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.

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Empower 21 Years

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Empower are proud to announce we have partnered with the following progressive 4 Payroll Software providers – January 2024

Empower are proud to advise our client base integrations to the following 4 Payroll Software are available.  Empower now automatically pushes Staff Hours Worked into Payroll daily – in doing so saving management in Payroll an hour or significantly more time each week in redundant double data entry, this is a major advancement.  Empower will develop additional integrations to other leading Payroll Software as clients require. 

Alround SheetMetal Success, 10 Fold Production – January 2024

Director Alex Sullivan advises:

“Our production and our revenue has increased 10 times in our 7 years to date.

6 years ago we invested in touchscreens on our workshop floor, 55 inch TV screens for our office and Empower Workshop Productivity & Scheduling Software.  Our production and our revenue increased 4 times in the first 3 years. 

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 on jobs and “blind” of your 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
DirectorAlround Sheetmetal

ERP Intergrations and Partnerships – November 2023

Empower are proud to present current list of ERP Intergrations and Partners.  Empower and ERP seamlessly connected to make world class manufacturing software.

Clients Maximise use of Multiple 75 inch TV screens in Workshop and Offices, to Continuously Display Empower Production and Productivity Data in ‘Real Time’ – October 2023

Empower are proud to present current list of ERP Intergrations and Partners.  Empower and ERP seamlessly connected to make world class manufacturing software.

Empower Software celebrates 21 years in business – June 2023

Empower Software have pioneered engineers’ and manufacturers’ use of labour productivity software using touch screens on the workshop floor, since commencing business in 2002. 

Empower Software is cloud based, an Add On and an App; manufacturing clients interface to their accounting software.

Empower is supplied and supported as SaaS (Software as a Service), low cost monthly fee based.  They currently have 200+ manufacturing and engineering clients, mainly throughout Australia and New Zealand including US, Canada, UK, South Africa and the Philippines.

There are an estimated 80,000 SME based manufacturing and engineering businesses throughout Australia and New Zealand, 80,000 businesses an estimated 30% still use manual time sheets “today” for workshop staff to manually record their jobs and times worked on each job.

An estimated 60% do not track their workshop staff time on their jobs at all because manual time sheets produce information that is “too little, too late, too inaccurate and too costly to produce”.

Empower 21 Years

Manual time sheets cost approximately $80 per workshop staff member per week to produce; in comparison the Empower Software App is approximately $15 per staff member per week – so it is an obvious substitution to adopt technology and use the Empower Software App.

Empower Software suits manufacturers and engineers who wish to replace manual time sheets, as well as those manufacturers who wish to commence tracking time on jobs for the first time, using technology.

Lean manufacturing, Digital Manufacturing, Industry 4.0 are all being heavily promoted to Australasian and NZ manufacturers by government and industry groups as the means to be labour cost competitive and Empower Software “rides that wave”.

Touch screens on the workshop floor and Empower deliver for 90% of manufacturing clients a 20% to 40% reduction in labour times on jobs and 20% to 40% reduction in labour cost on jobs (view https://www.empowersoftware.co.nz/testimonials-news/clients-testimonials/joiners-panel-timber/).

A manufacturer or engineer with, for example, 10 workshop staff can achieve 80 hours minimum additional production per week and $6,400 additional revenue per week (at $80 per hour overhead rate), which is $313,000 additional revenue per year.

This $313,000 additional revenue per year is largely additional profit because all overhead costs are already incurred in existing production levels. This is $3.13m largely additional profit over 10 years.

Clearly, this technology delivers substantial production gains and substantial financial gains. Empower do not charge for client requested software development and this has fuelled software development, 200+ clients – some 600+ managers – contributing ideas for improvements over 21 years has made Empower the world class proven software it is today.

Key Milestone achievements over the years:

  • 2004 First Australian client
  • 2012 Rebuilt code to be Cloud based
  • 2014 Developed real time automatic Job Scheduling
  • 2016 Clients commenced installing 60 inch TV screens in their production offices and workshop presenting real time information on Jobs, Tasks, Individual Staff and Job Times
  • 2021 Developed a world class web site including 104 manufacturers and engineers detailed 2 page client case studies – across 37 manufacturing and engineering industry groups
  • 2023 Client base including large number of very progressive industry leading “lighthouse” manufacturing and engineering businesses including: Australia – Rheem Hotwater, Austral Clothes Hoists, Grainline Agricultural, Peppertree Furniture, MARs Transport, Munro Post Drivers. New Zealand – Stabicraft Boats (3 factories), Trailite Campervans, Express Sheet Metal, Donovan Engineers, Carac Engineers, Easy Access, Rata Industries, TMC Trailers to name a few
  • 2023 Partner with and interfaces to accounting software; Xero, Quickbooks, MYOB. Partner with and interface to ERP software: Accredo, MYOB Exo, MYOB Advanced, MYOB Greentree, MS Navision/MS Dynamics, CIN7 and Unleashed
  • 2023 Partner with progressive Enterprise Software reseller implementers including: Production Management Services, Bruntons, Endeavour and Axsys

ALL ABOARD… MAKAIRA BOATS – WHEN ADOPTING TECHNOLOGY AND INDUSTRY 4.0 MAKES SENSE – December 2022

Allan Shaw, director at Makaira Boats was using manual time sheets to record workshop staff at the end of the day. Staff recorded their time worked on each boat. 

“With six workshop staff, this was costing me approximately 12 minutes per staff, per day; ceasing productive workshop work to manually fill out their time sheets” – a total of one hour, per staff member, per week. 

“So six staff was costing me about six hours less productive workshop work per week, which at $80 per hour overhead cost was $480 cost per week. 

“My administration staff were taking half an hour a day, 2.5 hours per week to entering all the time sheets into our costing program, which at $50 per hour was costing me $125 per week.” 

Shaw says that manual time sheets were costing him $605 per week or about $30,250 per year. 

He says, manual time sheets produced “information, too little, too inaccurate, too late and at too high cost”. 

“Most importantly manual time sheets did not make workshop staff aware of their budgeted times of achieved times therefore did not make them work time focused and quicker on jobs. 

“I adopted the technology of using pcs on the workshop floor and an engineering-based workshop productivity and scheduling software app (visit www.empowersoftare.co.nz). It's subscription based, cost $91 per week which is $4,550 a year. So, my immediate cost savings in adopting this technology was $514 per week which was $25,700 per year. 

“On cost savings alone, I adopted this technology.” 

Additional benefits of this technology include: times recorded are enormously more accurate, 50-inch TVs in office and workshop present all jobs, all staff and all times in real-time, I estimate we have made a 30% reduction in our labour times and labour cost on jobs and our staff and management culture has entirely changed to be continuously time focused. 

“It has been a quantum leap forward for my business using this technology.” 

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Labour and labour productivity is every manufacturer and engineers core business – December 2022

"You can not have accurate labour time and labour cost on jobs and down to necessary process level without the Empower Software App or equivalent technology.

