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Meet Frontier

Frontier software is ideal for manufacturers who design, build, modify, and/or assemble products to order. Thanks to the product configurator at the heart of our software, Frontier helps companies work smarter. Frontier helps you manage customer orders, every point in your supply chain, plus your internal manufacturing and financial processes. Frontier ERP is the key to meeting the increasingly high expectations of today's customers and distributors and making you their manufacturer of choice.

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Product Configurator

At the heart of Frontier® ERP Software is a powerful and robust product configuration management (PCM) tool. Enter your engineering guidelines for customer-selectable options, and the configurator ensures only buildable products can be ordered. No longer do you need to rely on a few key individuals to manually check option compatibility. Frontier’s configurator delivers better customer service, speedy online web ordering, and accurate dealer quoting.

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9 Signs It’s Time For a New ERP System

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Does your current ERP system struggle to keep pace with the needs of your organization? As your company grows and adapts to new challenges, the tools you use must also evolve to meet market demands. That includes your ERP software. But how do you know when it’s time for a new ERP system? In this blog post, we’ll explore critical factors that indicate that it’s time to upgrade or replace your ERP. You will also learn what to look…

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Measure Manufacturing KPIs for Peak Performance

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Measuring the performance of your manufacturing operations is a complex task. It requires time, energy, and careful monitoring and reporting of key performance indicators (KPIs). Among the measurable metrics, manufacturing KPIs stand out as crucial benchmarks, providing crucial insight into your business operations. In this blog post, you’ll learn more about manufacturing KPIs, why metric measurements are important, and how using the best reporting tools can provide detailed analytics to enable better decision-making for your company’s future. Performance Indicators…

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Engineer-to-Order ERP: Unlocking Manufacturing Efficiency

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Custom manufacturers often search for innovative solutions to streamline operations and boost efficiency. Engineer-to-order ERP software is a powerful solution to meet the unique demands of these businesses. ERP software holds the key to unlocking manufacturing efficiency with comprehensive features designed to optimize processes and drive growth. Understanding Engineer-to-Order Manufacturing Engineer-to-order (ETO) manufacturing is a production approach where products are designed based on individual customer specifications. The manufacturing cycle typically takes longer with ETO. Most items are one-off and…

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Dealer Quoting Software Eliminates Common Ordering Issues

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Manufacturers often face many challenges when dealers place custom orders for their clientele. Communication breakdowns, delayed timelines, and manual entry errors can create significant hurdles. These issues underscore the critical need for a dealer quoting software solution to improve the ordering process. No matter the chosen software, it must align with the company’s ERP for data integrity and streamlined operations. In this blog post, we’ll review common ordering issues and how dealer quoting software with ERP integration can solve…

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A Guide to Choosing the Right Promotional Products Software

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Promotional products, branded merch, ad specialties, tchotchkes, or swag. No matter what you call the items, competition in the personalized product giveaways sector is fierce. From branded shirts and signage for a store opening to coffee mugs and pens for a new campaign, customers will request anything. That is why using well-developed promotional products software is essential to manage and process their requests. Selecting the right software solution is pivotal for sustained growth and efficiency for any business. This…

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How Shipping Software Integration Boosts Control, Savings, and Customer Satisfaction

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Discover how shipping software integration with Frontier ERP reduces frustrating bottlenecks. In today’s fast-paced world, efficient shipping is critical for delivering on customer promises. Yet, for many companies, this final hurdle can become a frustrating nightmare due to order delays, inaccurate deliveries, and rising costs. If this sounds familiar, you’re not alone. The challenges of manual data entry, fragmented workflows, and limited visibility plague businesses of all sizes. These pain points translate into real consequences like error-prone processes, time-consuming tasks,…

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ERP & CPQ for Contract-Grade Furniture Manufacturing

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Amidst the evolving designs of modern offices and retail spaces, there’s a growing demand for distinctive, contract-grade furniture. This trend is particularly prominent as companies prioritize aesthetics, functionality, and an immersive experience for their employees and customers. As a result, they are seeking contract-grade furniture manufacturers to provide custom and semi-custom furniture solutions. To ensure that operations are running as efficiently as possible, furniture manufacturing software is a necessity. When coupled with CPQ, an ERP system provides the best…

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The Best Quoting Software for Manufacturing

