Replace ABL's in-house, Excel-based management system and help them integrate data throughout the organization, generate a viable Bill of Materials, work orders, costings, and create materials purchase lists to enhance sales, inventory, warehousing, and manufacturing processes.
20% improvement in on-time deliveries, matched with a significant reduction in inventory, led to considerable cost-savings across the board. ABL now integrates Priority ERP company-wide, from inventory management, dynamic replenishment, warehouse management, production planning and costing and financial accounting.
Headquartered in the UK, Air Bearings Limited is a leading manufacturer of air bearings solutions. ABL boasts the latest analysis tools and a state-of-the-art CNC machining center in Poole. 3-time recipient of the Queen's Award for excellence, ABL boasts a 4600m2 purpose-built manufacturing facility חסthe South coast of England. With anticipated year-end revenues of f:6M, ABL has since been purchased by Via Mechanics Ltd., that holds manufacturing facilities in the UK, China and Japan and a worldwide network of sales offices.
ABL relied solely חסan in-house, Excel-based management system to run their business. Once product range and output increased, the system became too difficult to maintain & consumed valuable time and resources.
ABL faced numerous operational challenges, namely in generating a viable Bill of Materialsand work orders, costings, and creating materials purchase lists. With endless logistics problems, reams of data, and their current system's inability to integrate data throughout the organization, raw materials management became slow and cumbersome.
"An lntensive market research led ABL to Priority and Medatech, Priority's implementation partner in the UK. We knew we had to serve our customers better and run a leaner, more efficient business," comments Gary Durrant, Supply Chain Director at ABL. "After comparing the benefits of various solutions, we went with Medatech and Priority Software. That was eight years ago - and since then, we've never looked back!"
The project started with a thorough needs analysis to pinpoint problem areas in ABL's manufacturing workflow. This was followed by a look into ABL's administrative and manufacturing processes to recommend the most efficient module mix. Priority's best practices dramatically shortened the implementation process. Using Priority's advanced data migration tools, the implementation eliminated errors when transferring ABL data from its older systems.
"lmplementation and integration was quick and easy with very little downtime. Our staff of over 40 Priority users, were up and running in no time at all. Even learning the system was a breeze - more than user-friendly, we just caught חסfast,'' remembers Durrant. Once installed, Priority's system openness, interoperability and flexibility that leads to a fast learning curve, easy operation and quantifiable results in a significantly short time, generating reports to measure and monitor ABL's operational effectiveness.
ln the early months after implementing Priority, ABL managers could see a difference in their operations. There was a 20% improvement in on-time deliveries, matched with a significant reduction in inventory, which meant considerable cost-savings across the board. "Priority gave us the tools we needed to really manage and control every aspect of ourbusiness. For the first time, we had accurate costing data at our fingertips,'' comments Durrant. "This is where business efficiency starts and Medatech and Priority helped us get there,'' he added. More recently, to keep pace with their growing business, ABL upgraded their Priority ERP, implementing new modules and functionality into their manufacturing processes to compete in today's market. Priority's manufacturing module includes native support for complete inventory management, dynamic replenishment, warehouse management, production planning and costing and financial accounting.
For companies like ABL, delivering the right products quickly and retrieving real-time information חסproduct specifications. configurations, spare parts and equipment maintenance requests, schedules and costs, was key to their running leaner and more importantly, increasing their bottom line.
With the UK's manufacturing industry חסthe rise and new initiatives set by local and global governments, ABL are חס the fast track to success. "We could not have asked for a better partner than Medatech. Their level of commitment and support goes beyond that of a software provider, especially during our stafftraining and now, with their dedicated customer support," comments Durrant.
"Would we recommend Priority ERP to our colleagues in the industry? Without a doubt!" he said.