Empower Software is the only Add On Software that I am aware of suited to and proven to work highly successfully for manufacturers and engineers for workshop productivity and scheduling. Empower is unique and world class.

Empower is everything that Lean Manufacturing, Industry 4.0, Digital Manufacturing and Advanced Manufacturing is all about. Empower is a 20 year proven tool that should be used by every manufacturing and engineering business in Australia and New Zealand”


Bruce Pollock ERP Software Advice

Advice on Technology of Touch Screens on Workshop Floor and the Empower Workshop Productivity & Scheduling App – December 2022

Small and Medium Scale Manufacturers and Engineers throughout Australia and New Zealand are currently broken into 4 Groups, as to how they manage and attempt to manage their Labour

1  Those who don’t track their staff times on Jobs at all. This is negligent management of their core business, which is Labour

2  Those who track their staff times on Jobs using manual time sheets. This is 100 plus year old system providing poor reporting and does not make individual staff time on jobs performance transparent and in any way accountable

3  Electronic time recording of individual staff on Jobs. This is little better than manual time sheets, above

4  Empower Workshop Productivity & Scheduling Software or equivalent is the complete labour management Software, developed solely and specifically for manufacturing and engineering that delivers maximum reductions in Job times and all forms of Downtime. Empower achieves this through workshop staff engagement, 50 inch TV screens in office and workshop floor maximising individual workshop staff transparency and accountability.

PM International (Auckland, New Zealand)

CABINET VISION TO EMPOWER MATERIALS ORDERING & STOCK CONTROL INTERFACE – NOVEMBER 2022

Cabinet Vision to Empower interface automatically pushes the Job Bill of Materials from Cabinet Vision into Empower Materials Ordering & Stock Control to enable procurement officer to efficiently and quickly generate POs to all suppliers and monitor and manage Stock Control.

Benefits of the Cabinet Vision to Empower Materials Ordering & Stock Control Interface:

  • 1 save 20 minutes per Job manual double data entry to create multiple purchase orders per job 2
  • professional materials ordering from joinery industry software 3
  • professional stock control from joinery industry software

Are you still NOT tracking Staff times on your Jobs? – November 2022

You have TWO options for tracking Staff time on your Jobs and productivity, actual to budgeted time: Option 1 is using the manual time sheet system, which has been used by NZ manufacturers for over 100 years without change and without improvement. Manual time sheet reporting provides production information “too little, too late, too inaccurate and too expensive”. For example, a manufacturer with 10 workshop staff using manual time sheets has lost production time and administration time cost of $800 per week therefore $40,000 per year. Option 2 is using the technology of touchscreens on the workshop floor and a Labour Tracking and Productivity Software App, subscription cost is substantially less than the cost of manual time sheets, actually such Apps are as little as 15% of the weekly cost of manual time sheets. Such Apps have 200+ screens and reports in real time and accurate production information, accurate individual staff times and job times, presented continuously throughout the day on 50 inch TV monitors in office and on the workshop floor. One good Labour Tracking and Productivity App option is www.empowersoftware.co.nz – you will see a 20 year and 200+ manufacturing clients’ track record of securing: 20% to 40%+ reduction in labour times on Jobs and 20% to 40%+ reduction of labour cost on Jobs. This on a 10 workshop staff manufacturing site is 80 additional production hours per week and $6,400 additional revenue per week. www.empowersoftware.co.nz

NZ Manufacturing Magazine, October 2022 (page 6)

Are you still using Manual Time Sheets to record Staff time on Jobs? – November 2022

The manual time sheet system for tracking staff time on jobs has been used by NZ manufacturers for over 100 years without change and without improvement. Manual time sheet reporting provides production information “too little, too late, too inaccurate and too expensive”. For example for a workshop of 10 staff the cost of manual time sheets is lost production time and administration time of $800 per week, therefore $40,000 per year. For a 20 workshop staff manufacturer the costs are $1,600 per week and $80,000 per year. By comparison, the technology of touchscreens on the workshop floor and a Labour Tracking and Management Software App subscription cost is substantially less than the cost of manual time sheets. Such Apps have 200+ screens and reports in real time and accurate production information, accurate individual staff times and job times, presented continuously throughout the day on 50 inch TV monitors in the office and on the workshop floor. If, as a NZ manufacturer with 10 workshop staff, you stopped using a 100 year old inaccurate manual system and instead used accurate new technology of touchscreens and TVs on workshop floor and the production App, you would save in excess of $650 per week and save $32,500 per year. One good Labour Management Software App option developed specifically for jobbing manufacturers and engineers involved in custom, bespoke and “one off” manufacturing is www.empowersoftware.co.nz – you will see a 20 year and 200+ manufacturing clients’ track record of securing 20% to 40%+ reduction in labour times on Jobs and 20% to 40%+ reduction of labour cost on Jobs. This on a 10 workshop staff manufacturing site is 80 additional production hours per week and $6,400 additional revenue per week. www.empowersoftware.co.nz

NZ Manufacturing Magazine, September 2022 (page 20)

New Zealand Engineers still use manual time sheets – September 2022

"Some 30% of New Zealand engineers use manual time Sheets, says Epower’s founder and director Sean O’Sullivan, which provides information that is: too little, too inaccurate and too late. Manual time sheets costs an engineer with 10 workshop staff $750 per week, $36,750 per year in lost production time daily and administration time. He adds 60% of engineers do not use manual time sheets because of the many issues and the very high cost. “Ten percent of NZ engineers use forms of labour tracking apps, PCs or touch screens on their workshop floor and big screen TVs in office and workshop floor presenting each and all workshop staff, all jobs and tasks and task times all in real time,” says O’Sullivan. “The TVs ensure maximum transparency, accountability, production and productivity.” He says your competitors who use this technology have massive labour time and labour cost and profit advantage. “A 20% reduction in your labour time on jobs, guaranteed to be delivered by Empower Software, will increase your annual profit by projected 60%+ per year. Your production manager needs this tool to monitor and manage workshop staff and jobs proficiently.” Empower Software is a very lowcost subscription priced App, eg $130 week. Empower interfaces with leading accounting and ERP software."

NZ Engineering Magazine – August 2022 Page 37

Sean O’Sullivan – Empower Workshop Productivity Software, Appointment of Advisor to NZ Manufacturing Magazine, August 2022

Sean O’Sullivan Has a B Com (Hons) Otago University. In 2000 - 2001 introduced PCs on the workshop floor and job and staff tracking and a productivity software App to Fletcher Aluminium Group and 100 Fletcher window and door manufacturers NZ nationwide.  In 2001 – 2022 Founding Director Empower Workshop Productivity & Scheduling Software App. 200+ manufacturing and engineering clients mainly throughout NZ and Australia, also UK and US.

Australasian Manufacturers’ Statistics on Workshop Productivity Increases may be World’s Highest – August 2022

Research undertaken over 20 years across 82 New Zealand and Australian jobbing manufacturing and engineering businesses using PCs on workshop floor, 50 inch TV screens in office and workshop floor with real time production information and the Empower Software App has produced the following statistics.

