Modern Machine Shop, Eli Plaskett, January 2019

For years, Gear Motions managed its business with an enterprise resource planning (ERP) system that lacked the ability to track data in real time. It relied on users to manually input data in order to update the system. Because of this, changes to schedules or supplier deliveries could render it useless. Without real-time information on stock and machine space availability, the company’s ability to accurately quote potential customers suffered at a time when customer demands were increasing.