Datacraft Solutions & Copper Customer Features

By: Thomas Cutler

A Datacraft Solutions' customer, Luvata, a brass and copper sheet mill operation, quickly decided that based upon the initial success of the digital kanban system at their Franklin location, the Buffalo facility should take advantage of Franklin's experience with digital kanban. In addition, both plants would now have a common supply chain management software that could be implemented easily, quickly, and affordably.

The Buffalo/Franklin team worked with the technology provider to define the project costs, benefits and time schedule. "The primary objectives of reduced working capital (25 percent inventory reduction), improved delivery reliability (avoid stock outs), easy to use scheduling modules, and quick implementation time appear to be well within our budget and timeframes. "The team is also highly confident that the large amount of time currently devoted to expediting material will be virtually eliminated from their daily routines," reported Jeffrey Ball, value engineering and information services manager.

Stephen Parker, CEO of Datacraft Solutions proudly noted: "The ability to manage outside processing to increase visibility to all material and work-in-process, both on- and off-site, allows companies to better manage sub-contracted processing such as heat treatment, sheet metal operations and component manufacturing. For the first time, material managers have real-time inventory and scrap data for all supply chain material at their outside processors. This allows manufacturers to reduce production cycle times by days (and sometimes weeks) while significantly reducing unnecessary raw and component material inventories. The ability to track and identify scrap rates also improves inventory accuracy while holding suppliers to committed performance objectives."

Luvata has high expectations for the real-time digital kanban provided as SaaS (software as a service) as the primary driver to achieve cost reduction goals. With copper prices hovering at $4.00 per pound, a 25 percent inventory reduction will lead to very significant savings for the Luvata Group and create the desired solution for both the Buffalo and Franklin plants.

According to leading manufacturing journalist, Thomas R. Cutler, in the July issue of Business Excellence in a feature article titled, Demand Driven Supply Chain, Datacraft Solutions is the leading digital kanban technology firm based in Durham, North Carolina. The article may be read in it's entirety at http://trcutlerinc.com/SupplyChain_JULY07%20Business%20Excellence.pdf.

Datacraft Solutions (www.datacraftsolutions.com) delivers a revolutionary digital kanban process of automation solutions to lean manufacturers through a secure Internet gateway, eliminating the need to install and maintain a complex IT infrastructure. The company has experienced significant growth in the past twelve months by eliminating complicated, expensive, time-intensive software implementations as well as extensive training regiments and the need for internal support. The Datacraft Solutions' demand driven supply chain digital kanban lean system allows customers access and fully utilize powerful lean benefits immediately for a low, predictable monthly fee. Services are scalable so manufacturers can design an appropriate digital kanban solution.

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