To our knowledge these statistics are both the most comprehensive research available (82 businesses involved) and the highest productivity increases confirmed in the world. Manufacturing and engineering businesses using this technology reduced their labour time on Jobs by 23.56% therefore they reduced their labour cost on jobs by 23.58%. To put a 23.56% reduction on labour cost on jobs in perspective this is projected to projected to increase manufacturers annual profit by approximately 60%.

For full editorial click on NZ Manufacturer August 2022 by Media Hawkes Bay Limited - Issuu, and turn to page 9

MICROVELLUM TO EMPOWER MATERIALS ORDERING & STOCK CONTROL INTERFACE – APRIL 2022

Microvellum to Empower interface automatically pushes the Job Bill of Materials into Empower Materials Ordering & Stock Control to enable procurement officer to efficiently and quickly generate POs to all suppliers and Stock Control.  View interface in operation in 5 minute video on Youtube https://youtube/wDKIpfeLAYc

EMPOWER DEVELOPMENT TEAM PROUDLY RELEASE EMPOWER PHONE APPS – March 2022

Principally the Empower Phone Apps are suited to staff working off site – but they can be used by staff in the workshop and pre production staff in the office

Empower 21 Years

EMPOWER TEAM PROUDLY CELEBRATE 20 YEARS – February 2022

Directors Dave Garrett and Sean O’Sullivan, long term Empower development and support staff Angela and Vino and Implementation consultant David Lawrence proudly celebrate our 20 year milestone

Stabi Craft Marine

STABICRAFT MARINE THREE FACTORIES POWER UP WITH EMPOWER – October 2021

Stabicraft Marine employ some 130 workshop staff in their three factories – New Zealand’s largest aluminium boat manufacturer who supply boats nationally and internationally.  Empower welcome the Stabicraft management team “on board”

CNC SOLUTIONS POWERS UP WITH EMPOWER – July 2021

Christchurch-based CNC Solutions is making every post a winner by using the Empower Workshop Productivity & Scheduling Software app to rev up productivity and performance

Laine Etwell, director of CNC Solutions Ltd in Rolleston says: “We are a metal and sheetmetal fabrication business. We offer a full CAD design and prototyping service to clients who require it. We have moved into new facilities and the business continues to grow significantly and ballpark revenue is $4 million annually at present.” Etwell says that the business had no staff on jobs reporting for two years while also having few workshop staff. “During this time we had no idea of job times, jobs took the time they took and each month we hoped we had made money. “In 2019, we invested in tablets on the workshop floor and the Empower Workshop Productivity & Scheduling Software App. We also invested in two 50-inch TV screens presenting our job schedule

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.” Etwell says CNC Solutions schedules all its jobs on Empower so all production is planned, the software factors for existing capacity and calculates when each new job will start and finish. This enables the company to give clients an accurate completion date when they place their orders. “I estimate that jobs take 20% minimum less time at 20% minimum less labour cost using technology of tablets on workshop floor and the Empower Software App. This enables us to have more competitive quotations in the marketplace and allows us to maximise job profit. “Our operations manager Graham monitors all jobs on the 50 inch TV screens and his PC whilst production is in progress and he immediately investigates any overruns or potential overruns with workshop staff involved for future learning and continuous improvement. I undertake all invoicing, so I job cost every job to ensure I investigate any overruns for future learning.

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2021 Major New Client – October 2021

Empower Software warmly welcomes:
• Stabicraft Marine with three manufacturing workshops in New Zealand, two in Invercargill and one in Auckland. New Zealand’s largest boat manufacturer and heavily involved in exporting globally

Long Standing Clients – September 2021

Empower Software greatly appreciate the business of all long standing clients including :
• Prime Joinery, Christchurch, New Zealand – client since 2004
• Continental Stairs, Auckland New Zealand – client since 2005
• Kitchens R Us, Tauranga, New Zealand – client since 2007

CABINET VISION AND MICROVELLUM – March 2021

“Empower have completed Stage 1 development of 2 interfaces from Cabinet Vision to Empower.  The first interface automatically transfers New Job and Client information from Cabinet Vision to Empower.  The second interface transfers Bill Of Materials (BOM) listing of materials description, materials code and materials quantity per Job from Cabinet Vision to Empower for Empower to then generate Purchase Orders and to Stock Control.  These interfaces will save a lot of unnecessary wasted time entering considerable same data into two systems for every new Job. 

Empower’s development of the Microvellum to Empower interfaces are also under development and available shortly. 

These interfaces will help Empower’s existing clients and will attract new clients to Empower Software who are currently using Cabinet Vision and Microvellum throughout Australasia and internationally.  For those readers who are not aware Cabinet Vision and Microvelum are two of the largest and most recognised international AutoCAD based design, costing and machining software products and brands to joinery industries."

EMPOWER SALES UP 400% – February 2021

“In the first seven weeks of 2021 Empower’s software sales are up some 400% on usual levels.  Our new web site has played a critical role in attracting and converting substantially more new clients and the Empower team have “stepped up to the plate” and successfully supported and implemented all new clients in 2021”

EMPOWER RELEASES ITS NEW WEB SITE – November 2020

“After 18 years of software product development focus and client support focus Empower we are very proud to release our new web site.  No other software company in the world, that we are aware of presents firstly anywhere near 79 client case studies and secondly 20% t0 40%+ reduction in labour times on jobs therefore 20% to40%+ reduction in labour cost on jobs, making Empower a world leader in our space.”

Lean Manufacturing Advice – Slashing Engineering Firms Labour Time – September 2020

Jeff Tufnell searches the globe for software and other technology to help clients manage their workshop floor production efficiencies.  [Jeff Tufnell is director of Jupiter Lean Manufacturing Consulting, based in Auckland]

In the last two years, Jeff says he has come across many clients using touch screens on the workshop floor and Empower workshop productivity and scheduling software, to schedule jobs and to track their jobs, tasks and staff in real time. He says that, with Empower, 55-inch television monitors on office walls and workshop floor walls report all jobs and tasks, as well as staff actual/budgeted times, in real time.  Job scheduling and production planning is included. “Empower has an impressive client list of 200+ engineering and manufacturing firms including Donovans Engineering, Carac Engineering, Easy Access, Longveld Engineering, Rata Industries, Express Sheet Metal, Compass Trailers, McLay Boats, Makaira Boats, Alutech Windows, Delta Stock Crates, Active Engineering, Johnson and Couzins, McMullen and Wing. Empower suits general engineering, sheet metal, stainless and alloy fabrication, manufacturing all forms of metal based products and more.

With more than 20 years of industry experience in New Zealand engineering and manufacturing, Jeff has seen a lot: “Engineering firms using Empower can achieve a 20% to 40% reduction in labour times on jobs therefore 20% to 40% reduction in labour cost on jobs.” For an engineer with 10 workshop staff Empower projects 80 additional production hours per week, which is $5,970 additional revenue per week.  “This is $292,530 additional revenue per year, which is largely additional profit, because overhead costs are covered within existing production levels. Over 10 years this is $2.92m additional revenue.”

