ECI | Manufacturing Software | M1 ERP


ERP Software

Powerful, all-in-one ERP that provides real-time operational visibility and drives business growth.

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Integrate your key business operations.

Specifically built for small and medium-sized discrete manufacturers, M1® software brings critical business processes together within a single, robust ERP system. From quoting to shipping and everything in between, M1 offers real-time visibility into every facet of the business and helps streamline processes to reduce costs and boost profitability.

M1 Features

Effortlessly Maximize Production Efficiency

Real-Time Operational Visibility

M1 lets you easily share job information with your shop floor team to manage production efficiently and monitor progress in real-time.

Keep jobs on schedule with insights into capacity, inventory, and equipment downtime.

Track labor and resource consumption, quickly compare estimate-to-actual costs of jobs and analyze profitability by job or customer.


Make Better Purchasing Decisions

Lower Costs, Reduce Risk and Improve Quality

M1’s robust purchasing features provide real-time insights to help you make informed decisions on what, when, and how much to purchase from each supplier.

Purchase materials directly to the job or stock to streamline production. Create backorders automatically and track all outstanding orders with the Open PO report.

Accurately report the value of goods received with M1’s efficient management of PO receipts for individual, partial, or multiple deliveries.


Stock the Right Inventory

Optimize Your Inventory to Improve the Bottom Line

M1’s comprehensive inventory management features integrate all business data in real-time, accurately accounting for inventory data across business functions.

Tie work orders and bills to existing materials with features that include materials tracking, inventory monitoring, and automatic reordering.

With M1 ERP, you can achieve an optimal balance of inventory levels to meet market demand while minimizing tied-up capital.


Simplify and Streamline Your Sales Process

Empower Your Sales Teams and Delight Your Customers

M1 will empower your team with quick access to real-time data and the tools they need to support business growth, departmental integration, communication, and traceability.

Delight your customers with on-time order delivery and superior customer service.

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Realize Higher Profits

Manage Finances in One Integrated System

M1 ERP integrates finances, including accounts payable, accounts receivable, payroll, fixed assets register, and credit card processing into one secure system.

The M1 General Ledger module helps manage and report financial activities. Capture and post transactions related to production, shipping, receiving, receivables, and payables.


Less Waste and Higher Customer Satisfaction

Maintain Conformance and Improve Efficiency

Lapses in product quality control can destroy your reputation and negatively impact your bottom line.

Custom-configure any quality management features to comply with your company’s quality compliance needs.

Automate and customize your requirements for inspection, analyze quality data and trends, and review improvements.

Product Configurator

Effortlessly Configure Products

Create Value for Customers

With M1’s Product Configurator, you can effortlessly configure products to the exact needs of your customers.

Our Product Configurator is easy to use and lets you design anything from a simple, single-level bill of materials (BOM) to complex multilevel products.

Easily create and configure complex dimensional parts from Quoting, Order Entry, Job Entry, and Lead Entry.


Manage Your Shipping with Confidence

Ship On Time, Every Time

Automate and streamline shipping processes and ship on time, every time. Deliver complete visibility into your shipping processes with insightful performance analysis tools. M1 ERP seamlessly integrates with several global shippers.

Ship different types of products from inventory, work orders, and purchase orders. The shipping analytics tools let you monitor on-time delivery performance and use the results as a metric for continuous improvement.

Business Activity Monitoring

Your Personal Business Assistant

Stay in Control with Intelligent Alerts

KnowledgeSync™ Alerts & Automation is a business activity monitoring solution that combines business intelligence, alerts, and workflow to keep you on top of your business.

I was floored by what KnowledgeSync could do. It has improved receipt turn-around time and has saved Toyo $10-12,000 a month.Dave, IT Manager at ToyoInk.

KnowledgeSync empowers your business to become more customer-centric.

Cloud Based

Simple, Secure, Saves Money

Protect Your Business

We give you confidence that your business is protected with our enterprise-grade compliance, security, back up, and support.

Investing in the M1 cloud-based environment will help you lower IT costs and overall operational expenses, letting you reinvest the money back into the business.

Focused For Your Industry
  • Aerospace & Defense
  • Electronics Manufacturers
  • High Technology Manufacturers
  • Industrial Machinery
  • Job Shops
  • Medical Manufacturing
  • Metal Fabricators
  • Oil & Gas Part Manufacturers
  • Plastics & Rubber Part Manufacturing
  • Semiconductor Shops
  • Ship Building & Marine Manufacturers
  • Stone & Concrete Producers
CEO/Business Owner/GM


CEO/Business Owner/GM

With M1, I am in control of my business.

