Farason, Pennsylvania

“Total ETO has streamlined our Purchasing process and saved us the cost of one full time purchasing agent.”

Nate Hinks, Director of Sales, Farason

About Farason

Located in Coatesville, Pennsylvania Farason specializes in the design and build of custom automation machines and systems.  Their goal is to provide their customers with higher operating efficiencies and increased overall net production through safer working environments, improved product quality, and boosted production rates.

Size of Company

45 employees


Flexible Automation Solutions


Coatesville, Pennsylvania




Sage 50

Business Challenge

Farason required a system to streamline the company’s unique business processes as a custom manufacturer of automation systems.


After looking at potential solutions, Farason chose Total ETO ERP and MRP as it is the only software designed to work with the unique challenges of Engineer To Order companies.

Dynamic Benefits and Results

  • Unique Engineer To Order software
  • Increase in staff efficiencies
  • User friendly grid system
  • Seamless integration with SolidWorks
  • Exemplary service and support
  • Very affordable software
  • Cost savings of a full time employee

Business Challenge

Farason was unhappy with their current ERP system and wanted to find one specific to the needs of their Engineer To Order business.


Initially an internet search found eight potential systems but most companies asked Farason to change their way of business to conform to the ERP software. Only Total ETO was configurable and mirrored the unique Engineer To Order processes of Farason, accommodating their individual project needs.


The Engineers at Farason use SolidWorks for their CAD drawings, so the ERP system the company chose would need to integrate with SOLIDWORKS.



After looking at potential solutions, Farason chose Total ETO ERP and MRP.


Price was a key factor in selecting Total ETO. Farason was very pleased at how affordable the solution is for mid-sized custom manufacturers.


The ability to integrate with SolidWorks was important for Farason, and Total ETO’s experience with SolidWorks and Microsoft convinced them they were the right solution for them.


Dynamic Benefits and Results

Unique ETO software

Developed by engineers for engineers, Total ETO understands the specific needs of manufacturers like Farason, providing them with the right solution to solve their unique business challenges.


Increase in staff efficiencies

No longer having to deal with multiple databases and spreadsheets, Farason can now easily and quickly sort entered parts, and print out multiple parts lists, a task which previously took them hours.  Farason is now spending less time on data entry and is experiencing significantly fewer errors.


User friendly grid system

Total ETO is very intuitive and user friendly, naturally mimicking the way Farason runs their business. The easy to use grid system efficiently sorts, groups and filters data quickly so that information can be easily accessed.


Seamless integration with SolidWorks

Total ETO’s unique “hold and release” system provides Farason designers with unparalleled control on the release of Bill Of Material (BOM) items and assemblies to purchasing.


As Total ETO can seamlessly integrate with SolidWorks, it further streamlines the engineering process. This integration was important for Farason as it would ensure that BOMs could be linked to specific projects and adjusted as the designs changed.


Exemplary service support

Farason has been impressed with the quick implementation and training, and professional service and ongoing support Total ETO provided. “The support received by Total ETO is equal to if not greater than the benefit of the application itself”, states Director of Sales, Nate Hinks.


Very affordable software

Catering to the small to mid-sized custom design manufacturers is Total ETO’s specialty. Farason was pleasantly surprised at how affordable Total ETO was when compared to other ERP and MRP solutions.


Cost savings of a full time employee

Using Total ETO has been very cost effective for Farason. Total ETO’s dynamic integration with purchasing means Farason designers can create and release BOMs quickly and frequently. Purchasing can now consolidate BOMs to obtain best pricing.


Access to costing sheets with up to date data has streamlined the estimation process, saving money on quotes, and eliminating the cost of a full time purchasing agent.