TIMS Software — Agile, Integrated & Now Mobile

Posted by David Schaer

May 1, 2018 at 1:50 PM

TIMS Software Initiatives for 2018

by David Schaer, President, Computers Unlimited

As we celebrate our 40th year in business serving the needs of welding supply and industrial gas distributors, we remain committed to our long-term philosophy that software is at its best when it integrates, simplifies, unifies, and streamlines a business. This year’s great lineup of new software features is a testament to that belief.

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Topics: eCommerce, Fill Plant and Gas Inventory, Latest in TIMS Industrial, Truck Distribution, Computers Unlimited, Mobile Delivery, Mobile Applications, Integration, TIMS Software, Customization, TIMS Electronic Delivery

Bulk Gas Manager Got a Facelift

Posted by Gayle Smith

March 15, 2018 at 2:54 PM

If You Deliver Bulk Gases, You'll Want to Read This

It's now possible to track and manage all of your bulk gases including argon, CO2, helium, hydrogen, nitrogen and oxygen along with propane. TIMS enhanced *Bulk Gas Manager gives you the ability to create orders, forecast deliveries, and record quantities all within your TIMS system.

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Topics: Latest in TIMS Industrial, Computers Unlimited, Integration, TIMS Software, Customization

TIMS Software continues long-standing relationship with GAWDA

Posted by Gayle Smith

March 13, 2018 at 11:12 AM

Since 1982, Computers Unlimited has been a member of GAWDA and we intend to continue our support well into the future. We enjoy attending GAWDA’s spring and fall conferences as it gives us the opportunity to talk with customers to find out how their business is doing and to let them know about new advances to our software and its additional mobile products. We also look forward to meeting with prospective customers to enlighten them on the value of Computers Unlimited's TIMS Software (Total Information Management System), and how TIMS can help their business grow by employing a software system developed specifically for the gas & welding industry. Continuous enhancements are designed to accommodate the needs of this industry alone, the same industry that GAWDA aims to provide services for.

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Topics: Latest in TIMS Industrial, GAWDA

Interface, Interoperability, Integration—A Quick Guide

Posted by Gayle Smith

February 15, 2018 at 2:55 PM

Your Homework Made Easy

Integration, interface, and interoperability are buzzwords that are used often but easily misunderstood. By definition, integration means to add, to mix, to combine and to unite. On the other hand, the definition of interface means border, boundary line, a point where two systems, subjects or organizations meet and interact. Throw in the term, "interoperability," which describes the extent to which systems and devices can exchange data and interpret it, and you've got some serious thinking to do.

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Topics: Latest in TIMS Industrial, Computers Unlimited, Integration, TIMS Software, Customization

Part 3: Crashed Server—Updating Comes With Some Perks

Posted by Gayle Smith

January 25, 2018 at 1:29 PM

Upgrading Has Rewarding Benefits

Don't sabotage your company's productivity by using out-of-date software or hardware. As we update products and create new applications like TIMS Assistant, TIMS Warehouse and TIMS Electronic Delivery, they are developed to work optimally with the most current TIMS version and with your latest hardware. We put our efforts into streamlining your business practices and making sure you have the best and most productive tools to do your job and grow your business.

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Topics: Latest in TIMS Industrial, Partners, Computers Unlimited, TIMS Assistant, TIMS Software, Native App

Part 2: Crashed Server—Put Down the Duct Tape

Posted by Gayle Smith

January 15, 2018 at 1:47 PM

 

Who Doesn't Love the Mastermind Behind Duct Tape?

But not for your software server. You can try to fix equipment only so many times, don't wait until replacement parts become obsolete and support becomes expensive. I recently interviewed Dave Thornton about the obstacles South Jersey Welding went through to get their business up and running again.

Highlight the gray line to see a spoiler alert: They chose to go with cloud hosting.

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Topics: Latest in TIMS Industrial, Computers Unlimited, TIMS Software, Cloud Hosting

Part 1: Crashed Server - South Jersey Welding

Posted by Gayle Smith

January 8, 2018 at 1:47 PM

 

 South Jersey Welding Saw Two Words

"System Failure." You show up for work just like any other day ready to get on with business, and your server crashes.  We've all heard the horror stories about outdated servers crashing because unfortunately it's happened to a number of gas & welding companies just like yours.  

Dave Thornton at South Jersey Welding was gracious enough to share his story in the hopes that he can save any one of you from the grief and headache South Jersey went through.

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Topics: Latest in TIMS Industrial, Computers Unlimited, TIMS Software, Cloud Hosting, Server Maintenance

Vendor Versus Partner-Choosing Software for Gas & Welding

Posted by Gayle Smith

December 6, 2017 at 9:39 AM

 The Road to Success Begins with Vision

Because your software is a vital part of your business, using a regular vendor may not be the best route to take. A vendor can certainly deliver a product or service, but consider where this road takes you, and if you'll end up where you need to be. When you operate with solid, integrated tools from a trusted partner, you, your staff, and your customers reap the rewards.

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Topics: Latest in TIMS Industrial, Partners, Computers Unlimited, TIMS Assistant, TIMS Software, Native App

Imaging—Move Your Business Into Warp Speed

Posted by Gayle Smith

November 15, 2017 at 12:48 PM

Close the Paper Trail and Speed Up Processes

In the rush of day-to-day business, our well-intentioned paper trails get lost in the shuffle, literally. TIMS Document Imaging makes it possible to store, then easily retrieve anything from customer contracts to delivery tickets. Make updates, changes or highlight stored documents. Send or re-send by email, print or fax to a customer or branch.

