Dorset-based precision manufacturing company Aerotech has seen turnover double to in excess of £2million following a sustained period of growth throughout the past five years.
Key to the expansion has been a phased investment programme in the latest CNC-based machinery, highly skilled personnel and ProgressPlus production control software which has automated the company’s management processes and delivered a step change in quality-control standards.
Managing director Roger Foley insists the ongoing investment has been crucial in order for the business to stay ahead of its competitors.
He said: “In today’s demanding industrial climate, particularly manufacturing, customers expectations continue to increase in terms of quality, competitiveness and delivery.”
“The ongoing investment in our production control processes will provide us with the perfect platform to meet the growing demands of our extended client base and realise our further growth aspirations.”
Developed by Glasgow-based IT specialist Berkeley Myles in 2001, ProgressPlus provides a innovative solution which helps manufacturing organisations streamline, automate and integrate the management and control of shop-floor production and administrative processes. It now has more than 1200 concurrent users throughout the UK and Ireland.
The system has been deployed throughout various divisions of Aerotech, covering all aspects of process control including sales, manufacturing, stock control, despatch, and invoicing.
Roger says ProgressPlus has allowed the business to increase its competitiveness in an increasingly tough marketplace by giving it the capability to pass stringent quality audits by potential clients.
He also insists that the system has been crucial in helping the business secure the aerospace AS/EN 9100 quality standard.
“ProgressPlus has increased customer confidence by given us full traceability throughout the life-cycle of the production process and significantly improved the robustness of our reporting mechanisms.”
“It has also made us more streamlined, efficient and fully-compliant with the AS/EN 9100 standard.”
“Fully integrated with other operational areas of the business, it has been a key component of our ongoing expansion strategy.”
Berkeley Myles managing director Tony MacBride insists an effective control system can bring significant efficiency gains and be an effective business development tool.
He said: “The two areas companies should be attacking during the current economic climate is cutting costs and increasing sales.”
“Often any strategy implemented only addresses one of these whereas our ProgressPlus software can deal with both at the same time.”
“An effective control system can provide superb management information to give users accurate details on costing and efficiencies.”
“However key to securing new business is demonstrating that you have a robust system that has responsive reporting capability, measures quality standards and provides full traceability.
“Having such a system in place raises credibility and demonstrates to potential partners that you are serious business that shares common quality standards.”
“It is also a significant differentiator from your competitors and can be the difference between winning and losing business during this period of economic uncertainty.”
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