Eckhart launches new company, ShopSync, around software that provides granular cost detail

WARREN, Mich.—New enterprise resource planning (ERP) software developed by Eckhart, Inc., is reported to benefit manufacturing companies that design and build custom tooling, enabling them to track every part detail through each step of the manufacturing process in real time. Eckhart (, a company that engineers and integrates advanced manufacturing  technologies, said in a release that ShopSync software is tailored for America’s small businesses.

“We believe the small business community is underserved by incumbents in the ERP space who focus their attention on big corporations and work through distributor partners,” said Andy Storm, president and CEO of Eckhart, in the release. “In the United States, there are 30 million small businesses, and we see significant opportunity to help enhance the management of these companies using ShopSync.”

ShopSync provides small business owners with instant status-at-a-glance for all active projects in their company. Detailed cost drivers accurately capture current and historical costs. Project milestones are fully customizable and can be configured to match a customer’s project timeline, the release said.

The software makes visible where each part detail is located in the value stream and how many minutes the part detail has spent in each node—from sawing to machining, welding, painting, and assembly. All facets of cost (labor and material), as well as time, can be captured instantaneously with the click of a button.

ShopSync’s differentiator is its ability to track highly custom assemblies—many of which contain thousands of individual parts—down to the part detail level, Eckhart said in the release. Having that level of granular cost detail is said to enable more focused quoting. The software is reported to have enabled International Mold Corporation (IMC) to more precisely capture job costs, which helped IMC improve quoting and win new work, the release said.

“If you are in any kind of manufacturing environment where job costing and daily program management is required, ShopSync will be a perfect solution for your company,” said Mike Lilla, co-owner of IMC. “ShopSync has transformed how we run our business.”

The development of ShopSync software spurred Eckhart to launch a new company. ShopSync, the company (, will operate as a stand-alone business separate from Eckhart (

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