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Custom manufacturing caters to the individual demands of clients. These buyers seek distinctive designs that showcase their unique style, from custom bathroom cabinets to handcrafted furniture to unique shower doors. While individual design is their forte, providing an accurate quote can pose significant challenges for make-to-order businesses. The intricacies of a custom order can vary, making it somewhat difficult to provide accurate pricing swiftly. Therefore, companies in the custom design industry must have the best quoting software for quick and…

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A Guide to Lean Manufacturing and CPQ

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Lean manufacturing principles are a cornerstone for businesses aspiring to optimize their processes. The benefits of this theory include diminishing manufacturing waste, boosting productivity, and delivering enhanced value to customers. A crucial ally in achieving these objectives is Configure, Price, Quote (CPQ) software that enhances efficiency and improves processes. What is Lean Manufacturing? Lean manufacturing operates on a systematic approach derived from the famed Toyota Production System. The central rule of lean is to maximize customer value while minimizing…

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Demand Rises for Custom Smart Home Products

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In an age marked by rapidly advancing technology, the smart home is at the forefront of modern living. Homeowners and business owners increasingly seek intelligent solutions that extend beyond conventional interior design. They desire custom smart home products that showcase their style and add convenience to their lives. This trend paves the way for custom manufacturers to play a pivotal role in the future of decor automation. From custom smart blinds to smart furniture, windows, and doors, intuitive interior…

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3D Product Visualization: How to Strengthen the Buyer Bond

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In a world where unique design is increasingly important to buyers, custom-manufactured products have gained immense popularity. From custom window treatments to distinctive bathroom cabinetry, consumers want designs that reflect their individuality. For custom product manufacturers, one thing remains constant amongst their customers. They want to see what their custom orders will look like before purchase. How can that be accomplished? Traditionally, contractors or dealers provide the consumer with static images or 2D drawings during the design phase. This…

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Manufacturers Can Increase Customer Satisfaction with CPQ 

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It’s no secret that customer satisfaction can make or break a company’s reputation. Even one bad experience can spread like wildfire online, leading to many headaches for a manufacturer. Businesses are increasingly recognizing the importance of providing a positive customer experience. The challenge lies in how to increase customer satisfaction metrics without hurting manufacturing efficiency and company profitability. Configure, Price, Quote (CPQ) software with ERP product configuration addresses both sides of this equation. Discover how CPQ and product configuration…

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ERP and MRP: What Custom Manufacturers Need Now

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In the world of make-to-order manufacturing, businesses often find themselves grappling with complex systems for manufacturing management. It seems that there is a wide range of solutions online for manufacturers to reduce costs and increase the bottom line. However, two crucial tools necessary to optimize operations are ERP and MRP. Despite both being abbreviations for types of software used by manufacturers, these systems serve distinct functions. Each plays a pivotal role in streamlining manufacturing production processes. Read on to learn…

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Top Trends for Custom Window Treatment Manufacturing

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It can be challenging to stay ahead of trends while maintaining efficiency in the dynamic world of custom window treatment manufacturing. Every year, new trends emerge. Manufacturers of window fashions, shades, blinds, shutters, and other window treatments will know that today’s buyers are trending towards more sustainable materials, wireless controls, and bold statements for their window treatments. Custom window treatment manufacturing companies are turning to advanced solutions in technology to optimize operations and meet customer demands. Configure, Price, Quote…

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Critical Custom Manufacturing Year-End Tasks

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The end of 2023 is nearly here. Companies are hustling to fill the last purchase orders before the holidays so employees can take a much-needed break. While many in the custom manufacturing industry would rather be enjoying festivities, critical end-of-year obligations cannot wait. Typical assignments at this time usually include holiday production scheduling, financial closing, and yearly physical inventory. Often these are considered daunting and unpleasant duties for those involved. However, businesses can improve their year-end processes while planning…

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Manufacturing ERP Software Solutions for Business Growth

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Whether planned or unplanned, business growth is an exciting time for any type of company. For make-to-order manufacturers, the journey of business expansion is a monumental step. It presents a spectrum of challenges and opportunities, each requiring meticulous consideration for a successful transition, including manufacturing ERP software. In this comprehensive blog post, we will discuss key factors of an effective expansion strategy for custom manufacturers. We will also explore the pivotal role that manufacturing ERP software plays in facilitating cost-effective,…

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Custom Millwork Software: The CPQ Advantage

