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Rockwell Automation Has Acquired Plex Systems

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

September 11, 2018

Plex Systems today announced plastic paint solution provider A&K Finishing doubled its sales one year after implementing the Plex Manufacturing Cloud.

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.

Comments on the News

"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 Systems, Inc., a Rockwell Automation company, is the leader in cloud-delivered smart manufacturing solutions, empowering the world’s manufacturers to make awesome products. Our platform gives manufacturers the ability to connect, automate, track and analyze every aspect of their business to drive transformation. The Plex Smart Manufacturing Platform includes solutions for manufacturing execution (MES), ERP, quality, supply chain planning and management, Industrial IoT and analytics to connect people, systems, machines, and supply chains, enabling them to lead with precision, efficiency and agility.


About Rockwell Automation

Rockwell Automation, Inc. (NYSE: ROK), is a global leader in industrial automation and digital transformation. We connect the imaginations of people with the potential of technology to expand what is humanly possible, making the world more productive and more sustainable. Headquartered in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, Rockwell Automation employs approximately 24,000 problem solvers dedicated to our customers in more than 100 countries. To learn more about how we are bringing the Connected Enterprise to life across industrial enterprises, visit


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Kelly Anderson
SHIFT Communications (on behalf of Plex)


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