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Empower Key Benefits – June 2020

Empower – Industry Statistics

1  30% of Australian joiners still use workshop staff completed manual time sheets to record their staff time on jobs

2   60% of Australian joiners do not record their workshop staff time on jobs at all

3   10% or less of Australian joiners use some tablets on their workshop floor and some form of software to track jobs, tasks and workshop staff [that is, 90% or less of Australian joiners are using no technology to track and manage their staff time on jobs]

8   27 Business and management failings exist if either workshop completed manual time sheets are used or if staff times on jobs are not tracked.  Report available to explain 27 failings on request sean@manufacturingandengineering.co.nz

Job Scheduling – January 2020

BUSINESS CONSULTANTS ADVISE ENGINEERS ON CRITICAL COMPONENTS TO JOB SCHEDULING

Working smarter; that’s what it’s all about. NZ Engineer News has approached three of the most experienced business consultants working in the New Zealand engineering space to advise us on job scheduling for engineers. Here’s what they had to say:

IAN FEATHERSTONE, OWNER OF GLASS HALF FULL

I recommend you look for scheduling software that has a demonstrated track record of working effectively for the engineering sector where 100% of the clients using the software are engineers and other custom manufacturers, where by default the software has all the necessary functionality to cope with all the complexities that occur on factory floors. The latest scheduling software use tablets on the factory floor, where factory staff start and finish their jobs on their tablets which enables automatic updating of job status and live and accurate scheduling.

DAVID LAWRENCE, OWNER OF LEAN MANUFACTURING

I consult to over 140 engineers and other jobbing manufacturers throughout New Zealand and Australia on scheduling, shop floor productivity and lean manufacturing. I can say that the substantial majority of engineers still schedule manually using spreadsheets and do not schedule well at all.

My short hand advice to owners, production managers and management teams of engineering firms;

1 Stop using spreadsheets to schedule work. Spreadsheets are very time consuming, job status must be assessed and recorded manually then entered by staff or management manually, and in most case sequencing of tasks and capacity of tasks is not considered so the forward work schedule is not accurate

2 Invest in tablets for your factory floor and labour management and scheduling software

3 Use only scheduling software that where jobs and tasks are updated live from factory floor tablets…

I use ‘Empower Workshop Productivity and Scheduling Software’ developed here in Auckland, NZ

WARWICK RUSSELL, OWNER OF SMETRIC INSIGHTS

Software such as Empower Factory Productivity & Scheduling is a game changer for engineers. By using touch screens or tablets on the workshop floor jobs, factory staff and time on jobs are tracked in real time and there is visibility across the entire business; where teams and individual factory staff are at, where jobs are at, where the capacity constraints are and what conversations are needed with clients on priorities ahead of time, not after a late delivery.

TIN NEWS – NZ Technology Information Network

Recognition of Empower Software Supplying Software Internationally – April 2019

Empower Supplies Production and Scheduling Software Internationally

APRIL 5, 2019 / TECH NEWS, TIN NEWS

“Auckland based Empower Factory Productivity and Scheduling Software has been developing labour management and scheduling software for 16 years. Empower Software is cloud and Software as a Service (SaaS) based. Empower has clients across 27 manufacturing and engineering industry groups and now supplies 204 engineering and manufacturing clients throughout New Zealand, Australia, UK, USA, Canada, South Africa and the Philippines. Currently an estimated 95% of all manufacturers and engineers globally do NOT track their factory staff times on their jobs at all or they use manual time cards which their factory staff fill out at day end, which don’t motivate factory staff to work promptly and are typically 20 to 40% inaccurate in recording time”.

Australian Manufacturing News

Empower Software Recognised – May 2019

Empower Factory Productivity and Scheduling Software Recognised

Australian Manufacturing News reports on TIN100 News April, 2019 (profiled above)

“TIN100, a well-respected and recognised New Zealand Network of technology-based companies, including all stakeholders to the NZ Technology Industry, recently recognised Empower Software.

Australian Manufacturing News report that “TIN100, a well-respected and recognised New Zealand Network of technology-based companies, including all stakeholders to the NZ Technology Industry, recently recognised Empower Software”.

New Zealand, Australian and International manufacturers and engineers, from 5 up to 150 factory staff are investing in the Empower Software technology on their factory floors and using their Factory Productivity and Scheduling Software for live production scheduling, tracking of jobs and individual factory staff times on jobs and job status.

The performance of individual jobs and individual factory staff is live and continuous throughout the day and their individual productivity becomes totally transparent to all factory staff, management and administration staff. 

This technology and software drives labour times on jobs and labour cost on jobs down typically by 20% to 40%.”

NZ Manufacturing News

Makaira Boats – A Success Story – May 2019

Makaira Boats – A Success Story
(Keri Keri, New Zealand)

“In 2018 Allan invested in tablets for his factory floor, labour management and scheduling software. Since investing in factory tablets and labour software, build times and build cost on each boat has reduced by 30% within 11 months and he is confident that the company will reach 50% reduction in build time and build cost within the next 6 months. Allan says the advantages of this labour management technology are many and significant including: 30% going onto 50% reduction in build time and build cost per boat, allowing Makaira Boats to be one of the highest quality ‘heavy plate and heavy engineered’ boats on the market, whilst also being very competitively priced. “This is what all my clients are looking for…”   Allan Shaw, Managing Director

Suppliers Magazine (Australia)

Empower Software Recognised – May 2019

Empower Factory Productivity and Scheduling Software Recognised

The TIN100 reports the performance of New Zealand’s 200 (TIN100 and next 100) largest technology exporters.  TIN recognised Empower as an emerging software business now supplying SaaS software globally.

Key benefits of Technology

1  50 inch TV monitors on office walls and workshop walls with live job staff and times from the workshop floor in real time

2  Empower’s API allows connection to any accounting or ERP software

3   Accessed on any device

4   business advisors and lean consultants can collaborate to support manufacturers and engineers with access to real time production and productivity reporting

5   Software upgrades every 10 days 30 day free commercial trial available on request

4 Commercial Joiners – March 2019

“Peppertree Furniture (Adelaide, SA, Australia)

At 10 weeks of using Empower Software we got 46% increase in factory productivity, at 6 months we got 86% increase and at 3 years we had got a 100% in factory productivity.  On factory productivity increases alone generated by Empower Software out annual profit increased by approximately $200,000”

Premier Furniture (Sydney, NSW, Australia)

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

Tasker Joinery (Sydney, NSW, Australia)

Using Empower Software we are getting 20% more joinery out the door each month.  Our business consultant confirmed that a 20% increase in factory productivity would increase our annual profit by 60%”

Finecut Joinery (Sydney, NSW Australia)

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

4 Kitchen Manufacturers – October 2018

Alby Turner & Son (Adelaide, SA, Australia)

