perform inventory, production, and project costing.

Real-time shop floor data collection

Likely non-existent in ERPs created for traditional, build-to-order construction companies

Material Resource Planning (MRP)

Manage supply chain issues and improve quality control

Labor reporting

Transitioning from time sheets tied to payroll vs tying labor to shop floor systems

Shipping

Oversee, track, and analyze all deliveries to reduce costs through better utilization

Production scheduling

Improve resource utilization and drive manufacturing and assembly processes

Profitability

Which is crucial in an industry where margins hover around 2%

Piecing best-of-breed solutions together

If you’re strategically moving your business in the direction of prefab / engineer-to-order, than it’s time to invest in the technologies that will facilitate, and accelerate your growth.

Manufacturing companies typically invest 2 – 3% of revenue on technology, because it is seen as a strategic cornerstone of the business. By contrast, in construction industries, the trends have typically been somewhere between .5 – .75% percent of revenue spent on technology. If you’ve already made a significant investment in your manufacturing operations—factory, machinery, personnel—then it’s time to seriously consider investing in the overlaying technology that’s going to make you successful.

Piecing best-of-breed solutions together will only take you so far before the shoestrings and duct tape begin to unravel. Invest in a purpose-built ERP software solution to streamline your prefab construction processes and improve visibility for better, real-time decision making, for the future of your business.

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