Steelhead is a highly customizable, cloud-based platform that offers a modern solution to managing a metal finishing company.

Steelhead is built to run metal finishing shops, from addressing simple time wasters like “Where are my parts”? to very advanced features like Capacity Planning, Scheduling, Tracking Profit, and more. Steelhead’s ultra-easy interface allow for the plant floor to be connected to the enterprise, enabling faster training, faster communication, as well as real-time and historical traceability.

Our cloud-based technology gives your team the ability to upload racking photos or photo outgoing shipments, from tablets or cell phones. The team can send quotes, add work orders, update product recipes and colors, track movement of parts, send packing slips and invoices, and reprioritize and reschedule jobs with a few taps of the finger on their phones!

Steelhead was built specifically for process manufacturing like plating and anodizing. We saw the pains in the industry and developed our software specifically to alleviate them. Once Steelhead is implemented in your business, you will see an increase in profitability, product quality improvement, and spend less time managing production.

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Benefits of managing a finishing shop with Steelhead

Reporting and profitability
Platers and Anodizers can track the time each employee spent on preparing and executing each step in the process, allowing you to closely monitor profitability on each job and make informed changes on pricing to reflect it. You name it, Steelhead can give a report on it – and with no effort from you! It just pulls the data from your travelers! No more late nights creating production or profit summaries for the owner – he or she can see it all real time!

Racking and packing instructions
You will be able to upload specific instructions for each part number that will be automatically shown when that number is processed. This also will apply to packing, specific instructions will be shown to eliminate error and simplify the process.

Capacity Planning and Scheduling
Manage production schedules of many lines from a single live platform. Batch production for maximum production efficiency and adapt schedules in real time to react to customer demands.

Quoting and Estimating
Estimate jobs in seconds with custom estimation algorithms that quote based off of YOUR process. Quickly generate a beautiful quote and send directly to the customer in 1 click, while tracking open rates, conversion rates, and other sales data!



You will be able to easily give a robust promise date on a new order based, with a quick glance at your powder Inventory dashboard, and your Production dashboard – you know when you can deliver that order. You will enjoy being able see all upcoming paint colors so you can easily batch them for optimal efficiency.


Whether it's generating a quote, scheduling production, racking parts, training operators, or running reports on parts through a tank, Steelhead is built to run YOUR finishing shop!


Quotes, shippers, and invoices all sent to the customer with the press of a button! When the customer calls to discuss a quote from 8 months ago, our powerful search function in Steelhead finds it instantly for you.

More about Quoting

Since moving our quoting to the Steelhead modulE, in an electronic format, we have entirely eliminated many of the inefficiencies.

"Some of the many improvements the quoting module has afforded Ace: centralization, increased data capture, searchability, traceability, visual consistency, convertibility. ”