COUNTERPART ERP Sees Engineer-to-Order (ETO) Cutting Tools Manufacturers Face Constant Engineering Revisions

July 13 09:02 2021
COUNTERPART ERP Sees Engineer-to-Order (ETO) Cutting Tools Manufacturers Face Constant Engineering Revisions

Andrew Schutte, General Manager for COUNTERPART ETO ERP recently discussed engineer-to-order cutting tools manufacturers managing revisions to meet the custom, one-of-a-kind demands of customers. Read more in the recent issue of Cutting Tool Engineering here.

According to Schutte, more than a third of all cutting tool manufacturers build custom cutting tools in two to six weeks from the day a customer presents a cutting tools concept.  These companies all have great engineers and having built thousands of one-of-a-kind cutting tools over the past several decades.

The ETO manufacturing process means engineers are constantly making new and different components, as opposed to high quantity repetitive manufacturing. For cutting tools engineers using SOLIDWORKS, integration is vital and even stronger if paired with SOLIDWORKS PDM. New assemblies with many shared components, yet never the same, are ideal when looking to streamline the engineering to production flow.

These cutting tool industrial engineers are able to synchronize SOLIDWORKS and ERP data in real-time ensuring that production, purchasing, and engineering are continually aligned. Failure to synchronize a fully-integrated ERP solution will introduce human error.

Data integration allows engineers to drill into the bill of materials and item level discrepancies for each model. Automation for ETO cutting tool makers ensures highly paid engineers with unique skillsets are more productive. 

Cutting Tool Engineering is a B2B magazine and media company covering cutting and grinding technologies used throughout the manufacturing industry.


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.

Schutte 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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