Control+M Solutions
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Control+M Solutions is proud to announce the opening of our new Canadian office!

We’re happy to announce we have officially opened a Canadian office in the Toronto area, to serve and grow the Plex Canadian community.  Our office will focus on both implementations and optimizations as well as general support serving all Canadian Plex customers.  Please reach out to either Justyna Walker (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) or Patti Nowak (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) to see if we are able to assist you.    We will be launching our new Canadian website in the coming weeks – watch our sites and social media in the next few weeks as we begin development of a virtual user group specific to Canadian Plex users!

Company News

COVID 19 Update & No Cost Webinars: Update November 2020

 

Unfortunately we are still in a pandemic with restricted travel, and some of our customers are still unable to have a full workforce onsite.  Everyone is under stress these days and we want you to know we are still here for you, trying to find ways to share our knowledge to help you make Plex even more powerful for your company. To help, we’re providing some free educational webinars on both basic and advanced Plex subjects in both UX and classic every other week.   All of our videos are being published on our YouTube channel.  Take a moment to view the content and see if some of these videos and if you like what you see, give us a Thumbs Up!   And if you want to join our sessions live, participate in Q&A, or have a suggestion for a new webinar, please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to be put on our mailing list.


https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCAnOqxm97G_eCnTfxVyCnRg?view_as=subscriber

Stay safe everyone,

Patti Nowak

Owner

November 2020

Congratulations to the amazing team at BMG of Kansas,  who went live on Plex in about 6 months, during a pandemic!  Their success is really amazing, considering we did all of the implementation except Go Live week remotely due to the pandemic, and we included integrated Laser Nesting, and advanced Plex modules!  These guys worked their tails off and we couldn’t be more proud of them.   Hats off to a great team, left to right:   BMG’s Doug Brenneman and Luke Logan, our Ken Keller, BMG’s Marc Anton and Jim Brenneman.   Not pictured:  PM Zack Farley.  Welcome to the Plex family BMG!

November 2020

As we begin our eighth year in business, we are humbled by the number of Plex customers who have placed their trust in us.    It’s been a very busy fall for us, and the rest of the year looks to be keeping us going at a fast and furious pace helping out the Plex community.  In the past 3 weeks we have had 3 very successful Go Live’s , and we have two more scheduled in the next three weeks!   At the same time we’ve increased our delivery staff to three more full time employees, all with multiple years of Plex-perience, and opened up a new Canadian office.  We are so very proud of our team and our clients.  We know a Go Live is never easy for you – for us it is all in a day’s work.  We at Control M all truly enjoy what we do and are proud to have honed and proven our Speed To Value delivery model to be successful and stress free for our clients.    If you are considering Plex and want to know more about this model, designed to provide rapid return on investment, contact me at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

October 2020

Welcome Jim Porn to the Control+M team!   Jim is a long time member of the Plex community, having worked with dozens of clients on implementations and optimizations.  He has been an active contributor to User Groups and PowerPlex, and we are delighted to bring his depth of Plex to our team.   If you’re a Plex user looking for assistance in improving your operations, reach out direct to him at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..  Welcome aboard Jim!

September 2020

Welcome Justyna Walker to Control+M Solutions in our newly formed Canadian office!  Justyna brings to us several years of Plex experience in tier one automotive, with direct experience with Toyota and Honda.  She is skilled in all facets of production floor management as well as supporting office roles.   Wea re so delighted to have someone as knowledgeable and strong in Plex to help us get this new office off the ground.  If you are in need of Plex assistance in Canada, reach out to her at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

August 2020

Welcome Jenn Berry to the Control+M team! Jenn works out of our Pennsylvania office. She has been using Plex for 9 years and is a founding member of the Food & Beverage User Group (FBUG). Jenn is also a frequent speaker at user groups and Powerplex and has been a big contributor to the community in many ways.  We are so happy you joined us Jenn!  If you are a F&B Plex user and would like to talk about how Jenn can help you use Plex more effectively or efficiently, reach out to her at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Plex Partner Control+M Helps Manufacturers Face Disruption Head-On

Thank you, Plex Systems for showcasing our Patti Nowak, and Control+M’s dedication to helping Plex users worldwide learn how to maximize their use of the system through implementations and optimizations. Check out this blog for a peek into our mission and how we are staying true to it while helping the Plex community through the Covid crisis. In addition, Patti shares her career journey from cost accounting to owner and founder of Control+M Solutions.

