At a Glance:
Plex Cloud ERP meets the demands faced by high-tech and electronics manufacturing companies today. Comprehensive, easily configured features help companies handle compressed product life cycles, supply-chain agility, global visibility and regulatory compliance. The online demo showcases features to:
- Automate Approved Vendor List
- Integrate PCB/PCBA engineering designs into machine programs
- Automate BOM, engineering work instructions, quality specifications
- Manage electronic Engineering Change Orders
- Meet globally standardized processes
- Respond faster to changing market and competitor actions
So let’s talk a little bit about Plex, and introduce Plex to you. The wave today is obviously the Internet, and I’m sure all of you that are on with us today are using Google. I mean, when’s the last time you opened up an encyclopedia? Music, again, the same thing, iTunes, etc. And the business software. Today, many, many customers are joining the Plex bandwagon. You probably already use the Internet for many more things: banking, airline reservations, etc. So I’m sure the use of the Internet is nothing new to you.
But I wanted to just tell you a little about Plex and what we’re doing today for the manufacturing industry. We’ve been doing this a long time. Plex was founded in 1995. Actually switched to the SaaS Model, software as a service, or Cloud Model, back in 2001, and we’ve had great success with that since then. 500-plus customers, 80,000 logins a day. We’re now averaging well over 80,000 with about 24,000 users. Those 80,000 logins, 24,000 users across those 500 customers supports about 50 billion, billion with a “B”, in revenue across that customer base.
We’re headquartered in Auburn Hills, just outside of Detroit, Michigan. We’ve enjoyed a 23 percent growth over the last several years, 31 percent in 2010, and another 28 or 29 percent in 2011. You’re going to notice today that we focus 100 percent on manufacturing. I want to point out to you that we’re more than just ERP, and I’m going to point that out, and why I think that you need to kind of look beyond just ERP needs when you review our products and others. And as part of that, eliminate the need for [bolt-ons], and I’ll talk a little bit further about that.
So some of the advantages with the Plex Online. A single application, so what that means it that every one of our customers, all 500-plus, and we’re approaching 600 today, all are using the same source code and the same system. So the benefits to that is to you, as a user, you’re using the same system that everyone else is, and it helps us support you, and it makes it much easier for us to help you with questions and use the system.
So today, what we’re offering is a fully integrated system, comprised of more than 300 modules. And today, obviously we’re not going to cover the 300. We’re going to cover a select few around the electronics/high-tech industry. Again, for the consumer product folks and folks that need EDI, one of the strong features within Plex is the EDI capability. So we will eliminate and take out an additional step with traditional EDI, and that’s the VAN, the interface in between you and your customer. We’re going to go direct to your customer, so we’re going to eliminate that other step.
Some other things in here, Kanban, customer and supplier portal functionality that I’ll talk a little bit about. I think you’re going to find with our group of people, our consultants, and our project managers to help you implement and train on this system, a deep industry knowledge.
With Plex, rather than buying the software, we offer our software under what we call a subscription model, and basically you’re paying for than on a monthly or annual basis. Rather than having to pay for a large software fee upfront, we’re going to spread that payment out over time. So it lowers the initial cost. Implementation of a single system also is going to lower your cost. With this system, and I’m going to talk further a little bit our modules, not only are we going to be able to support your current needs, but we’re going to be able to add functionality as you grow.
So one of the differences with Plex and what we offer is a complete system. Maybe in a phased approach in implementation, you’re not going to take advantage of everything we offer upfront, but you can have that functionality. One of the other things about a single application/single version of the software that I mentioned up above here is a version-less software. So with traditional software, what do you get? You get a system, today when you install it, you’re on version one. As you continue the use of software over time, you’re going to move to version two, version three. We do that differently. We don’t have versions. We are continually upgrading and enhancing our software on a daily basis, providing that to you, and we do all the upgrades and enhancements for you to use that software.
So in the old days when you had to migrate from version one to version, spend days or weeks doing that, we’re going to take that completely off the table for you. So back again, and looking at the four walls of a traditional manufacturing company and a traditional ERP system, you’re going to hit highlights within your four walls of that traditional ERP, and you kind of see the areas here that are darkened out that traditional ERP doesn’t cover.