M1 makes my business more efficient because it integrates critical business processes into one streamlined system. I have real-time visibility and insight to make informed business decisions quickly, manage costs proactively, and run my business profitably.

M1 empowers me to stay on top of my business operations effortlessly, including scheduling, production, sales, and shipping activities.

It gives me comprehensive financial management tools to help me manage the present and plan for the future.

The GM's perspective: Luke Crosthwaith, Shamic Sheetmetal

Production & Operations Manager


Production & Operations Manager

M1 automates and streamlines our production processes.

With M1, I can easily share job information with my shop floor team to manage production efficiently and monitor progress in real-time.

It’s easy to keep jobs on schedule with insights into capacity, inventory, and equipment downtime. If a customer requests an earlier delivery date, I can easily re-arrange the production schedule using drag and drop capabilities to meet the customer’s request.

Analyzing profitability by job or by a customer is easy because I can track labor and resource consumption and able to compare estimate-to-actual costs of jobs throughout the production process.

The Director of Operations' perspective: Kody Flowers, May Group

Purchasing & Inventory Manager


Purchasing & Inventory Manager

With M1, I make smarter purchasing decisions.

As a purchasing manager, I can’t imagine running our business without M1’s purchasing and inventory features. M1’s purchasing capabilities provide real-time insights into various business data to help me make informed decisions on what, when, and how much to purchase from each supplier.

With M1’s Purchasing Planner, I can generate purchasing suggestions based on a supplier, part, job date, or inventory class and create purchase orders automatically, saving a lot of time in the process.

M1 lets me manage dimensional inventory, individual stocking locations, and multiple part number cross-references. These are great features for us because we manage inventory in multiple warehouses.

The Engineering Director's Perspective: Mark Walters, Williams RDM

COO/CFO/Financial Manager


COO/CFO/Financial Manager

We trust our business data with M1.

Before M1, we didn’t know what was happening throughout all functional areas of our business. Our systems didn’t talk to each other; we used spreadsheets to manage data and had a lot of data errors because all entries were manual.

With M1, most of our business processes, such as planning, production, purchasing, are now integrated, which gives us an accurate picture of our business at any given time.

We have full visibility into all production, from the time the product is purchased to the time it is shipped to the customer.

We also trust our business data because we drastically reduced manual data entries. Our business reports take minutes to generate, instead of hours in the past.

The President & COO's Perspective: Dale Ball, Ace Metal Crafts

For over 20 years, M1 software has been empowering manufacturers worldwide to manage operations efficiently, profitably, and grow their businesses.

Read the M1 story.

In 1992, Bowen and Groves was founded by Geoff Groves, a manufacturing and engineering expert who decided to design a software program that allowed users to be more efficient and productive while being empowered with a uniquely flexible ERP that could easily be adapted to any environment. Launching in 2000, M1 has been satisfying the unique needs of manufacturers and continues to be an engine of growth for manufacturing businesses worldwide. Acquired by ECI Software Solutions in 2009, M1 ERP is the benchmark in excellence for manufacturing facilities around the world. We’re here for the long haul so that you can be too.

We Offer Innovative Solutions
We specialize in developing innovative solutions to help you succeed in competitive industries and against Big Box enterprises. Our solutions are tested for both qualities but to make sure they are easy to use. Our customers are actively involved in the evolution of our products, which ensures they are industry-specific and relate to real businesses just like yours. Continual enhancement means that the software evolves along with your business. New features are regularly provided to all current customers through periodic version releases at no additional cost to you.

We Focus On Your Growth
Our representatives are focused on helping your business grow and work closely with you to ensure you have the tools you need. All of our products and third-party offerings are carefully chosen to help improve efficiency and save money, enabling you to focus on customer service, expansion, and competition.

We Provide Top Tier Support

Our Support Team truly cares about our customers and wants to help them succeed. Every team member has experience in the industry he or she serves, which means that every time you call, you get support built on true industry expertise. Our Support technicians are also cross-trained in both software and hardware to help resolve issues quickly without being handed off to several technicians.

We Train You For Success
When you go live with an ECI product, training doesn’t come to a halt. A dedicated account representative always available by phone is assigned to you. Additionally, we provide a variety of training options to fit your specific needs, from free webinars to on-site assessments to our users’ meeting, Connect Conference.

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Accelerate your business growth with M1 Add-on Enhancements and Integrations.

Further sStreamline business efficiency, create data consistency, avoid redundant tasks, and reduce overall costs.

