A product configurator, part of a fully integrated Lilly Software enterprise resource planning (ERP) system, will play a key role in helping a British manufacturer, Orvec International, to streamline sales quotation, sales order processing (SOP) and delivery of finished goods. The configurator will make sure that every order can be made profitably and on time at the companys factories in
Based in Kingston-upon-Hull Orvec International is a leading manufacturer and supplier of hazard protective workwear and passenger care products to customers around the world. Global demand for products has increased and to support the streamlining of the companys business processes and supply chain management it is implementing a VISUAL Enterprise ERP system from Lilly Software Associates.
John Hunter, the project manager at Orvec International responsible for finding, selecting and implementing an appropriate ERP system said he recommended purchasing VISUAL
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Other reasons included Lilly Software Associates product being a simpler solution, which could merge seamlessly with the manufacturers existing shopfloor data collection (SFDC) system. The ERP softwares graphical interface will mean new users will be able to achieve results quickly and return on investment (RoI) will be faster. Another advantageous feature was Lilly Software Associates active support for Microsoft .NET technology.
Orvec International believes that as Lilly Software Associates is a privately owned company, it has the advantage of not being driven by short-term market expectations, and being capable of riding through any economic fluctuations.
Advanced abilities, valuable benefits
The Lilly Software Associates ERP system will replace an ageing DOS-based financial and operations package and a multitude of Word and Excel documents, currently being used to manage the business.
Featuring a central database and a comprehensive range of fully integrated supply chain management functions, including a product configurator, financial accounting and related applications, the ERP system will provide Orvec International with many additional benefits such as breaking down inter-departmental barriers and improving communications. Personnel will be able to access and exchange data and information more easily and make decisions on a more informed basis.
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The ERP system will provide the planning department with an advanced scheduling function linked to other systems in the factory. In addition, due to the graphical requirements of the Passenger Care Products (PCP) division the new system will have the ability to associate to the bill of materials (BOM) a CAD drawing, a picture of the finished product, and a specification drawing.
The ERP system is also expected to reduce warehouse-stocking density by at least twenty per cent and remove the need to subcontract additional warehouse space. The implementation of an Advanced Material Planning (AMP) module will aim to make this feasible, by reducing component stocking density.