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In the world of wood and metal millworking, craftsmanship meets technology in a true partnership of creativity and precision. Manufacturing quality and efficiency are crucial, whether crafting wood or metal railings, custom cabinetry, furniture, windows/glass, doors, or window treatments. This delicate balance can be challenging to maintain. The industry has its unique needs, such as custom orders and a myriad of design variations. However, a solution is available to streamline operations and deliver outstanding products while reducing errors. Enter…

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ERP Makes Production Scheduling Easier

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Production scheduling is a critical aspect of any manufacturing process. It involves coordinated resources, detailed processes, and on-time product delivery to meet customer demand. However, it can be a daunting and complex task, often requiring careful planning and adjustments. Fortunately, Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) systems have emerged as a powerful solution to streamline production scheduling, specifically those that include manufacturing production scheduling software. It works for various manufacturers, making their scheduling effortless and more efficient. Let’s explore how manufacturers…

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CPQ Software for Furniture Manufacturing

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In today’s rapidly evolving furniture industry, the demand for customized furniture solutions is on the rise. This trend has led to the adoption of technology to improve operations and enhance efficiency. This article explores furniture industry trends, the benefits of ERP and CPQ software for furniture manufacturing, and ways to enhance business operations. Trends in Furniture Manufacturing The furniture industry continues to evolve to meet changing consumer preferences and technological advancements. Here are some notable trends: Sustainable Furniture: At…

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How CPQ Improves Materials Management

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Manufacturers using ERP software with CPQ find greater success in materials management Manufacturing is a highly complex industry, requiring meticulous orchestration of various components to produce high-quality products efficiently. One of the most critical aspects of this process is materials management. This is the area that must handle resources, supplies, and inventory effectively. In this article, we’ll delve into the world of materials management. We’ll define Configure, Price, Quote (CPQ), and detail how combining CPQ with your Enterprise Resource…

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ERP Software Implementation: 5 Areas for Focus

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What Discrete Manufacturers Need to Know Implementing an Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) system is a significant endeavor for any discrete manufacturing company. The right ERP software can streamline operations, improve efficiency, and drive growth for your company. However, the wrong choice — or a poorly executed implementation — can lead to cost overruns and operational disruptions. To reduce uncertainty in this complex process, your project team must take a systematic approach. That means looking beyond the names you’ve heard…

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CPQ for Window and Door Manufacturers

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Transform window, door, and glass manufacturing with the power of CPQ and ERP software. Precision, customization, and operational efficiency are paramount for manufacturers of windows, doors, and glass. This article discusses how configure, price, quote (CPQ) systems in today’s ERP software are changing manufacturing to tackle industry-specific challenges. We’ll focus on the needs of custom manufacturers of windows, glass, and doors, and discuss the benefits of CPQ and a parametric product configurator for complex products. You’ll also learn where…

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10 Key Benefits of Cabinet Software for Manufacturing

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In the world of custom and semi-custom cabinet manufacturing, precision, efficiency, and versatility are paramount. To meet these demands, manufacturers turn to cabinet software manufacturing solutions that streamline their operations, from design to production. In this blog post, we’ll explore the top 10 benefits of cabinet software for manufacturers. We’ll also highlight the key features of cabinet ERP (enterprise resource planning) software. Finally, we’ll explain the significance of a strong product configurator for making personalized cabinets for different industries….

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Cloud ERP Software: Unleash the Power of IBM

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You don’t have to buy an IBM system to get all the benefits of using IBM. Manufacturing software like Friedman’s Frontier ERP is available as a cloud-hosted solution. It will run on the IBM i operating system that runs on IBM Power Systems servers. This makes Frontier cloud ERP software an ideal choice for forward-thinking manufacturing businesses. Cloud ERP Software: The IBM Advantage. Before discussing the advantages of cloud ERP software, let’s recognize the undeniable strengths of the IBM…

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Master Product Data Management

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Mastering Manufacturing with Product Data Management Software Innovation, precision, and efficiency reign supreme for manufacturers of complex, discrete products. Manufacturing companies are always working to improve processes, cut costs, and deliver good products on time in today’s competitive market. Many organizations use Product Data Management (PDM) software to achieve these goals. PDM is a powerful tool that can change how you manage and work together on product data. In this blog post, we’ll dive into the world of PDM…

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Solving Your Order Management Nightmare

