Lock 8 provides you with the best in brand name for a competitive price, all at your convenience. We also design and manufacture our own line of welding rack systems for multiple job site uses. From manufacturing to mining and everything in between Lock 8 Equipment offers the knowledge and experience necessary to ensure project success when it comes to having the best service, equipment, and consumables necessary – regardless of size and scope of project.
- Custom ERP with rental functionality
- Inventory management system
- Order management system
- Custom work order and service order creation tools
- Intelligent order form and quotation generation
- Long-term and short-term rental support
- Accounting system
- Custom reporting functionality
Lock8 supplies high-quality welding equipment for contractors and skilled tradespeople. They sell new and refurbished tooling as well as gases. Gas cylinders and specialty equipment can also be rented instead of being purchased.
A full ERP solution was required to manage the entire inventory of both consumable items and rental equipment. This software needed to manage orders, stock levels, and internal work orders as well as providing a method to accurately track rental equipment to avoid incurring expensive losses through human error. Additionally, the accounting system required an upgrade to meet the unique business requirements of Lock8.
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Type of Systems Used in Project
Online Ordering System
Development and implementation of these online ordering systems leads to seamless end-to-end order placement that significantly improves the ease of the process. Additionally, the elimination of human involvement in the ordering process reduces staffing costs, eradicates the risk of human errors, and makes the ordering systems available 24/7. Special calculator integration also drastically boosts the speed with which large, complex orders are placed and processed. The automation of this system helps reduce supply chain complexity while allowing multi-stage customizations with ease.
Custom rental tracking and management software is designed to allow clients to supply items on long-term and short-term rentals to customers. The rental software can be integrated with custom ERPs and all database types, SQL-based and others. The functionality of this system is built to support recurring rentals as well as custom discounts for rental prices. Rented items are automatically updated in the inventory management system to record and track accurate stock levels. Rental items can be assigned different statuses including lost items, repairs, and maintenance, with the support of custom work creation. The rental software can also be integrated with reporting systems to provide high-level overviews of the state of the inventory on hand.
With other aspects being involved, this system allows multi-stage equipment rentals.
Currently, there are various commercially available software applications to facilitate e-commerce functionality such as Shopify. These have a fixed set of features that are meant to work with straightforward e-commerce operations. However, in more complicated scenarios, these lack features to meet the unique needs of individual businesses.
Complex e-commerce solutions were designed and tailored to meet specialized requirements such as customizable price margins, connectivity to product builder tools, quantity-based discount calculations and connection to CRM and ERP systems. Order placement features included support for QR codes or scanner guns. Additionally, special rate calculators and communication with multiple shipping carrier databases were designed. These features were implemented based on client needs in order to improve the specific capabilities of e-commerce systems unique to each client.
Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) plays an essential role in the operations of resource-intensive businesses within the industrial sector. An ERP is a comprehensive software system that enables business owners to consolidate data and automate manual processes easily and effectively across their entire business. It optimizes resources and staff, maintains inventory, and manages cash flow – all in a cloud-based package at your fingertips.
Inventory Management System
Every company operates differently in terms of inventory management. While inventory management software applications are available commercially, many of the features offered by such systems aren’t required by certain companies, or they need a specific set of features. Custom inventory management systems are designed and tailored to meet the exact client specifications. These systems include specialized features for companies, such as compatibility with barcode and QR code scanners, relationships between assemblies with complex part combinations, connectivity to multiple warehouses and databases, real-time updates to stock levels, track using dashboards, dedicated client logins, automatic stock level updates, and more. For businesses that have suppliers in multiple countries, this system helps with automated conversions of metrics and currencies, which is useful for uniformity while offering convenience.
Modern websites have dynamic pages where the information that is displayed is generated from databases based on input from different systems such as product builders, ordering systems, e-commerce platforms, and more. However, there are situations where this data must be saved or printed. Examples of these situations include invoices, order information, shipping details, inventory data, performance statistics etc. The most common format to save the data in is PDF.
Automatic PDF generators were designed to store this unique information for later reference and put it into a more accessible format for emailing, printouts or backups. In unique situations, scanned images were converted to searchable text in PDF format to facilitate navigation through archives with large quantities of scanned information and documents.