Blog: Stone Fabrication Software and Business Articles

Advanced Reporting

Last week, I shared a Reporting Overview video. That overview video showed what Reports can and can’t do, but it didn’t get into the specific details of how to create reports.

If you want to dig deeper into creating reports in JobTracker, watch this Advanced Reporting training video. This video explains each of the reporting options and explains how to make some specific Reports that many fabricators find useful.

After watching this training video, you’ll understand the power and flexibility of JobTracker Reporting and be well on your way to making useful Reports of your own in JobTracker.

Training: Advanced Reporting

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Reporting Overview

Perhaps you’ve noticed the Report menu in JobTracker and wondered how to use it. Wonder no more … this JobTracker Reporting video explains what reports are and how to get started creating your first report.

After watching this video, you’ll understand how Reports fit in with Job and Calendar views, and you’ll know what they can and cannot do.

Training: Reporting Overview

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JobTracker Inventory Edition Training

JobTracker Inventory Edition helps you solve 3 problems:

  • Create purchase orders and receive slabs into inventory
  • Track which slabs go with which jobs
  • Track leftover pieces as remnants, if desired

This JobTracker Inventory training video shows you how to accomplish these goals with JobTracker Inventory Edition.

Whether you’re new to JobTracker Inventory Edition or you’ve been using it a while, it can be helpful to understand the concepts behind it – and best practices for setting it up and using it. Watching this video will help you get up-to-speed quickly.

Training: JobTracker Inventory Edition

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Getting your people trained on JobTracker

We had another great group of people attend our JobTracker for New Employees webinar this week! The webinar was designed to help busy fabricators get their new employees trained, but many more experienced users have attended as well. They’ve said it’s a great way to get ideas for how to address different business problems with Moraware.

Did you miss the webinar? No sweat! You can view the video here:

If you’d like a pair of earbuds so you can hear more easily, let us know and we’ll send you some!

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Material Handling Overview

Have you been thinking about improving the way you manage slab inventory but don’t know where to start? We created a new material handling training video that will help.

One of the challenges of addressing sink, slab & remnant inventory is that inventory means different things to different people in different contexts.

This Material Handling Overview covers the different types of inventory and will help you figure out what’s the best approach for your business situation. The overview also includes a video showing how JobTracker Inventory Edition works, so you can determine if it might be a fit for your fabrication business.

Training: Material Handling Overview

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Identifying Value Added Activities

Having trouble finding good help these days?

Ed Young ( recognizes that pretty much everyone is struggling with this issue. In a growing economy, growth in jobs outstrips the supply of good labor.

In addition to getting more creative in finding and attracting new employees, an often overlooked solution is getting more value from existing staff.

Think about the term value added. Truly value added activities are those which transform a material into a product that a customer is willing to pay for – a good example is the saw operator. Value added time for that job is ONLY the time that the blade is cutting material. Everything else – everything – is non-value-added.

You’re paying for the good labor you already have, plus spending money and time chasing new talent. How much of that time & money is being wasted on non-value-added activities?

As soon as you finish this article, take a few minutes to watch your saw operator. Which activities are value added and which are not? How much of your saw operator’s day is spent on non-value-added activities? Next figure out how can you reduce or eliminate those non-value-added activities. Would it make sense to have a low-wage helper moving product around in your shop to allow your highly skilled and higher paid operators spend more time on value added activities? What can you do to speed up loading and unloading the saw table? Download their handy VA/NVA analysis tool to quantify the impact of making those changes.

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