An advanced electronics manufacturing services company— Firstronic re-evaluated its information system capabilities and fathomed that in order to manage expected growth, it would need to enhance its proprietary program management automation with a more robust, integrated Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) system. What Firstronic required was an optimized time-to-market, premium quality workmanship, and minimized cost using a single ERP system. This is when Plex Systems, a Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) company delivering manufacturing-focused cloud ERP and automation, performed its magic. Focused on helping manufacturers drive down cost, increase the quality, and enhance productivity, Plex’s sophisticated Bill Of Materials (BOM) capabilities enabled the client to manage each product line quickly.
Leveraging Plex Cloud ERP enabled Firstronic to ramp pre-production easily and migrate to volume production with new customers. Empowering companies to monitor performance and manage growth, Plex’s solutions are designed from the ground up to connect suppliers, manage materials, and control machines to deliver top-notch services. Founded in 1995, the company initially started out as an internal project at an auto parts manufacturer—MSP Industries. Today, “thousands of users rely on the Plex Manufacturing Cloud in the automotive, aerospace, and food industries,” says Jason Blessing, CEO, Plex Systems. Offering a system designed to power the modern manufacturer, the company helps forward-thinking businesses increase throughput with existing facilities.
In the past, legacy ERP software solutions involved painful implementation projects followed by challenging periodic updates that often compelled organizations to go years without updating their ERP system. This resulted in the companies losing their value, since new features and functions eluded them. Plex’s modern manufacturing ERP software takes a different approach. Without long waiting periods and upgrades, new features are added daily— to a single line of code, shared with all Plex customers instantaneously.
Thousands of users rely on the Plex Manufacturing Cloud in the automotive, aerospace, and food industries
The company’s ERP software is built with an intuitive interface and can detect malfunctioning of equipments on the assembly line. It also keeps tabs on servicing and maintenance schedules, minimizing downtime.
With built-in native Manufacturing Execution System (MES) capabilities, Plex can connect to every machine, device, or console on the plant floor to form a complete cloud-based backbone for the modern manufacturing organization. Moreover, the company provides native Electronic Data Interchange (EDI) to connect seamlessly with customers and suppliers to receive orders, and ship notices and acknowledgements directly into and out of the ERP modules, without third party interference.
Having worked with a myriad of clients across verticals, Plex has helped several companies experience fully standardized quality control and compliance processes in the cloud. For instance, Aaron Thomas—a full service contract packaging firm—set out to find an ERP that could enable them to solve some of the most pressing business challenges. Dealing with clients in highly regulated industries, Aaron needed to track 100 percent of their inventory at all times. Implementing the Plex Manufacturing Cloud resulted in complete real-time visibility into inventory, automating the quality control process, and providing customers with transparency and self-service capability to scale operations. Moreover, the client’s quality department has gone completely paperless with Plex and executes their work exclusively on tablets. “There are thousands of little ‘switches’ inside the program that can be tweaked to ensure it is operating optimally for our needs,” explains Aaron Bacon, Sales and Marketing Executive, Aaron Thomas.
From connecting every part of the shop floor and manufacturing supply chain to delivering insights into the business, Plex is on a mission to increase productivity, reduce inventory, and minimize lead time for clients. The company is also focused on extending its industry leadership, which would provide them incredible value in the long run.