“The implementation team included people from every area of the business….We didn’t want to miss anything.” —Emily C. Eastman, Systems Administrator, APC
Circuit-board manufacturer consoIidates its operations
Amphenol Printed Circuits (APC), a circuit-board manufacturer based in Nashua, N.H., was faced with the need to consolidate system operations with two plants in Nashua as well as a third plant in Nogales, Mexico. The plants had very different product lines and processes, but APC brought the three groups together into one production control system and also combined their financial systems. In addition, APC upgraded to version 3.6 of Consona Corp.’s Paradigm ERP software.
Because the plants were using different information systems, designs and process definitions had to be incorporated within Paradigm. The bigger challenge, though, was bringing in the production processes and setting up the systems to work with a number of variations.
Nevertheless, APC succeeded in creating a single control system that works across the plants. “The implementation team included people from every area of the business,” said Emily C. Eastman, APC systems administrator. “We had a steering committee, user testing groups, and a call center to answer user questions. We didn’t want to miss anything.”
One of the most significant changes is that Amphenol now uses plan-by-schedule, a new feature in Paradigm that loads the shop based on customer commitments. This offers flexibility and lets companies provide good service with lower inventory. Another feature that is paying off handsomely, APC said, is the shop floor monitor. The company now has a visible workplace that lets it keep track of everything in the plant.
The implementation of the Paradigm system allowed APC to better manage its business, please its customers, and support product and process improvement efforts. APC has also improved its ability to complete jobs on time and deliver customer requests. The company has gained full traceability with suppliers and lot numbers, increased its flexibility, and lowered inventory levels. Overall, Amphenol has estimated that it has saved $2 million in scrap reduction.
As Eastman explains, “Amphenol continues to strive toward a healthy balance of ERP automation in achieving our business goals on a daily basis. Paradigm continues to allow us to help develop the product to best fit our complex needs in reaching success.”