So not every person gets to use the ERP, data moves slower usually because of integration, and a typical user just can’t see everything. So with Plex, what we want to do, our goal is to unlock the entire system, and the entire company and all the data within the company. So as we say, top floor to shop floor. Extend the ERP to every user, and that is our key here. So our system is version-less, and we also don’t track users. So with Plex, you get unlimited users. So the data is moving faster, and any single user, based on securities, can see everything.
The other thing we do, in addition to unlimited user and unlimited modules within your four walls, we’re going to provide your customers, your suppliers, and your subcontractors complete access to the system. So in addition to, as I mentioned before, the traditional ERP system, we’re going to provide the Manufacturing Execution System, supplier management, quality management. And I think you’re going to find within Plex, one of the huge things that we offer very complete is our quality system that most ERP systems don’t provide today. And a CRM.
So we’re going to tie all this together in one place to you called Plex Online, and give you complete accessibility. Our customers really love the idea of the supplier portal and a customer portal. Again, because we don’t track users per se. We don’t make you pay by the user. We give you a flat fee on your subscription service. We’re going to give you unlimited users, and unlimited users for your suppliers and customers.
So as an example, your supplier can have access, so they can see immediately recent upgrades and changes to purchase orders. And even beyond that, when they access the system to see the PO that you’re giving them from the purchasing department, you’re going to give them the documents that you want them to supply you when they provide you their product on your back door to receive it, including bar codes, or bar code label and bar code label format. So when you receive it, it’s in exactly your format that you can easily receive in through our shop-floor system and receiving system.
So software as a service, cloud-computing, talk a little bit further about that. We, Plex, are very proud of our up-time. We’ve continued to have over 99 percent, 99.99 percent up-time. So we’ll ensure your business continuity. With that, one of the things we take off the table for our customers, and why many customers are coming to us, is the fact that with a traditional on-premise system, what do you have to do? You have to have typically an IT structure. With us, that IT structure will be very minimal, including your hardware that goes with that. So we, as a company, provide a world-class IT infrastructure.
We are completely SSA-16. Some of you may know about SSA-70, which was the old certification that’s now moved to SSA-16, which is the new version of that. And we are completely certified on that model. And then complete protection, complete security, redundancy. One of the things that every company has to do, what do you have to do for your auditors? You have to provide disaster recovery. Plex, with our infrastructure and protection and security, we will serve as your IT disaster recovery center. So we have, as I said, complete redundancy, we have multiple sites for the data. We have multiple trunks coming in from multiple carriers. We have just a tremendous security and backup system in place. We just do an outstanding job of managing your data and making your data secure.
So a little bit about our customers. On average, customers using Plex, have an 18 percent reduction in inventory and a 98 percent in inventory accuracy, which is tremendous. And part of our inventory accuracy is that we’re going to unlock the shop door, and we may not have time today to talk fully about it, but we’re going to give you the ability to use handheld devices on the shop floor wireless, which just promotes inventory accuracy and expediency tremendously. On-time shipments throughout our customer base, 98 percent, and ISO compliance, etc.
Some of our customers that we’ve had that currently using the system, I’ve talked about 80,000-plus used logins. That was just a couple of days ago, with over 20,000 users. Talking about some of our customers, Inteva and Phoenix Logistics, both in kind of the electronics realm. You’re going to see a number of other customers. I mentioned earlier our four or five verticals that we service: automotive, aerospace, electronics, [general] manufacturing. This screen kind of shows a segment of those.
So some of our customers, a little summary here, GR Springs, a large Toyota supplier, $1.2 million in annual savings, with using Plex. Inteva, another electronics-based, electronics automotive supplier. 1500 users in 14 locations, 6 countries, pretty impressive. Cut operating costs by one-third. Phoenix Logistics, over in Phoenix, aerospace provider, reduced their delivery schedules from 20 to 25 weeks down to 10. So again, pretty impressive with that. So we’ve just had some great success stories. I invite you to visit our website, and you can see more of those.
So my last slide, and I’m going to turn it over to Mr. Carl Wurster for a further look into the system, but some of the things you benefit just with Plex and our model. Easier to learn, easier to implement. Eliminate the need for many of the bolt-ons that I talked about. So, typical systems, bolt-ons, quality, EDI, time and attendance. I can just go on and on. But we’re going to eliminate all of those.
