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Product Lifecycle Management & Epicor Integration Improves Manufacturing Process for Advanced Oncot
Developer of next-gen proton therapy system for cancer treatment gains immediate ROI by automating data transfers with BPA Platform
"ROI was achieved within a couple of months of using BPA Platform, thanks to the ease of integration and the time savings that we have achieved. It helped us get the company up and running a lot quicker and also enabled us to concentrate on developing the machine," revealed Wim Hulsbergen, Vice President Information Technology, Advanced Oncotherapy Plc.
The production of the LIGHT machine is fully managed in Advanced Oncotherapy's product lifecycle management (PLM) software from Autodesk, which provides enterprise-wide collaboration for all involved in the product lifecycle - from engineering and supply chain to quality and manufacturing.
"Everything is going through our product lifecycle management software, including the smallest screw or bolt, or whatever we need to build the system. From there, all the transactional data and information needs to be passed into Epicor, our ERP system. This then creates our bill of materials based on the revisions of the items that have come from the PLM," explained Wim Hulsbergen.
When Wim Hulsbergen joined the company in January 2020 he realised that the integration and the data transparency could be further improved. BPA Platform was therefore deployed to provide the integration between PLM and Epicor (https://www.codelessplatforms.com/
"As soon as data changes in our PLM software, BPA Platform pulls the information from it and then uses the standard API calls of Epicor to create or update parts and suppliers in Epicor. The benefit that we now have is that everything is in one application – the PLM is our master database and Epicor contains the transactional data. We have completely automated this with BPA Platform, and everything is completely synchronised,"
"When we test an item BPA Platform automatically checks Epicor to see if that item matches the configuration in the PLM. We can run that on a quarterly or a monthly basis, or whenever we want, to ensure that the data is accurate. The data accuracy needs to be 100%, not 99.99999%. Therefore, being able to automate this, to make sure the data that we are utilising to build the medical device is 100% accurate, is a huge benefit."
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