Reviewed on March 07, 2014 by Pat O'Malley, Bookkeeper/CIS at Trojon Gear, Inc.
Comments: What a great experience and helpful staff. Thanks for all your help E2
Reviewed on May 11, 2012 by Amy Lachman, President at PhyMet, Inc.
Pros: Easy to do basic searches, easy to use, minimal training time
Cons: More advanced searches are difficult, would like to be able to modify some reports ourselves instead of paying Shoptech to do it.
Overall: Great system overall. MUCH better than what we were using before. Pros outweigh the cons.
E2- Keep it Simple Stupid
Reviewed on April 10, 2012 by Wayne Roller, IT/IE Manager at Tooling Dynamics LLC
Pros: Easy to use.
Manufacturing process goes full circle ,quoting,PO, inventory,shipping, quality, accounting,data collection and scheduling.
Cons: Could be more reports friendly.
Overall: I would recommend this software to any small to midsize manufacturing company. It is very cost effective and the support is second to none.
E2 Shop System
Reviewed on April 05, 2012 by Bob Wilson, IT Director at CAMCO
Pros: Tracks job status from order entry thru the billing cycle very efficiently.
Intuitive screens and very short learning curve for new users.
With the exception of WIP, The provided accounting reports have been perfect for our needs without the need to customize.
Support is excellent with very short response time and usually resolved within the same phone call. And to my knowledge, all support is U.S. based with no language barrier to overcome.
Cons: Purchase Order/Receiver discrepancies are difficult to resolve.
Corrections to Posted periods are Cumbersome.
Does not allow for detailed invoicing without exporting to other application.
Overall: Highly recommend.
Reviewed on April 04, 2012 by Doug Coster, President at Nolte Precise
Pros: Easy to use with good customer support. All the modules are similar, so training new users is generally easy.
The available modules cover most business needs (i.e. quoting through collections including quality).
Cons: The scheduling module has limitations. The linking of jobs for stock jobs, etc. for large blanket orders that we want to setup multiple times causes issues.
The quotation module has limiations. For example, quoting larger volume jobs with multiple setups requires a work around. Also, allocating costs accross pieces requires thought and a work around.
Inventory management has limitation. We don't like how E2 handles inventory locations and quantities that have been transferred to jobs.
The system lacks a good CRM, equipment maintenance, and employee training option. Although it contains some of these features, they don't work well and are hard to adapt.
Overall: I do recommend this system to other users. It is a good system, but it requires adaptation and work arounds for each company's unique processes.
Reviewed on April 04, 2012 by Jason Michaud, Purchasing Agent at Miraco Inc
Pros: This is very fluid. From initial customer contact, through invoicing. It forms a completely solid chain of events (traceability). It is relatively easy to use from start to finish. Tech support is amazing and worth the investment. Features are quite customizable. System can accomodate manufactured parts, as well as pure resell items.
Cons: It has idiosyncrocies, that once you figure them out, you can circumvent/avoid, but there is a learning curve associated with these. More in depth features are more difficult to use effeciently.
Overall: This system is great for a pure manufacturer or a MFG/Resell operation. It is probably fine for pure resell also, but overkill for this. Highly recommended.
Does the job
Reviewed on April 03, 2012 by Mike Hannagan, Sales Manager at Scandia Plastics
Pros: Adaptable and customizable to a point
Readily available customer support
Cons: Lacks some important components such as a shipping schedule.
Address areas too small for international shipments
Overall: A good program for businesses such as machine shops, job shops, etc. doing most of their orders or work on fixed job orders and shipping mainly by UPS or FedEx
Reviewed on April 03, 2012 by Steve Heller, President at RA Heller
Pros: Fairly comprehensive
Cons: Little Pricey in today's business climate
Overall: It does what most business owners would want it to do for the most part.
tri-kris E2 review
Reviewed on April 03, 2012 by william carling, president at tri-kris co inc
Pros: We've used E2 for over 10 years. It's done everything that's come up for our business. A couple of the nice features is it does everything from accounting to quotes. Screens are similar so its not hard to learn new features. And all the data flows thru so you only enter data once. We run a $3M company with 2 people in the office and 18 machinists on the shop floor ( and we have time to spare in the office ). Before E2 we had 5 people in the office. Tech support has been great. But truthfully we don't use it much. The system is very stable.