Our goal as a company is to provide you one system for your entire company. So that’s our goal, and I think we’ve met it pretty well with over 300 modules that we offer. It comes in multi-language. It’s graphical, that we’re going to show you. It is cloud-based, quick or easier to implement, quick or easier to access. Much fewer dollars upfront, and much fewer over time, and we can talk about that further at some point.
Unlimited users, I mentioned that earlier. So with Plex, when you subscribe with us, as I said in the presentation, we don’t count the number of users like traditional software does. We’re going to give you unlimited users, because we want to unlock it to your entire company. Nothing worse than having a system that you’re locked down the number of users, and when people need access they just can’t get to it.
The other thing we’re going to do, we’re going to unlock the modules that we offer. I mentioned there’s over 300. We’re going to work with you during the implementation, and figure out what works with you, and help you install those, and unlimited sites. The other thing with our model is you’re always current with the software, so in the old days, as I mentioned earlier, when you’re on version one, moving to version two, moving to version three, all of a sudden your reports don’t work, and your logins don’t work. When you call support, and you talk to your support manager, they’re not going to ask you what version of software you’re on. They’re going to know. We only have one version. Everybody uses that same version. And in fact when Carl Wurster shows you the system today, he’s going to be using that exact same version that all of our customers use.
So again, we subscribe to a no mod environment. We don’t do modifications. We do enhancements. So as a user, if you came to us, and you needed a feature added that was required by your company, we would add that feature with you. And when we do that, that feature becomes accessible not only to you but to everybody else. So we’re not doing one-off mods. We’re doing enhancements that work throughout the system and for everybody. So with that, I’m going to turn it over to Mr. Carl Wurster. I thank you for your time, and we’ll look further at some of your features, and perhaps we get to talk to you further at the end in the Q-and-A, question and answer session. Thank you.
All right, thank you, Brent. I am going to share my desktop here, as soon as I remember where I do that from. So I’m going to share my desktop, and we’ll go into the system, and hopefully everybody can see Plex Online, the public website. I always like to start here. As Brent has explained, this is a deep and wide system. We’re going to only scratch the surface of that. Just like to point out some place that, if after this call or some other point in time, you’d like to look a little deeper, come to our public website, Plex.com. Highlight the software tab, and you’ll see that we have areas devoted to the software. Click into one; I’m going into the ERP System. Then we have several links from there. If you click into one of those links, you get to see things like screen captures, and two minute demos, and things like that. So it’s a good place to go back and look at some of these things that you might have other interests in.
So without a further ado, let’s log into the system. This is the login screen, no VPN needed. I’m going to log in, as I do every day from my home in San Diego. And where I’m logging into is that database center in Auburn Hills, Michigan. And I’m logging in along with the other 23,000 users who are running off the software today. I have a demo database, but I am using that one code, that one source of code that everybody runs from.
So this is my desktop. I’m a demo guy. I tend to have a lot of things available to me. But you notice I got these four nodes up here. These are the various companies I have access to. I’d like to point out, Plex Systems, we run Plex with Plex. After this meeting, I will log into Plex, and put my notes into the contact manager, into the CRM module of this demo that I’m today. Later on, I’ll probably enter an expense report, review some of my HR information, and maybe go into the document control system, and look up a procedure or something. So we’re using Plex constantly.
These other three companies, they’re demo companies, they’re kind of industry-specific. And today we’re going to spend most of our time in Edge Industries. So I’m going to drive into Edge Industries, and now I have my menu. This is, again, my menu, and if you look at the “Add Node” button up here, these are highly customizable, and they are customizable by role. So each role can have an individual view of the data and access, read/write capabilities, things like that. And an employee or a user can be assigned to more than one role, so you can have many roles. I actually have about 12 roles, because I have to get to every place in the system.
A couple other things to point out from this top screen. If I click on the Plex logo up on the left, a user support form opens, and you can get to this just about anywhere in the system, and put a user support request into your program manager for aid and assistance on any functionality or issues that you might have. So right from your desktop, right from the Plex screen, you can request a user support. And I think that’s real powerful, as opposed to dialing into an 800 number and getting who-knows-who.
