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.

Engineering – Metal

12 General Engineering

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)

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)

14 Stainless & Alloy Fabrication

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)

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)

16 Truck Bodies & Trailers

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)

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)

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)

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)

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)

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)