Access Supply Chain ERP means business improvement is more than just torque for Norbar

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European specialist manufacturer of torque tools, Norbar, is implementing a new enterprise resource planning (ERP) solution from Access Supply Chain, to support a period of rapid business growth.

Norbar Torque Tools is based in Banbury and has operations in Australia, New Zealand, China, Singapore and the USA.  All its products are manufactured in Banbury; it employs 188 people and has a turnover of 19M.  Norbar was the first company to commercially manufacture a torque wrench when, in 1942, it was asked to develop a means of accurately tightening the gasket-less cylinder head of the Rolls Royce Merlin, used in the Spitfire during WWII.

In recent years Norbars sales have doubled, the increased number of transactions overloading its existing IT system almost to the point of collapse.  The company went to market for an integrated business system to improve the accuracy and availability of data, and to add to the many improvements it had already gained through the introduction of lean manufacturing.

Norbar selected Access Supply Chain because, unlike some of the larger systems it had previously evaluated, it was not over-complicated but it had the capability to handle the companys diverse production streams, including make-to-order, engineer-to-order and assemble-to-order.  As well as delivering the required MRP functionality it was also able to support the Norbars new lean manufacturing processes.

Access Supply Chain took such a thorough, consultative sales approach, that it almost felt like try before you buy. They gave us the confidence that their system did indeed meet our requirements. says Norbars Finance Manager and project leader, Ann Marie Paddock.  Their professional and balanced sales approach also gave us confidence, whilst their implementation team have continued to give excellent support as we configure the system.

Neill Brodey, Norbars Managing Director, is excited about the prospect of a new system. We have made many business decisions in the past based purely on gut-feel and while we generally get it right, the increased pressure on margins means that we need more information as we continue to grow our business. 

Meanwhile, Norbars Operations Manager, Graham Daniels sees another key benefit: The Access Supply Chain software allows much better visibility of work-in-progress and so will help us promise shorter delivery times with a high confidence level.   

The five month implementation project is running to schedule and the 50-user system will go live at the start of January 2009, to coincide with Norbars new financial year. 

 
About Access Supply Chain

Access Supply Chain specialises in the provision of manufacturing and distribution solutions for small, medium and large companies.

The Access Supply Chain software is a modular Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) solution that helps manage and facilitate the operations of most vertical industry companies.

Modules cover every procedure from purchasing of raw materials, automation of works orders, bill of materials, scheduling and traceability, to costing, quotations, SFDC, warehousing and despatch.

With its scalable modular structure, excellent functionality and flexibility, the Access Supply Chain software combines all the advantages of standard packaged software with the fit of a bespoke solution. It has limitless potential for integration and can be deployed with complete confidence in every part of the organisation.

Access Supply Chain is part of the Access Technology Group of business software companies.  Formed in 1991, Access was one of the first software vendors to recognise the huge potential of the Windows operating system and to harness Microsoft applications for the benefit of its clients, delivering them significant commercial advantage. 

Access Supply Chain Awards Success

Access Supply Chain recently received major honours when two of its customers were highly commended at The Manufacturer LIVE 2008 Awards for their use of the Access Supply Chain solution to improve business performance; this follows last years first place success at the same Awards. 

An Access Supply Chain client achieved second place at the 2008 MITCON Best Manufacturing IT Awards and in 2007 an Access Supply Chain customer won best use of IT in supply chain management at the Best of British IT Manufacturing Awards, while another was highly commended for best use of IT in manufacturing and business management. 

Access Supply Chain was also recognised for its pivotal role in helping sister company Access Accounting win the title of Financial Software Provider of the Year at the Real FD/CBI FDs Excellence Awards 2007.

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