A couple other things. If I click on the Edge Industries sign logo, I get Carl’s favorites. These are my personal favorites. They’re not role-specific. They’re user-specific, and I have the ability to manage these however I like to. So if there’s five or six places that I go to daily, I can put those things on my favorites, and get to them in a single click.
We could also see them by floating over the Edge logo, and we get the fly-outs with the various companies, and we also get the function keys or the favorites that we’ve created, and the first 11 or so, I’ve tied to function keys, so you can also access them from the function key.
A couple other things to note, work-flow, we have embedded workflow through the system. We’re not going to touch on that today, but I think it’s important for people to understand that, because it’s very powerful in making sure that critical assignments and tasks get done in the orderly process, and in the sequence expected.
Brent mentioned languages. You know, we have multiple languages. On this system, I’ve installed about six of them. On other systems, we have upwards of 15. So these are also user definable. So if I’m a Spanish-speaking person, my user can have Spanish. The person right next to me could be working the same system in English.
And finally, you might be asking yourself something like, how do we manage this one version of the software. Well, let me drill in, and go to an opportunity log. And this is a form that we do filtering on. But we have the ability is two things. One is, we provide you a test database that is a capture of your data from the night before, around midnight eastern. So that you can go in there, and now you can do whatever you want, because you’re not going to affect production. And one of the things that you can do is go into this application setup, if you have the proper role, and actually look at the option content of that particular page. Because every day, we are publishing updates that say new features and functionality has been added. And here is where you can take it and test it in a test environment, for instance. Maybe you want this very first adjusted value column display, you know, tells you what it does. You can turn it on here, try it out here, see if you like it, and then turn it on in your production environment.
So that’s how we fine-tuned the system to individual customers while maintaining that one source code, and not having the experience of trying to navigate through revs and then upgrades and things like that.
So, I’m sitting here on the opportunity log. Ah, I think I’ll go to the quote log instead. I think that shows it a little better. It has the same view. It’s a list, a filter page, a filter box, if you will. And this allows us to filter data. This is kind of what I always called our first ad hoc report. If I run this thing wide-open, I get a boatload of quotes, and they’re all over the place. But a couple of things I’ll point out is here we have a couple of quotes that are late, and we have embedded everywhere conditional formatting to help draw your eye to those things that are late. Now, we have other status formatting that can be green and red and blue to help you identify the status of things. But let’s use the filter box, and I will just kind of drill in on my customer Dell, and reduce that list to my Dell quotes.
And so now that I’ve done that, I now have a new list of information. And I’ll point out one thing over there. This clip is our universal attachment system, right? Brent talked about this, and it’s yellow, which means there’s documents attached to this quote. So these documents can be just about anything. I have an electrical schematic, and as long as I have the viewer on my machine, I can pull that schematic down either from a local server, or from the server in Auburn Hills, where this one is stored, and have it always associated with that quote. So no matter where I am in the system, if I can get to the quote, I can get to the documents associated with it. And it can be just about any sort of documents you’d want.
And the other thing, and this is our document control system, or one segment of it. These are the documents that have been pulled and attached to that quote. They can be re-used, as a matter of fact, this electrical schematic is attached all over the system. What’s the beauty of that? When I roll it to the new rev, the new rev is wherever that document is attached. So I no longer have things like travelers on the shop floor with a drawing attached that now need red lines, because somebody’s changed the drawing, and printed drawing on the floor is no longer accurate.
So we’re keeping track of rev control. We have full check-in/check-out vaulting, and access control, so quite often this replaces the need for a PDM system, where people are using document control, and maybe BOMs and route control, because we have all that built in.
Another important thing is reporting. So if I fly over here, and we click on reporting, we give you several ways to access the information. First place I like to start if we just have a boatload of standard reports. These are not all the ones that are even available. They’re not all turned on in this system, but there are lots of them, and during an implementation we would review which of these are meaningful for your business, and make sure that that report listing is valuable, and we do that through the setup button.
We provide you another way to access information, and that’s through what we call ad hoc reporting. We have built a series of data views in all areas of the system, and a data view allows you to create your quick, on-demand ad hoc report. This is an AP data view invoice view, and it’s pulled a bunch of tables and records together. And if I need to make a report, it is as simple as clicking the headings that I want. And it creates my list for me. I can put filters in, so let’s say I just want things over $10,000, and then I hit search, and it’s going out there and it’s creating that report, and returning it back quickly to me. Now I can either print or download it.
