GearUP by Genius ERP Review

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GearUP At A Glance

Good: Lower price than Genius ERP, self-paced implementation kit, accessibility for remote workers.
Bad: Program has recently launched, so it's still new.
Bottom Line: Cloud-based ERP solution that allows small custom manufacturers to automate their tasks and grow their business.

Product Overview

GearUP by Genius ERP is an end-to-end cloud-based enterprise resource planning (ERP) software that’s designed for small custom manufacturers that are using an ERP software for the first time. It has the same benefits as Genius ERP, but at a more cost-effective price, and the vendor offers a self-paced implementation toolkit rather than an extensive deployment process.

Because it’s deployed in the cloud, companies won’t need to purchase infrastructure, and the vendor handles hosting, data backup and maintenance.

Some of GearUP’s additional benefits include:

  • Increased productivity
  • Flexibility for remote users
  • Eliminated need for implementation consultants as vendor provides various resources
  • Vendor’s long-term experience as a manufacturing-oriented solution


GearUP uses the same modules as Genius ERP. Here are the key details of each one:

Product engineering – The Genius CAD2BOM product engineering module allows manufacturers to streamline their Engineer to Order (ETO) process. It integrates with two CAD software solutions, SolidWorks and Inventor, so users can create a bill of materials (BOM) with a single click. Some additional features of the module include routing functions, fully configurable mapping, progressive BOM release and the ability to compare and merge BOMs.

Inventory management – The inventory management module helps eliminate any production delays because the software automatically alerts users if inventory needs to be replenished. Users can track their stock on their mobile devices, including when moving items from one stockroom to another. Additional features include material consumption, physical inventory, physical identification and labeling, and warehouse and logistics operations management.

Production scheduling – Manufacturers can stay on track with their production schedules or change schedules at the last minute to accommodate a customer’s requests. They’ll get a real-time overview of their shop floor and access to historical resource data, which helps them prioritize employees’ workloads. In addition, users can monitor timesheets, work order statuses and expenses. Other features are Gantt charts and advanced planning.

Smart Scheduling – The Smart Scheduling Drum-Buffer-Rope (DBR) tool is an alternative for manufacturers that don’t want a traditional scheduling module. Genius ERP boasts that it’s the only ERP software on the market with DBR scheduling capability, which relies on the principle that the Drum represents scarce resources that control overall output in the shop.

Smart Scheduling identifies that Drum and then automatically sets up a schedule that maximizes the Drum’s capacity. The Buffers and Ropes are additional mechanisms that help the Drum operate at maximum capacity. Additional features of the Smart Scheduling module are the ability to define throughput, a DBR calendar, labor scheduling, task scheduling and priority management.

Quality management – Users can manage quality control measures across the product lifecycle, such as setting quality standards and assigning corrective actions.

Sales CRM – With this module, the sales team can access historical data on their prospects and customers, manage their pipelines and organize their tasks. Additional features are lead capture/scoring, email tracking, calendar management, reports, multilanguage support and integration with Google Maps.

Sales orders and quotes – Sales teams can process requests for quotes and track their sales orders. The software automatically generates a quote based on the customer’s buying history, and it integrates with Excel for calculating quote estimates.

Accounting – Accounting teams can manage all of their financial processes (e.g., general ledger, A/P, A/R) with this solution. It has many features, such as multicurrency, multicompany and multilocation support; charts of accounts structures with up to five segments; budget management; unlimited data history; sales tax; and revenue recognition. Users can run reports and dashboards, and they can drill down into the transaction source for further information.

Employee management – Manufacturers can track their employees’ time and process payroll. With the Time Cards feature, employees can clock in and out using a barcode, mobile device or touchscreen. In addition, they can capture expenses while out in the field.

Business intelligence – Genius ERP’s business intelligence lets users track key performance indicators (KPIs) on metrics like late jobs or quote conversions via a graphical dashboard. And they can receive alerts and notifications, too.

Project management – With this module, manufacturers get visibility into their projects with real-time visual progression, milestone tracking and other features. The Preliminary Purchase List feature allows users to see materials and estimates for products they’ll need to buy prior to completing a BOM. Once a BOM is completed, the Preliminary Purchase List can be merged into a multi-level BOM.

Vendor management – Users can place bids and receive estimates from vendors on various products and services. They can send pricing requests to multiple suppliers simultaneously with the automated RFQs feature. In addition, the Smart Ordering tool identifies potential stock shortages using real-time inventory data and defines a deadline for the item to be purchased.

Target Market

GearUP is intended for small manufacturing companies that have never used an ERP software before, currently have 10 to 30 employees and are looking to grow their business. It’s also targeted toward companies that want a well-coordinated implementation process and that have a strong project “champion” as an internal project manager.

GearUP can be used in similar industries as Genius ERP, such as custom machinery and equipment manufacturers, industrial machinery manufacturers, transportation equipment manufacturers, and metal fabrication and jobshop.

Since GearUP is a new product, we don’t have a list of its customers, but here are several clients that use Genius ERP:

  • Hinds-Bock Corporation
  • REELEX Packaging Solutions Inc.
  • Fil-Trek Industrial Filtration
  • Motrec International Inc.
  • Elemoose
  • Tremcar
  • Eddyfi Technologies
  • Raglan Industries Inc.
  • Glider Guard Tool & Die Inc.
  • Kennedy Tank & Manufacturing Company

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Genius Solutions offers clients a self-implementation toolkit that uses the Genius Academy e-learning system. Clients can implement GearUP at their own pace.

The vendor makes a weekly call to define the project scope and checks in on the plan’s progress. Users can also get trained on the software’s features with Genius Academy’s virtual classes and on-demand content.

Customer Service & Support

Users can browse the knowledge base, access on-demand courses through Genius Academy and contact support by phone or email.


Genius Solutions doesn’t publicly display its pricing information. Contact the vendor directly for a quote.


Genius Solutions has recently launched GearUP, so the product is still new.


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Genius Solutions debuted in 1989 as an industrial engineering company, and Genius ERP was launched in 1995 to fulfill a need for a solution that’s directly targeted toward manufacturers. Its mission is to give manufacturers the tools they need to improve their processes and reach their goals.

Genius Solutions is widely known across North America for its in-depth manufacturing knowledge, industry-specific expertise and excellent customer service. It credits its implementation success rate to the fact it handles the process in house rather than outsourcing to another company.

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