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Topics: eCommerce, Latest in TIMS Industrial, Imaging, Business Intelligence

American Welding & Gas Makes Top 100

Posted by Gayle Smith

November 7, 2017 at 4:49 PM

 American Welding & Gas Ranks in the Top 100 Businesses in North Carolina

Each year, North Carolina ranks the state’s 100 largest privately owned companies. Companies that find a spot on the Grant Thornton North Carolina 100 list are ones that greatly impact the local economy. Together, these top 100 companies employ over 100,000 people in a diverse group of industries. The Grant Thornton North Carolina 100, or NC100, was created 33 years ago to highlight the unbelievable talent and innovation happening with North Carolina companies and the substantial economic impact they provide.

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Topics: TIMS Software, Specialty Gases and Welding

Let's Take A Peek At Fabtech

Posted by Gayle Smith

October 31, 2017 at 4:22 PM

Put These Things On Your Chicago To-Do List

It's time to network, catch up with your peers, and find out the latest industry tactics and applications for your business. FABTECH is one of the largest industrial tradeshows in the country with over 1,700 exhibitors, held at McCormick Place, the largest convention center in North America. The windy city is expecting 50,000 attendees, so bring your walking shoes as there is over 750,000 square feet of floor space to explore. 

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Topics: Automation, TIMS Software, Specialty Gases and Welding, FABTECH

How to Make Cylinder Physical Inventory Less Evil

Posted by Ian Dempsey

October 25, 2017 at 4:57 PM

Originally published in December, 2015

Is there anything worse than a physical inventory? Yes, a cylinder physical inventory. Industrial Source, a gas and welding supplier headquartered in Eugene, Oregon, is already proving that this necessary evil of cylinder physical inventory can be a whole lot less evil with the new ACM Cylinder Count.

According to Chass Thuresson, IT Coordinator at Industrial Source, "The time savings, the accuracy, and the ease of the process are the three highlights of using the new Cylinder Count."

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Topics: Customer Testimony, Cylinder Management

Five Easy Reasons to Automate Now

Posted by Gayle Smith

October 16, 2017 at 4:18 PM

 Automating Your Business Software System

Besides product availability, ask yourself exactly what you have to offer to your customers and how you are offering it. Are they getting the best customer service possible, and are you using the right tools available to you to make this happen? In today's business climate, you can't afford to have a software system that is outdated or not specifically developed for the specialty gas and welding industry. When your business system is suffering, your employees and your customers suffer along with it. When you automate your business practices, you bring the system together to work for you, not against you, by providing better tools for your staff and better customer service, which in turn, creates customer loyalty and retention.

 

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Topics: Automation, TIMS Software, Specialty Gases and Welding

Users Group 2017 — What You Missed

Posted by Gayle Smith

October 6, 2017 at 8:49 AM

We Missed You, So We Brought You Some Highlights

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Topics: Latest in TIMS Industrial, Cylinder Management, TIMS Users Group, Mobile Applications, BI Cubes, ACM, TIMS Assistant

Users Group; The Biggest and Best Year Ever

Posted by Gayle Smith

September 5, 2017 at 12:32 PM

Users Group Is Upon Us, So Here's A Few Useful Tips.

  • Hands On Room—Every year we have a conference room available to you, complete with Computers Unlimited experts to help you sort out any questions or issues you may have about TIMS. We're here to help. Below is this year's schedule (a print out will be included in your registration packet):
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Topics: Latest in TIMS Industrial, TIMS Users Group

TIMS Assistant--It's Time To Take A Closer Look

Posted by Gayle Smith

August 31, 2017 at 5:06 PM

 

We've talked about it, now it's time to see it in person. Your sales activities, from checking price and avilability, to viewing account information such as cylinder balances, A/R invoices, sales history, creating notes, tasks and multiple contacts for customers and prospects can all be accomplished via TIMS mobile.  David Schaer, President of Computers Unlimited will be unveiling TIMS Assistant and much more.

See you soon....

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Topics: Latest in TIMS Industrial, TIMS Users Group, TIMS Assistant

Users Group Conference 2017 Introduction

Posted by Gayle Smith

August 24, 2017 at 12:40 PM

Some Session Highlights from the 2017 TIMS Users Group Conference

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Topics: Latest in TIMS Industrial, TIMS Users Group, Multi year contract pricing

Grow Your Knowledge Base at Users Group

Posted by Gayle Smith

August 10, 2017 at 8:00 PM

In Case You Haven't Heard, We're Talking Multi-Year Contract Pricing

If you've been considering the idea of using Multi-Year Contract Pricing* you'll want to be at this Users Group session on Tuesday, September 12th at 1pm.

Here are just a few things we'll be talking about:

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Topics: Latest in TIMS Industrial, TIMS Users Group, Multi year contract pricing

Cylinder Management Enhancements at Users Group

Posted by Gayle Smith

August 2, 2017 at 5:11 PM

Mark Your Users Group Agenda For Cylinder Management Sessions

I recently spoke with Penny Mayer, Development Manager-ACM/Propane here at CU, about the upcoming classes scheduled for Users Group this year on cylinder management. Inspired by how you, our customer, would like to see TIMS  perform, Penny and her team have been working on some exciting innovations to cylinder management.

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Topics: Latest in TIMS Industrial, Cylinder Management, TIMS Users Group

Get Your Hands-On TIMS Assistant

Posted by Gayle Smith

July 20, 2017 at 2:43 PM

TIMS Assistant Is Something To See

We've developed a new mobile application that you have to see for yourself. It will truly change the way you do business by making it possible for your workforce to take your TIMS system on the go. TIMS goes out in the field with your sales staff, giving them access to the pertinent information they need right now. 

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Topics: Latest in TIMS Industrial, TIMS Users Group, TIMS Assistant