So we make it very easy to get information. We have our ad hoc reports. We have our standard reports. We’ve built the views. We also have query writers, where you can put Sequel statements, Sequel queries, and you can store those off as stored procedures. And then you can use our VisionPlex tool, which allows you to create screens, and use those stored queries to give you custom data right to your desktop. So that’s really a powerful tool.
So let’s go into engineering for a second. Well, first of all, let me get back to the main menu. I just want to quickly just point out, we’re going to talk about some engineering and some manufacturing and things like that. But we have executive dashboards that can be managed, and in addition to the things we’re going to look at today, we have customer relationship management, and sales ability to go from a lead to an opportunity to a quote to a sales order. We have full accounting, AR, AP, GL fixed assets. We have full human resources, and kind of the key there will always be skill set management. So if your shop floor folks need particular qualifications to run and operate machinery, we can maintain that skill set in the HR module, and actually determine whether or not they are allowed to log into a work center based on their skill set.
We’re going to touch on purchasing, but we have the full gamut of purchasing including supplies and a supply ordering system. But right now I want to go into engineering and start looking at some of the data. Again, we talked about the part list here, right? And this is the filter box for the part list, and again, this is to me, my initial, most fundamental ad hoc reporting. I can come in here and filter in any of these boxes. But I can also do what we call is “attributes.” Attributes are part-type specific bits of data, if you will.
I would like you to watch that right-hand column, while I click on the electronics attribute. Because it changes my filter capability. I have attributes that I’ve attached to this part type, called electronics. So now I get more search criteria. Do I want to search on everything that’s not [ROHS] compliant? I could say no, and hit search, and it’d return a bunch of stuff.
If I want to say, well, that’s great, but maybe I’m a planner. Maybe I’m a planner, and I have my list of parts that I want to mention. Great, here I’m Mark Light. Here are the parts he has to plan, that are in the electronics category. So you can stack these filters up, and get a more and more refined view. And consequently, at any point, you can print this thing out, so to me this is like the master of ad hoc reporting, because it’s available just about everywhere you go in the system.
Now, I want to chase down a particular part number today. And that’s the part number that starts with 112 in the electronics group. There’s only one. Here’s my part number. We allow you to attach an image of that part. It helps some people identifying it on the shop floor. If I come over here to the universal attachment system, we see it’s yellow. I click on that. It tells me what attachments I’ve had. And I mentioned that schematic earlier. Well, here it is attached to the part number, so I can always manage those things from the document control system no matter where they reside.
I pop over onto the part number, and I see the part number sub-menu. And this, really, is all the things that I need to know about this part number. So a couple of things we want to touch on today. Let’s look at the part information. One of the things we have is the ability to manage revisions. This part is under revision B. If I select “change revision,” it actually gives me two options: roll-over changes and concurrent changes. And what’s cool about roll-over changes, if I’m a contract manufacturer, doing prototype builds for a large corporation, it’s very possible they’re going to give me a rev change in the middle of my build. And the roll-over change will also change in-process activities, such as orders, jobs, and scheduled production.
So one of the things Brent talked about was the top floor to shop floor. So along with that, we’re going to talk about the paperless manufacturing plant. So in the old days, if you got a rev change, you had to run around and change it in your system. Then you had to go out on the floor and either swap paperwork out of the travelers, or red-line them, or do something. And it was powered by [Sneakernet].
Now, that’s really inefficient, and you miss things, and things aren’t done on a timely basis. So now, because we’re paperless, all the way to the shop floor, we can make those broad changes, and make them effective immediately throughout the manufacturing chain and through the supply chain, too, if the component parts change. So that, to me, is really powerful stuff.
This is also where we put in those attributes that are unique to this part where we identify the qualities of those attributes. And this is what a typical entry screen looks like. Now, if I pop back to my sub-menu, what else can I do from here? Well, let’s look at the process routing, right? So I go into the process routing, and I see my jobs, and from here, by clicking on this, I can assign work centers, I can assign through-puts, I can assign crew sizes. All that information that’s used both in the planning and the costing of this material.
