According to manufacturing journalist, Thomas R. Cutler, in the current issue of AutomationMedia.com, MISys extended a monthly rental plan for the software which enabled them to implement the system while cash flow was lean. Once they had saved enough cash, they purchased the software system. The manufacturer established the infrastructure to track inventory costs, due dates, item numbers in one manufacturing system without having a network of small sub-systems.
MISys helped American Garage Door Supply establish a standard Bill of Material and modified that bill for specific manufacturing orders, making it easy to service customers post-sale when they had a question on the product. The Woodstock, Vermont-based MISys also helped to automate and organize the inventory on the shop floor by location so that it could easily be found by the people in manufacturing.
Kevin Baumgartner, President of American Garage Door Supply, shared some of the astonishing results from this automation process including, reconciling the books in a matter of days, rather than many months. Baumgartner also noted, "We are able to maintain a margin of 40% now, grow sales, adding large, national accounts that would not have been possible without a system that could help improve the delivery and quality."
The company reduced shop floor labor from 16 people down to 5 even with the same volume of business and cash flow has improved. There are no more returns which means customers are happy.
"If you want a plant to grow, you have to put it in a bigger pot. MISys was the bigger pot for us, and we have grown and expanded in part because of it," encouraged Baumgartner.
MISys Manufacturing is manufacturing control software which operates as an Industrial-Strength Manufacturing System. Designed specifically for small to medium-sized manufacturing firms, MISys (www.misysinc.com)
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