A&K Finishing Achieves Record Growth with the Plex Manufacturing Cloud

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A&K Finishing leverages Plex Systems to deliver plastic paint solutions to industry leading automotive, consumer electronics, office furniture, and commercial companies

TROY, Mich., September 11, 2018 – Plex Systems, the leader in cloud ERP and MES for manufacturing, today announced plastic paint solution provider A&K Finishing doubled its sales one year after implementing the Plex Manufacturing Cloud.

A&K Finishing paints components for market leaders such as automotive OEMs Tesla, BMW, and General Motors; electronics manufacturer Bose; and furniture company Steelcase. The company uses advanced manufacturing technology on the shop floor, including automated robots and open spray booths on multiple paint lines, to complete parts in just 44 minutes. A&K Finishing can paint a wide variety of products, from a Jeep’s interior door panel to iPad covers. Company leaders sought to similarly modernize its business processes and manufacturing systems by implementing Plex in 2017.

Since then, Plex has helped A&K Finishing reach nearly 100 percent inventory accuracy, eliminating the need for time-consuming weekly physical inventory checks; move quality checks online, improving customer satisfaction and helping reduce scrap rates from three to less than one percent; and free managers from spending 80 percent of their time on data entry, allowing them to focus on process and continuous improvement.

In addition to realizing revenue growth of more than 100 percent, the company’s evolution also earned A&K Finishing recognition as a Yanfeng Automotive Interiors Distinguished Supplier for two consecutive years, an honor only given to 10 of Yanfeng’s 2,100 suppliers.

For more on A&K Finishing’s business transformation, read the case study here.

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"Plex fits with our culture of continuously improving our operations,” Scott Hankamp, Operations Manager, A&K Finishing. “Because Plex is the centralized location where we record production and manage data, our management team is more organized and efficient – ultimately helping us lower costs and provide a better product to our customers. Plex makes us better.”

About Plex Systems

Plex is the Manufacturing Cloud, delivering industry-leading ERP and manufacturing automation to nearly 600 companies across process and discrete industries. Plex pioneered Cloud solutions for the shop floor, connecting suppliers, machines, people, systems and customers with capabilities that are easy to configure, deliver continuous innovation and reduce IT costs. With insight that starts on the production line, Plex helps companies see and understand every aspect of their business ecosystems, enabling them to lead in an ever-changing market. Learn more at

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Kaitlin Rebella                                                                               
Sr. Manager, Corporate Communications