The bills and material can be entered at the job operation. This is a printed circuit board that has a blank, bare board coming in. It goes through solder paste, and then the pick and place comes, so I’m actually having the components come in at the pick and place job. So if you have a long manufacturing process, and you have expensive components, you probably don’t want to bring them into the job at operation ten or one. You want to bring them in when they’re needed.
And again, we have our universal attachment system, and again I’m yellow here, so there’s obviously something attached. Now, let’s kind of drill into this part here. This will take me to the bill of material, and under this component right here, we have a box called manufacturing parts. This is where we’ve built the link between the internal part number, the component, and the manufacturing part, the AVL. So now the Approved Vendor Manufacturing List is a direct tie in our system.
And in a little bit, we’re going to go look and see exactly what does that do to us when we go and manufacture and purchase parts. We have the ability here to build that relationship in the bill of material on our system. So if I back up, and I go back to my sub-menu, I can actually look at job BOMs. And I’m going to look at job 172, and when we create a job in our system, it inherits the bill of material. So when I look at that job, I see the manufacturer of parts that are associated with the components for this particular job.
Now, if my vendor calls me and tells me that this part has got an issue, and I talk to my customer, and he says, yes, I can do a substitution. Well, it’s as easy as clicking on “Add Part.” Go find, in this case, the Fairchild part. Add that to the list, and delete the Motorola part. And now, I have a one-time bill of material for this job only that allows me to use that substitute part. So after doing a risk analysis, and consulting with my customer, I’ve gotten permission. I can now build with an alternate manufacturing part that’s an approved part. So that’s really powerful, and I’ve never changed the existing structure.
One other thing that we have that’s pretty important is the work center source positions. For operations like pick and place machines, components have to go into a proper tube or re-location or something. We allow you to take your bill of material, identify a part, and then identify the source location for that inventory on that piece of equipment. So I’ve created positions, and these are user-definable, but 1004 part is going into position A1 and A2, 2 components each of the 4 BOM, the BAT-01 has got 1 piece that’s going into A3, one component. And I can identify this so that the operator, when he assigns inventory, he also has a physical location where those parts go. When he looks at his inventory that is assigned to this job, this component will only show up in these two locations, and when he selects inventory, only this component will be presented to him. And so all he has to do is make sure that the serialized number or the part number on the physical device is on the right position. But the system will help him in a fool proofing methodology to make those decisions.
Just to touch on quality for a bit, we have a fully integrated quality plan, where we can create control plan and spec sheets, and produce SBC reporting. And what we call that is our control plan, so I’m sitting under this part number yet, and so the control plan for that part number is this. It follows the operations. It allows me to set up a check sheet or inspection step on every operation that I want. Op 30 has 1; Op 40 has 2. Ones that set up, and one is every 30 minutes. Here is an in-process, that’s a setup, and this is per container. You have many different rules in how you can set up a control plan, and how you define it. This is an oven temperature; here are the upper/lower limits. You’re going to register whatever the reading is. And it’ll either pass or fail, and it will capture all that information in use in SBC reporting.
I think the last thing I want to talk about here in the inventory. One of the things that we do is we’re tracking [WIP] inventory at a very discrete level. So now we’re looking at the inventory for this part, and not only can I see it by serial number, and by job, but I can also see what operation it is in. So because of the way we operate, we never lose sight of our inventory, and where it fits into the manufacturing process.
A couple of things associated with inventory. In our industry, traceability is king. When we look at the control panel, which the operator uses in a little bit, we’ll see how that traceability has been captured, and how we manage it. So let’s take this serial number. What it’s going to tell me is all the information about this container. I’ve got five pieces. Here’s the license plate number if you like, the part number, what operation it’s in, the job it’s working on. It’s in final inspection in the lab. It’s in a particular type of container. So on and so forth. I can see where it came from, what container it came from.
And then we keep all sorts of history associated with this container, right? And one of the more important things is our ability to trace. So if you click on the traceability tree for this container 930, you get presented back with a graphical image. And here we see 930, and we can see all the commodities and components that went into it by step. Here are the parts that are coming out of sharing, so there was a printer circuit board, bare board assembly process. Here we got components that have been added, and what operation do they come in. The first three went into the picking operation. These guys came into the pick and place machine. They then got split into three containers, then re-consolidated, built, and ended up into this final unit.