Cons: A little slow in releasing new versions capable of running the latest and greatest window versions. But I guess that's to be expected with all the testing and such.
Overall: All and all a great prduct for us. I highly recommend to any similiar business. We reviewed 6 other systems prior to buying E2. And I couldn't be any happier with our choice .
E2 Shop Control
Reviewed on April 03, 2012 by Mark Loges, EGR at Indian Creek Fabricators
Pros: Does all of the functions that a small business typically deploys. Easy to triain new employees. low maintenance. Great customer service.
Cons: A litlle slow at times. Could use spell checker feature.
Overall: Great for small business.
Great software - Highly recommend
Reviewed on April 03, 2012 by Sheena West, CFO at Fabwest
Pros: Easy to use
Keeps everything very organized and easy to find
Great reports - estimate time vs. actual time
Everything you need in one software: Starting from estimating, to processing an order, to shipping, and invoicing.
Cons: Hard to change certain things after implementation
Overall: This is a great software. Just don't under-estimate the planning process. We had to implement in a hurry and in turn we rushed the planning process. The software is still awesome and has helped us tremendously, but I think if we planned it out more thoroughly it could be even better. If I could go back or if we ever plan to reimplement the software, I would take advantage of one of their consultants or techs before implementing again.
Rickard Metals' E2 Review
Reviewed on April 03, 2012 by Michelle Jenkins, Technical Sales & Engineering Manager at Rickard Metals, Inc.
Pros: Ease of use
Windows type appearance
Consistent menu appearance
Very user friendly, most functions are very intuitive
Great variety of reports and queries available
Quality module (auditors love it!)
Accounting module is very easy to use
Great graphics in Executive Overview
Easy to use copy functions
Job traveler layout is very clear
Very good order/part documentation capability
Very easy to flow from part generation to quote to order to billing
Document attachment function for engineering
Cons: Too user lenient, only on/off menu functionality
Audit trail does not reflect ¿¿¿what¿¿¿ was edited.
Text-based description box allows editing without unprocessing.
Report style is very bland and altering appearance is not optional.
Triggers and customized queries are not easy to generate and results are not consistent.
Job cost analysis does not calculate invoiced amounts when PO amounts differ.
Restricted editing of purchase order when partial quantity has been received. Suggest moving demand to 2nd line item so that PO can be altered for next release instead of moving quantity to new PO. Would also like to see document attachment in Receiver so that certs and inspection documents could be attached by user.
Overall: Although we struggled with implementation and initial system setup, overall E2 is a great system and a huge value for dollars spent! Again, as the quality system administrator, the E2 quality module affords the ease of giving auditors a quick view of the effectiveness of the QMS and does the document organization for me. Charts and graphs are quickly generated with clear data points. The quality section does not give the appearance of an "afterthought" as many, many systems' quality modules exhibit. The CFO here is still very partial to Quickbooks but I believe that we could function very well using E2's Accounting module alone.
This system was clearly built by people who understand manufacturing processes and challenges and that has clearly made all the difference!
Reviewed on April 03, 2012 by Patti Macek, Controller at SRPM Inc
Pros: Very user friendly and support is great.
Cons: Wish the scheduling portion was easier to implement.
Overall: Great product.
VERY SATISFIED WITH E2 SHOP SYSTEM
Reviewed on April 03, 2012 by Keith Blais, Manufacturing Manager at ERW Inc
Pros: Great system to use. Has all your information at your finger tips. Easy to input information, track and print.
Customers call us for tracking information about items they have purchased.
Cons: Schedule could be easier to use.
Overall: We would recommend this sytem to other shops without any hesitation!
Feedback from Hicks Machine
Reviewed on April 03, 2012 by Kelley Hicks, operations manager at Hicks Machine Inc.
Pros: Support is the best. We are implementing ISO currently and E2 is really helping us with that.
Cons: Pricey to add seat and modules that we would only need occasionally.
Overall: I have found this to be a very easy system to learn and navigate.
Reviewed on April 03, 2012 by Brett WILSON, DRAFTING at R L Bodeker & Sons Inc.
Pros: very easy to use and versatile to make travelers and other documents to view as differetn users need.
Cons: managing the sequel databases when your a smaller a company and do not have a sequel guru employed and a small budget.