“Id estimate around 15% increase in our factory productivity…

Riverland Cabinet Makers (Riverland, SA, Australia)

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…

Comace Shop Fitters (Adelaide, SA, Australia)

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

Schier Kitchens (Murtoa, VIC, Australia)

Empower Software will increase our factory productivity by 10 fold, at minimum… Empower is turning into such a magnificent analytical tool and it is progressing at a rapid rate of knots…”

Job Scheduling – August 2016

A better means of job scheduling

“At last, job scheduling software built specifically for cabinetmakers and joiners

I myself have struggled with job scheduling with no good software available until 2016. I have manually updated spreadsheets several times through the day to ‘rejig’ the schedule; I have updated job lists on paper and on whiteboards and then held meetings with other management and factory staff through the day to communicate the revised schedule. Sound familiar ? In the last two years Empower Job Scheduling has been re-built in the latest Cloud technology and it now works extremely well…”

By David Lawrence, Lean Manufacturing Consulting

6 Window & Door Manufacturers – September 2014

Total Timba Windows (Auckland, New Zealand)

“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 six months of using Empower we had achieved a 25% additional production from our factory staff."   Rob Pick Up, Director

Barrett’s Joinery (Timaru, New Zealand)

“We have achieved a 19% gain in factory productivity within the first two years.”  Glenn Sherborne, Director Production Management, Barrett’s Joinery

Versalite Aluminium Windows (Tamworth, NSW, Australia)

“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, MD, Versalite Windows

Dicksons Glass and Aluminium, Adelaide, SA, Australia

“I would estimate the gain in our factory productivity to be 25%.”  Josh White, Production Manager, Dicksons Glass and Aluminium

Native Timber Joinery, Te Awamutu, New Zealand

“Within 9 months we had achieved an estimated 25% additional production from our same factory staff.” Adam Fursdon, Production Manager, Native Timber Joinery

Packer Windows and Doors (Adelaide, SA, Australia)

“We have achieved a 40% increase in our factory productivity”  Seb Packer, MD, Packer Windows and Doors

6 Furniture Manufacturers – July 2014

Sarajane Furniture (COWRA, NSW, Australia)

"Empower software is designed for and well suited to furniture and joinery manufacturing. We have had a quick return on investment. Our factory productivity has increased by 45%.  Glen Scott, Managing Director…

Silver Lynx Furniture (Melbourne, VIC, Australia)

Empower Software is an essential production and productivity tool to our business.  Simon Bowler, General Manager…

Pfitzner Furniture (Adelaide, SA, Australia)

Minimum 25% increase in factory productivity in first year.  Andrew Pfitzner, Director…

Forest Furniture (Hamilton, New Zealand)

Forest Furniture won the 2005 Waikato Times Retail Excellence and the Deloitte Best Small Business Awards, which was, in part, due to the Empower factory tracking and reporting system. We can say with confidence that using Empower has enabled us to increase our weekly output by 20% on the same staff numbers. Empower is an invaluable business tool that we would not be without.  Paul Entwisle, Managing Director…

Rose and Heather Furniture (Auckland, New Zealand)

120% factory productivity gain over two years. Using Empower we doubled our production whilst at the same time reduced our factory staff by 20%.  Willy McGregor, General Manager…

Peppertree Furniture (Adelaide, SA, Australia)

At 26 weeks of using Empower Software we had a 46% increase in factory productivity; at 26 weeks we had an 86% increase in factory productivity and at three years we had 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…

Commercial Joiner Profiled – May 2014

Dimension Shopfitters - Ex RH Page (Auckland, New Zealand)

“We regard Empower HQ as a strategic partner to our business and Empower Software as an essential tool. We could not contemplate running our business without Empower in the future.  Andy Pitcher, CEO…

Delegation Australian Joiners visit NZ Peers – Jan 2014

Delegation of Australian Joiners Visit NZ Peers

“New Zealand Joinery businesses that were visited included Central Joinery, a 50 factory staff commercial joiner and kitchen manufacturer; Greenmount Manufacturing, a 60 factory staff commercial joiner and kitchen manufacturer, which also contract manufactures wardrobes, aluminium kitchen doors, campervan fit outs, etc; and RH Page, a 50 factory staff commercial joiner and corporate roll out specialist. As current President of the (NSW based) Furniture Industry Association of Australia, I wanted to be informed about technology driving joinery production,  Fred White…”

Barrett Joinery – May 2013

Barrett Increases Productivity (Timaru, New Zealand)

“A case study interview with Glenn Sherborne, Production Manager of Barrett’s Joinery, a 27 staff business that invested in job tracking and production software in 2006… At staff performance review time, Empower is certainly helpful to me in my role as production manager. It allows me to present each staff member with their individual Empower reports confirming their performance in terms of: • manufacturing jobs; • downtime jobs; • rework; • time and attendance. We recently paid bonuses to a number of our factory staff based purely on their individual performance reported in Empower. In summary Empower Software has been a very good production and labour management tool for us, enabling us, on the same staff and same wage cost, to significantly increase our weekly production.” 

Glen Sherborne, Production Manager

Kitchens R Us & Mr Shelf – January 2013

Empower Software saved us $600,000 in wage costs

“We employ 25 staff all up. We paid $11,000 for Empower Labour Management Software five years ago. Since then, Empower Software has saved us two and a half to three factory staff, which is a total wage cost saving of approximately $600,000 to date, and we save $120,000 in wage costs every year into the future”

Russell Reardon, Managing Director

Peppertree Furniture – November 2012

Monitoring factory production from Las Vegas (Adelaide, SA, Australia)

“While dividing his time between the factory, his retail outlet, visiting interstate clients and travelling overseas, Mark Tozer finds his Empower time tracking software keeps him in touch with everything. 

As owner of the Peppertree Furniture manufacturing business I saw the writing on the wall over 10 years ago, having to compete with increasing local competition and ever increasing volumes of imported goods from China coming onto our market,” said Mark. “It was clear that I needed quickly to get my factory highly efficient, and I needed to maintain 100% factory productivity on a daily basis or I would not remain in business…Empower time tracking software, purchased now over three years ago, has enabled me, with the same factory staff and same weekly hours worked, to increase our weekly production by just on 100%. That is, with the same staff I have doubled my production. “As MD I am actively involved in viewing our factory productivity screens and reports on Empower every day”. 

Mark Tozer, Managing Director

Tasker Joinery – September 2012

Turning a business on its head

“Empower Software is turning Tasker Joinery’s business on its head.

Our figures confirm that a 15% increase in our factory productivity will increase our annual profit by an estimated 45% per year, which is phenomenal business improvement and performance.

Greg Tasker, Director said that: “for the first time in many years I enjoy coming to work. I am no longer stressed as I am now in control of our entire labour force and know that all our management and staff are fully aware of times required and fully accountable to meet their times. I feel all my management and staff are now ‘in the same boat and rowing in the same direction’. This has enabled me to be much less worried about projects and our performance and I am already starting to reduce my hours to more ‘normal’ working hours.”  

