Important Note Before You Start:

• A 10% increase in factory productivity is projected to increase annual profit by 30%
• A 20% increase in factory productivity is projected to increase annual profit by 60%
• A 30% increase in factory productivity is projected to increase annual profit by 90%

Please request our financial template to confirm. Client Case Studies in Full are Available on Request.

77 CLIENTS’ TESTIMONIALS

Joiners - Panel & Timber

JR Hewitson Carpentry and Joinery (Adelaide, SA, Australia)

30% Less Time on Jobs.  30% Less Labour Cost on Jobs

“From using Empower Software at JR Hewitson the staff culture has improved enormously to be job and time focused and consequently our production, productivity and profitability has improved enormously.

We have reduced our labour time on jobs by 30%, that is we have reduced our labour cost on jobs by 30%, which has had huge improvement to profit

As a manager I like the fact the business has progressed from no and poor systems to using technology to manage and maximise our core business, which is our labour”.

Wayne Brazier, Joinery Management +61 4 0779 8044

(15 3 2021)

Cowdroy Doors (Auckland, New Zealand)

30% Less Time on Jobs.  30% Less Labour Cost on Jobs (planned)

“We went live with using Empower Software on our workshop floor this morning.  Within 1 day we have moved from “manufacturing blind” to “manufacturing with 20 / 20 vision”.  Tablets on the workshop floor and the Empower Software app have dragged us out of the “Dark Ages” and into the “21st century…

It has taken me 5 days to watch Empower’s training videos, read the Empower Help system, use the Empower Easy Start system, and play with the software to then set up and start using Empower on our Workshop floor.  The phone and Zoom support several times a day over the 5 days from the Empower office has been great…

We confidently expect to achieve a 30% reduction in labour times on jobs therefore a 30% reduction in labour costs on jobs.”

Andrew Budgen, Production Manager, +64 204 184 2905

(18/3/2021)

B & M Joinery (Cromwell, New Zealand)

25% Less Time on Jobs. 25% Less Labour Cost on Jobs

“Previously we used manual time sheets that workshop staff filled in by hand at day end to record the jobs they worked on and the time they started, finished and spent on each job.  Manual time sheets are more accurately known as “Lie” sheets and “Cheat” sheets.  Manual time sheet information was “too little too late and too inaccurate”

Now that we have PCs on our workshop floor and Empower Software the culture of all our staff has changed entirely to consistently be job, productivity, time and profit focused.

We would recommend the Empower Software App to all manufacturers and engineers, as it is an essential tool to manage all your labour

Overall we estimate jobs take 25% less labour time at 25% labour cost.” 

Kate Munro, Director

(17/2/2021)

Canam Joinery (Auckland, New Zealand)

10% Less Time on Jobs. 10% Less Labour Cost on Jobs

“We used to use manual time sheets which were highly inaccurate and incomplete.  Workshop staff could not remember the jobs they worked on so did not record those jobs and staff could not remember their job times and simply made them up.  

For 7 workshop staff manual time sheets used to cost us approximately $544 per week $26,700 per year in lost production time all workshop stopping work 10 minutes early filling them out daily and admin times and cost rekeying them into job costing program.  Empower subscription is only $99 per week - by stopping manual time sheets and using Empower Software instead saves us $445 per week and saves $21,805 per year”.

Angus Welton, General Manager, +64 21 833 161

(3/12/2020)

Matakana Kitchens and Joinery, (Matakana, New Zealand)

20% Less Time on Jobs. 20% Less Labour Cost on Jobs

“I estimate times on jobs are now 20% less using tablets on the workshop floor and Empower Software

I view Empower on 50 inch TV screens throughout the day in real time to see:
• which staff are working and which staff are not
• current job status (this saves me leaving my desk for approximate 10 minute walk to the workshop to sight each time)

I run Empower reports to back cost jobs accurately to 1) improve our quoting accuracy and 2) address with production management job times that significantly exceed budget”

Jeff Smith, Managing Director, +64 9 422 7804 wk

(24/11/2020)

Total Kitchen Solutions, (Mt Gambier, SA, Australia)

28% Increase in Factory Productivity

"Using PCs on the factory floor and Empower we get an estimated 28% more kitchens per month from our factory staff. As a result we save $80,000 per year in wage costs"

Richard Hein, Managing Director, +61 8 8725 8755 wk

(29/04/2014)

Hodgman Kitchens, (Launceston, TAS, Australia)

20% Increase in Factory Productivity

"We have achieved a 20% increase in our factory productivity"

Dale Hodgman, Director, +61 4 1814 5900

(16/09/2016)

Debrich Joinery (Sydney, NSW, Australia)

15% Increase in Factory Productivity

“Ingredients of high quality information from Empower Software 1) real time reporting 2) accurate to the minute times 3) Job times down to task level and 4) reporting individual staff involved in each task on the Job and their actual times involved – with all this information in most cases we can fairly and accurately pin point issues and discuss the issues openly and positively

I estimate our jobs are completed in 15% less labour time overall therefore 15% less labour cost on our jobs

Richard, Managing Director

(10/10/2020)

Angelo Petkovic Cabinets, (Perth, WA, Australia)

28% Increase in Factory Productivity

“Our factory staff use Empower as their tool to manage their own jobs, priorities, and times on their jobs … In total I estimate jobs take 15% to 20% less time and therefore 15% to 20% less labour cost to produce using Empower Software than when I had our manual system of time sheets”

Jason Petkovic, Manager, +61 4 0348 5777 mobile

(19/03/2020)

Jag Kitchens and Bench Tops (Auckland, New Zealand)

65% Increase in Factory Productivity

"Using PCs on the factory floor and Empower Software we get 65% more kitchens out the door each week, with the same factory staff number and same hours worked.

We have started up a new business, Jag Benchtops, that we use Empower in. Empower works equally well for us in kitchen bench tops as it does in kitchens"

Nick McLagan, Managing Director, +64 21 725 137 mb

(28/03/2019)

Wedgerwood Joinery (Alexandra, New Zealand)

33% Increase in Factory Productivity

"Using PCs on our factory floor and Empower Job and Staff Tracking Software we have achieved a 33% increase in production from our same factory staff.

The lifting of our factory productivity by 33% has made a huge improvement to our cost competitiveness and resultant ability to win more jobs, which has made a huge improvement to our annual bottom line profit"

Blair Harris, Managing Director, +64 3 214 6030 

(08/07/2014)

Montage Kitchens (Hamilton, New Zealand)

20% Increase in Factory Productivity

"In the 1st year of using Empower we maintained output and achieved wage cost savings of $150,000 per year.

I am confident that if we turned off Empower we would go back to taking 20% longer to manufacture our kitchens"

Ken Monk, Managing Director & Craig Mackie, Production Manager +64 7 847 9174

(04/03/2014)

Kitchens R Us (Tauranga, New Zealand)

40% Increase in Factory Productivity

"We have significantly increased our annual production and turn over whilst at the same time reduced 2.5 to 3 staff. Overall our factory productivity has increased by an estimated 40%. Empower Software has saved us $120,000 per year in wage costs.  

In 7 years we have not missed one install date. 

I could NOT operate and grow my business as I do without Empower software."

Russell Reardon, Managing Director, +64 21 725 137 mb

(08/07/2014)

Misco Joinery (Christchurch, New Zealand)

20% Increase in Factory Productivity

"We have achieved a 20% increase in our factory productivity using Empower Software.

We highly recommend Empower as it has certainly helped Misco Joinery with our growth over the past 18 months."

Glen Colenso, Managing Director, +64 3 383 4384 wk, +64 27 220 3053 mb

(01/12/2015)

Barretts Joinery (Timaru, New Zealand)

24% Increase in Factory Productivity

"We achieved a 19% gain in factory productivity within the first 2 years.

Within 4 years we had achieved a 24% gain in factory productivity. Our wage cost savings from our gains is approximately $190,000 per year"

Glenn Sherborne, +64 21 515 801, Director Production Management

(11/07/2014)

Elite Kitchens (New Plymouth, New Zealand)

30% Less Time on Jobs.  30% Less Labour Cost on Jobs

"We needed Empower Software largely because our main competitor in town was putting in Empower and we could not afford to be without it, as our kitchens would take substantially more time to manufacture.

Empower allows us to complete kitchens in the quickest possible time, therefore be cost competitive in our market place and therefore maintain our profit margin.

I am confident that if we did not have Empower Software I would get an estimated 30% less production out the door each day and each week"

Graeme Walton, Production Manager

(08/07/2014)

Whangamata Woodwork (Whangamata, New Zealand)

15% to 20% Less Time on Jobs.  15% to 20% Less labour Cost on Jobs

“Empower has conservatively reduced our labour times and labour cost on jobs by 15% to 20%. Empower also allows to budget our labour and quote considerably more accurately.  Both reducing labour cost on jobs and quoting our labour more accurately makes a substantial improvement to our profit”

Clive Roberts, Director. +64 27 241 9780    

(08/07/2014)

Counties Kitchens, (Auckland, NZ)

20% to 25% Less Time on Jobs.  20% to 25% Less Labour Cost on Jobs

"We have secured 20% to 25% less labour time on jobs therefore 20% to 25% less labour cost on jobs …. Empower is a great tool I certainly recommend it"

 John Crawford, Director, +64 27 222 7782

(13/07/2020)

Comace Commercial Joinery (Adelaide, SA, Australia)

40% Increase in Factory Productivity

"As a manufacturer our core business is labour management.  Accordingly, Empower is critically important software in our business, that we could not do without, as it manages and maximizes the labour productivity of all our factory staff and all our site installers. Acknowledging that our labour productivity is the single largest factor that determines profitability on all jobs and ultimately our annual profit.

Empower Software interfaces with MYOB Exo as one seamless software solution.

We have achieved a 40% increase in factory productivity to date, we had a achieved a 30% increase in factory productivity within the first three months of putting Empower in our business.

Empower has enabled us to be a lot more productive and cost competitive in the market place"

 Paul Williams, Director, Managing Director, +61 4 1787 1445 mb

(10/7/2019)

Riverland Cabinet Makers (Riverland, SA, Australia)

40% Less Time on Jobs.  40% Less Labour Cost on Jobs

"Using Empower Factory Productivity Software we have maintained our weekly production with 40% less factory staff. This is a 66% increase in our factory productivity."

Ricky Wagner, Director, +61 8 8584 5892

(05/03/2015)

Finecut Joinery (Sydney, NSW, Australia)

25% Increase in Factory Productivity

"Empower and the factory PCs force factory staff to be aware of their budgeted and actual times on each job and take responsibility for jobs they work on.  Our factory staff are aware of how long they are taking on a job realise the importance of finishing on time.

Empower has helped management and the sales team ensure that our prices are accurate as far as our labour component is concerned.

We have achieved a 25% increase in our staff and factory productivity"

Mitchell Black, Production Manager, +61 4 3128 7866

(24/05/2015)

Tasker Joinery (Sydney, NSW, Australia)

20% Increase in Factory Productivity

"Using Empower we are getting 20% more joinery out the door each month. 

Our business consultant confirmed that a 20% increase in our factory productivity would increase our annual profit by an estimated 60%"

Greg Tasker, Managing Director, +61 2 9540 4100

(24/05/2015)

Gartshore Group (Tauranga, New Zealand)

25% Increase in Factory Productivity

"Our factory productivity has increased by an estimated 25%.