Overall: very highly recommend.
Reviewed on April 03, 2012 by Stephen Rearick, Quality Manager at Rearick Tooling
Pros: Very easy to navigate the software. Very stable platform in Sequel. Information is easily transferred from module to module.
Cons: The scheduling module is not as user friendly as it could be.
Overall: I would recommend it to any job shop.
Satified with the overall usage so far
Reviewed on April 03, 2012 by Julie Elmquist, Production Control at Advanced Engineering & Molding Inc
Pros: I like the way invoices are processed and can be updated at any time.
Quick view is great tool. I love having all the information gathered in one place.
Cons: Items can only be invoiced in whole numbers. We bill in percentages and it makes billing cumbersome.
The aging is hard to read when you want history. I prefer a more stramlined version showing the invoice paid and the checks on a separate line, not separated.
Inventory and allocations are in whole numbers and we work in decimals.
Overall: I have recommended E2 to others that need an integrated system. There are drawbacks, but they can be worked around.
Reviewed on April 03, 2012 by Julia Sanford, Office Manager at Matchless Plastics Inc.
Pros: Ease of use with respect to billing, receipts, payables.
Cons: Export reports to Excel seems to be messy/hard to work with the final output of more complexed ones.
Overall: Shoptech is very willing and always available to work with us in making the program our own. Support is the best!
Long time user
Reviewed on April 03, 2012 by Robert Gerhardstein, President at Holmes Mfg.
Pros: We have been using the software for some time and have been extremely satisfied with it. Very easy to use and follow the flow from start to finish. New employees are able to catch on fast, very little time is required on training. I can't say enough about the support. We have had some issues, mainly our fault, and the response time was very fast and the support staff has saved us many a times.
Cons: Could use a few more things, like being able to select mutilple options when searching. Also the accounting side seems a little to basic for our accountants.
Overall: Very, very good - I have suggested your software to many people.
Reviewed on April 03, 2012 by Larry Goodman, Customer Service Mng at Airtek Inc.
Pros: Extremely user friendly.Adapts well to our needs and requirements.
Cons: Would like to see automatic updates.
Overall: The ease of use is well worth any cons.
Works for us!!! A 13 year user!!
Reviewed on April 03, 2012 by Karen Gackstetter, Office Manager at Chippewa Tool & Mfg. Co.
Pros: We are a small job shop with 12 employees, E2 is geared for any size company. Using E2 is completely user friendly.
Cons: I would like for the jobs in progress to be a bit more user friendly.
Overall: I would reccomend E2 to any job shop for its ease to learn and use.
Easy for everyone
Reviewed on April 03, 2012 by Peggy Andryszak, Production Control at Dove Die and Stamping Company
Pros: If you had to teach someone to use this system, it would not take more than an hour or two for their specific functions.
Cons: There are run time errors that can be a bit frustrating. However, we've learned to work around them.
Overall: Recommend this to everyone we speak to in a small-midsize production business.
REVIEW OF THE E2 SYSTEM
Reviewed on April 03, 2012 by GAYLE WAKEFIELD, OFFICE MANAGER at SC INDUSTRIES
Pros: LOTS OF INFORMATION IN ONE PLACE. EASY TO IMPUT INFORMATION
Cons: NOT ALWAYS EASY TO SEE WHERE THE PART IS IN PRODUCTION PROCESS
Overall: GOOD PRODUCT FOR MANAGING THE SHOP
Reviewed on April 03, 2012 by Kelly Eilenfeld, Purchasing at Weiss Industries, Inc
Pros: The searchable fields are endless to modify reports
Ease of use is fairly simple
Cons: Need more help with crystal reports
Would like more detail; pounds rather than costs in some fields
Hard to figure some of the costs and reasoning
Training needs to be smaller classes, more detail
Offer overall/implentation class, then need more hands on class.
Overall: E2 is a great system overall, (in comparison to old system, no contest) Need more in depth training or suggest to have someone like Karla to come in and ensure that you are setting up and utilizing the system 100%.
E2 Shop System
Reviewed on April 03, 2012 by jeffrey farbacher , president at acutran
Pros: E2 has allowed us to improve our operations and expand our business. Support is excellent and system is relaiable.
Cons: New release has been delayed.
Overall: Recommend without reservation.