Brett Handley, Capstone Business Consultants – business advisor to the joinery and furniture industries.

Express Sheetmetal – January 2012

Everything is going up, up, up

“Two and a half years ago, Express Sheet Metals was a small ten man business manufacturing ducting, mainly to order. Business growth was slow as they struggled from job to job.

“With hindsight we were far from productive on the factory floor,” explained directors Michael Arcari and Gaspar Lalovich. “The times that factory staff recorded on their jobs were woefully inaccurate so we could not use these in our costing of new quotations – and our budgeted times in new quotes were too high and were basically guesswork. Labour times on jobs are now taking, on average, a conservative 25% less time…We have been able to maintain our profit margin but bring down the budgeted labour hours, labour costs and quoted price. This has made us far more competitive in the market place, which has directly lead to our business quadrupling over the last two and a half years.  Using [Empower] time tracking software has transformed our business and annual profit: we love it and definitely would not be without it,”

Michael Arcari and Gaspar Lalovich Joint Directors

Peppertree Furniture – May 2011

Mega factory in SA (Adelaide, SA, Australia)

“The factory is based in Lonsdale, Adelaide and comprises 3585 m² panel machine and assembly work centres, adjoining 365 m² steel factory and adjoining 150 m² offices.

In three years since putting in Empower Software our overall factory productivity has increased 114%. We calculate this periodically on a spreadsheet benchmarking current week productivity back to week one, three years ago. Prior to putting in Empower we were doing around $10,000 of product a day and now we are doing around $22,000 of product a day. The new edge bander and new borer has contributed 14% to our overall factory productivity increase – leaving 100% productivity increase solely to Empower Software. Looking back on it three years ago Peppertree Furniture was terribly unproductive – I just did not realise it at the time because we simply did no time tracking and no bench marking…

This labour management tool has certainly taken our business to a whole new level… within the first year our additional profit in using Empower Software has exceeded $200,000 per year. Empower labour management software has been an invaluable and integral part of our success over the last three years. I believe strongly that every Australian furniture maker, kitchen manufacturer, shop fitter, timber joiner, window and door maker and steel fabricator needs labour management software and PCs on the factory floor because, like me, you need to consistently get the most out of every staff member and every machine every day and you need to know your true costs...” 

Mark Tozer, Managing Director

The Empower Story – March 2011

The Empower Software story

“Empower Software owners David Garret and Sean O’Sullivan met at Otago University in the late ‘80s. In 2000, whilst the two friends were enjoying a fishing trip, Sean told David (who was building up a consulting business in IT) that he should develop time tracking and job scheduling software because, although this software had been available for over 30 years, there was nothing commercially available in New Zealand. David was sceptical but after spending time on the internet checking out the situation, he got back to Sean saying: “I think it’s a big market and good opportunity and I want to get into it – shall we do it together?” Sean didn't need to consider his response – yes…

David and Sean set about developing a range of labour management factory productivity tools specifically for manufacturers, including time tracking and job scheduling software.  David and Sean set about developing a range of labour management factory productivity tools specifically for manufacturers, including time tracking and job scheduling software…”

Premier Furniture – January 2011

Getting it right (Sydney, NSW, Australia)

“Time tracking software and PCs on the factory floor provides Premier Furniture with ‘live’ and ‘accurate’ factory production and productivity information on times on processes and jobs per staff member and time on overhead jobs and other factory downtime. Analysis of this information enables Premier management to get job assignment and workflow right –which is now driving substantial gains in factory productivity.

2009 was a challenging and difficult year, to say the least. Distribution channels were changing, which impacted our client base and our margin had been squeezed for the third consecutive year. Clearly we needed to continue to improve our factory productivity to get our manufacturing costs down, and we needed to do it quickly.

In late 2009, Empower Software was recommended to us, a factory productivity software and consultancy business, which had 10 years experience in our industry and a solid track record of success in Australia increasing their manufacturing clients' productivity by 15 to 80%. It sounded exactly what Premier needed…I phoned the owners of Empower and had several very long phone conversations and demonstrations across the web. It was clear they understood my business well and that the software would track everything I needed. It was also clear they were very passionate and confident that their software would work well in my business and achieve the factory productivity gains we were after… It provides staff with a tool to be aware of and drive their own productivity. The software has made a substantial improvement to our factory productivity and our bottom line and we would not be without it”. 

Peter Langford, General Manager

Supplier Magazine Front Cover Peppertree Furniture – January 2010

“86% increase in factory productivity within 6 months, using Empower Time Tracking & Job Scheduling Software (Adelaide, SA, Australia)

“Peppertree Furniture manufactures commercial office furniture, has been in business 29 years, employs 21 staff, and annual turnover is $2.6 million. Our factory productivity has increased 86% in six months solely from putting PCs on our factory floor and using Empower Time Tracking and Labour Management Software (weekly production is up 53% whilst at the same time we have got weekly paid hours down by 22%). We were using Empower Software well and getting significant productivity gains within 48 hours of putting the system in. In the first week of using Empower the time reports showed that we were only 44% productive, I nearly had a heart attack, now we are consistently 85% productive week in week out. Empower Software has paid for itself fully within two months, and our profit continues to increase exponentially as our factory productivity increases. In achieving these results Empower has totally transformed our factory staffs’ work focus, work commitment, and job and daily productivity. Our factory staff are really using Empower as their own tool, much as they use their mallet or screwdriver, and have got all these productivity gains by themselves, without management assistance. I thought my factory was productive beforehand, clearly it was far from it…” 

Mark Tozer, Managing Director

47.5% Average Increase in Factory Productivity Survey Results – September 2009

47.5% Average Increase in Factory Productivity Survey Results

“The 2009 June end survey of 21 manufacturers who invested in time tracking and labour management software concluded:

1. The average increase in factory productivity was 47.5%;

2. The median manufacturer’s increase in factory productivity was 35%;

3. The lowest manufacturer’s increase in factory productivity was 15%;

4. The highest manufacturer’s increase in factory productivity was 160%. The 47.5% average increase in factory productivity was weighted upwards significantly by the following four manufacturers: Homeplus Southland 160%, Classique Furniture 103%, Lochiel Engineering 70% and Rose and Heather Furniture 60%...”  