Empower is a great production manager's tool, I would not be without it.

 Richard Grey, Factory Manager, +64 7 571 7354

(12/06/2015)

Central Joinery (Auckland, New Zealand)

Significant Increase in Factory Productivity, Yet To Be Confirmed

"We have got our factory staff Downtime from an average of 2 to 3 hours per staff member per week to an average of 30 minutes per staff member per week, which is a 2 hour per staff member per week saving, which times 32 staff is a total saving of 64 hours per week.  

At the eight times a day our factory; staff start work, start and finish morning smoko, start and finish lunch, start and finish afternoon smoko and finish work at day end, we have eliminated an average of 15 to 20 per staff member per day, which is 1.25 to 1.5 hours per staff member lost time member per week, which across 32 staff is a total saving of 40 to 48 hours per week.  
Empower Software paid for itself within a number of months. From a return on investment perspective the investment in Empower Software was a no brainer."

 Shaun Simpson, Managing Director

(08/07/2014)

RH Page now Retail Dimension (Auckland, New Zealand)

Significant Increase in Factory Productivity, Yet To Be Confirmed

"We regard Empower HQ as a strategic partner to our business.

We regard Empower Software as an essential tool and we could not contemplate running our business without Empower in the future."

 Andy Page, Chief Executive Officer, +64 21 660 611

(24/6/2014)

JB Joinery (Christchurch, New Zealand)

15%+ Increase in Factory Productivity

Empower certainly keeps our factory staff patently conscious of actual times they take on each of their job.

We have achieved a 15% productivity increase overall. We have got significant productivity gains in the factory and will get more gains with more management focus on Empower.

I estimate Empower paid for itself fully within 6 months"

Stuart Cowan, Director, +64 274 405 208 mb 

(14/5/2015)

MWF Joinery (Christchurch, New Zealand)

30% Increase in Factory Productivity

"Within 2 years of rolling out Empower we had a 30% increase in factory productivity. In summary Empower has been very good for us and we would not consider manufacturing without it. We recommend it to every manufacturer we talk to about factory productivity and profitability"

Gary Alternburg, Managing Director, +64 21 900 607

(07/08/2015)

Ferndale Furniture (Wellington, New Zealand)

Significant Increase in Factory Productivity, Yet To Be Confirmed

“Accurate time keeping and reporting with Empower Software enabled Ferndale Furniture to bank significant bottom line gains as soon as we started using it.

8 Years down the track Empower is still adding value to the performance of our business with incremental improvements every year.”

Grant MacDonald, Managing Director, +64 4 568 7879

(3/09/2020)

Peppertree Furniture (Adelaide, SA, Australia)

100% Increase in Factory Productivity

"At 10 weeks of using Empower Software we got 46% increase in factory productivity, at 6 months we had got to a 86% increase and at 3 years we had got a 100% increase in factory productivity. 

On factory productivity increases alone generated by Empower Software our annual profit has increased by approximately $200,000”

Mark Tozer, Managing Director, +61 4 0000 8172 mb

(04/03/2014)

Premier Furniture (Sydney, NSW, Australia)

20% to 25% Less Time on Jobs

"Empower Software has made a substantial improvement to factory productivity and bottom line and we would not be without it. 

I estimate that if we turned Empower off, in doing so go back to having no visibility and no accountability on the factory floor we would immediately require 20% to 25% more time to complete jobs"

Peter Langford, General Manager +61 4 0740 1612 mb

(08/07/2014)

Interia Systems (Perth, WA, Australia)

30% Increase in Factory Productivity

"We have increased our factory productivity by 30% using Empower Software"

Jon Craddock, Owner, 1300 784 814

(27/02/2020)

Pfitzner Furniture (Adelaide, SA, Australia)

25% Increase in Factory Productivity

"Minimum 25% increase in factory productivity in the first year.  Resulted in no overtime required at any time including Christmas.

Empower provides us with efficient, accurate and live time recording on jobs and reporting of work in progress"

Andrew Pfitzner, Director, +61 8 8391 0492

(16/06/2014)

Silverlynx Furniture (Melbourne, VIC, Australia)

Significant Increase in Factory Productivity, Yet to be Confirmed

"Our factory staff really enjoy using Empower and look forward to the challenge of improving their individual productivity pie chart results each week.

Empower Software is an essential production and productivity tool to our business"

Simon Bowler, General Manager

(27/02/2020)

Taylormade Caskets (Masterton, New Zealand)

35% Increase in Factory Productivity

“Prior to using Empower Software we used to use cheat sheets (ie timesheets) where workshop staff at day end manually recorded their job times which were ‘a complete work of fiction’.  Job times recorded were typically 20% to 40%+ inaccurate and regularly job times were 100% inaccurate as jobs that staff worked on the staff wrongly did not record any time on those jobs at all…

Since last year we have increased production and revenue by 35% without increasing workshop staff or hours worked.  This has made an enormous improvement to our profit…

Empower is the tool we use to manage our core business firstly, ensuring we budget labour correctly in the first place and secondly ensuring we deliver the substantial majority of our jobs on budgeted time.  We should have put Empower Software into our business 10 years earlier”

Dean Taylor, Director, +64 21 486 233

(14/07/2020)

Comseat Furniture (Adelaide, SA, Australia)

25% Increase in Factory Productivity

"I estimate that using Empower our factory productivity has increased by 25%. Using Empower we now have two less staff whilst at the same time increased our weekly output"

Brian Zanker, Director, +61 8 8349 8800

(09/05/2016)

Beautycraft Surfaces (Maungatoroto, Northland, New Zealand)

20%+ Increase in Factory Productivity Target

"A minimum 20% productivity gain is targeted within six months"

John Cockran, Owner, +64 21 400 364

(08/09/2016)

Jag Kitchens & Benchtops (Auckland, New Zealand)

65%+ Increase in Factory Productivity

"Using PCs on the factory floor and Empower Software we get 65% more kitchens out the door each week, with the same factory staff number and same hours worked.

Our production management consultancy firm, Lean Manufacturing, who consult to and benchmark the performance of many kitchen manufacturers throughout Australia and New Zealand, advises us that other progressive kitchen manufacturers require three times the factory staff to manufacture the same number of cabinets per month that Jag Kitchens do

We have started up a new business, Jag Benchtops, that we use Empower in. Empower works equally well for us in kitchen bench tops as it does in kitchens"

Nick McLagan, Director, +64 21 725 137 mb

(28/03/2019)

Total Timba Windows (Auckland, New Zealand)

25%+ Increase in Factory Productivity

"Empower has dramatically changed and improved the culture on our factory floor.  It started working for us from the very first day we put it in.

Within 6 months of using Empower we had achieved a 25% additional production from our factory staff.

Empower Software paid for itself very quickly and the financial gains from Empower continue each month and are substantial."

Rob Pickup, Managing Director, +64 274 975 001 mb

(10/07/2014)

Barretts Joinery (Timaru, New Zealand)

24%+ Increase in Factory Productivity

"We achieved a 19% gain in factory productivity within the first 2 years. Within 4 years we had achieved a 24% gain in factory productivity. Our wage cost savings from our gains is approximately $190,000 per year"

Glenn Sherborne, +64 21 515 801, Director Production Management

(11/07/2014)

Wedgerwood Joinery (Alexandra, New Zealand)

33% Increase in Factory Productivity

"Using PCs on our factory floor and Empower Job and Staff Tracking Software we have achieved a 33% increase in production from our same factory staff.

The lifting of our factory productivity by 33% has made a huge improvement to our cost competitiveness and resultant ability to win more jobs, which has made a huge improvement to our annual bottom line profit"

Blair Harris, Managing Director, +64 3 214 6030 

(08/07/2014)

Continental Stairs (Auckland, New Zealand)

20%+ Increase in Factory Productivity

"It’s a great tool for factory staff to manage their own times and bring their jobs in on budgeted time.

Empower was easy to put in and we were using Empower well within 2 weeks.

In the first 12 months 20% factory productivity increase. We have made incremental increases in our factory productivity using Empower over the years as management have used it more comprehensively"

Anthony Van Erp, Director, +64 21 281 4188

(27/04/2014)

Doors n More (Maungatoroto, Northland, New Zealand)

25% to 30% Increase in Factory Productivity

"When I did due diligence on Empower Software it was clear that it is proven over many years and many manufacturing sites to be highly effective.  Also it was important to us that Empower provided a turn key solution of support that got us set up and using the software quickly and successfully

Using Empower I estimated we have achieved a 25% to 30% factory productivity increase"

Patrick Simkin, General Manager, +64 9 439 4910

(30/06/2020)

Halswell Timber (Levin, New Zealand)

25% Increase in Factory Productivity

"I estimate that our factory productivity has increased by 25%. That is, we get 25% more production out the door each day using Empower which is 25% more daily revenue"

Allan Burt, Production Manager, +64 3 338 9199

(11/07/2014)

Techlam NZ (Levin, New Zealand)

25%+ Increase in Factory Productivity

"Before Empower Software, we relied on timesheets that were essentially useless information, the data was too little, too late and very inaccurate.

Empower Software has resulted in a dramatic increase in accountability, as well as clear & accurate back costing for each stage in the manufacturing process. Our factory productivity has increased by 25% and growing.”

Brett Hamilton, Managing Director

(24/09/2014)

12 General Engineering

CNC Solutions (Christchurch, New Zealand)

20+% Less Time on Jobs. 20+% Less Labour Cost on Jobs

“I worked for engineering businesses previously, some of which had good and some of which had poor processes, systems and reporting.  When I started CNC Solutions I had a good understanding of why it is essential to have and use good processes, systems and reporting. 

Using the Empower Software App we “run rings around” many engineering firms we compete with which have no scheduling software and only manual processes and systems which provides limited, late and inaccurate job status and labour time and labour cost reporting.

I estimate that jobs take 20% minimum less time at 20% minimum less labour cost using technology of tablets on workshop floor and Empower Workshop Productivity & Scheduling Software App.

Laine Etwell, Director

(16/2/2021)

EDS Engineering (Brisbane, QLD, Australia)

30% Less Time on Jobs.  30% Less Labour Cost on Jobs

"Empower Software has reduced our labour times and labour costs on jobs by an average of 30%, which is massive.

Our return on investment (ROI) with Empower is very high.

We looked nationwide and internationally before deciding on Empower Software and are convinced that it is the best possible labour management and job scheduling tool available by a long shot, even the big software brands did not have what Empower has.

Support from Empower office is comprehensive and amazing”

Gareth Webster, Co-Owner, +61 4 3860 0367 mb, +61 7 3881 0223 wk

(23/04/2018)

Keelow Jetboats & Avon Engineering (Gore, Southland, New Zealand)

30%+ Less Time on Jobs.  30% Less Labour Cost on Jobs

“I am confident that if we turned off Empower Software today we would go back to jobs taking 30% longer at 30% higher labour cost… In summary, Empower is a great tool that we would not be without”

Paul Cross, Managing Director, +64 27 408 4057, +64 3 208 9995 wk

(03/03/2020)

Carac Engineering (Eltham, Taranaki, New Zealand)

20%+ Less Time on Jobs.  20% Less Labour Cost on Jobs

"Our reduction in labour times on jobs and labour cost on jobs is 20% currently.  We are confident that we can get drive our labour times and labour cost on jobs significantly down further"

Mike Doyle, General Manager, +64 27 241 4580

(08/09/2016)

Autobend (Christchurch, New Zealand)

20% to 30% Less Time on Jobs.  20% to 30% Less Labour Cost on Jobs

"Our factory staff have transformed the way they approach their jobs.  Previously our factory staff did know the budgeted time expected of them at start of each job and they did not know actual time at job completion, therefore they did not know when they needed to focus to improve their job times.

