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ERP Plus provides tools that metal fabricators need to streamline their quoting, order entry, inventory control, production, labor collection, shipping, and

describing m words  ERP Plus work statements describing how the work is done. The organization charting feature also allows users to drilldown to workflows related to a selected job. All diagrams can be modified fairly easily, and administrators will likely appreciate the consistency and control, just as users will likely appreciate the intuitive drag-and-drop features. The module also enables process costing; job description reporting; bookmarking; data migration; consistent and verifiable implementation methodology; and

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