ECi M1® ERP Software for Manufacturers


ECi M1® is an Enterprise Resource Planning  (ERP) software solution designed for growing manufacturers.  Our customers include job shops, custom and mixed-mode manufacturers, and make-to-order manufacturers.  M1 automates and integrates every business process from quoting through invoicing and point of sale (POS). It is also flexible and easy to customize, so it can handle the most valuable and unique business processes with ease.

Essential functions of M1:

  • Maintaining contact details for customers and suppliers
  • Scheduling production to efficiently make use of resources
  • Managing production jobs through job costing
  • Controlling inventory of raw materials, finished goods and sub-assemblies
  • Analyzing pre- and post-sales activities
  • Ensuring quality and managing warranties

The implementation and customer service teams will have your M1 system up and running quickly. With dedicated professionals and locations throughout the United States, Australia, New Zealand, the United Kingdom and Europe, ECi M1 will be with you every step of the way. Training and M1 customer service are always available to ensure you get the most from your ECi M1 ERP system.

Innovative Integration

Developed for Microsoft SQL Server with a Microsoft Outlook look and feel, M1 runs on Windows 7/8 and Windows Server 2003/2008/2012. This makes the software easy to learn, run and maintain, making it the most cost effective solution.

It also integrates with your familiar everyday email and document tools Microsoft Word®, Microsoft Outlook® and Microsoft MapPoint®. State-of-the-art navigation methods allow users to quickly find information.

Features & Design

The M1 Start Page features a fully configurable dashboard so that you can monitor pertinent parts of the business. All information is in real time. Powerful yet easy-to-use customization tools let you tailor M1 grids, forms and reports to your needs.

The Mail Merge function allows you to merge M1 fields into any Mail Merge document. Send documents to multiple contacts at once, and include attachments from within any module. Quickly and easily transmit your advertising material to large groups of contacts and increase your marketing power.


With M1, you make the software work for you. Ensure your unique business processes are handled as you see fit. M1 does not force you to fit your business to the software. Additionally, all standard reports can be customized and new reports created using the industry standard Crystal Reports.

Contact Management

  • Document specific contact details for all customers and suppliers, including email and internet addresses
  • Manage multiple related locations and individual contacts
  • Create tasks and appointments by contact
  • View product availability by quantity on hand, in production and on order for a selected part
  • Link finance companies and/or resellers to a customer

Order Management

  • Track all details and transactions relating to a specific order
  • Create jobs for make-to-order items
  • Improve on-time delivery performance by managing sales orders
  • View multiple orders at once to plan production demands more efficiently
  • Manage blanket orders by creating multiple releases for order details
  • Automatically create back-orders when partially completed orders are shipped
  • E-mail order acknowledgments directly to customers

Job Management

  • Automatically updates job costs with every job transaction
  • Update raw material demands automatically with each job
  • Compare estimated job costs to the actual costs as the job progress
  • Manage complex production jobs with multi-level bills-of-materials

Inventory Management

  • Control raw materials, finished goods and sub-assemblies
  • Ensure accurate stock records through automatic allocations, stock receipts and issues
  • Obtain accurate stock valuations
  • View future demands on your inventory
  • Track standard, average and last costs for all parts
  • View the method of manufacturing for any part

Purchasing Management

  • Purchase raw materials directly to the job
  • Raise purchase orders for subcontract operations in a job
  • Create manual purchase orders for miscellaneous items such as office supplies and services
  • Add unplanned purchases directly to the job
  • Track all outstanding orders, including back-orders
  • Measure and monitor delivery performance of suppliers

Shipping Management

  • Ship goods to a customer from either a job or an order
  • Ship goods directly from work in progress
  • Print shipping and packing labels when you process a customer's shipment
  • Create shipments for miscellaneous items
  • Add freight charges when you create a shipment
  • Monitor your on-time delivery performance to your customers
  • Report on all shipments due for delivery on a specified date

Labor Management

  • Collect and control employees' labor hours
  • Define shifts with start and end times, grace periods, and payroll information
  • Record critical information relating to each employee
  • Track employees to see who has clocked in
  • View the jobs currently in operation on the shop floor without physically visiting the factory
  • Integrates with M1's payroll module for a complete payroll function
  • Verifies accuracy of time cards prior to payroll processing


  • Control the shop floor with backwards and forwards scheduling of individual or multiple jobs
  • View available capacity to overload situations for each work center or department
  • Reschedule multiple jobs with a single screen
  • Define a work center by its crew size, number of machines, etc.
  • Provide a detailed Planned Material Requirements report
  • Automatically schedule all assemblies within a job to come together for final assembly

Quality/Warranty Management

  • Enter non-conformances to manage, control and analyze rework and scrap
  • Manage the inspection process
  • Quarantine parts under inspection
  • Ensure recovery of costs on non-conforming material
  • Process return authorizations and claims from customers
  • Create, track, follow-up, verify and sign off on corrective and preventative actions
  • Determine whether a claim is covered under warranty

System Security

  • Control user access to company information
  • View a complete audit trail of changes
  • View the change type, date, user and view details of what changed
  • Specify the report and component security

Free, Unlimited View-Only Users

M1's "view-only" feature allows you to have users who can view, print and export data for free. You only pay for the users who actually create transactions in the system, not for those who just review pertinent information.

Operating Systems:

  • Windows 7/8/10
  • Windows Server 2003/2008/2012

Databases Supported:

  • Microsoft SQL 2005/2008/2012