June 2nd, 2010 by admin
Kurt Kuck, CFO for BK shared some of the operational challenges the company faced on a regular basis before the Encompix implementation. Each order we get is dissimilar in some regard, but lots of our machines have some commonality to them. Normal ERP systems were developed for the incessant, make-to-stock manufacturer, where there's a clear demarcation between design and production. In that environment the engineer designs the product in a CAD application. After testing and prototyping, the product is released to production, which is managed by the ERP system. The design engineer has no interactions with the ERP system and works quite happily in a CAD environment. By its nature an ETO company builds an interesting product engineered to meet the design of a single consumer. In many cased the look of the product continues thru the product process ( design-in-process ), incorporating a large number of engineering changes. In this environment a continuing flow of information between engineering and production is urgent.
Encompix benefits after just half a year made a dramatic difference according to Kuck : “by getting rid of the manual input that resulted from maintaining duel systems, BK seriously reduced our ecclesiastic time. We may be able to see the precise standing of all our projects. How we are going into those conferences and we just pull everything up onto the screen and enter job notes right into the system.
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