Case Studies

Cardinal Machine Company

Company Information:

Cardinal Machine Company provides equipment and service to a global base of automotive and non-automotive customers. Established in 1972, the privately owned Michigan Corporation has emerged as a world-class machine builder and systems integrator.

Cardinal Machine Company takes pride in offering their customers simple, reliable, maintainable and durable solutions to the most complex manufacturing challenges. They strive for unparalleled excellence in the machine building and systems integration field. They utilize the latest technological advancements, a clean and modern facility, and experienced staff, to reach their ultimate goal of 100% customer satisfaction.

General Problem Description

Cardinal Machine had an Access based system and tasked Spud Software to replace this with a web based software solution that would have the same functionality as the MS Access, plus additional features which included QuickBooks integration. 


Spud Software worked with the client to go through their current business processes, Access database, reporting requirements and future business goals in order to assess the functionality requirements of the new system.  Spud designed a new system which incorporated both the old features as well as new requirements. The system allows for the tracking of sales leads, quotes to customers, PO reconciliation, job set up, task allocation and tracking, part details management, bill of materials management, vendor invoice scheduling, customer invoicing, employee time entry / reconciliation, vacation request approvals, expense approval and categorization, complex reporting and QuickBooks integration for expense logging, reimbursement, and invoicing. The solution also has portals built in for their clients and vendors that allow them to securely share documents and manage RFQs and POs.  The functionality is performed with a minimum of data re-entry.  Business rules are enforced according to where in the business process a particular task is in its life-cycle. 

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