Sean O’Sullivan. B Com (Hons) Otago University

Manufacturers Productivity Conference – May 2008

Productivity Conference in NZ

“Manufacturers productivity conference held in Auckland, New Zealand in May attracted many attendees from a wide variety of industries including: kitchens, cabinets, shop fitters, furniture, joinery, sheet metal and engineering.  Speakers included

1  Jon Martin Managing Director Phoenix Aluminium advised “Within 36 months factory staff levels were reduced from the 24 to 11 – saving $470,000 each year in wage costs [production levels were maintained]. One recent example of how time tracking works is one factory staff member went from 60% productive one month, to 100% the next month, to 120% the next month. Within three months the same staff member, doing the same job, doubled his output…

2   David Lawrence, production manager of Modulink Kitchens and Joinery in Christchurch advised “time tracking software brings total control to the factory floors and increases to weekly productivity has been substantial in all three joinery manufacturers he has worked for. At Asset Kitchens factory staff were reduced from 13 to 8 - whilst maintaining weekly output - saving $175,000 per year…

3   Paul Entwisle, owner of Forest Furniture.  Paul invested in PCs on the factory floor and ‘Empower’ time tracking software in 2003. Within two years Paul achieved a 20% increase in staff output and factory productivity.  When Paul won Waikato Business of the Year in 2005 the judges Deloittes, one of the big six worldwide accounting firms, were impressed with the PCs on the factory floor his ‘Empower’ time tracking software…”

Empower Key Benefits – June 2020

Empower – Industry Statistics

1  30% of Australian joiners still use workshop staff completed manual time sheets to record their staff time on jobs

2   60% of Australian joiners do not record their workshop staff time on jobs at all

3   10% or less of Australian joiners use some tablets on their workshop floor and some form of software to track jobs, tasks and workshop staff [that is, 90% or less of Australian joiners are using no technology to track and manage their staff time on jobs]

8   27 Business and management failings exist if either workshop completed manual time sheets are used or if staff times on jobs are not tracked.  Report available to explain 27 failings on request sean@manufacturingandengineering.co.nz

NZ Engineering News

ALL ABOARD… MAKAIRA BOATS – WHEN ADOPTING TECHNOLOGY AND INDUSTRY 4.0 MAKES SENSE – December 2022

Allan Shaw, director at Makaira Boats was using manual time sheets to record workshop staff at the end of the day. Staff recorded their time worked on each boat. 

“With six workshop staff, this was costing me approximately 12 minutes per staff, per day; ceasing productive workshop work to manually fill out their time sheets” – a total of one hour, per staff member, per week. 

“So six staff was costing me about six hours less productive workshop work per week, which at $80 per hour overhead cost was $480 cost per week. 

“My administration staff were taking half an hour a day, 2.5 hours per week to entering all the time sheets into our costing program, which at $50 per hour was costing me $125 per week.” 

Shaw says that manual time sheets were costing him $605 per week or about $30,250 per year. 

He says, manual time sheets produced “information, too little, too inaccurate, too late and at too high cost”. 

“Most importantly manual time sheets did not make workshop staff aware of their budgeted times of achieved times therefore did not make them work time focused and quicker on jobs. 

“I adopted the technology of using pcs on the workshop floor and an engineering-based workshop productivity and scheduling software app (visit www.empowersoftare.co.nz). It's subscription based, cost $91 per week which is $4,550 a year. So, my immediate cost savings in adopting this technology was $514 per week which was $25,700 per year. 

“On cost savings alone, I adopted this technology.” 

Additional benefits of this technology include: times recorded are enormously more accurate, 50-inch TVs in office and workshop present all jobs, all staff and all times in real-time, I estimate we have made a 30% reduction in our labour times and labour cost on jobs and our staff and management culture has entirely changed to be continuously time focused. 

“It has been a quantum leap forward for my business using this technology.” 

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CNC SOLUTIONS POWERS UP WITH EMPOWER – July 2021

Christchurch-based CNC Solutions is making every post a winner by using the Empower Workshop Productivity & Scheduling Software app to rev up productivity and performance

Laine Etwell, director of CNC Solutions Ltd in Rolleston says: “We are a metal and sheetmetal fabrication business. We offer a full CAD design and prototyping service to clients who require it. We have moved into new facilities and the business continues to grow significantly and ballpark revenue is $4 million annually at present.” Etwell says that the business had no staff on jobs reporting for two years while also having few workshop staff. “During this time we had no idea of job times, jobs took the time they took and each month we hoped we had made money. “In 2019, we invested in tablets on the workshop floor and the Empower Workshop Productivity & Scheduling Software App. We also invested in two 50-inch TV screens presenting our job schedule

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.” Etwell says CNC Solutions schedules all its jobs on Empower so all production is planned, the software factors for existing capacity and calculates when each new job will start and finish. This enables the company to give clients an accurate completion date when they place their orders. “I estimate that jobs take 20% minimum less time at 20% minimum less labour cost using technology of tablets on workshop floor and the Empower Software App. This enables us to have more competitive quotations in the marketplace and allows us to maximise job profit. “Our operations manager Graham monitors all jobs on the 50 inch TV screens and his PC whilst production is in progress and he immediately investigates any overruns or potential overruns with workshop staff involved for future learning and continuous improvement. I undertake all invoicing, so I job cost every job to ensure I investigate any overruns for future learning.

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Lean Manufacturing Advice – Slashing Engineering Firms Labour Time – September 2020

Jeff Tufnell searches the globe for software and other technology to help clients manage their workshop floor production efficiencies.  [Jeff Tufnell is director of Jupiter Lean Manufacturing Consulting, based in Auckland]

In the last two years, Jeff says he has come across many clients using touch screens on the workshop floor and Empower workshop productivity and scheduling software, to schedule jobs and to track their jobs, tasks and staff in real time. He says that, with Empower, 55-inch television monitors on office walls and workshop floor walls report all jobs and tasks, as well as staff actual/budgeted times, in real time.  Job scheduling and production planning is included. “Empower has an impressive client list of 200+ engineering and manufacturing firms including Donovans Engineering, Carac Engineering, Easy Access, Longveld Engineering, Rata Industries, Express Sheet Metal, Compass Trailers, McLay Boats, Makaira Boats, Alutech Windows, Delta Stock Crates, Active Engineering, Johnson and Couzins, McMullen and Wing. Empower suits general engineering, sheet metal, stainless and alloy fabrication, manufacturing all forms of metal based products and more.

With more than 20 years of industry experience in New Zealand engineering and manufacturing, Jeff has seen a lot: “Engineering firms using Empower can achieve a 20% to 40% reduction in labour times on jobs therefore 20% to 40% reduction in labour cost on jobs.” For an engineer with 10 workshop staff Empower projects 80 additional production hours per week, which is $5,970 additional revenue per week.  “This is $292,530 additional revenue per year, which is largely additional profit, because overhead costs are covered within existing production levels. Over 10 years this is $2.92m additional revenue.”

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Job Scheduling – January 2020

BUSINESS CONSULTANTS ADVISE ENGINEERS ON CRITICAL COMPONENTS TO JOB SCHEDULING

Working smarter; that’s what it’s all about. NZ Engineer News has approached three of the most experienced business consultants working in the New Zealand engineering space to advise us on job scheduling for engineers. Here’s what they had to say:

IAN FEATHERSTONE, OWNER OF GLASS HALF FULL

I recommend you look for scheduling software that has a demonstrated track record of working effectively for the engineering sector where 100% of the clients using the software are engineers and other custom manufacturers, where by default the software has all the necessary functionality to cope with all the complexities that occur on factory floors. The latest scheduling software use tablets on the factory floor, where factory staff start and finish their jobs on their tablets which enables automatic updating of job status and live and accurate scheduling.