May 2020

Congratulations to our Danielle Gajos for getting her Plex Accredited Implementation Specialist Certification. We are so proud to have you on our team and appreciate all you do for us and for our client

PowerPlex 2020: Women In Manufacturing

Join Patti Nowak for the 6th Annual Women Leaders in Manufacturing Technology panel discussion. She will be joined by an impressive group of women leaders who are making a significant impact in this industry. Sponsored by Control+M Solutions, the panel will tackle critical questions on career pathways, discuss the importance of mentorship and understanding one’s value in career growth. The panelists will also share how they’re navigating and balancing business and life changes in light of COVID-19. This event is always highly anticipated and attended at PowerPlex. It is during happy hour this year, so we encourage you to enjoy your favorite beverage during the event. Sign up now!

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PowerPlex 2020: Control+M Sessions

We at Control+M are proud to be one of this year’s sponsors of Virtual PowerPlex 2020. We’re delivering 6 content based presentations and are sponsoring the Women in Manufacturing and Technology event. We will miss catching up with all our friends in the community, whether users, employees or partners.  We’re amazed by what Plex is able to pull off on such short notice and look forward to blazing this new trail alongside with them. Thanks for allowing us to be part of this format, and kudos to Plex for making attendance free this year. If you haven’t already signed up, go to https://www.powerplex.com/

5/13 12:15 pm: Checksheets: Hidden Gems, Ken’s joined by Dan Mullins and John Dancoe. Learn to leverage a module you already have with hidden gems in Checksheets. Session Link: https://www.powerplex.com/agenda/session/217716

5/13 12:15 pm: Learning to Love MRP and PRP with Patti. Learn ways to make MRP and PRP even more powerful to your company than they already are.  Join us May 13 at 12:15 and we’ll show you how to love and trust these amazing Plex tools! Session Link: https://www.powerplex.com/agenda/session/217731

5/13 1:15 pm: Handling Rejections + Rework for Ops + Accounting with Ken and Zack. They will be reviewing rejection options including rejection tracking, disassembly, quick rejections, sort and how each of these methods impacts standard costing. Session Link: https://www.powerplex.com/agenda/session/217726

5/13 2:15 pm: Job Actual Costing For Operations with Zack and Patti. Are monthly accounting Distractions getting in the way of making parts? Join us to find out how Plex can help you prepare for those discussions at Virtual Powerplex. Session Link: https://www.powerplex.com/agenda/session/217721

5/14 1:00 pm: Scheduling Methodologies with Patti. Wondering how many different ways Plex can control job op start dates?  Join us for Scheduling Methodologies. Session Link: https://www.powerplex.com/agenda/session/217756

5/14 2:00 pm: Facilitating Organizational Change with Patti. Frustrated by roadblocks trying new things?  Join us for a session on Facilitating Change at Virtual PowerPlex! Session Link: https://www.powerplex.com/agenda/session/217776

February 2020

Congratulations to our Veronica Meyer for successfully achieving the Plex Accredited Developer certification. We're very proud of her and look forward to helping our client development needs. You can reach her direct at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for estimates and information.

December 2019

Welcome Veronica Meyer to the Control+M family! Veronica joins us having worked at four different Plex clients, so she has seen quite a few configurations. She’s got great depth in Plex reporting, EDI, and many manufacturing processes. She’s also been an active member of local user groups. We’re so happy she has decided to join our team and look forward to her leveraging her knowledge to help out our clients as well as the local user groups.

December 2019

Congratulations to the Dart team for another successful Plex implementation at their Portland Oregon facility. We’re so happy to be a part of your team as you continue to expand!

November 2019

Congratulations to the team at Wisconsin Metal Tech for their Go Live on Plex! Thank you to a great team of folks there who worked very hard to make this project a success! Here’s the team, and their Control+M project manager Kevin Poppe!

October 2019

Congratulations to the folks at Wrought Washer on their implementation of Plex!  Thank you for letting us be a part of your ERP conversion journey, we know it isn’t easy but your hard work paid off!