Now our factory staff do know the budgeted time at start of each job and they know the actual time at job completion."

25% to 30% reduction in job times and labour cost on jobs.  We are confident that job times and labour cost on jobs will continue to reduce the more we use the system.  We now get jobs done faster and more efficiently."

Joseph Merritt, Production Manager, +64 21 899 044, +64 3 338 6000

(03/07/2020)

25 Fibreglass Boats

Composite Group (Christchurch, New Zealand)

38% Increase in Factory Productivity

"Within 2 years of using Empower software we got our factory staff down from 25 to 18 factory staff whilst retaining our weekly production, which was a 38% increase in our factory productivity.

The 7 staff saving (25 down to 18) we achieved initially in our boat division was a substantial annual wage cost saving. This is also a substantial time and cost saving for the products that we manufacture, which in turned allowed us to substantially more cost competitive in the market place, and more profitable"

Greg Simons, General Manager

(03/03/2016)

Composite Materials Based Manufacturers

Composite Group (Christchurch, New Zealand)

38% Increase in Factory Productivity

"Within 2 years of using Empower software we got our factory staff down from 25 to 18 factory staff whilst retaining our weekly production, which was a 38% increase in our factory productivity.

The 7 staff saving (25 down to 18) we achieved initially in our boat division was a substantial annual wage cost saving. This is also a substantial time and cost saving for the products that we manufacture, which in turned allowed us to substantially more cost competitive in the market place, and more profitable"

Greg Simons, General Manager

(03/03/2016)

Marine Creations (Henderson, Auckland, New Zealand)

57%+ Increase in Factory Productivity

"Using Empower our factory staff level of 22 reduced to 14 - whilst output was maintained.  This saved us $280,000 per year in wage costs.  This is a 57% increase in our factory productivity"

Richard Raynes, Managing
Director, marinecreations2009@hotmail.com
Skype: richard.raynes (nz)

(24/06/2009)

McMullen & Wing (Auckland, New Zealand)

Significant Increase in Factory Productivity, Yet to Be Determined

"As a world class boat builder, using Empower we now have a world class software solution for managing our production activity. 

We have witnessed significant factory productivity increases and time saving.

Empower Factory Productivity Software has been a substantial improvement from our previous manual system:

  • Improved factory productivity
  • Improved accuracy of times recorded on jobs
  • Improved management capability 
  • Improved planning
  • Live feed-back of job status and performance, which has reduced our report times from weeks to minutes"

David Porter, Director, +64 9 573 1405, +64 274 486349

(08/09/2016)

BPF Equipment (Dry Creek, SA, Australia)

15% Increase in Factory Productivity

“We used to use time punching machines that workshop staff punched on and off each jobs.  Workshop staff were not aware of their budgeted times for the job at job start and not aware of their actual time on the job at job end.  Workshop staff worked largely unaware of time on each job and worked at their own pace.

Using Empower we have achieved an estimated 15% increase in factory productivity

John Wright, Workshop Manager, +61 8 8262 1000

(06/07/2020)

Strata Precision Plastics (Hamilton, New Zealand)

25%+ Increase in Factory Productivity

"We have witnessed an estimated 25% increase in factory productivity in the first 2 years.

Empower is an effective job and staff management system which has enabled us to achieve and maintain substantial factory productivity gains that we would not be without.

I recommend Empower Software to other manufacturers because it is very good and effective." Khalif Cable, Production Manager, + 64 7 846 9536 

(12/11/2015)

Connex Wire (Auckland, New Zealand)

15% to 20%+ Less Time on Jobs.  Therefore 15% to 20% Less Labour Cost on Jobs

"Labour time on our jobs and therefore our labour cost on jobs has reduced by 15 to 20%.

Empower Software is the tool that allows me to be a professional and thorough production manager. Using Empower I: plan production far better, monitor production far better, get a lot more out of my factory staff team and I build and maintain a high moral and great company culture.

We would not be without Empower Software. We certainly would not go back to “manufacturing in the dark”, as we were manufacturing previously with manual time sheets"

Jay Ropati, Production Manager, +64 21 152 6698

(22/04/2020)

1 Kitchens

JR Hewitson Carpentry and Joinery (Adelaide, SA, Australia)

30% Less Time on Jobs.  30% Less Labour Cost on Jobs

“From using Empower Software at JR Hewitson the staff culture has improved enormously to be job and time focused and consequently our production, productivity and profitability has improved enormously.

We have reduced our labour time on jobs by 30%, that is we have reduced our labour cost on jobs by 30%, which has had huge improvement to profit

As a manager I like the fact the business has progressed from no and poor systems to using technology to manage and maximise our core business, which is our labour”.

Wayne Brazier, Joinery Management +61 4 0779 8044

(15 3 2021)

B & M Joinery (Cromwell, New Zealand)

25% Less Time on Jobs. 25% Less Labour Cost on Jobs

“Previously we used manual time sheets that workshop staff filled in by hand at day end to record the jobs they worked on and the time they started, finished and spent on each job.  Manual time sheets are more accurately known as “Lie” sheets and “Cheat” sheets.  Manual time sheet information was “too little too late and too inaccurate”

Now that we have PCs on our workshop floor and Empower Software the culture of all our staff has changed entirely to consistently be job, productivity, time and profit focused.

We would recommend the Empower Software App to all manufacturers and engineers, as it is an essential tool to manage all your labour

Overall we estimate jobs take 25% less labour time at 25% labour cost.” 

Kate Munro, Director

(17/2/2021)

Canam Joinery (Auckland, New Zealand)

10% Less Time on Jobs. 10% Less Labour Cost on Jobs

“We used to use manual time sheets which were highly inaccurate and incomplete.  Workshop staff could not remember the jobs they worked on so did not record those jobs and staff could not remember their job times and simply made them up.  

For 7 workshop staff manual time sheets used to cost us approximately $544 per week $26,700 per year in lost production time all workshop stopping work 10 minutes early filling them out daily and admin times and cost rekeying them into job costing program.  Empower subscription is only $99 per week - by stopping manual time sheets and using Empower Software instead saves us $445 per week and saves $21,805 per year”.

Angus Welton, General Manager, +64 21 833 161

(3/12/2020)

Matakana Kitchens and Joinery, (Matakana, New Zealand)

20% Less Time on Jobs. 20% Less Labour Cost on Jobs

“I estimate times on jobs are now 20% less using tablets on the workshop floor and Empower Software

I view Empower on 50 inch TV screens throughout the day in real time to see:
• which staff are working and which staff are not
• current job status (this saves me leaving my desk for approximate 10 minute walk to the workshop to sight each time)

I run Empower reports to back cost jobs accurately to 1) improve our quoting accuracy and 2) address with production management job times that significantly exceed budget”

Jeff Smith, Managing Director, +64 9 422 7804 wk

(24/11/2020)

Total Kitchen Solutions, (Mt Gambier, SA, Australia)

28% Increase in Factory Productivity

"Using PCs on the factory floor and Empower we get an estimated 28% more kitchens per month from our factory staff. As a result we save $80,000 per year in wage costs"

Richard Hein, Managing Director, +61 8 8725 8755 wk

(29/04/2014)

Hodgman Kitchens, (Launceston, TAS, Australia)

20% Increase in Factory Productivity

"We have achieved a 20% increase in our factory productivity"

Dale Hodgman, Director, +61 4 1814 5900

(16/09/2016)

Debrich Joinery (Sydney, NSW, Australia)

15% Increase in Factory Productivity

“Ingredients of high quality information from Empower Software 1) real time reporting 2) accurate to the minute times 3) Job times down to task level and 4) reporting individual staff involved in each task on the Job and their actual times involved – with all this information in most cases we can fairly and accurately pin point issues and discuss the issues openly and positively

I estimate our jobs are completed in 15% less labour time overall therefore 15% less labour cost on our jobs

Richard, Managing Director

(10/10/2020)

Angelo Petkovic Cabinets, (Perth, WA, Australia)

28% Increase in Factory Productivity

“Our factory staff use Empower as their tool to manage their own jobs, priorities, and times on their jobs … In total I estimate jobs take 15% to 20% less time and therefore 15% to 20% less labour cost to produce using Empower Software than when I had our manual system of time sheets”

Jason Petkovic, Manager, +61 4 0348 5777 mobile

(19/03/2020)

Jag Kitchens and Bench Tops (Auckland, New Zealand)

65% Increase in Factory Productivity

"Using PCs on the factory floor and Empower Software we get 65% more kitchens out the door each week, with the same factory staff number and same hours worked.

We have started up a new business, Jag Benchtops, that we use Empower in. Empower works equally well for us in kitchen bench tops as it does in kitchens"

Nick McLagan, Managing Director, +64 21 725 137 mb

(28/03/2019)

Wedgerwood Joinery (Alexandra, New Zealand)

33% Increase in Factory Productivity

"Using PCs on our factory floor and Empower Job and Staff Tracking Software we have achieved a 33% increase in production from our same factory staff.

The lifting of our factory productivity by 33% has made a huge improvement to our cost competitiveness and resultant ability to win more jobs, which has made a huge improvement to our annual bottom line profit"

Blair Harris, Managing Director, +64 3 214 6030 

(08/07/2014)

Montage Kitchens (Hamilton, New Zealand)

20% Increase in Factory Productivity

"In the 1st year of using Empower we maintained output and achieved wage cost savings of $150,000 per year.

I am confident that if we turned off Empower we would go back to taking 20% longer to manufacture our kitchens"

Ken Monk, Managing Director & Craig Mackie, Production Manager +64 7 847 9174

(04/03/2014)

Kitchens R Us (Tauranga, New Zealand)

40% Increase in Factory Productivity

"We have significantly increased our annual production and turn over whilst at the same time reduced 2.5 to 3 staff. Overall our factory productivity has increased by an estimated 40%. Empower Software has saved us $120,000 per year in wage costs.  

In 7 years we have not missed one install date. 

I could NOT operate and grow my business as I do without Empower software."

Russell Reardon, Managing Director, +64 21 725 137 mb

(08/07/2014)

Misco Joinery (Christchurch, New Zealand)

20% Increase in Factory Productivity

"We have achieved a 20% increase in our factory productivity using Empower Software.

We highly recommend Empower as it has certainly helped Misco Joinery with our growth over the past 18 months."

Glen Colenso, Managing Director, +64 3 383 4384 wk, +64 27 220 3053 mb

(01/12/2015)

Barretts Joinery (Timaru, New Zealand)

24% Increase in Factory Productivity

"We achieved a 19% gain in factory productivity within the first 2 years.

