“Tubemanager has been really valuable to us as part of the lean manufacturing process, it will help remove the need for physical job cards and introduce a paperless manufacturing system,” said Industrial Tube Manufacturing assistant general manager Ian Foster.
Out on the factory floor, Industrial Tube Manufacturing runs a manufacturing process that takes raw steel and returns standard lengths of tube, which are then precision-cut on demand to supply bulk customer orders.
Inside, the office runs on accounting software that handles customer ordering, sales volume and billing.
Between the two lay a chasm of manual processing and production planning that cost time, resources, and scheduling headaches.
Sick of spreadsheets as long as a squid’s arm, Industrial Tube Manufacturing could see the savings and efficiencies to be made by using the data in their accounting system to calculate and optimize factory production – if only they could bridge the gap.
First identifying the high-level system requirements and key projects to implement, Company-X developed a series of iterative projects to build production management capability around the existing software.
The result was a comprehensive production management tool that integrates seamlessly with the existing accounting system to deliver improvements across the business, including production and waste planning, cutting accuracy, staff productivity, administrative hours, delivery dates and customer service.
As our longest running software project to date this system is a testament to the power of iterative development and we continue to introduce additional features to support business needs as they arise.