Since 1988, the Hollings Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP) has worked to strengthen U.S. manufacturing. Their mission is to enhance the productivity and technological performance of U.S. manufacturing. The MEP is a national network and the only public–private partnership dedicated to serving small and medium-sized manufacturers.
In 1991, User Solutions was founded to support affordable and easy-to-use tools to help small and medium-sized manufacturers become more competitive through efficient production scheduling.
“The Resource Manager is a great solution for manufacturers who are not ready for a full-blown MRPII, ERP, or Shop Management System but who realize the value of effective scheduling and planning. Resource Manager is unique in that it easily adapts to the way people are running their business today.” – Mike Parks, as Director of Georgia Tech’s CMIT, an affiliate of the NIST Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP)
Greg Katz, then Vice President of Manhattan Store Interiors, N.Y., enlisted Industrial Technology Assistance Corp., the local MEP, to help him find a quick and easy solution to his plant’s planning and scheduling challenges. ITAC recommended Resource Manager from User Solutions.
“I have been involved in the production of store fixtures for over ten years and every day was a struggle until Resource Manager from User Solutions enabled me to print in one minute what it would take hours a day to communicate. Suddenly I was able to quickly forecast our workload and schedule our shipments for our facilities in a fraction of the time it took before I starting using Resource Manager. As a result of using Resource Manager, we forecast a 20% increase in gross profits next year.” – Greg Katz, VP of Manhattan Store Interiors
ACE Controls, Inc., had a requirement to improve their current system and to immediately implement a solution for the day-to-day scheduling challenges of the machine shop. ACE Controls specializes in pneumatic linear decelerators such as those used at Cedar Point and the Power Tower amusement ride. Supported by the NIST/Michigan Manufacturing Technology Center, Resource Manager was selected both for its benefit/cost ratio and for the company’s existing Excel platform, already used to communicate manufacturing reports.
“The product is so flexible and adaptable; it is quite easy to model different scenarios to determine if a certain method or schedule can actually benefit our bottom line.” – Dave Teumer, Buyer and Scheduling Manager, Ace Controls.