Within 4 years we had achieved a 24% gain in factory productivity. Our wage cost savings from our gains is approximately $190,000 per year"

Glenn Sherborne, +64 21 515 801, Director Production Management

(11/07/2014)

Elite Kitchens (New Plymouth, New Zealand)

30% Less Time on Jobs.  30% Less Labour Cost on Jobs

"We needed Empower Software largely because our main competitor in town was putting in Empower and we could not afford to be without it, as our kitchens would take substantially more time to manufacture.

Empower allows us to complete kitchens in the quickest possible time, therefore be cost competitive in our market place and therefore maintain our profit margin.

I am confident that if we did not have Empower Software I would get an estimated 30% less production out the door each day and each week"

Graeme Walton, Production Manager

(08/07/2014)

Whangamata Woodwork (Whangamata, New Zealand)

15% to 20% Less Time on Jobs.  15% to 20% Less labour Cost on Jobs

“Empower has conservatively reduced our labour times and labour cost on jobs by 15% to 20%. Empower also allows to budget our labour and quote considerably more accurately.  Both reducing labour cost on jobs and quoting our labour more accurately makes a substantial improvement to our profit”

Clive Roberts, Director. +64 27 241 9780    

(08/07/2014)

Counties Kitchens, (Auckland, NZ)

20% to 25% Less Time on Jobs.  20% to 25% Less Labour Cost on Jobs

"We have secured 20% to 25% less labour time on jobs therefore 20% to 25% less labour cost on jobs …. Empower is a great tool I certainly recommend it"

 John Crawford, Director, +64 27 222 7782

(13/07/2020)

Engineering - Metal

Active VMA Engineering (Rotorua, New Zealand)

20% Minimum Less Time on Jobs.  20% Minimum Less Labour Cost on Jobs

“Examples of reductions in several typical job times:
1.   280 hours down to 200 hours
2.   210 hours down to 130 hours
Overall, I estimate we have reduced our time on jobs by at least 20% on average”

Greg Smith, Operations and Finance Manager, +64 27 271 8080

(9/4/2021)

Manta Marine Stainless (Auckland, New Zealand)

30% Minimum Less Time on Jobs.  30% Minimum Less Labour Cost on Jobs

“We have witnessed a minimum 30% reduction in labour times on jobs therefore 30% labour cost on jobs.  If we turned off Empower today our labour time on jobs and labour cost on jobs would increase 30% which would have a massive negative impact on our Job profitability and ultimately our sales and production levels.  We definitely would not operate our business without Empower.”

Steve and Louise Pribicevich, Directors +64 9 620 71027

(12/3/2021)

CNC Solutions (Christchurch, New Zealand)

20+% Less Time on Jobs. 20+% Less Labour Cost on Jobs

“I worked for engineering businesses previously, some of which had good and some of which had poor processes, systems and reporting.  When I started CNC Solutions I had a good understanding of why it is essential to have and use good processes, systems and reporting. 

Using the Empower Software App we “run rings around” many engineering firms we compete with which have no scheduling software and only manual processes and systems which provides limited, late and inaccurate job status and labour time and labour cost reporting.

I estimate that jobs take 20% minimum less time at 20% minimum less labour cost using technology of tablets on workshop floor and Empower Workshop Productivity & Scheduling Software App.

Laine Etwell, Director

(16/2/2021)

Chapman Fabrications (Adelaide, SA, Australia)

20% Less Time on Jobs.  20% Less Labour Cost on Jobs

“I ceased using manual time sheets and instead I now use tablets on my workshop floor and the Empower Workshop Productivity and Scheduling Software App, which costs $76 per week so for my 5 workshop staff I immediately saved approximately $300 per week and $14,700 annually.

I found the Empower Software App easy and relatively quick to put in and start using.

I would guess that is we turned off Empower Software then we would have no individual staff, job and task reporting of job times, therefore no workshop staff and no management transparency, awareness and accountability the would result would be jobs would take approximately 20% more time and 20% more labour cost.”

Simon Chapman, Managing Director, +61 4 0880 6086

(14/1/2021)

Dix Engineering, (Remark, SA, Australia)

20% Less Time on Jobs. 20% Less Labour Cost on Jobs

“If we turned off Empower today then tomorrow onwards jobs would go back to taking 20% or more longer at 20% higher labour cost. The technology of Empower Software and the workshop floor tablets certainly makes workshop staff aware and engaged and it enables workshop staff to continually meet and manage their times on all jobs”

Andrew Parkinson, Managing Director, PH: 08 8586 1500, MB: 0418 210 124, Email: awelton@canam.co.nz

(9/12/2020)

TrailLite Motor Homes & Caravans (Pukekohe, Auckland, New Zealand)

Significant Increase in Factory Productivity

“We employ 70 staff…We are building 90 motor homes a year and the price range of each motor home is $250,000 to $350,000

I like the technology of tablets on workshop floor and Empower Software App which provides us accurate to the minute job times, task times and individual staff times on tasks and real time reporting

The reduction in job times and labour cost using the Empower Software App have been and are significant.

We are very happy with the Empower Software App, it is an important reporting tool in our business that we would not be without”

Shaun Newman, General Manager, TrailLite Motor Homes, PH: +64 9 238 6869

(13/11/2020)

Accurate Australia (Brisbane, Qld, Australia)

30% to 50% Less Time on Jobs.  30% to 50% Less Labour Cost on Jobs

Using Empower we have 30% to 50% less time on jobs therefore 30% to 50% less labour cost on jobs

The number of jobs we deliver to clients on due date has increased substantially using Empower.  Our DIFOT % (Delivered In Full On Time) is almost 100% monthly

My discussions with workshop staff are now backed up fully with accurate real time reporting, so I can be fair, equitable and professional

Our 50 inch TV screens on office walls and workshop walls, Empower always reporting all jobs, all staff and all job times in real time continuously throughout the day certainly increases workshop staff awareness, engagement and focus

Kate Honeyman, Production and Sales Administrator, +61 7 3881 3056

(2/11/2020)

EDS Engineering (Brisbane, QLD, Australia)

30% Less Time on Jobs.  30% Less Labour Cost on Jobs

"Empower Software has reduced our labour times and labour costs on jobs by an average of 30%, which is massive.

Our return on investment (ROI) with Empower is very high.

We looked nationwide and internationally before deciding on Empower Software and are convinced that it is the best possible labour management and job scheduling tool available by a long shot, even the big software brands did not have what Empower has.

Support from Empower office is comprehensive and amazing”

Gareth Webster, Co-Owner, +61 4 3860 0367 mb, +61 7 3881 0223 wk

(23/04/2018)

Keelow Jetboats & Avon Engineering (Gore, Southland, New Zealand)

30%+ Less Time on Jobs.  30% Less Labour Cost on Jobs

“I am confident that if we turned off Empower Software today we would go back to jobs taking 30% longer at 30% higher labour cost… In summary, Empower is a great tool that we would not be without”

Paul Cross, Managing Director, +64 27 408 4057, +64 3 208 9995 wk

(03/03/2020)

Carac Engineering (Eltham, Taranaki, New Zealand)

20%+ Less Time on Jobs.  20% Less Labour Cost on Jobs

"Our reduction in labour times on jobs and labour cost on jobs is 20% currently.  We are confident that we can get drive our labour times and labour cost on jobs significantly down further"

Mike Doyle, General Manager, +64 27 241 4580

(08/09/2016)

Autobend (Christchurch, New Zealand)

20% to 30% Less Time on Jobs.  20% to 30% Less Labour Cost on Jobs

"Our factory staff have transformed the way they approach their jobs.  Previously our factory staff did know the budgeted time expected of them at start of each job and they did not know actual time at job completion, therefore they did not know when they needed to focus to improve their job times.

Now our factory staff do know the budgeted time at start of each job and they know the actual time at job completion."

25% to 30% reduction in job times and labour cost on jobs.  We are confident that job times and labour cost on jobs will continue to reduce the more we use the system.  We now get jobs done faster and more efficiently."

Joseph Merritt, Production Manager, +64 21 899 044, +64 3 338 6000

(03/07/2020)

Heat Tech Ltd (Auckland, New Zealand)

20% to 25% Increase in Factory Productivity

“'Lie sheets' my factory staff used to fill in at the end of every day. On our previous manual system we used to pay factory staff for poor performance. With Computers on the factory floor and Empower we pay factory staff accurately and fairly, which is a win win for my factory staff and the business.

In our business we employ staff of all backgrounds Indians, Japanese, Germans, Philippines and Kiwis, tradesman & non tradesmen, 20 to 60 years of age and of many religions. As production manager and owner it is necessary for me to be clear in all communications, accurate in production numbers presented and fair and equitable to all factory staff, which Empower allows me to do

We have secured a 20% to 25% increase in my factory productivity using Empower Software” Wolfgang Schoense, Owner and Production Manager, +64 9 418 1102

(19/01/2017)

Express Sheet Metals (Otahuhu, Auckland, New Zealand)

25%+ Less Time on Jobs.  25% Less Labour Cost on Jobs

"We were a small 10 man business manufacturing ducting struggling from job to job at $1 mill revenue per year.  4 years later we were doing $6 to $7 million per year, and now 9 years later we are employing as many as 200 staff and doing as a guide $15+ mill revenue per year.  We could not have managed and controlled our growth without Empower.

Empower Software has transformed our entire business operation. Our factory staff culture has become very positive and committed to meeting and beating the times on all our jobs.

Our jobs are taking on average 25% less time to complete [ie. a 33% increase in factory productivity].

With 25% less labour time and less labour cost we are highly cost competitive in the market place which has lead directly to our increasing sales and increasing production.  We love the Empower system and certainly would not be without it."

Mike Arcari, Director, +64 9 276 8238, +64 21 973 273 mb

(11/07/2019)

Donovan Engineering (Whangarei, New Zealand)

30% Increase in Factory Productivity

“We have witnessed the following 10 Productivity Increases using Empower Software:

1. Having Empower in for only 4 months we had dropped our nightshift and maintained same level of production...

3. All forms of time that factory staff stole in working hours during the day has been practically eliminated...

8. Having Empower in for only 4 months our lead time on jobs being completed for clients had dropped from 15 days average to 7 days average. This was a massive improvement in our customer service...

10. Overall I estimate our total factory productivity increase using Empower to date is 30%.”

Kyle Donovan, Director, +64 9 438 1562, +64 21 456 158

(24/05/2016)

All Round Sheet Metal (Onehunga, Auckland, New Zealand)

30% to 35% Increase in Factory Productivity

“Since having Empower Software working for 3 years we have got very labour cost competitive and have grown our production and revenue fourfold and grown our profit higher than fourfold.

If you are using workshop staff completed manual time sheets as I was, or not recording time on jobs at all you are manufacturing “blind” of your labour time and labour cost on jobs, which is poor management of your labour force.  Conversely using Empower you are manufacturing with 20 20 vision with real time information from your workshop floor, and all individual workshop staff are fully aware, transparent, accountable and highly productive.”