July 2019

Welcome Ken Keller!  Ken comes to us with many years of Plex-perience, first as a customer and then as a consultant.  Ken has been working with Plex since 2006, and was a founding  member of the FBUG (Food & Beverage User Group).  We’re glad to have Ken’s deep Plex knowledge, wide array of industry experience and network of Plex users on our team.

June 2019

Welcome Mig O’Brien:  Anyone who has been using Plex for a long time knows Mig!  She was a fixture at Plex for a long time, bringing unbelievable depth of knowledge not only of the Plex product but manufacturing in general.  We’re so delighted that she has joined our team!

May 2019

We’re so proud to be named Plex Services Partner of the Year for 2019! We are delighted that our dedication to customer service, responsiveness and depth of Plex knowledge was recognized by our partner Plex. We’re especially grateful to our customer base for giving us the opportunity to serve you all, to help you get the most out of your Plex implementation.

Check out the press release here: 

https://www.plex.com/about-plex/newsroom/press-releases/plex-systems-partner-impact-award-winners.html

May 2019

Welcome Danielle Floyd-Gajos:  Danielle comes to us from the Customer Support team at  Plex, formerly as a Quality Manager.  We’re pleased that she has decided to bring her great troubleshooting talents and Plex experience to Control+M!

Join us at PowerPlex this year, in Detroit May 10-13. We’ll be giving away four Google Home Mini’s, stop by our booth and enter our daily raffle. We’re proud to announce that we are doing seven presentations this year! Hope to see you at one of our presentations.

  • Job Actual Costing Implementation, Zack Farley and Chris Dodson from GL Precision Tube, Tuesday at 1:30 PM
  • Using Variable BOMs in Engineering, Production, Planning, and Costing Patti Nowak and Joe Baini from Dart Aerospace, Tuesday at 3:30 PM
  • International Shipping and Consignment - The Complete How To, Kevin Poppe and Veronica Meyer from Steel Warehouse, Wednesday at 11:40 AM
  • Part Revision Changes: Real Life Example of Managing Frequent Change Requirements, Patti Nowak, Wednesday at 11:40 AM
  • Human Resources – Phase II – Enable what you own, on your own Mandy Lindamood and Debra Griffin from Steel Warehouse, Wednesday at 3:45 PM
  • Best Practices for Scheduling Jobs, Patti Nowak, Thursday at 9:00 AM
  • Capacity Planning for Labor and Workcenters - Infinite Planning Engine, Patti Nowak, Thursday, at 11:00 AM

PowerPlex 2019 Agenda

April 2019

Congratulations to Dart Aerospace on your recent Plex Go Live in your Amsterdam facility! Gefeliciteerd!  Great to be there during the height of tulip season…!

March 2019

Congratulations Steel Warehouse Ohio Profiling Division on your Plex Go Live!

January 2019

Welcome to the Control+M team. Mandy Lindamood!   Mandy comes to us with many years of experience in Plex, and great depth in both accounting and costing. Thanks for joining us Mandy!

January 2019

Local Wisconsin TV personality John McGivern has showcased two of our customers in his videos. Congratulations to our clients for being such a big part of your community!

Check out his show in Plymouth WI showcasing Plymouth Foam: https://www.tpt.org/around-the-corner-with-john-mcgivern/video/around-corner-john-mcgivern-plymouth-401/

PF website: https://www.plymouthfoam.com/

And his show in Jefferson WI showcasing Basin Precision Machining https://www.tpt.org/around-the-corner-with-john-mcgivern/video/jefferson-5bqi0l/

Basin website: http://www.basinprecision.com/

November 2018

Congratulations Brunk AJP on your Plex Go Live!

October 2018

Congratulations Steel Warehouse International Division on your Plex Go Live!

May 2018

PowerPlex 2018

Come see us at the Solution Expo at #PowerPlex!

We will be presenting this year on Job Actual Costing. Thank you to Michael Bean at EOT for co-presenting with Zack Farley, to share your story with the Plex community. We look forward to showing the Plex Community how easy it can be to quickly deploy this construct and how fast your company can be more effective in seeing and analyzing your true costs of manufacturing.

March 2018

Congrats to Kevin Poppe, Patti Nowak and Colin Nowak for becoming officially certified as Plex Accredited Implementation Specialists!

