Manufacturing Software for the Metal Fabrication Industry

Metal fabrication is a time precious field of manufacturing, leaving plenty of scope for waste and overtime if errors have to be corrected.

Our ERP modules are designed to help you improve planning, from machine utilisation to materials requirements planning (MRP), and improve the quality of your finished products.

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Scalable fabrication ERP

Metal fabrication is traditionally a fragmented process from purchasing to delivery. Our ERP modules are designed to target the issues that metal fabricators face day to day, such as capacity planning and scheduling, real-time shop floor data and employee utilisation.

As the industry becomes more competitive, using scalable software means your business becomes more responsive to changes in market conditions. These improvements from the shop floor to the back office lead to savings in money, time and materials, meaning your business can focus on growth and investment.

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Inventory and stock management

  • Ensure that your stock level are correct using the forecasting function, as well as viewing your current stock position.
  • Using smart lot attributes and shelf-life control, you can determine which materials and parts to pick from. Stock counting becomes accurate and accessible, which makes stock takes simple for audits and financial teams.
  • Easily identify slow moving and obsolete (SLOB) stock to improve your stock turn.

What does good inventory management look like? Delving deep into the cost of stock mistakes and how to solve them. Download guide

Material Requirements Planning (MRP)

  • Consolidate material requirements and purchase orders to prevent over stocking and over ordering.
  • You can draw key information from other parts of your ERP for recommendations on purchase and works orders that need to be placed, and orders that should be cancelled or rescheduled - this is frequently run as a daily routine.
  • Create Works Orders for Made to Stock items while being able to take into consideration existing lead times.

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Orchestrate production planning and scheduling day-to-day scheduling

Day to day scheduling

Capacity planning and resource utilisation

'What-if' analysis

Day to day scheduling

  • Identify bottlenecks before they impact your production and reassign jobs to alternative machines and employees.
  • Using the live production plan, jobs can be scheduled to best fit the current utilisation the shop floor.
  • Increase efficiency by knowing you and your team are working from same, live production plan.
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Access Orchestrate Planning and Scheduling software removes the manual processes that make it difficult for you to run a lean operation with a clear view of your plan, stock and resources.

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Capacity planning and resource utilisation

  • Have sight of your shop floor operations, your employees and other resources to know how capacity is being utilised, and use the Drag and Drop Gantt Chart to make adjustments to the plan while keeping to timescales.
  • Give data-backed predictions of dates and leadtimes to customers with the use of smart modelling to visualise upcoming capacity.

'What-if' analysis

  • Automatically map out different production scenarios to find the best fit to deliver around constraints.
  • Use predicted scenarios to make intelligent business decisions that mean you will still achieve On Time in Full (OTIF).

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  • Use smart financial reporting dashboards to see analytics, KPI dashboards and business health information.
  • Automatically import or scan supplier invoices and instantly update your ledgers, reconcile against purchase orders and MRP Works Orders.
  • Credit control feature helps increase healthy cashflow with automated debt escalation notifications to customers.

Automating your finance process can make the difference between success and failure in your company’s operations. We explore the key things to consider when looking at automation and integration for your business. Visit hub

HR and Payroll

HR and Employee Learning

  • Use our eLearning portal to support employee training, development and retention. Manage holidays, sickness, absences and availability in one place.
  • Our Employee Success Plan (ESP) module allows managers and team leaders to create personalised development plans for their team. Payroll Increase payment speed and accuracy with the payroll module. The HMRC recognised module manages Real Time Information (RTI) PAYE payments and any deductions. Automatic fully-branded payslips are delivered to employees through their self-service platform.


  • Increase payment speed and accuracy with the payroll module.
  • The HMRC recognised module manages Real Time Information (RTI) PAYE payments and any deductions.
  • Automatic fully-branded payslips are delivered to employees through their self-service platform.
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Enhanced Security

Your data is protected in the cloud as it is hosted separately from your main domain. It’s protected from cyberattacks, and from attacks to your on-premise infrastructure.

Advanced threat protection is provided via Palo Alto Wildfire firewalls, an intrusion detection and prevention system (IDS / IPS). It analyses threat intelligence from the largest global community to identify unknown threats and stop attackers in their tracks, and is particularly effective for dealing with “zero-day threats” – innovative attacks that haven’t yet been identified, acknowledged or fixed by the system it’s trying to infiltrate.

Access uses enterprise-level technology to identify and fix vulnerabilities that threaten the security of your IT Infrastructure. We'll deploy patches as they become available, ensuring your systems are up to date and protected.

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Cloud Backup and Disaster Recovery

  • Analyse the impact of an outage before it happens
  • Fully automated application-level testing and failover
  • Automated backup and recovery testing
  • Automated Disaster Recovery compliance reports
  • Recovery Assurance for local, second site and cloud

Our data centres are in 7 locations on 4 continents - Europe, USA, Asia and Australia. Each location is ISO27001/SSAE-16 certified and highly optimised for cloud computing with N+1 or greater redundancy at all levels.

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The Access Manufacturing Suite

Below are just some of the modules that can be chosen as part of the suite:

  • Finance
  • Material requirements planning (FactoryMaster)
  • Planning and scheduling (Orchestrate)
  • Warehouse management (Delta)
  • Order Management
  • Stock Management
  • HR
  • Payroll
  • CRM
  • Shop Floor Data Capture
  • Analytics

A wide range of modules that can be chosen to create a software package for your specific requirements

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