Alex Sullivan, Director, +64 21 444 403, +64 9 622 2139

(22/06/2020)

Longveld Engineering (Hamilton, New Zealand)

Significant Increase in Factory Productivity, Yet to be Confirmed

“Whilst it is not easy to quantify exact % factory productivity increase using Empower Software I believe we have achieved significant factory productivity increases in the following areas:


Factory Staff seeing on the factory PC:

  1. daily job list and workload
  2. budgeted time for each job on job start
  3. time through the job as job progresses to keep on track
  4. completed time against budgeted time to monitor their own performance
  5. any other staff currently logged onto their job

Management seeing on the PCs in the office:

  1. daily job list and workload – to ensure enough work is loaded
  2. time through the job as job progresses to keep on track
  3. completed time against budgeted time on each job
  4. any other staff currently logged onto their job
  5. ability of production manager to speak to staff live on the factory floor about time on current job”

Mark Callen, General Manager Finance, +64 7 846 6901

(29/02/2016)

Johnson and Couzins (Auckland & Christchurch, New Zealand)

100%+ Increase in Factory Productivity

"Using Empower Software now for 24 months we have doubled our production, whilst retaining our total staff and retaining our overhead cost [100% Factory Productivity Increase].  This has exponentially increased our annual profit and our business valuation.  This factory productivity increase has substantially reduced our total labour times on our jobs therefore substantially reduced our labour cost on our Jobs.

Our monthly DIFOT (ie Delivered In Full On Time) used to be 20% and has now improved to 85% using Empower.

Our lead times used to be 14-16 weeks and has now reduced to 8-10 weeks using Empower."

John Segalla, General Manager Auckland

(01/06/2018)

Easy Access Company (Maungatoroto, Northland, New Zealand)

25% Increase in Factory Productivity

"Using Empower we have achieved an estimated 25% increase in our factory productivity

Key Points we have found with Empower Software:

  1. Factory staff know the costed time and are more likely to achieve it
  2. Good for measuring productivity MTD between teams to foster friendly competition
  3. Easy for management and team leaders to assign tasks quickly and monitor production times
  4. Product back costing is very easy
  5. Simple way of recording down and unaccounted time, more staff accountability
  6. Producing WIP and forward work documentation is easy."

Neil Hodges, Production Management.  Jeff Wearmouth Director

(27/5/2016)

Compass Trailers (Dargaville, Northland, New Zealand)

30%+ Increase in Factory Productivity

"We have achieved an estimated 30% increase in our workshop productivity...

Our advice is threefold, if you are a manufacturer or engineer make sure you chose only workshop labour management software where:

· 100% of client users of the software are manufacturers and engineers

· the software has been around for 10 or more years and

· the software has written case study proof of the significant workshop gains that many clients have achieved using the software"

Hamish Campion, Managing Director, +64 21 228 3735

(07/07/2020)

MARs Transport Equipment (Riverland, SA, Australia)

50%+ Increase in Factory Productivity

"Within six months of using the software we had turned our factory productivity on its ear, increasing it by an absolute minimum 30%. 

At eight years on using Empower Software we have increased our factory productivity by an estimated 50%.

We are now a much more competitive and stable business looking at growing sales, factory staff and annual profit. 

In hindsight, attempting to manage this business and attempting to manage factory staff for all those years without PCs on the factory floor and Empower time tracking software I was "pissing in the wind”.

Putting in Empower Software is the best thing I have done in my business since owning the business in 1987."

Peter Morelli, Managing Director, +61 4 1883 9156 mb

(05/07/2015)

Delta Stock Crates (Fielding, New Zealand)

10% Increase in Factory Productivity

"We get accurate manufacturing data being captured in real time. We can instantly see who is working on what and report on, and analyse, up to the minute data - from individual staff times through to accumulated time on current jobs, or just a specific part or component being manufactured. This is invaluable for at driving factory productivity which in turn helps keep manufacturing costs down.  

Currently we use only a part of Empower Software.  We don’t use Scheduling at all and we don’t use some of the productivity reporting that I have seen other Empower clients use.  Regardless, I estimate we have achieved a 10% increase in our factory productivity by using Empower Software.

Our factory staff have endorsed Empower and there is now a greater awareness and interest in meeting their times on jobs and knowing "time is money". The culture change has been quite refreshing.

Darryl Coleman, Director, +64 27 435 5386

(19/04/2016)

Combo Industries (Adelaide, SA, Australia)

15% to 20% Less Time on Jobs.  15% to 20% Less Labour Cost on Jobs

"Previously we used manual times sheets. Our workshop staff tried to remember then recorded their jobs and times on jobs at day end, many times were “fudged” by staff. They used to take each staff member approximately 10 minutes each to complete daily, which across 15 staff totals 2.5 hours per day, 12.5 hours per week of lost production and lost chargeable time totalling $1,000 per week (ie 12.5 hours times $80 per hour). Our administration staff used to take an additional 1.5 hours per day, 7.5 hours per week, collating and inputting times into our job cost spreadsheet, so wage cost, some $30 an hour, was an additional $225 per week. To produce my single job cost report from manual time sheets used to cost me $1,225 per week.

Empower cost me only $130 per week for the first 3 years and now I’m paying $49 per week. Moving from manual time sheets to Empower is saving me $1,176 per week and $61,152 per year. Plus I have gained all the additional benefits Empower Software provides: accurate times, real time reporting, reporting times of jobs and down to task level, reporting times of individual workshop staff, reporting real time jobs, staff and times on 55 inch TVs on office walls and workshop walls, job scheduling and a 15% to 20% reduction in job times and 15% to 20% reduction in labour cost on jobs "

Darryl Barber, Director, +61 8 8349 4366, +61 4 1884 2670

(31/07/2020)

Otago Transport Engineers (OTE) (Dunedin, New Zealand)

20% Less Time on Jobs.  20% Less Labour Cost on Jobs

“We have achieved an estimated 20% reduction in time on jobs overall.

I am a big believer of work shop staff and job times transparency.  Empower reports time in real time and accurate to the minute which is very powerful. 
 
In summary Empower is an amazing tool that makes my life easier and allows me to do a better job as production manager"
Richard Swale, Production Manager, +64 3 489 2553

(28/08/2020)

Rata Industries (Timaru, New Zealand)

40%+ Increase in Factory Productivity within the First 3 months

 "We witnessed a 40% increase in our factory productivity within the first 3 months.

A colleague running another manufacturing business heard we had Empower and phoned me to seek my advice.  I respectfully advised him at the end of our conversation "you would be mad not to put Empower in as it certainly does work".  The colleague followed my advice and put in Empower and I know he too has secured substantial increases in his factory productivity and is very happy with it"

Bert Walton, Production Director, +64 3 688 2478

(20/04/2016)

Ace Doors (Wiri, Auckland, New Zealand)

20%+ Increase in Factory Productivity

"Using Empower I estimate that our factory productivity has increased by 20% and we expect to progress this further"

Oli Liskova, Production Management, +64 9 273 4970

(06/04/2016)

Carac Engineering Group (Taranaki, New Zealand)

20% Less Time on Jobs.  20% Less Labour Cost on Jobs

“Using Empower Software, we now have a companywide, all workshop staff, all management and all administration staff awareness of and focus on job times.  All management and all staff in the same boat rowing in the same direction

Our reduction in labour times on jobs and labour cost on jobs is 20% currently.  We are confident that we can get drive our labour times and labour cost on jobs significantly down further”

Mike Doyle, General Manager, +64 27 241 4580

(27/02/2020)

Versalite Windows and Doors (Tamworth, NSW, Australia)

40%+ Increase in Factory Productivity

"Using Empower our staff and factory productivity has increased by 40%, saves us around $96,000 per year in wage cost and has brought about a significant and real positive culture change to our factory floor."

Michael Myers, Managing Director, +61 2 6765 3222, +61 4 2960 9568 mb

(08/07/2014)

Packers Windows and Doors (Adelaide, SA, Australia)

40%+ Increase in Factory Productivity

“Empower definitely makes our factory staff fully conscious of the times we have sold the jobs for (ie the budgeted times that they see on Empower on the factory PC screens). So factory staff are aware of what is expected of them and they appreciate having the target times and direction.

We have achieved a 40% increase in our factory productivity"

Seb Packer, Managing Director

(06/07/2014)

Sandbrooks Marine Windows (Wiri, Auckland, New Zealand)

10% Increase in Factory Productivity in 4 Weeks.  20% Increase in Factory Productivity Target within 3 months

"In the very first four weeks we achieved a 10% increase in output. This is the equivalent to a saving in wages of two factory staff totalling $60,000 saving per year.

We are confident we will get our increase in output to at least 20% within the next two months. This will be the equivalent to a saving in wages of four factory staff totalling $120,000 saving per year."

Glen Sandbrook, Director, +64 276 872 874     
glen@sandbrooks.co.nz

(18/06/2007)

Crittall Arnold Windows (Auckland, New Zealand)

22% Increase in Factory Productivity

"Across our 18 factory staff we have achieved an estimated 130.5 additional production hours per week, which is enormous. This is an estimated 22% increase in our factory productivity"

Darren Arnold, Managing Director, +64 9 296 5520

(28/02/2017)

Makaira Boats (Keri Keri, New Zealand)

30%+ Less Time on Jobs.  30%+ Less Labour Cost on Jobs

“We have only been using Empower for 9 months and I estimate we have made approximately a 30% reduction in our labour times and labour cost already.

"My goal is to reduce our labour times and labour cost by 50%.”

Allan Shaw, Director, +64 21 121 8889mb, +64 9 401 6641 wk

(13/01/2019)

Keelow Jet Boats & Avon Engineering (Gore, New Zealand)

30% Increase in Factory Productivity

“I am confident that if we turned off Empower Software today we would go back to jobs taking 30% longer at 30% higher labour cost…

In summary, Empower is a great tool that we would not be without”

Paul Cross, Managing Director, +64 27 408 4057 mb, +64 3 208 9995 wk

(03/03/2020)

New Age Caravans (Melbourne, VIC, Australia)

20%+ Less Time on Jobs within 3 months Target, 40%+ Less Time on Jobs within 6 months Target

New Age Caravans currently employ 153 workshop staff.

Previously we had no time on jobs information, so we had no technology.  Using touch screens on the workshop floor and Empower Workshop Productivity & Scheduling Software with real time reporting of jobs, parts of jobs and individual staff we are now a high technology business. 

Industry 4.0, Lean Manufacturing, Digital Manufacturing and Advanced Manufacturing necessitates using touch screens on the workshop floor and the likes of Empower Workshop Productivity & Scheduling Software.

Using Empower our workshop staff culture has quickly changed to be time and job focused.  We are eliminating slippage in key areas and getting significant gains in many areas on the workshop floor.  I expect that within 3 months we will achieve a 20% minimum reduction in labour times on jobs therefore a 20% reduction in labour cost on jobs and at 6 months we will get to 40%+ reduction in labour times on jobs therefore 40%+ reduction in labour cost on jobs".

David Lawrence, Site Manufacturing Manager, Over Seeing: CNC, Furniture, Programming, Side Frames, Chassis Assembly, M: +61 4 0014 5222

(24/08/2020)

Ulti Bend (Wellington, New Zealand)

14% Increase in Factory Productivity

"Empower times on jobs recorded on factory PCs live is a lot more accurate than the times on jobs that we used to record manually at the end of the day by factory staff themselves... Since I have started in the production management role over the last 12 months we have been able to improve our factory productivity by around 14%"

Morgan Turley, Production Director

(04/05/2016)

2 Commercial Joinery

Comace Commercial Joinery (Adelaide, SA, Australia)

40% Increase in Factory Productivity

"As a manufacturer our core business is labour management.  Accordingly, Empower is critically important software in our business, that we could not do without, as it manages and maximizes the labour productivity of all our factory staff and all our site installers. Acknowledging that our labour productivity is the single largest factor that determines profitability on all jobs and ultimately our annual profit.

