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The Best ERP Software for Industrial Distributors that Provide Value Add Services

TrulinXAre you an industrial distributor that engineers and builds power units, valve assemblies, manifolds, pump systems, hydraulic control panels, hose assemblies or large OEM kits?

Do you send products to outside fabricators for additional services such as plating or welding?

If you do more than simple distribution, you'll have these concerns:

How do I manage and track inventory for complicated projects with numerous subassemblies?

How do I manage and track labor & burden?

How can I get accurate costs to maximize my gross margins?

How can I separate my fabrication orders from my regular distribution orders & manage them effectively?

Work-Order-ManagementMost ERP software for industrial distributors is based on a basic inventory management system developed for the retail market with some added kitting features, and for many distributors this simple system works fine. However, for industrial distributors who provide value-added services and do complex fabrication projects, it is not enough.

TrulinX by Tribute, Inc. has a sophisticated inventory management tool for distributors that need to track and manage many levels of components and subassemblies used in large fabrication projects, such as power units, pump systems, valve manifolds, cylinder modifications, compressor and filtration systems, hose assemblies, and much more.

Valve and pump fluid handlingWith TrulinX, you can manage your inventory down to the micro-level with the Work Order Management (WOM) module. Fabrication orders are entered through an easy to use and flexible system, which allows the user to copy frequently used parent structures and subassemblies plus 'drag and drop' components.

MFP - Power Unit5The WOM module provides for the use of permanent structures, Smart Part, and on-the-fly structures at any level of the bill. Customer Service Reps can also source, expedite and route all within the same screen.

The TrulinX WOM module has many features that make it the best tool for your custom engineered projects:

Work Orders Can be Created Independently: The work order can be entered directly from the sales order or it can be created separately and then later attached to the sales order. 

Multiple Routing Options: You can choose who is going to complete a BOM or any subassembly within that BOM structure from a variety of options - the assembly could be internal, another location could build the entire assembly or one or more subassemblies, or an outside vendor could build the whole assembly or one or more subassemblies. You can then route an assembly from one source to another easily.  

Work in Process Inventory: You can designate an assembly as a fabrication, which will move components to ‘work in process’ inventory while the assembly is being completed.

Application of Labor & Burden: You are able to enter estimates of both labor and burden. If estimates are entered, they are used to help determine the cost when jobs are partially completed. The actual costs applied are also tracked throughout the process. TrulinX will keep track of inventory items used as well as costs by category - helpful when you want to get rebates on components. When the job is complete, the estimated and actual costs can be reconciled and a comparison will be available at the subassembly and assembly levels of the job.

Simple BOM’s Stay Simple: Although a work order is created for every Bill of Materials, when no fabrication is needed, the TrulinX WOM module does not require you to do any extra work. 

Multiple Inquiry Options: Sophisticated inquiry screens, with Tree and Detail views, allow you to set up your own filtering options, multi-level grouping, and column choosing/ordering to see all logged activity for parent items, subassemblies and components.

Going beyond the normal software vendor Tribute, Inc. works with our customers to create the tools you need to succeed in today’s competitive marketplace. For more information about TrulinX, visit www.tribute.com. An active member of NFPA, FPDA, NAHAD, ISD, AHTD and NIBA, Tribute, Inc. provides ERP business management software for distributors who provide fabrication and value add services.