In addition to significant investment in manufacturing technology KMF (Precision Sheet Metal) has also just completed the implementation of a new ERP (Enterprise, Resource, Planning) system.
The new Epicor 9 system has recently gone live as the best fit solution for the Newcastle under Lyme sub-contractor of precision sheet metal components and assemblies.
Epicor was selected because of its experience in the make-to-order market and its flexibility which allows KMF to utilise the system features with customisation.
Keith Nicholl, KMF's Business Improvement Manager and Jeng Chyuan, KMF's IT technician said: "The whole process was underpinned by working closely with handpicked representatives from each and every area of the business and with the support of Epicor's consultants."
"In doing this, we were able to design, build, test, refine and improve the processes that allowed us to achieve the 'big bang' transition from our previously disjointed and discrete systems into a fully integrated ERP system,"
With this new regime in place, KMF now has wide-ranging functionality that is assisting the business in driving forward improvements in safety, quality, cost and delivery.
The customer relationship management (CRM) module can provide a clear and live view of customer contacts, sales pipelines and quotation conversion.
It has full control over 'customer order book management' and the full integrated (MRP) materials resource planning is providing an incredibly powerful solution for the control of KMF's complex supply chains and inventory management.
Other key features that are delivering immediate benefits are the modules for engineering change control, estimating, job routeing generation, bill of material (BOM) and methods of operation (MOO) management.
"The work that KMF has undertaken to implement this system represents a significant investment in hardware, software and training to future proof its ability to better serve its growing customer base, and ensure that their expectations are fully and seamlessly met," added Mr Nicholl.