Empower Software interfaces with MYOB Exo as one seamless software solution.

We have achieved a 40% increase in factory productivity to date, we had a achieved a 30% increase in factory productivity within the first three months of putting Empower in our business.

Empower has enabled us to be a lot more productive and cost competitive in the market place"

 Paul Williams, Director, Managing Director, +61 4 1787 1445 mb

(10/7/2019)

Riverland Cabinet Makers (Riverland, SA, Australia)

40% Less Time on Jobs.  40% Less Labour Cost on Jobs

"Using Empower Factory Productivity Software we have maintained our weekly production with 40% less factory staff. This is a 66% increase in our factory productivity."

Ricky Wagner, Director, +61 8 8584 5892

(05/03/2015)

Finecut Joinery (Sydney, NSW, Australia)

25% Increase in Factory Productivity

"Empower and the factory PCs force factory staff to be aware of their budgeted and actual times on each job and take responsibility for jobs they work on.  Our factory staff are aware of how long they are taking on a job realise the importance of finishing on time.

Empower has helped management and the sales team ensure that our prices are accurate as far as our labour component is concerned.

We have achieved a 25% increase in our staff and factory productivity"

Mitchell Black, Production Manager, +61 4 3128 7866

(24/05/2015)

Tasker Joinery (Sydney, NSW, Australia)

20% Increase in Factory Productivity

"Using Empower we are getting 20% more joinery out the door each month. 

Our business consultant confirmed that a 20% increase in our factory productivity would increase our annual profit by an estimated 60%"

Greg Tasker, Managing Director, +61 2 9540 4100

(24/05/2015)

Gartshore Group (Tauranga, New Zealand)

25% Increase in Factory Productivity

"Our factory productivity has increased by an estimated 25%.

Empower is a great production manager's tool, I would not be without it.

 Richard Grey, Factory Manager, +64 7 571 7354

(12/06/2015)

Central Joinery (Auckland, New Zealand)

Significant Increase in Factory Productivity, Yet To Be Confirmed

"We have got our factory staff Downtime from an average of 2 to 3 hours per staff member per week to an average of 30 minutes per staff member per week, which is a 2 hour per staff member per week saving, which times 32 staff is a total saving of 64 hours per week.  

At the eight times a day our factory; staff start work, start and finish morning smoko, start and finish lunch, start and finish afternoon smoko and finish work at day end, we have eliminated an average of 15 to 20 per staff member per day, which is 1.25 to 1.5 hours per staff member lost time member per week, which across 32 staff is a total saving of 40 to 48 hours per week.  
Empower Software paid for itself within a number of months. From a return on investment perspective the investment in Empower Software was a no brainer."

 Shaun Simpson, Managing Director

(08/07/2014)

RH Page now Retail Dimension (Auckland, New Zealand)

Significant Increase in Factory Productivity, Yet To Be Confirmed

"We regard Empower HQ as a strategic partner to our business.

We regard Empower Software as an essential tool and we could not contemplate running our business without Empower in the future."

 Andy Page, Chief Executive Officer, +64 21 660 611

(24/6/2014)

JB Joinery (Christchurch, New Zealand)

15%+ Increase in Factory Productivity

Empower certainly keeps our factory staff patently conscious of actual times they take on each of their job.

We have achieved a 15% productivity increase overall. We have got significant productivity gains in the factory and will get more gains with more management focus on Empower.

I estimate Empower paid for itself fully within 6 months"

Stuart Cowan, Director, +64 274 405 208 mb 

(14/5/2015)

MWF Joinery (Christchurch, New Zealand)

30% Increase in Factory Productivity

"Within 2 years of rolling out Empower we had a 30% increase in factory productivity. In summary Empower has been very good for us and we would not consider manufacturing without it. We recommend it to every manufacturer we talk to about factory productivity and profitability"

Gary Alternburg, Managing Director, +64 21 900 607

(07/08/2015)

Ferndale Furniture (Wellington, New Zealand)

Significant Increase in Factory Productivity, Yet To Be Confirmed

“Accurate time keeping and reporting with Empower Software enabled Ferndale Furniture to bank significant bottom line gains as soon as we started using it.

8 Years down the track Empower is still adding value to the performance of our business with incremental improvements every year.”

Grant MacDonald, Managing Director, +64 4 568 7879

(3/09/2020)

26 Contract Fibre Glass Products

Marine Creations (Henderson, Auckland, New Zealand)

57%+ Increase in Factory Productivity

"Using Empower our factory staff level of 22 reduced to 14 - whilst output was maintained.  This saved us $280,000 per year in wage costs.  This is a 57% increase in our factory productivity"

Richard Raynes, Managing
Director, marinecreations2009@hotmail.com
Skype: richard.raynes (nz)

(24/06/2009)

13 Sheet Metal

Heat Tech Ltd (Auckland, New Zealand)

20% to 25% Increase in Factory Productivity

“'Lie sheets' my factory staff used to fill in at the end of every day. On our previous manual system we used to pay factory staff for poor performance. With Computers on the factory floor and Empower we pay factory staff accurately and fairly, which is a win win for my factory staff and the business.

In our business we employ staff of all backgrounds Indians, Japanese, Germans, Philippines and Kiwis, tradesman & non tradesmen, 20 to 60 years of age and of many religions. As production manager and owner it is necessary for me to be clear in all communications, accurate in production numbers presented and fair and equitable to all factory staff, which Empower allows me to do

We have secured a 20% to 25% increase in my factory productivity using Empower Software” Wolfgang Schoense, Owner and Production Manager, +64 9 418 1102

(19/01/2017)

Express Sheet Metals (Otahuhu, Auckland, New Zealand)

25%+ Less Time on Jobs.  25% Less Labour Cost on Jobs

"We were a small 10 man business manufacturing ducting struggling from job to job at $1 mill revenue per year.  4 years later we were doing $6 to $7 million per year, and now 9 years later we are employing as many as 200 staff and doing as a guide $15+ mill revenue per year.  We could not have managed and controlled our growth without Empower.

Empower Software has transformed our entire business operation. Our factory staff culture has become very positive and committed to meeting and beating the times on all our jobs.

Our jobs are taking on average 25% less time to complete [ie. a 33% increase in factory productivity].

With 25% less labour time and less labour cost we are highly cost competitive in the market place which has lead directly to our increasing sales and increasing production.  We love the Empower system and certainly would not be without it."

Mike Arcari, Director, +64 9 276 8238, +64 21 973 273 mb

(11/07/2019)

Donovan Engineering (Whangarei, New Zealand)

30% Increase in Factory Productivity

“We have witnessed the following 10 Productivity Increases using Empower Software:

1. Having Empower in for only 4 months we had dropped our nightshift and maintained same level of production...

3. All forms of time that factory staff stole in working hours during the day has been practically eliminated...

8. Having Empower in for only 4 months our lead time on jobs being completed for clients had dropped from 15 days average to 7 days average. This was a massive improvement in our customer service...

10. Overall I estimate our total factory productivity increase using Empower to date is 30%.”

Kyle Donovan, Director, +64 9 438 1562, +64 21 456 158

(24/05/2016)

All Round Sheet Metal (Onehunga, Auckland, New Zealand)

30% to 35% Increase in Factory Productivity

“Since having Empower Software working for 3 years we have got very labour cost competitive and have grown our production and revenue fourfold and grown our profit higher than fourfold.

If you are using workshop staff completed manual time sheets as I was, or not recording time on jobs at all you are manufacturing “blind” of your labour time and labour cost on jobs, which is poor management of your labour force.  Conversely using Empower you are manufacturing with 20 20 vision with real time information from your workshop floor, and all individual workshop staff are fully aware, transparent, accountable and highly productive.”

Alex Sullivan, Director, +64 21 444 403, +64 9 622 2139

(22/06/2020)

3 Furniture Panel & Board

Peppertree Furniture (Adelaide, SA, Australia)

100% Increase in Factory Productivity

"At 10 weeks of using Empower Software we got 46% increase in factory productivity, at 6 months we had got to a 86% increase and at 3 years we had got a 100% increase in factory productivity. 

On factory productivity increases alone generated by Empower Software our annual profit has increased by approximately $200,000”

Mark Tozer, Managing Director, +61 4 0000 8172 mb

(04/03/2014)

Premier Furniture (Sydney, NSW, Australia)

20% to 25% Less Time on Jobs

"Empower Software has made a substantial improvement to factory productivity and bottom line and we would not be without it. 

I estimate that if we turned Empower off, in doing so go back to having no visibility and no accountability on the factory floor we would immediately require 20% to 25% more time to complete jobs"

Peter Langford, General Manager +61 4 0740 1612 mb

(08/07/2014)

Interia Systems (Perth, WA, Australia)

30% Increase in Factory Productivity

"We have increased our factory productivity by 30% using Empower Software"

Jon Craddock, Owner, 1300 784 814

(27/02/2020)

27 Project Boats

McMullen & Wing (Auckland, New Zealand)

Significant Increase in Factory Productivity, Yet to Be Determined

"As a world class boat builder, using Empower we now have a world class software solution for managing our production activity. 

We have witnessed significant factory productivity increases and time saving.

Empower Factory Productivity Software has been a substantial improvement from our previous manual system:

  • Improved factory productivity
  • Improved accuracy of times recorded on jobs
  • Improved management capability 
  • Improved planning
  • Live feed-back of job status and performance, which has reduced our report times from weeks to minutes"

David Porter, Director, +64 9 573 1405, +64 274 486349

(08/09/2016)

14 Stainless & Alloy Fabrication

Manta Marine Stainless (Auckland, New Zealand)

30% Minimum Less Time on Jobs.  30% Minimum Less Labour Cost on Jobs

“We have witnessed a minimum 30% reduction in labour times on jobs therefore 30% labour cost on jobs.  If we turned off Empower today our labour time on jobs and labour cost on jobs would increase 30% which would have a massive negative impact on our Job profitability and ultimately our sales and production levels.  We definitely would not operate our business without Empower.”

Steve and Louise Pribicevich, Directors +64 9 620 71027

(12/3/2021)

Chapman Fabrications (Adelaide, SA, Australia)

20% Less Time on Jobs.  20% Less Labour Cost on Jobs

“I ceased using manual time sheets and instead I now use tablets on my workshop floor and the Empower Workshop Productivity and Scheduling Software App, which costs $76 per week so for my 5 workshop staff I immediately saved approximately $300 per week and $14,700 annually.

I found the Empower Software App easy and relatively quick to put in and start using.

I would guess that is we turned off Empower Software then we would have no individual staff, job and task reporting of job times, therefore no workshop staff and no management transparency, awareness and accountability the would result would be jobs would take approximately 20% more time and 20% more labour cost.”

