Red Ant Production Control system increases productivity
Ackerman Engineering has seen an increase in shop floor productivity following the implementation of the Red Ant production control system.
Subcontract sheet metalworkers, Ackerman Engineering, undertook further expansion in 2006 when moving to new premises with a purpose-built 1600M industrial unit at Gore Cross Business Park, Bridport, providing the space and foundations for future growth.
As part of this expansion plan, a production control system was sought to replace the existing Dos system. The criteria when looking for a system was to find a comprehensive solution that would enhance efficiency and improve profitability.
The decision to invest in the Red Ant production control system was made following a number of meetings with director and programmer Mark Coleman.
'Red Ant was extremely comprehensive and we could see immediately that its implementation would be beneficial to us, however, nesting was one area we needed to address and was not at that time within the package,' said Graham Ackerman.
'Red Ant worked closely with us over a period of three months to develop a nesting module, which is now incorporated into the system.
'The nesting module has been a huge benefit within our organisation, allowing us to control and keep together all the small jobs without the labour-intensive bookwork,' he added.
Red Ant handles the manufacture and traceability of components supplied to blue chip companies such as Rolls-Royce, BAE Systems, Airbus, Aeroquip, Ifor Williams and Komatsu.
The system can: improve time management and cost control; maintain quality control to ISO, AS9100 and UKAS accreditation; keep detailed records and tailored analysis reports; improve time delivery; integrate with most accounts packages; and reduce stock levels.