Epicor Software Corporation, a global provider of industry-specific enterprise software to promote business growth, has chosen F&S Engraving, Inc., an award-winning enterprise resource planning (ERP) solution to improve data transparency and analytics capabilities, cut costs, and streamline its operations.

Headquartered in Mount Prospect, Illinois, F&S Engraving manufactures cookie, cracker, and snack food dies for the food and beverage industry as well as industrial steel stamps and marking dies for the tool and die industry. Prior to partnering with Epicor, F&S Engraving relied on a homegrown system that failed to meet the needs of both business segments. 

“We considered competing products, but it felt as if they had to be customized from their original purposes to fit our operations. The fact that Epicor ERP is built for manufacturers appealed to us,” said James C. Fromm, president, F&S Engraving, Inc. “We believe Epicor ERP will help us track our inventory, schedule more efficiently, and unearth our most profitable jobs because that’s what it was designed to do. The additional features were icing on the cake.”

Finding the Sweet Spot

F&S Engraving’s homegrown system was unable to link the two distinct needs of operations of its two divisions. For example, the tool and die business has a different average scheduling job time than the bakery business, creating a need for the company to keep an even closer track of its jobs and create more realistic forecasting models to help ensure customer satisfaction.

“We pride ourselves on the quality of our work and the relationships we build with our customers,” Fromm continued. “Epicor ERP will allow us to continue offering an exceptional customer experience, while the cloud deployment will ensure we can focus on service and profitability.”

The company has a growing number of customers and by leveraging the customer relationship management (CRM) capabilities of Epicor ERP, F&S will also be able to grow its business through CRM strategies.

“Finding the right price for each job can be elusive for the most seasoned manufacturers,” said Craig Downing, senior director, product marketing for Epicor Software. “Because it’s deployed in the cloud, Epicor ERP will provide F&S the unified business data it needs across their entire enterprise to make sure it can concentrate on profitable jobs and not its servers.”


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