February 2018

Welcome to the Plex community, SW International!  Happy to have been a part of your go live.

September 2017

Congratulations to the folks at Engel Tool and Forge for their go live! We appreciate the opportunity to be a part of your team

July 2017

Congrats to the Kenosha Metal Products on bringing your facility live on Plex! We are proud to have been a part of your implementation.

April 2017

Congratulations to Plymouth Foam in Plymouth WI on their successful go live on Plex in their WI, OH and MN facilities! Thanks for letting the Control+M team guide you on your Plex journey...

PowerPlex 2017

Come see us at the Solution Expo at #PowerPlex!

We will be doing multiple presentations this year.

Colin Nowak from Control+M and Veronica Meyer from Principal Manufacturing will be presenting "Tooling Module - a Real Life Implementation" covering both simple and complex Tooling configurations in real life client situations. Click here for more details.

Patti Nowak has been selected to be a panelist in the Women in Manufacturing and Technology session on Wednesday afternoon. This is a great forum for women to share experiences, network and build lasting relationships with peers. Click here for more details.

Colin will be co-presenting with Kevin Clinton of Steel Warehouse on the Plex Finite Scheduler, going over why it is critical to review your finite scheduler and tune it up periodically. If you are a user of the Finite System, or even considering purchasing the finite scheduler, this will be a great way to learn more about it. Click here for more details.

Join Patti Tuesday May 9 from 12:30 – 1:00 pm for a live demo on Understanding Real Manufacturing Costs in a Standard Cost Environment in the Plex Experience Lab. Patti will be demo’ing the reports and cost records that will show actual material, labor and overhead costs as compared to standard. After the demo we’ll be happy to entertain any questions you may have about setting this up in your PCN. No need to register.

February 2017

Congratulations to MEA in Chicago for their go live on Plex!

February 2017

Welcome Mr. Zack Farley, CPA to our team! Zack comes to us with years of advanced Costing and Accounting experience. We are thrilled to have Zack aboard and are excited about all the clients we can help with his assistance. Thanks for joining us Zack!

January 2017

Welcome Mr. Keith Krans to the Control+M team! Keith joins us from Plex and brings a great deal of Plex experience and we are so pleased that he has joined us!

November 2016

Patti presented the Plex Sales/CRM module offerings to the CA User Group in the Plex Irvine office. Patti, Colin and Bruce worked along with Joyce Luchetti and Becky Veryser to hold their first meeting and organize the building of their group. What a great opportunity to get the west coast folks a chance to network and to learn more about Plex.

October 2016

Kevin presented an Overview of Workflow Concepts and led a hands-on workshop with User Group attendees building & testing stand-alone workflows at the WI-IL User Group meeting October 6 at Ultra Tool & Manufacturing, Inc.

April 2016

Patti presented Maximum Material Utilization at PowerPlex, reviewing how she worked with Kevin Clinton, CIO at Steel Warehouse to design a configuration for steel profiling, nest software integration and Control Panel simplicity. Thank you to all who attended - we appreciate your great reviews and comments. See the Plex community or contact Patti to review the presentation.

Check out Jake Miller from our client Seven Marine, wearing the latest Control+M clothing! Jake, you make a great model!!

  • Testimonials

    "Our company self-implemented Plex. Over the next two years, we stumbled through attempting to configure the system without a clear understanding of the overall picture. Nothing really worked right and we had work-arounds stacked on top of work-arounds."

    Kurt, Sr Manager, IT Applications
  • Testimonials

    "I feel that choosing how you implement a new system is almost as important as choosing the system. The decisions made during this process have long lasting effects and are critical to shaping your company's future. We found a true partner in Control+M and are extremely happy that we went on this Plex journey with them. Their guidance was excellent, and their experience is unmatched. We are a much better company for having worked with Patti and her team." 

    ANDREW, VP-OPERATIONS
  • Testimonials

    "From the day Patti arrived she proved herself to be agile and quick. She adapted well to our challenging environment and quickly understood the intricacies of the business and how to navigate the people."

    Kevin, VP & CIO
  • Testimonials

    "When you are in a pickle, call Control – M. Patti’s team is quick to respond, thorough in analysis, and effective in designing and implementing solutions."

    Zack, CFO

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