Integration brings savings: manufacturer gets data organized with new PLM solution.

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For over 30 years, Treske Precision Machining Inc. has provided precision-machined parts, welded frames, and integrated assemblies to its customers. But the Sherwood, OR, company was finding that as its customer base grew, legacy processes were no longer sufficient to keep up with the significant increase of documentation that had to be managed.

The company needed a Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) solution and compared several PLM vendors during the selection process, deciding on Omnify.

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"Prior to Omnify, people used to have to physically go onto the shop floor to find Engineering Change Order information," notes Mark Brenden, engineering manager. "Our overall ECO processing time has been reduced by more than 75 percent."

A substantial growth in their customer base and pending ISO certification changed Treske's requirements for managing product information. The product documentation was stored in various files on network servers; Bills of Materials (BOMs) were managed in Excel spreadsheets and prints were saved in PDF format. This setup lacked accessibility and the capabilities to keep documentation in a controlled environment such as tracking, linking, and where-used searching.

Managing data was a tedious task and often resulted in inefficiencies.

"To prevent losing control over our increasing product documentation, we needed to implement a system to track and manage this information and make it accessible to everyone," Brendan says.

Customer goals

The company had implemented an Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) solution from Epicor Software Corp., Epicor Vantage 8.0, to manage manufacturing information such as job planning, purchasing, inventory, and financial data.

The ultimate goal was to integrate the ERP and PLM environments to share information through an automated process and eliminate double entry of part data. The staff enters new part data on a daily basis and manually entering that data into two systems is error-prone and time-consuming. The company wanted all released information, particularly BOMs, automatically uploaded to Epicor from the PLM system.

"As we searched for a PLM soluton, one of the key requirements was that it needed to integrate with our Epicor ERP system," Brenden says. "Also, with over 100 users required to access the system, we wanted a straightforward and user friendly product that an average user could navigate without difficulty."

"We found that Omnify was the only product that provided the intuitive...

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