So let’s say that this is sitting at a customer site. There’s a failure. A component has failed. We check with the vendor. He says, “Yeah, we got a bad lot.” “What lot is it?” “Well, it’s lot 746. It’s a CPU chip.”
Now, in our system, we can then take that lot and blow that lot out, and it will show me all of the places that lot of material was used. And I can tell that it all came down into four of these serial numbers at the end: 928, 929, 930, where we started, and 931. So now I have that full traceability, from where it failed out in the field, back to where I received it into the system, and then back to where I used it, and then found three more locations out in the field. So that, to me, is very impressive, and powerful, and our customers really live and die by that. Because that’s one of our hallmarks of the system. Our hallmarks are quality, traceability, paperless, shop/floor.
So, let’s see, we’ve talked about inventory. We’ve talked about quality. We’ve talked about approved vendor lists. I’m going to quickly just pop and over take a look…I’m going to launch a new session, right? Because I can have as many sessions open as I like. And so I’m going to launch a new session. I’m going to use my purchasing F1 key or F4 key to jump over to purchasing, and I want to jump in and look at a particular purchase order, really quickly. Because one of the things I wanted to show you was how the suppliers get involved in our AVL/AML process.
Here’s a purchase order that has been created, and when I drill into the line items, I can see that I have my internal part number, and there’s the description, price, quantity, so forth. But when I drill into the line itself, I see my internal part number, the corresponding supplier part number, and the corresponding manufacturing part number. So this is where the internal part number meets the AVL meets the AML. And on the other end of that string you can also have a customer number relating to that internal part number. So we get that full connectivity of the AML/AVL, all the way through the purchase process. And even when you print your PO, it’s the supplier part number, and it’s the manufacturing number that are included. So that’s a real tight integration of that planning and execution information.
So where do we go from here? Well, let’s go to manufacturing site as we have about 5 minutes, and look at the shop floor. Now one thing that we have that a lot of customers like, because they’ll put it on big flat screens around the offices and the shop floor, are what we call the shop screens. Here is a visual representation of what’s going on in my shop floor right now. It is real time within 30 seconds; it updates every 30 seconds. And it tells you the status of all the equipment. These yellow guys are all idle. The green guys are in production. This red guy, he’s got a problem. If we drill in, we can then go look at the problem associated with this machine.
This is our control panel, and I don’t want to go into the guy who’s got a problem, but I want to go into the pick and place. Because we’ve talked about the AVL/AML. The pick and place machine is where a couple of things happen, right? This is where we’re going to add inventory. And I mentioned before on the sourcing, the positioning: A1, A2, A3, B1. And you can see the serial numbers that should be in slot A3. So I’m identifying the sourcing.
Now, this guy is pink, because I haven’t loaded any inventory. If I load inventory and come back to a page like this, it says, here is all the available material I could load. Now, I’ve jigged this up for demo reasons, but I created a lot of parts that don’t have the appropriate manufacturing part number. And so when I try to load that, the system recognizes it, and it says, you cannot use this. Now, I doubt this would ever happen. I kind of forced the issue to make a point. But down at the operation level at the control panel where the operator is working, this is the thing that’s going to keep him on the straight and narrow.
So we have that sort of functionality. We talked about setup sheets. Here’s where the operator would say, did I do this? If he says no, you get a warning. You have to type a message. Then you get a reaction plan. So this is where we’re gathering that qualify information at the work center. If I say yes, you hit the add button, and off it goes.
So what do we have here? Places to look for the job. I talk about changing the bills of material. Well, this is the dispatch list for this work center. It is coming electronically from the control plan, from the job manager, from the planner who’s checking the sequencing of all this. So there is none of this Sneakernet running to chase the traveler down, because everything the user needs here at the work center is right here. Big buttons for a gloved hand to be able to use the touch screen. Again, the universal attachment system, so here is the standard this guy needs to operate, or work plans that he might need. Any associated tooling, engages, we have a tooling maintenance system, and we have a gauged maintenance system that tooling would measure things like cycle times and strikes, and whatever else, and take it out of production.
So you have this entire process going on, where the user, the operator can be running the machine. It needs no paper, it’s all presented, and it’s available to him in the correct information, in the real time, without paper intervention.
So that pretty much takes me to the end of my demo. We have about ten minutes to go for questions, and Doug, if you’d like to take control . . .
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