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Fulcrum Pro

We make software. For manufacturers. Really awesome software. That works well, and is pretty. Why? Faster rockets. Better cars. Cheaper production. What would happen if everything could be made 30% faster, better, stronger? Let's create that future

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    Has the potential to become the key driver of growth in your manufacturing company
    What do you like best?

    We have been implementing and using Fulcrum at our manufacturing firm in New Zealand since December 2020. Our company has a headcount of 25, half spread across sales, marketing, engineering and admin, and the remainder as production team members working on the shop floor. We’ve doubled our headcount in the last 12 months, and are looking for tools to help us scale more rapidly. We believe that looking back in 5 years from now, Fulcrum may well be the tool that had the biggest effect on our growth.

    The launch team that we were paired with from day one of our implementation were instrumental in our successful launch. We had weekly video calls with them to help us understand the basics, they answered our myriad of questions and they helped us with preparing the data we needed to get Fulcrum live, but it’s also fair to say the implementation did take us a lot longer than first anticipated. A lot of these delays came down to the data set that we had. Our BOM’s were lacking clarity, and the process of getting the data into Fulcrum was not very streamlined. More details about this are in the section below.

    We rolled out a staged launch of Fulcrum in our business, with key components being switched over from the outgoing systems over the course of around 6 months. First Inventory management, then Jobs, and then lastly the Job Tracking component that is utilised on the shop floor by our production team members. We also had to complete a full stocktake on the day Job Tracking went live, to ensure the system had all the right information for scheduling.

    We are still getting our team completely up and running on Fulcrum’s automated schedule, but once we do, we believe that the superhuman knowledge of the Scheduler understanding every product, sub-component, machine, operation, staff member, inventory level, lead time and many more data points will allow us to scale our manufacturing at a rate not possible via anything else we’ve seen in the market.

    What do you dislike?

    We have a good relationship with the key staff at Fulcrum. From their implementation team, right through to their CEO. This is because their company is young, the product is still maturing, and they are experiencing the same growing pains that we are - and so with that, we have a lot of communication with them regarding the product, and the resolution of the problems or questions that we raise.

    We believe the core of the product is sound. The Scheduler is the magic sauce, and it works. But the user experience within the product from onboarding right through to day-to-day usage of the system by our team has room for improvement. It is also accurate to say that they are improving it. The product has been refined incrementally over the 10 months we have been using it and we hear that the pace of improvement will only increase into the future as they scale up their engineering team.

    Regarding the setup process. We have less than 2000 unique item numbers in our company, spread across 10 or so core products. Unfortunately, our previous inventory system kept these as flat BOM’s, so adding the data to tree those products for Fulcrum to understand took us a lot of time. Being based in New Zealand also didn’t help, as we needed a US-based Fulcrum team member to upload our data set each time we had another version to test. Due to the timezone differences, this was usually just a once per day operation whereas if the upload was possible via a user-facing page, we believe we could have been testing uploads multiple times per day. I wouldn’t be surprised if Fulcrum launch their own upload tool in the future just to take that load off their launch teams.

    There are a lot of other unique “Fulcrum characteristics” in the platform, that we’re not used to experiencing in other more mature SAAS platforms, but thankfully these are decreasing weekly, and we look forward to the system eventually being simple, clear and robust enough for all our staff to understand and use without too much oversight.

    Finally, the lack of quality user documentation due to the rapidly evolving platform also hindered our onboarding timeline as most information was learnt during our weekly meeting. While the meetings were good and I understand the reason behind the lack of docs so far, I was pleased to recently hear that user documentation is high on their priority list.

    What problems are you solving with Fulcrum PRO? What benefits have you realized?

    Our end goal for implementing Fulcrum at our company is to help enable rapid, scalable growth. More product out the door, faster and easier than before. We expect we will see that in the future, but because we’re only a few months into what we believe will be a multi-year journey, we’re not yet able to conclude whether this was made possible with Fulcrum.

    In the meantime, the process of preparing our data for entry into Fulcrum immediately gave us better quality BOMs. The flow-on effects from that mean better purchasing and inventory management. We also have greater visibility around what the team are completing each day and the real cost of manufacture.

    However, the key thing we’re still waiting to see the results from is the Scheduler. Once our production team members start to trust the Scheduler and work on what it asks them to work on, we believe that is when we will start to see efficiencies previously not imagined possible.

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Social recommendations and mentions

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  • Ask HN: Who is hiring? (February 2024)
    The market tells us we’re on the right track and we're growing. Currently seventeen developers. (Many from HN!). Series A-2: We’re serious about doing great work and we empower people to make it happen. Our favorite tools include C#, Angular, Vue, and serverless TypeScript. We’re primarily interested in finding intensely smart people with talent at their fingertips, regardless of what... - Source: Hacker News / 6 months ago
  • Where do manufacturers (especially smaller ones) get their news and info?
    While we have some initial customers in a wide range of industries, we've focused more and more on sheet metal and CNC shops that are roughly 8 - 80 employees with a stronger desire for more modern software (typically at a generational change, or a younger company). Would love your thoughts ( even if you don't think it's a great fit. Source: over 1 year ago
  • Where do CNC folks get their news and content?
    Would love your thoughts even if it's not a great fit: Source: over 1 year ago
  • Looking for a Production Planning software
    Give a look at — some great functionality in there for scheduling and job costing. Source: almost 2 years ago
  • Ask HN: Who is hiring? (September 2022)
    Fulcrum | Full Stack Developer | MSP, NYC | $110k - 250k+, benefits, and equity | Full-time, REMOTE-US AND ONSITE | // Apply: What we’re doing: We’re building the manufacturing operating system of the future based on modern software architecture and design principles, engineered to create network effects as we... - Source: Hacker News / almost 2 years ago
  • Ask HN: Who is hiring? (August 2021)
    250k+, benefits, and equity | Full-time, REMOTE-US AND ONSITE | We're building the manufacturing operating system of the future based on modern software architecture and design principles, engineered to create network effects as we grow. The product represents a beautiful, sophisticated, quantum-leap forward for the most important core industry in the world. A recently closed $18 million... - Source: Hacker News / almost 3 years ago
  • Ask HN: Who is hiring? (June 2021)
    Fulcrum | Full Stack Developer, Product Manager | MSP, NYC | $110k - 250k+, benefits, and equity | Full-time, REMOTE-US AND ONSITE | We're building the manufacturing operating system of the future from the ground up, engineered to create network effects as we grow. A beautiful, sophisticated quantum leap forward for the most important core industry in the world. Currently 14 developers. (4... - Source: Hacker News / about 3 years ago

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