Plex Impact Award Winners
2017 Plex Impact Award Winners
Industry Leader: Accuride Corporation
Accuride has fueled its growth strategy by self-deploying Plex solutions across a total of nine of facilities in North America and now Europe. Both Accuride’s suppliers and customers are integrated with Plex through custom portals, driving efficiency while improving service. Accuride has been recognized repeatedly by the Association for Manufacturing Excellence (AME) for achievements in lean, and recently published a book on lean practices.
Innovation: Polamer Precision
Polamer Precision deployed Plex just over three years ago, establishing a system of record for their organization and enabling the creation of strategic impact reports for customers. Data that used to take days to gather is analyzed with just a click of the button. In that timeframe, Polamer has grown sales by 300 percent. Polamer also pursued a pilot program with Microsoft to use Hololens technology in an industrial setting. Using Hololens’ augmented reality, the team mapped out their manufacturing cell layout using a 3D model to position workstations and tooling, ensuring forklifts and other equipment have room to operate safely and efficiently.
Transformer: Shank's Extracts
As a private label manufacturer, Shank’s Extracts is trusted with customers’ proprietary recipes and specifications, keeping their own name out of the spotlight and putting their customers’ brands first. Since going live with Plex, Shank’s has transformed data accuracy, achieving a single version of the truth across thousands of customer recipes, finished goods and raw materials inventory, as well as food safety regulations. That accuracy and precision continues to fuel Shank’s industry-leading quality and customer service, helping them grow in an increasingly competitive market.
2016 Plex Impact Award Winners
Just 90 days after their first go-live on Plex, Firstronic LLC brought on a second production facility in Mexico. Since then, Firstronic has achieved industry leadership by delivering new levels of customer collaboration and responsiveness. That capability started with upgrades to their entire infrastructure, including installation of over 100 machines and production validation testing on all of their products and processes. Through these efforts, Firstronic has continued its rapid growth, won new OEM contracts and received industry awards for service excellence.
MFC Netform’s innovations in manufacturing technology and end-to-end manufacturing processes have enabled the company to win major, competitive OEM contracts. MFC Netform has leveraged Plex to support everything from quality management to inventory. MFC’s organizational performance makes them a stand out supplier, with quality metrics that customers trust to benchmark their own operations.
Upon signing with Plex, MPI Corporation immediately set in place a strategy to transform the precision slit metal supplier ABC Metals, Inc., with new systems across three plants. ABC Metals not only automated virtually every aspect of their business, they used Web services to create a complete Made-to-Order front-end to the Plex Manufacturing Cloud. The solution transformed operations, allowing ABC to match available inventory against user requirements down to the attribute level. The result is major improvements in on-time delivery, inventory optimization, supplier ordering and increased visibility across the business.
2015 Plex Impact Award Winners
American Axle & Manufacturing (AAM) was recognized for leading the automotive industry into the cloud. AAM implemented a new cloud ERP system across seven facilities to automate all operations in AAM's metal-forming unit. Through access to real-time data and increased efficiency, the division achieved manufacturing output and improvement in inventory turns.
FloraCraft harnessed cloud ERP for innovation. The company revolutionized its business by capturing production data instantly to help guide decision making, meet changing demand and ensure on-time, accurate shipments. As a result, FloraCraft substantially increased revenues without increasing labor costs and earned the distinction of Walmart's 2014 Supplier of the Year.
Accuride transformed its organization by modernizing its information and manufacturing execution systems across six of its nine operations. With Plex, Accuride increased productivity, automated processes, integrated workflows and achieved greater visibility across the organization. These achievements—coupled with existing process upgrades—helped the company win a 2014 AME Manufacturing Excellence Award for its facility in Henderson, Kentucky.