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Order Entry Frustration: From Pain to Plan Dear manufacturing order management team, We get it. The daily grind of manually re-entering order data from various sources into your manufacturing ERP can be maddening. It’s like trying to fit a square peg into a round hole, over and over again. The inefficiency and potential for errors can be soul-crushing, and you’re not alone in this struggle. We’ve heard your cries of frustration, and we’re here to tell you – we…

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Why You Should Integrate a Cabinet Design Tool with Your ERP

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If you make custom cabinets, you know that good quality and proper fit are only part of the equation. Increasingly, customers are expecting an exceptional cabinet design and ordering experience. From kitchen cabinets, bathroom vanities, and custom built-ins to modular office furniture and store fixtures, it’s all about making your customer happy. These days, it’s not enough to deliver outstanding craftsmanship at a reasonable price. You also need to offer an exceptional design experience to your customers. They want…

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Manufacturing ERP with WMS: Which of 3 Options is Best?

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Two of the most popular types of software in manufacturing today are Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) and Warehouse Management System (WMS) software. But what are the key differences between them? And if you need both, which approach is right for your business? In this article, we will compare and contrast a manufacturing ERP vs. WMS, and explain when you might need both types of software. We’ll also discuss three options for incorporating WMS capabilities, including using a WMS module…

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Selecting the Right Product Configurator for Make-to-Order

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If your company creates custom or semi-custom products designed to dazzle customers, then you’ve surely come across the term “product configurator.” Whether you’re a seasoned operations guru or a tech-savvy finance whiz, this article is for you. We’ll dive into eight areas to help you understand the various product configurator options. Armed with this knowledge, you’ll be ready to choose the ideal product configurator tool for your enterprise. Examine a Product Configurator Across These 8 Areas Just as there…

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CAD + ERP = Better CPQ for Custom Manufacturing

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In the competitive world of custom manufacturing, combining CAD tools with your ERP system is a move toward greater efficiency and accuracy. Integrating 3D modeling and CAD with your manufacturing ERP software can give your company a significant advantage. This is especially true for configuring, pricing, and quoting … or CPQ for custom manufacturing and specialized product offerings. This article explores the benefits of integrating 3D modeling as part of a CPQ for custom manufacturing. Connecting CAD programs directly…

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Crafting Efficiency: 3 Ways to Connect Cabinet Design Software to Manufacturing

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Today’s successful cabinet manufacturers use online cabinet design software to give customers more information, more options, and greater satisfaction in specifying their finished products. But giving customers lots of options can cause lots of headaches for manufacturing. That’s why it’s essential to connect the data captured online with your inventory levels, back-end production scheduling, and engineering. Manual Data Transfer Doesn’t Work No successful company of any scale can compete for long using a manual approach, where the customer data…

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The Evolution of Configurator Software for Manufacturing Complex Products

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Product configuration software has evolved significantly over the years, enabling manufacturers of discrete products to efficiently offer customization options to their customers. In this post, we’ll explore the key stages in the evolution of configurator software for manufacturing complex products so you can choose the tool that’s best for your operation.

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9 Ways CPQ Software for Manufacturing will Transform Your Business

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Delivering accurate pricing and delivery estimates are vital components of a successful business. That’s especially true if you make custom kitchen and bath cabinets, furniture, or other build-to-order, configured products. Fortunately, an ERP that includes CPQ software for manufacturing operations may be the key to unlocking growth for your business. What is CPQ? CPQ stands for Configure-Price-Quote. CPQ is an essential component of the custom manufacturing process. CPQ software for manufacturing streamlines the configuration and pricing of customized products,…

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The Power of Custom: How an Online Product Configurator Transforms Cabinet Manufacturing

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If you’re in the business of manufacturing customizable kitchen and bath cabinets, you can only stay in business by keeping your dealers and customers happy. That means being able to provide them with exactly what they want. Enterprise software helps. But an ERP with an online product configurator that is part of your enterprise software can be a game-changer for your business!

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7 Ways Product Configuration Software Simplifies Manufacturing

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As a manufacturer, you understand the complexities that come with producing customized products like cabinets, furniture, doors, and windows. From managing multiple options and configurations to ensuring efficient order processing and accurate bill of materials (BOM), the challenges can be overwhelming. In this blog post, we’ll delve into how product configuration software functions as part of an Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) system to simplify the manufacturing processes, using the

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