“The reports are fired off to the manufacturing team automatically every day as an incentive for them to avoid any overdue orders. During the past six months,there has been a healthy 40 per cent reduction as a result.”
- Simon Booth, Finance Director.
The challenge: BecauseWDS places such a high priority on service levels,the company knew it needed an MRP manufacturing system that would work to optimum re-order levels and integrate with every other part of its business. The company was using Cimpac, an inflexible and outdated system, which made it difficult to access information.“It was virtually impossible to get a clear picture of what was happening in the business,” says Simon.“As a company, we knew what we were aiming to do, but the tools we had weren’t good enough.” Following a successful management buyout in 2009, investing in a stateof-the-art IT system was seen as a key element in the new owner’s plans for the future ofWDS.
The journey: The objective was to find a system that could leverage MRP and graphical production planning to provide a step change in stock availability and delivery-to-promise execution, at the same time without raising inventory levels. The selection was quickly narrowed down to Epicor, EFACS and Access. “As a company, Access was a better fit because it’s a UK organisation predominantly supplying to UK businesses,” says Simon… Click here to view further about WDS Component Parts Ltd