Job Costing & Control

Mission, controlled.
Real costs in real time.

Happier customers and higher margins
come with live production insights and control you've never had before.

See your production data in fulcrum

Review and modify BOM & Routing, see estimated costs

Set your job up for success by verifying estimated times and updating attachments, notes, or production settings in the BOM & routing. Everything automatically shares to operators.
See the operator view

Create POs and watch as operators pick from inventory

Easily create purchase orders for a job and watch as operators pick materials from inventory. If operators pick too much or too little, you’ll see it here.
Go to Inventory Management

Know where every operation is at without walking the shop floor

Make sure jobs are moving along and staying on track. If something’s stuck, send a chat to the operator’s job tracker.
Explore Job Tracking

Monitor variance with cost estimates versus live actuals

Live job costing helps you make sure nothing gets out of hand. If labor, material, or machine cost exceeds the estimate, the KPI will turn red, so you’ll know where the issue lies.

Connect and share with your team in real time

Users can upload files for the job that follow along the life of the job until completion and shipment.

Chat with operators

Check with the team, send important updates, and attach files for the job. Messages immediately appear in Job Tracking.
Fulcrum users chat about important operation updates. A sales engineer uploads a new render file and confirms that an operator has seen the file. The machinist does confirm, and the production manager thanks them for their good work and orders more bar stock.

Track quality metrics

Customizable in-process checkpoints help keep you stay compliant with quality standards and see when something falls out of predetermined tolerances.
Important certifications roll up to the job from the item and follow the job through production.

Check scrap records

Review what materials were scrapped, who scrapped them, why they were scrapped, and the material cost.
Job costs are broken down to the operation level, and allow production managers to review what costs weren't accurate or if there was an opportunity or threat to higher margins.

Analyze job costs breakdown

See exact costs for every operation on the job.
When operators scrap material, the Job Tracker asks them why the material was scrapped. They record the reason, and this information automatically sends here in job control.

Attach certifications

All of your certifications roll up to the job, keeping them in one easy-to-find spot.
A quality panel allows production managers to review important quality checkpoints operators complete during the job.

Review and add job files

Keep all files for the job in one place, and add new ones as needed. These attachments auto-populate from Quoting and Sales Orders and carry through the entire job.

Rethink how you understand cost

Losing money regularly, but can't figure out where the leak is?

“A small leak can sink a big ship.” Fulcrum allows you to capture 100% of the costs of converting raw materials to finished goods.

No time to compare projected vs. actual costs?

Fulcrum compares projected vs. actual costs to determine which jobs are most profitable, and which jobs require a price change at the quoting level.

Using software that wasn't designed to fit the needs of manufacturers?

Not every business or financial system is created equal. Fulcrum is configurable so you can capture exactly the data that is important to analyze and grow your business.

Constantly entering data from one system to the next?

Reduce the labor burden spent manually entering data from one system to another. Fulcrum uses automation to gather data and feed it to the proper systems of record.

See what makes Fulcrum different

See your job costs in Fulcrum

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Frequently asked questions

What does job costing mean in Fulcrum?

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Job costing is a real-time summary and detail view for any item or job based on your specific labor, operation, and material costs. It helps manufacturers better understand exactly how much money each operation and job requires, so they know the exact cost for each job completed. In Fulcrum, all of this information is live, allowing you to step in and make adjustments to jobs if needed. Instead of reviewing monthly profit and loss statements to find that you're losing money on jobs, you can see the cost of every job down to the operation as it happens. Never wonder why you lost money on a job again.

Where does job costing data come from?

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Fulcrum's data flows seamlessly across the entire system, so you'll find that every module's information comes from multiple places. Job costing gets its live data from the digital job tracker. Material cost, labor cost, machine costs, and operation progress feed into job costing while an operation is in progress. Estimates for the jobs are auto-calculated from the BOM and routing. Notes, attachments, and item details auto-populate from quoting, sales orders, and inventory management. See how everything connects (schedule a demo).

Can I see if I'm over estimate?

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Yes, yes you can. Key performance indicators display cost estimates versus actuals on the job costing page, automatically calculating the difference for you. If material, labor, or machine costs rise above estimated costs, you can elect to trigger a notification to relevant team members.

Can I look at my job costs over specific times, machines, or people?

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It depends on how you want to look at it. Fulcrum collects live data, seamlessly, but its magic is in how it aggregates that data to make it actionable for your shop. In the job's Cost Breakdown, you can find outliers that diminish your profit margins. Talk to sales if you want to dive deeper into detailed costing.