Rutland Plastics, UK plastic injection moulding company, will be implementing Epicors next-generation enterprise resource planning (ERP) solution. The Epicor solution will replace Rutland Plastics existing aging systems and manage the companys 24-hour manufacturing business. Rutland Plastics employs 100 people at its Oakham site, with 24-hour operation, five days a week, and an annual turnover of 7.5m. The company currently uses two systems, one for finance and the other developed in the mid-90s to meet their specific manufacturing needs. The new Epicor solution will replace both these systems overseeing manufacturing, production planning, quality control, finance, sales and plant maintenance.
Our existing systems were making it very difficult to get the reports and management information that we needed to run the business, and no development had taken place on our manufacturing software for about 15 years, said Steve Ayre, IT manager at Rutland Plastics. Epicor will allow us to create reports as needed, expand the way we use technology, and have a fully integrated IT system with no double entry errors between systems.
Rutland Plastics intends to use the Epicor system not just to replace and consolidate its infrastructure, but to allow the company to begin to utilise live shop floor data, and barcoding technology to track warehouse locations and the movement of products through the site. We reviewed a total of ten systems when we were selecting the replacement system, and most required additional third party software to meet the needs of our industry. Epicor had everything we needed built in, and we could see that it would more straightforward than the other solutions to implement, added Ayre. There are many features in Epicor that will allow us to develop and refine our business operations for many years to come.
Managing a 24-hour manufacturing operation can be very complex, particularly if you dont have the systems to support effective production scheduling, said James Norwood, senior vice president, worldwide product marketing for Epicor. Its exciting for us to see not only how Rutland Plastics can benefit now from Epicor now, but how they plan to use it to expand their use of technology in the future.
About Rutland Plastics
Rutland Plastics is a family owned trade injection moulder based in the East Midlands. Established in 1956 the company serves a diverse range of industries. In addition to providing injection moulding services, Rutland Plastics also provides design and technical support, mould making and machining and assembly services. The company is renowned for its expertise in large and thick section moulding (up to 48kgs in weight) and for their Gas Assisted Injection Moulding skills. Rutland Plastics has also developed their own patented electrofusion process for joining plastics.
About Epicor Software Corporation
Epicor Software delivers business software solutions to the manufacturing, distribution, retail, hospitality and services industries. With 20,000 customers in over 150 countries, Epicor provides integrated enterprise resource planning (ERP), customer relationship management (CRM), supply chain management (SCM) and enterprise retail software solutions that enable companies to drive increased efficiency and improve profitability. Founded in 1984, Epicor takes pride in more than 25 years of technology innovation delivering business solutions that provide the scalability and flexibility businesses need to build competitive advantage. Epicor provides a comprehensive range of services with a single point of accountability that promotes rapid return on investment and low total cost of ownership, whether operating business on a local, regional, or global scale.