DAVID LAWRENCE, OWNER OF LEAN MANUFACTURING

I consult to over 140 engineers and other jobbing manufacturers throughout New Zealand and Australia on scheduling, shop floor productivity and lean manufacturing. I can say that the substantial majority of engineers still schedule manually using spreadsheets and do not schedule well at all.

My short hand advice to owners, production managers and management teams of engineering firms;

1 Stop using spreadsheets to schedule work. Spreadsheets are very time consuming, job status must be assessed and recorded manually then entered by staff or management manually, and in most case sequencing of tasks and capacity of tasks is not considered so the forward work schedule is not accurate

2 Invest in tablets for your factory floor and labour management and scheduling software

3 Use only scheduling software that where jobs and tasks are updated live from factory floor tablets…

I use ‘Empower Workshop Productivity and Scheduling Software’ developed here in Auckland, NZ

WARWICK RUSSELL, OWNER OF SMETRIC INSIGHTS

Software such as Empower Factory Productivity & Scheduling is a game changer for engineers. By using touch screens or tablets on the workshop floor jobs, factory staff and time on jobs are tracked in real time and there is visibility across the entire business; where teams and individual factory staff are at, where jobs are at, where the capacity constraints are and what conversations are needed with clients on priorities ahead of time, not after a late delivery.

Is it Time? (to Adopt Technology) – August 2009

Is it Time?

“Manual time sheets that factory staff fill in at the end of the day were used 100 years ago and are commonly known as ‘lie sheets’ and ‘cheat sheets’ for obvious reasons.This article summarises compelling advice from those engineers and manufacturers who have moved on to now use inexpensive PCs on their factory floor, to time track jobs and staff and track the status of all jobs – which is all reported back to production management ‘live’...”

MARs Transport – July 2009

MARs Before and After

“MARS build heavy road transport equipment in the Riverland, South Australia. Their business turn around and success is quite remarkable.In six months, factory productivity had been turned on its ear, increasing by an absolute minimum 30 per cent. By progressing use of the system further, they expect to increase factory productivity to 50 per cent minimum within the next six months. “The system has worked for me for three main reasons: Firstly, all factory staff are now entirely goal oriented on all jobs – PC screens advise them of budgeted time, when they start each job and the actual time when they fi nish each job. “Secondly, all forms of downtime are tracked – overhead jobs, unproductive jobs, rework, unaccounted time, time stolen from lack of promptness at day start, smokos, lunch and day was costing 30 minutes per staff member per day, which for 25 staff was 62.5 lost production hours per week, totalling 270 lost production hours per month, which at our overhead cost was costing us in excess of $13,000 a month).” Thirdly, Peter and his production management staff monitor all times on all jobs, with up to the minute production information which enables far more responsive and better production management and planning. “The system gives us all the live business reporting and business metrics we possibly need…”  

Peter Morelli, Managing Director

History of PCs on Workshop Floor and Time Tracking Software in NZ – November 2008

Time Tracking Being Used in New Zealand

“As soon as PCs were developed some 30 years ago progressive engineering firms in the US and Europe used PCs on their factory floors to track “Live” their jobs, staff, and productivity…

The New Zealand aluminium window and door manufacturing industry has followed the US and European engineers by implementing PCs on the factory floor and time tracking software to increase productivity…

Phoenix Aluminium, one of several of New Zealand’s largest and most progressive window manufacturers, have been using PCs on the factory floor and time tracking software for 10 years and they have increased their productivity by 130%...

Other manufacturing industries that use PCs on the factory floor and time tracking software extensively include: kitchen manufacturing, shop fitting, timber joinery, aluminium windows, timber windows, boat building, contract fibreglass manufacturing, and standard and custom furniture manufacturing…

Sean O’Sullivan, Founding Director Empower Software, B Com (Hons) Otago University

Empower News

EMPOWER DEVELOPMENT TEAM PROUDLY RELEASE EMPOWER PHONE APPS – March 2022

Principally the Empower Phone Apps are suited to staff working off site – but they can be used by staff in the workshop and pre production staff in the office

Empower 21 Years

EMPOWER TEAM PROUDLY CELEBRATE 20 YEARS – February 2022

Directors Dave Garrett and Sean O’Sullivan, long term Empower development and support staff Angela and Vino and Implementation consultant David Lawrence proudly celebrate our 20 year milestone

Stabi Craft Marine

STABICRAFT MARINE THREE FACTORIES POWER UP WITH EMPOWER – October 2021

Stabicraft Marine employ some 130 workshop staff in their three factories – New Zealand’s largest aluminium boat manufacturer who supply boats nationally and internationally.  Empower welcome the Stabicraft management team “on board”

2021 Major New Client – October 2021

Empower Software warmly welcomes:
• Stabicraft Marine with three manufacturing workshops in New Zealand, two in Invercargill and one in Auckland. New Zealand’s largest boat manufacturer and heavily involved in exporting globally

Long Standing Clients – September 2021

Empower Software greatly appreciate the business of all long standing clients including :
• Prime Joinery, Christchurch, New Zealand – client since 2004
• Continental Stairs, Auckland New Zealand – client since 2005
• Kitchens R Us, Tauranga, New Zealand – client since 2007

CABINET VISION AND MICROVELLUM – March 2021

“Empower have completed Stage 1 development of 2 interfaces from Cabinet Vision to Empower.  The first interface automatically transfers New Job and Client information from Cabinet Vision to Empower.  The second interface transfers Bill Of Materials (BOM) listing of materials description, materials code and materials quantity per Job from Cabinet Vision to Empower for Empower to then generate Purchase Orders and to Stock Control.  These interfaces will save a lot of unnecessary wasted time entering considerable same data into two systems for every new Job. 

Empower’s development of the Microvellum to Empower interfaces are also under development and available shortly. 

These interfaces will help Empower’s existing clients and will attract new clients to Empower Software who are currently using Cabinet Vision and Microvellum throughout Australasia and internationally.  For those readers who are not aware Cabinet Vision and Microvelum are two of the largest and most recognised international AutoCAD based design, costing and machining software products and brands to joinery industries."

EMPOWER SALES UP 400% – February 2021

“In the first seven weeks of 2021 Empower’s software sales are up some 400% on usual levels.  Our new web site has played a critical role in attracting and converting substantially more new clients and the Empower team have “stepped up to the plate” and successfully supported and implemented all new clients in 2021”

EMPOWER RELEASES ITS NEW WEB SITE – November 2020

“After 18 years of software product development focus and client support focus Empower we are very proud to release our new web site.  No other software company in the world, that we are aware of presents firstly anywhere near 79 client case studies and secondly 20% t0 40%+ reduction in labour times on jobs therefore 20% to40%+ reduction in labour cost on jobs, making Empower a world leader in our space.”