The need to evolve into a smart factory
Stanley Engineered Fastening, a division of Stanley Black & Decker, is a full-service supplier for the automotive, industrial, electronic, and aerospace industries. Customers rely on quick access to their innovative products. Vowing to exceed expectations, Stanley actively looks for ways to tighten processes.
The business demanded immediate change when it found significant lag time in reporting production data to JD Edwards. The reporting delay put completed inventory a step behind. It threatened resin availability, speed to market, and prompt accounting. Above all, it prevented the team from quickly discovering and correcting errors. The factory must be smarter.
Using Orchestrator, ERP Suites consultants helped Stanley sync shop floor data collectors to JDE. This would enable real-time reporting and material availability monitoring. Next, they displayed Stanley’s manufacturing execution system (MES) data on dashboards within JDE using CaféOne. Employees could then analyze live production data quickly and easily. With each improvement, they advanced closer to a smart factory. The Stanley team gained powerful insight, was more proactive, and poised to address issues within seconds of reporting.
Reducing risk and invigorating sales
Rapid deployment of technology helps give Stanley a competitive edge. To keep delivering transformative solutions like this one, their ERP team needed extra support. With this in mind, they formed a cross-functional project team, including ERP Suites and Oracle consultants. The group rated a mix of ideas against ROI, time to implement, and competitive advantage. Once green-lighted, ERP Suites consultants quickly built proofs of concept—some within 30 days.
“They understand the technology. They understand rapid deployment. And they do proofs of concept very quickly,” said Riesa Case, Director of Global ERP Architecture.
Over four years, ERP Suites helped Stanley deliver mobile scanning including voice as well as IoT integration and robotics process automation. Today, they stand as a leader among smart factories and peers.