M1 Add On Inventory ABOM Part Configuration  

Product & Supply Chain

Enhance part and product performance

Shop Floor Entry
Struggling to keep track of employees’ activities on the shop floor? The Shop Floor Entry add-on application seamlessly integrates with M1 ERP allowing production employees to record time, tasks, and data using a variety of input methods. Keeping you informed of employees’ productivity and job status in real-time.

Mobile Production

Free shop floor employees from work terminals empowering them to manage their work from any mobile device anywhere on the shop floor. Stay informed with easy access to job status, job management, and timecards, all in real-time. Enable remote employees to clock in and out for the day and record their time on jobs. Learn More

Advanced Bill of Materials (ABOM)

Eliminate costly production mistakes and improve accuracy with the Advanced Bill of Materials add-on application that seamlessly integrates with M1 ERP. Easily manage complex multi-level assemblies to lower costs with automatic material costs roll-up. Efficiently handle revision control, add serial number, and lot number tracking for better inventory management. Learn More

Advanced Inventory Management

Reduce costs, save time, and increase sales with the Advanced Inventory Management add-on application that integrates with M1’s inventory management functions. Easily manage dimensional inventory, individual stocking locations, and multiple part number cross-references for your multi-location business. Learn More

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M1 Add On Manage Leads Calls Quotes  

Manage Leads, Calls, and Quotes

Increase sales and quotes

Lead Management – This module offers robust CRM capabilities to help you effectively communicate with your prospects and customers to close more deals. Learn more about enhancing your pre-sales process.

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Call Management – Enhance your sales and customer service levels by tracking every call, email, and fax to and from your prospects, customers, and vendors. Learn how to enhance your sales and customer service.

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Document Management – A central index that keeps documents organized and accessible for all users. Learn how to take control of your documents with this add on.

M1 Add On Track Documents Employees  

Drive Back-office Efficiency

Track documents and employees

Payroll – Transfer M1 Time & Attendance information to your preferred payroll system.

Calculators Estimate cycle times and material usage for accurate quotes and programming efficiency. M1 Calculators include Sheet, Laser, Bar, and Punch. Automatically calculate cut, punch, or run times including material usage, positions, or rotations. Learn how you can get rid of manual calculators and spreadsheets.

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CAD Link Integration CADLink lets you create M1 Item Master and BOM records identical to engineering CAD data which reduces manual data entry and errors. Direct integration enables a two-way link between your CAD and M1. This means no more exporting or importing of data files.

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Advanced Business Reporting Advanced Financial Reporting is a powerful Excel® spreadsheet add-in which brings dynamic data from your general ledger into Excel. You have complete control over the design and content of your M1 reports, using Excel’s features and functions. Summary balances and detail drill-downs can be retrieved and manipulated within the desktop tool using the familiarity of Excel.

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M1 Add On Business Activity Monitoring  

Business Activity Monitoring

Make informed decisions, faster

KnowledgeSync™ Alerts & Automation is a business activity monitoring software. It monitors critical, time-sensitive activities and triggers real-time alerts, document and report delivery, and intelligent workflow to save you time, effort, and money!

Learn more about the benefit of KnowledgeSync Alerts & Automation.

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TD Add On Integrated Payment Processing NET1  

Payment Processing

Protect valuable customer data

With more than 100,000 merchants, ECI’s preferred credit card processor, NET1, helps dealers to streamline payment processing, improve customer data security, and enhance customer service. Guaranteeing the lowest overall processing costs, ECI customers typically save anywhere from $50–$300 per month when they switch to NET1.

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M1 Add On Third Party Integrations  

Third-party Integrations

Streamline business efficiency

Advanced Financial & Business Reporting – A powerful Excel® add-in, brings dynamic data from the general ledger into Excel spreadsheets.

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EDI Data Mapping –
With full integration and data mapping to M1, EDI decreases paper costs, eliminates human data entry errors, and reduces lead times and stockholding while increasing the quality of your trading relationships.

CADLink™ – Direct integration via a two-way link between CAD and M1 means no more exporting or importing of data files.

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Avalara® Sales and Use Tax –
Navigate rapidly changing rates and rules with advanced tax software that seamlessly integrates with M1.

UPS®/FedEx® Direct and seamless integration with your preferred shipping company.


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Why our customers trust their businesses to M1.

There’s no question M1 has enabled us to be more efficient and kept us growing without adding overhead. Information is great, but only when you can mine it and convert it into actions and decisions and that’s what M1 does for us.

Hydro-Dyne Engineering

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