DE Machining increases capacity utilization with ERP Implementation

D & E Machining is a Corry, PA company with full turnkey capabilities to precision machine various materials, including steels, cast iron, non-ferrous, exotics & plastics. The company was founded in 1993, currently employs 43 people, and is ISO 9001:2008 certified. They feature state-of-the-art CNC Mills, CNC Lathes, and two robotic cells.

D&E Machining’s IT systems were antiquated. There were many function-specific software systems in use that were not integrated together requiring multiple manual entries to operate the business. This caused duplication of effort as data was being entered multiple times. Misuse, lack of training, and confusion over system requirements were common due to the lack of documentation. The legacy systems in use also didn’t provide financial processing and reports in a manner that were GAAP compliant. D&E Machining partnered with the Northwest Pennsylvania Industrial Resource Center (NWIRC), a NIST MEP network affiliate, for assistance to address the problem.

After an in depth discovery process, the NWIRC determined that it could best augment the company by supporting its strategic initiative to implement an integrated ERP system. Earnest & Associates was selected to perform the ERP software system installation, documentation, and training for this very large implementation project. Integrated modules for Sales, CRM, Production, Supply Chain, and Financial management were installed to address the lack of consistent information and to integrate the functionality of various department within the company.

Successful results of this project strengthened D&E’s ability to make decisions based on real time data to improve utilization of its assets. The company was very satisfied with the work and anticipates the following results:

  • Increased sales of $1,500,000.
  • Creation of 5 jobs.
  • Retained sales of $50,000.
  • Realized Cost Savings Impact of approximately $50,000.
  • Increase investment in plant equipment of $500,000

“We achieved better results than anticipated,” said Mandi Rehder. “We now have better records, can see real time information and make more informed decisions to better affect something before it becomes a problem. In addition we have improved our on time delivery and production capacity utilization. The assistance provided by the Northwest Pennsylvania Industrial Resource Center helped to move this project forward and insure we achieved our objective.”

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