Simon Chapman, Managing Director, +61 4 0880 6086

(14/1/2021)

Longveld Engineering (Hamilton, New Zealand)

Significant Increase in Factory Productivity, Yet to be Confirmed

“Whilst it is not easy to quantify exact % factory productivity increase using Empower Software I believe we have achieved significant factory productivity increases in the following areas:


Factory Staff seeing on the factory PC:

  1. daily job list and workload
  2. budgeted time for each job on job start
  3. time through the job as job progresses to keep on track
  4. completed time against budgeted time to monitor their own performance
  5. any other staff currently logged onto their job

Management seeing on the PCs in the office:

  1. daily job list and workload – to ensure enough work is loaded
  2. time through the job as job progresses to keep on track
  3. completed time against budgeted time on each job
  4. any other staff currently logged onto their job
  5. ability of production manager to speak to staff live on the factory floor about time on current job”

Mark Callen, General Manager Finance, +64 7 846 6901

(29/02/2016)

Johnson and Couzins (Auckland & Christchurch, New Zealand)

100%+ Increase in Factory Productivity

"Using Empower Software now for 24 months we have doubled our production, whilst retaining our total staff and retaining our overhead cost [100% Factory Productivity Increase].  This has exponentially increased our annual profit and our business valuation.  This factory productivity increase has substantially reduced our total labour times on our jobs therefore substantially reduced our labour cost on our Jobs.

Our monthly DIFOT (ie Delivered In Full On Time) used to be 20% and has now improved to 85% using Empower.

Our lead times used to be 14-16 weeks and has now reduced to 8-10 weeks using Empower."

John Segalla, General Manager Auckland

(01/06/2018)

Easy Access Company (Maungatoroto, Northland, New Zealand)

25% Increase in Factory Productivity

"Using Empower we have achieved an estimated 25% increase in our factory productivity

Key Points we have found with Empower Software:

  1. Factory staff know the costed time and are more likely to achieve it
  2. Good for measuring productivity MTD between teams to foster friendly competition
  3. Easy for management and team leaders to assign tasks quickly and monitor production times
  4. Product back costing is very easy
  5. Simple way of recording down and unaccounted time, more staff accountability
  6. Producing WIP and forward work documentation is easy."

Neil Hodges, Production Management.  Jeff Wearmouth Director

(27/5/2016)

28 Equipment Repairs & Servicing

BPF Equipment (Dry Creek, SA, Australia)

15% Increase in Factory Productivity

“We used to use time punching machines that workshop staff punched on and off each jobs.  Workshop staff were not aware of their budgeted times for the job at job start and not aware of their actual time on the job at job end.  Workshop staff worked largely unaware of time on each job and worked at their own pace.

Using Empower we have achieved an estimated 15% increase in factory productivity

John Wright, Workshop Manager, +61 8 8262 1000

(06/07/2020)

15 Car Trailers

Compass Trailers (Dargaville, Northland, New Zealand)

30%+ Increase in Factory Productivity

"We have achieved an estimated 30% increase in our workshop productivity...

Our advice is threefold, if you are a manufacturer or engineer make sure you chose only workshop labour management software where:

· 100% of client users of the software are manufacturers and engineers

· the software has been around for 10 or more years and

· the software has written case study proof of the significant workshop gains that many clients have achieved using the software"

Hamish Campion, Managing Director, +64 21 228 3735

(07/07/2020)

4 Furniture Solid Timber

Pfitzner Furniture (Adelaide, SA, Australia)

25% Increase in Factory Productivity

"Minimum 25% increase in factory productivity in the first year.  Resulted in no overtime required at any time including Christmas.

Empower provides us with efficient, accurate and live time recording on jobs and reporting of work in progress"

Andrew Pfitzner, Director, +61 8 8391 0492

(16/06/2014)

Silverlynx Furniture (Melbourne, VIC, Australia)

Significant Increase in Factory Productivity, Yet to be Confirmed

"Our factory staff really enjoy using Empower and look forward to the challenge of improving their individual productivity pie chart results each week.

Empower Software is an essential production and productivity tool to our business"

Simon Bowler, General Manager

(27/02/2020)

Taylormade Caskets (Masterton, New Zealand)

35% Increase in Factory Productivity

“Prior to using Empower Software we used to use cheat sheets (ie timesheets) where workshop staff at day end manually recorded their job times which were ‘a complete work of fiction’.  Job times recorded were typically 20% to 40%+ inaccurate and regularly job times were 100% inaccurate as jobs that staff worked on the staff wrongly did not record any time on those jobs at all…

Since last year we have increased production and revenue by 35% without increasing workshop staff or hours worked.  This has made an enormous improvement to our profit…

Empower is the tool we use to manage our core business firstly, ensuring we budget labour correctly in the first place and secondly ensuring we deliver the substantial majority of our jobs on budgeted time.  We should have put Empower Software into our business 10 years earlier”

Dean Taylor, Director, +64 21 486 233

(14/07/2020)

5 Furniture Other

Comseat Furniture (Adelaide, SA, Australia)

25% Increase in Factory Productivity

"I estimate that using Empower our factory productivity has increased by 25%. Using Empower we now have two less staff whilst at the same time increased our weekly output"

Brian Zanker, Director, +61 8 8349 8800

(09/05/2016)

16 Truck Bodies & Trailers

Active VMA Engineering (Rotorua, New Zealand)

20% Minimum Less Time on Jobs.  20% Minimum Less Labour Cost on Jobs

“Examples of reductions in several typical job times:
1.   280 hours down to 200 hours
2.   210 hours down to 130 hours
Overall, I estimate we have reduced our time on jobs by at least 20% on average”

Greg Smith, Operations and Finance Manager, +64 27 271 8080

(9/4/2021)

MARs Transport Equipment (Riverland, SA, Australia)

50%+ Increase in Factory Productivity

"Within six months of using the software we had turned our factory productivity on its ear, increasing it by an absolute minimum 30%. 

At eight years on using Empower Software we have increased our factory productivity by an estimated 50%.

We are now a much more competitive and stable business looking at growing sales, factory staff and annual profit. 

In hindsight, attempting to manage this business and attempting to manage factory staff for all those years without PCs on the factory floor and Empower time tracking software I was "pissing in the wind”.

Putting in Empower Software is the best thing I have done in my business since owning the business in 1987."

Peter Morelli, Managing Director, +61 4 1883 9156 mb

(05/07/2015)

Delta Stock Crates (Fielding, New Zealand)

10% Increase in Factory Productivity

"We get accurate manufacturing data being captured in real time. We can instantly see who is working on what and report on, and analyse, up to the minute data - from individual staff times through to accumulated time on current jobs, or just a specific part or component being manufactured. This is invaluable for at driving factory productivity which in turn helps keep manufacturing costs down.  

Currently we use only a part of Empower Software.  We don’t use Scheduling at all and we don’t use some of the productivity reporting that I have seen other Empower clients use.  Regardless, I estimate we have achieved a 10% increase in our factory productivity by using Empower Software.

Our factory staff have endorsed Empower and there is now a greater awareness and interest in meeting their times on jobs and knowing "time is money". The culture change has been quite refreshing.

Darryl Coleman, Director, +64 27 435 5386

(19/04/2016)

Combo Industries (Adelaide, SA, Australia)

15% to 20% Less Time on Jobs.  15% to 20% Less Labour Cost on Jobs

"Previously we used manual times sheets. Our workshop staff tried to remember then recorded their jobs and times on jobs at day end, many times were “fudged” by staff. They used to take each staff member approximately 10 minutes each to complete daily, which across 15 staff totals 2.5 hours per day, 12.5 hours per week of lost production and lost chargeable time totalling $1,000 per week (ie 12.5 hours times $80 per hour). Our administration staff used to take an additional 1.5 hours per day, 7.5 hours per week, collating and inputting times into our job cost spreadsheet, so wage cost, some $30 an hour, was an additional $225 per week. To produce my single job cost report from manual time sheets used to cost me $1,225 per week.

Empower cost me only $130 per week for the first 3 years and now I’m paying $49 per week. Moving from manual time sheets to Empower is saving me $1,176 per week and $61,152 per year. Plus I have gained all the additional benefits Empower Software provides: accurate times, real time reporting, reporting times of jobs and down to task level, reporting times of individual workshop staff, reporting real time jobs, staff and times on 55 inch TVs on office walls and workshop walls, job scheduling and a 15% to 20% reduction in job times and 15% to 20% reduction in labour cost on jobs "

Darryl Barber, Director, +61 8 8349 4366, +61 4 1884 2670

(31/07/2020)

Otago Transport Engineers (OTE) (Dunedin, New Zealand)

20% Less Time on Jobs.  20% Less Labour Cost on Jobs

“We have achieved an estimated 20% reduction in time on jobs overall.

I am a big believer of work shop staff and job times transparency.  Empower reports time in real time and accurate to the minute which is very powerful. 
 
In summary Empower is an amazing tool that makes my life easier and allows me to do a better job as production manager"
Richard Swale, Production Manager, +64 3 489 2553

(28/08/2020)

29 Plastic Components Machining & Fabrication

Strata Precision Plastics (Hamilton, New Zealand)

25%+ Increase in Factory Productivity

"We have witnessed an estimated 25% increase in factory productivity in the first 2 years.

Empower is an effective job and staff management system which has enabled us to achieve and maintain substantial factory productivity gains that we would not be without.

I recommend Empower Software to other manufacturers because it is very good and effective." Khalif Cable, Production Manager, + 64 7 846 9536 

(12/11/2015)

17 Agricultural Equipment

Rata Industries (Timaru, New Zealand)

40%+ Increase in Factory Productivity within the First 3 months

 "We witnessed a 40% increase in our factory productivity within the first 3 months.

A colleague running another manufacturing business heard we had Empower and phoned me to seek my advice.  I respectfully advised him at the end of our conversation "you would be mad not to put Empower in as it certainly does work".  The colleague followed my advice and put in Empower and I know he too has secured substantial increases in his factory productivity and is very happy with it"

Bert Walton, Production Director, +64 3 688 2478

(20/04/2016)

6 Laminate & Stone Tops

Beautycraft Surfaces (Maungatoroto, Northland, New Zealand)

20%+ Increase in Factory Productivity Target

"A minimum 20% productivity gain is targeted within six months"

John Cockran, Owner, +64 21 400 364

(08/09/2016)

Jag Kitchens & Benchtops (Auckland, New Zealand)

65%+ Increase in Factory Productivity

"Using PCs on the factory floor and Empower Software we get 65% more kitchens out the door each week, with the same factory staff number and same hours worked.

Our production management consultancy firm, Lean Manufacturing, who consult to and benchmark the performance of many kitchen manufacturers throughout Australia and New Zealand, advises us that other progressive kitchen manufacturers require three times the factory staff to manufacture the same number of cabinets per month that Jag Kitchens do

We have started up a new business, Jag Benchtops, that we use Empower in. Empower works equally well for us in kitchen bench tops as it does in kitchens"

Nick McLagan, Director, +64 21 725 137 mb

(28/03/2019)

18 Industrial Equipment

Dix Engineering, (Remark, SA, Australia)

20% Less Time on Jobs. 20% Less Labour Cost on Jobs

“If we turned off Empower today then tomorrow onwards jobs would go back to taking 20% or more longer at 20% higher labour cost. The technology of Empower Software and the workshop floor tablets certainly makes workshop staff aware and engaged and it enables workshop staff to continually meet and manage their times on all jobs”

Andrew Parkinson, Managing Director, PH: 08 8586 1500, MB: 0418 210 124, Email: awelton@canam.co.nz

(9/12/2020)

Ace Doors (Wiri, Auckland, New Zealand)

20%+ Increase in Factory Productivity

"Using Empower I estimate that our factory productivity has increased by 20% and we expect to progress this further"

Oli Liskova, Production Management, +64 9 273 4970

(06/04/2016)

7 Timber Windows & Doors

Total Timba Windows (Auckland, New Zealand)

25%+ Increase in Factory Productivity

"Empower has dramatically changed and improved the culture on our factory floor.  It started working for us from the very first day we put it in.

