Generic selectors
Exact matches only
Search in title
Search in content

Engineer-to-Order (ETO) Pump Manufacturers Face Constant Engineering Revisions

Engineering & Design
Engineer-to-Order (ETO) Pump Manufacturers Face Constant Engineering Revisions

Engineer-to-Order (ETO) Pump Manufacturers Face Constant Engineering Revisions

Unlike pump manufacturers who produce the same product, the same SKUs, year after year, Engineer-to-Order pump manufacturers are constantly managing revisions to meet the custom, one-of-a-kind demands of customers.

More than a third of all pump and pump equipment manufacturers build a serviceable, custom pump in two to six weeks from the day a customer presents a pump concept. These companies all have great engineers and having built thousands of pumps over the past several decades.

Recognizing that there may not be an off-the-shelf solution available, custom built pumping units for marine, mining, oilfield, dewatering, and other services require special attention. Often pump sizing is needed to achieve the highest possible operating efficiency. Many OEM firms provide high quality, cost effective, custom pump solutions.

ETO ERP must be engineering-centric to keep up with constant changes

Pump manufacturers produce customized solutions specifically designed for streamlining workflow. The ETO manufacturing process means engineers are constantly making new and different components (as opposed to high quantity repetitive manufacturing). For pump 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 pump 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.

Most custom pump manufacturers are operating on thin margins must create a competitive edge, reduce costs, and improve profit margins. In the ETO environment reducing duplications and eliminating errors can only happen by gaining control over manufacturing processes.

The ETO pump manufacturing process

The process starts with the complexity of the engineering-focused process. First, project design is finalized, approved by the customer, and is manufactured. Second, the customer requests an updated design, which requires an additional slide. Third, the engineering team must know and communicate to purchasing and manufacturing what parts are changed (to stop manufacturing the older version). The next steps include changing the design, getting it approved, and communicating with purchasing and manufacturing about what components were added, removed, and updated. Typically, this is a manual process prone to error.
Engineer-to-Order (ETO) Pump Manufacturers Understanding SOLIDWORKS
Hours of duplicate data entry for engineers is a huge waste of time. Pump engineers using SOLIDWORKS alone are challenged to create and maintain ERP data. Only with effective integration can engineering teams prevent production disruptions due to revision discrepancies. Once a uniquely designed pump enters manufacturing, providing the correct version of the SOLIDWORKS CAD is extremely important. This critical synchronicity is especially important because engineers continue working on updated designs.

Quick identification of changes between revisions

Data integration allows engineers to drill into the bill of materials (BOMs) and item level discrepancies for each model. Automation for ETO pump makers ensures highly paid engineers with unique skillsets are more productive. Contemporary ETO ERP solutions reduce the routine work so that experienced engineers design better pumps and quote more business. Automating nonvalue-added functions guarantees increased productivity and profits for pump equipment manufacturers.

Author Profile:

Engineer-to-Order (ETO) Pump Manufacturers Face Constant Engineering Revisions Andrew SchutteAndrew Schutte, General Manager at COUNTERPART ETO ERP, has been mechanically inclined from a young age. Growing up in his father’s machine shop he was provided a valuable hands-on education of machining, fabrication, and mechanical design throughout high school. He moved to designing automation assembly equipment and machine design supporting the automotive, office furniture, medical equipment, and consumer product industries. Follow on Twitter at @CounterpartErp.

Related Articles

Related Whitepapers

Accurate Metering and Superior Fluid Handling in the Manufacture of Engineered Wood Products

Compact, Seal-less Pumps for Reliable Operation and Long Service Life With more than 40 years of experience serving the engineered wood and composites industry, including…

Overwatch Brochure

Industrial Food, Beverage & Pharmaceutical Processing Stainless Steel body designed to withstand the effects of erosion from harsh materials and solutions. High-temperature wash-down/Clean in Place…

Cavitation Protection in Water Treatment Plant [Case Study]

Chu Se Water Treatment Plant in central Vietnam was built in early 2018 and receives raw water from a source 137 meters above sea level…

Power Transmission Solutions for the Wastewater Market

Altra Industrial Motion Provides Power Transmission Solutions For Wastewater Applications As industry leaders in electromechanical power transmission products, the companies of Altra Industrial Motion have…


Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Sign up for our Newsletter!

By submitting this form, you are consenting to receive marketing emails from: Empowering Pumps & Equipment, 2205-C 7th Street, Tuscaloosa, AL, 35401, You can revoke your consent to receive emails at any time by using the SafeUnsubscribe® link, found at the bottom of every email. Emails are serviced by Constant Contact