COUNTERPART ETO ERP Thought-Leader Andrew Schutte Interview on Robotics & Automation News Podcast

COUNTERPART ETO ERP Thought-Leader Andrew Schutte Interview on Robotics & Automation News Podcast

Andrew Schutte, general manager at COUNTERPART ETO ERP was recently interviewed by Abdul Montaqim, editor for Robotics & Automation News video podcast. View the interview here

Schutte discussed the enterprise resource platform which enables users to directly work with 3D models from SOLIDWORKS. Schutte shared, “COUNTERPART is a unique ERP solution that was specifically developed for project-based engineer-to-order (ETO) manufacturers. All of our customers are presented with a challenge by their customers and they are asked to design, manufacture, or assemble unique equipment that is either highly configurable or customized.” 

“I think manufacturing today is quite challenging because the precision that we are able to manufacture items and the ease of quality checking and control is significantly higher. For example, a brand new CNC machine today for a reasonable amount of money is significantly more accurate and precise than a similar machine 10-15 years ago. So, I think the general expectation of a machine shop manufacturer is quite a bit higher because the equipment is a bit more capable,” added Schutte. 

The Robotics & Automation News podcast, established in 2015, is one of the most viewed industrial podcasts globally. 


Unlike many ETO ERP solutions COUNTERPART is an engineering-centric solution.  Most ERP systems are back-office accounting solutions and distracted by CRM and other operational functions. COUNTERPART ensures there are no features which detract from focusing on the BOM (Bill of Materials) to address the fast-changing engineering challenges of ETO manufacturers.

COUNTERPART enables manufacturing teams to access the information needed to do the job. By offering a bi-directional software solution integrated with SOLIDWORKS® to share real-time information with those who need it, engineers and purchasing have a non-stop and instantaneous job progress status report. These COUNTERPART elements allow ETO manufacturers to leverage the information to improve engineering efficiency.

According to COUNTERPART Sales Manager Todd Clevenger, “When ETO manufacturers improve visibility into project monitoring and focus on challenges and opportunities for improvement, best-in-class lean manufacturing is achieved.”

Clevenger also noted that the project management capability with COUNTERPART enhances teams’ efficiency by configuring the software solution to meet the work environment and specific engineering needs. Every job is assigned to the right team member prioritized by release date, lead times, due dates, and more. Every engineering-focused manufacturer will appreciate the critical functionality focus.”

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