Within 6 months of using Empower we had achieved a 25% additional production from our factory staff.

Empower Software paid for itself very quickly and the financial gains from Empower continue each month and are substantial."

Rob Pickup, Managing Director, +64 274 975 001 mb

(10/07/2014)

Barretts Joinery (Timaru, New Zealand)

24%+ Increase in Factory Productivity

"We achieved a 19% gain in factory productivity within the first 2 years. Within 4 years we had achieved a 24% gain in factory productivity. Our wage cost savings from our gains is approximately $190,000 per year"

Glenn Sherborne, +64 21 515 801, Director Production Management

(11/07/2014)

Wedgerwood Joinery (Alexandra, New Zealand)

33% Increase in Factory Productivity

"Using PCs on our factory floor and Empower Job and Staff Tracking Software we have achieved a 33% increase in production from our same factory staff.

The lifting of our factory productivity by 33% has made a huge improvement to our cost competitiveness and resultant ability to win more jobs, which has made a huge improvement to our annual bottom line profit"

Blair Harris, Managing Director, +64 3 214 6030 

(08/07/2014)

32 Electrical & Electronic Based Products

Connex Wire (Auckland, New Zealand)

15% to 20%+ Less Time on Jobs.  Therefore 15% to 20% Less Labour Cost on Jobs

"Labour time on our jobs and therefore our labour cost on jobs has reduced by 15 to 20%.

Empower Software is the tool that allows me to be a professional and thorough production manager. Using Empower I: plan production far better, monitor production far better, get a lot more out of my factory staff team and I build and maintain a high moral and great company culture.

We would not be without Empower Software. We certainly would not go back to “manufacturing in the dark”, as we were manufacturing previously with manual time sheets"

Jay Ropati, Production Manager, +64 21 152 6698

(22/04/2020)

19 Mechanical Components

Accurate Australia (Brisbane, Qld, Australia)

30% to 50% Less Time on Jobs.  30% to 50% Less Labour Cost on Jobs

Using Empower we have 30% to 50% less time on jobs therefore 30% to 50% less labour cost on jobs

The number of jobs we deliver to clients on due date has increased substantially using Empower.  Our DIFOT % (Delivered In Full On Time) is almost 100% monthly

My discussions with workshop staff are now backed up fully with accurate real time reporting, so I can be fair, equitable and professional

Our 50 inch TV screens on office walls and workshop walls, Empower always reporting all jobs, all staff and all job times in real time continuously throughout the day certainly increases workshop staff awareness, engagement and focus

Kate Honeyman, Production and Sales Administrator, +61 7 3881 3056

(2/11/2020)

Carac Engineering Group (Taranaki, New Zealand)

20% Less Time on Jobs.  20% Less Labour Cost on Jobs

“Using Empower Software, we now have a companywide, all workshop staff, all management and all administration staff awareness of and focus on job times.  All management and all staff in the same boat rowing in the same direction

Our reduction in labour times on jobs and labour cost on jobs is 20% currently.  We are confident that we can get drive our labour times and labour cost on jobs significantly down further”

Mike Doyle, General Manager, +64 27 241 4580

(27/02/2020)

8 Timber Stairs

Continental Stairs (Auckland, New Zealand)

20%+ Increase in Factory Productivity

"It’s a great tool for factory staff to manage their own times and bring their jobs in on budgeted time.

Empower was easy to put in and we were using Empower well within 2 weeks.

In the first 12 months 20% factory productivity increase. We have made incremental increases in our factory productivity using Empower over the years as management have used it more comprehensively"

Anthony Van Erp, Director, +64 21 281 4188

(27/04/2014)

9 Internal Doors

Cowdroy Doors (Auckland, New Zealand)

30% Less Time on Jobs.  30% Less Labour Cost on Jobs (planned)

“We went live with using Empower Software on our workshop floor this morning.  Within 1 day we have moved from “manufacturing blind” to “manufacturing with 20 / 20 vision”.  Tablets on the workshop floor and the Empower Software app have dragged us out of the “Dark Ages” and into the “21st century…

It has taken me 5 days to watch Empower’s training videos, read the Empower Help system, use the Empower Easy Start system, and play with the software to then set up and start using Empower on our Workshop floor.  The phone and Zoom support several times a day over the 5 days from the Empower office has been great…

We confidently expect to achieve a 30% reduction in labour times on jobs therefore a 30% reduction in labour costs on jobs.”

Andrew Budgen, Production Manager, +64 204 184 2905

(18/3/2021)

Doors n More (Maungatoroto, Northland, New Zealand)

25% to 30% Increase in Factory Productivity

"When I did due diligence on Empower Software it was clear that it is proven over many years and many manufacturing sites to be highly effective.  Also it was important to us that Empower provided a turn key solution of support that got us set up and using the software quickly and successfully

Using Empower I estimated we have achieved a 25% to 30% factory productivity increase"

Patrick Simkin, General Manager, +64 9 439 4910

(30/06/2020)

20 Aluminium Windows & Doors

Versalite Windows and Doors (Tamworth, NSW, Australia)

40%+ Increase in Factory Productivity

"Using Empower our staff and factory productivity has increased by 40%, saves us around $96,000 per year in wage cost and has brought about a significant and real positive culture change to our factory floor."

Michael Myers, Managing Director, +61 2 6765 3222, +61 4 2960 9568 mb

(08/07/2014)

Packers Windows and Doors (Adelaide, SA, Australia)

40%+ Increase in Factory Productivity

“Empower definitely makes our factory staff fully conscious of the times we have sold the jobs for (ie the budgeted times that they see on Empower on the factory PC screens). So factory staff are aware of what is expected of them and they appreciate having the target times and direction.

We have achieved a 40% increase in our factory productivity"

Seb Packer, Managing Director

(06/07/2014)

Sandbrooks Marine Windows (Wiri, Auckland, New Zealand)

10% Increase in Factory Productivity in 4 Weeks.  20% Increase in Factory Productivity Target within 3 months

"In the very first four weeks we achieved a 10% increase in output. This is the equivalent to a saving in wages of two factory staff totalling $60,000 saving per year.

We are confident we will get our increase in output to at least 20% within the next two months. This will be the equivalent to a saving in wages of four factory staff totalling $120,000 saving per year."

Glen Sandbrook, Director, +64 276 872 874     
glen@sandbrooks.co.nz

(18/06/2007)

21 Steel Windows & Doors

Crittall Arnold Windows (Auckland, New Zealand)

22% Increase in Factory Productivity

"Across our 18 factory staff we have achieved an estimated 130.5 additional production hours per week, which is enormous. This is an estimated 22% increase in our factory productivity"

Darren Arnold, Managing Director, +64 9 296 5520

(28/02/2017)

10 Timber & Panel Processing

Halswell Timber (Levin, New Zealand)

25% Increase in Factory Productivity

"I estimate that our factory productivity has increased by 25%. That is, we get 25% more production out the door each day using Empower which is 25% more daily revenue"

Allan Burt, Production Manager, +64 3 338 9199

(11/07/2014)

11 Building Products – Timber & Panel

Techlam NZ (Levin, New Zealand)

25%+ Increase in Factory Productivity

"Before Empower Software, we relied on timesheets that were essentially useless information, the data was too little, too late and very inaccurate.

Empower Software has resulted in a dramatic increase in accountability, as well as clear & accurate back costing for each stage in the manufacturing process. Our factory productivity has increased by 25% and growing.”

Brett Hamilton, Managing Director

(24/09/2014)

22 Aluminium Boats

Makaira Boats (Keri Keri, New Zealand)

30%+ Less Time on Jobs.  30%+ Less Labour Cost on Jobs

“We have only been using Empower for 9 months and I estimate we have made approximately a 30% reduction in our labour times and labour cost already.

"My goal is to reduce our labour times and labour cost by 50%.”

Allan Shaw, Director, +64 21 121 8889mb, +64 9 401 6641 wk

(13/01/2019)

Keelow Jet Boats & Avon Engineering (Gore, New Zealand)

30% Increase in Factory Productivity

“I am confident that if we turned off Empower Software today we would go back to jobs taking 30% longer at 30% higher labour cost…

In summary, Empower is a great tool that we would not be without”

Paul Cross, Managing Director, +64 27 408 4057 mb, +64 3 208 9995 wk

(03/03/2020)

23 Vehicle Fit Outs, Campervans, Caravans

TrailLite Motor Homes & Caravans (Pukekohe, Auckland, New Zealand)

Significant Increase in Factory Productivity

“We employ 70 staff…We are building 90 motor homes a year and the price range of each motor home is $250,000 to $350,000

I like the technology of tablets on workshop floor and Empower Software App which provides us accurate to the minute job times, task times and individual staff times on tasks and real time reporting

The reduction in job times and labour cost using the Empower Software App have been and are significant.

We are very happy with the Empower Software App, it is an important reporting tool in our business that we would not be without”

Shaun Newman, General Manager, TrailLite Motor Homes, PH: +64 9 238 6869

(13/11/2020)

New Age Caravans (Melbourne, VIC, Australia)

20%+ Less Time on Jobs within 3 months Target, 40%+ Less Time on Jobs within 6 months Target

New Age Caravans currently employ 153 workshop staff.

Previously we had no time on jobs information, so we had no technology.  Using touch screens on the workshop floor and Empower Workshop Productivity & Scheduling Software with real time reporting of jobs, parts of jobs and individual staff we are now a high technology business. 

Industry 4.0, Lean Manufacturing, Digital Manufacturing and Advanced Manufacturing necessitates using touch screens on the workshop floor and the likes of Empower Workshop Productivity & Scheduling Software.

Using Empower our workshop staff culture has quickly changed to be time and job focused.  We are eliminating slippage in key areas and getting significant gains in many areas on the workshop floor.  I expect that within 3 months we will achieve a 20% minimum reduction in labour times on jobs therefore a 20% reduction in labour cost on jobs and at 6 months we will get to 40%+ reduction in labour times on jobs therefore 40%+ reduction in labour cost on jobs".

David Lawrence, Site Manufacturing Manager, Over Seeing: CNC, Furniture, Programming, Side Frames, Chassis Assembly, M: +61 4 0014 5222

(24/08/2020)

24 Building Products – Metal

Ulti Bend (Wellington, New Zealand)

14% Increase in Factory Productivity

"Empower times on jobs recorded on factory PCs live is a lot more accurate than the times on jobs that we used to record manually at the end of the day by factory staff themselves... Since I have started in the production management role over the last 12 months we have been able to improve our factory productivity by around 14%"

Morgan Turley, Production Director

(04/05/2016)