Monthly Archives: February 2016

Excel in your Steel Fabrication Workplace.

Are you using Excel to enter your bill of materials, complete your bids or to track your jobs?
Why use a general computer program to manage such specific industry tasks!? Read more on how StruMIS Software is the faster, more efficient way to make you productive in your steel fabrication workplace.


We all naturally resist the initial notion of change. Surely, the switch to Excel from pen and paper was also met with resistance initially. But here we are, years later, familiarly clicking away in Excel; thoroughly adjusted to the cumbersome task of entering the bill of material in Excel. It’s what you know. It’s what you’re comfortable with. Just as the generation before us knew and were comfortable with their pen and paper.

But like anything, time and technology changes. After all, you’re reading this blog (which wasn’t even a “thing” 20 years ago!) from a computer screen, not a typewriter. What if I told you the steel fabrication industry is not immune to such technological changes? That there is an easier way to work with software but it’ll naturally require a transition time to get used to the new way of work? Does your mind immediately focus on “transition time” or “easier way” in that sentence?

If you found yourself focused on “transition time” and dreading that notion, what if I added that the transition time is short and seamless because the new way resembles the look of Excel but is specifically designed for the Steel Fabrication Industry? Starting to sound better? What if I add that the software comes built with all your cost and labor codes for faster, more efficient take-offs? Sounding even better yet? What if I also add that you can import your bill of materials, your excel sheet, your 3D model, your electronic take-off for an even faster, more efficient bid? A no-brainer, right?


Unfortunately, so many of us, get stuck on the notion of change that we keep to the old way of doing things because it works, no matter how cumbersome, regardless that there are industry improvements out there that help us work smarter, not harder.

Our customers have recognized this realization and are reaping the benefit. They’re able to get more bids out than before, they’re able to track their bid win/loss history to understand where to improve and make themselves more competitive, and they’re able to understand with a click of a button what is available in inventory, what’s already allocated in inventory to a specific job, and what drops they have to utilize. Instantly, our clients are able to view any potential bottlenecks in the shop, reroute, and stay on time for delivery.

They’re not working harder, they’re simply working smarter. They’re harnessing the power of technology that StruMIS delivers and I invite you to see the faster, smarter (not harder) way to work through StruMIS, too! A complimentary, brief online demo will show you just how seamless an “easier way” is. Work smarter, not harder, with StruMIS.

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Global Sales Meeting a Success

Recently, StruMIS sales people across the globe met here at the StruMIS HQ in Derby, UK for a very productive 3 day sales meeting hosted by the Head of Global Sales and Sales advocate, Neil McArthur.  If you’re in sales you’ll know that too many sales meetings are nothing more than a series of updates designed to help the sales force to do their job – often quite mundane. But this 3 day event proved to be a success with the sales force motivated and primed with ammunition to go and sell the leading steel fabrication management software and add to the 50 countries (and growing) StruMIS are already operating in.


This sales meeting was a great opportunity to showcase some of the new features coming out in the newest version –StruMIS V10 – due to be released March 2016, which boasts array of new enhancements such as 3D functionality, bar coding and mobile apps as well as multi contract nesting. StruMIS have made development plan to modernise the platform and include the latest technological innovations to maintain the status as market leader.

Neil McArthur comments, “We were really pleased with the positive feedback received from the sales force and delighted to hear the impact our software is having on our clients’ business around the world”. He continues “We all know that feeling of winning an order/sale and I know every salesperson at StruMIS is motivated by that feeling!”

Simon Inman, Managing Director for StruMIS comments “we know the unique strengths of our products and we fully believe our software and our experienced sales staff is second to none in the steel fabrication industry”.