PSL’s Datatrack production management and business administration software bridges the gap between MRP applications and the day-to-day processing of orders within a manufacturing or assembly business. The software is being used successfully by AIM (Automatic Industrial Machines Ltd.), a leading aerospace engineering subcontractor, to provide the necessary controls for its production and business administration functions.
AIM originally functioned with a paper based administration system that could not cope with the complexity of the work expected of it. Aerospace parts produced by the company range from one-off R&D fixture jobs through to five-year on-going contracts with varying product dimensions and mainly using CNC milling to produce high complexity components.
AIM’s ability to quote and quickly process a large number of orders on a daily basis is critical. This has been made possible through the Datatrack software and as AIM has evolved towards producing smaller batches, but with many more part numbers and complexity, these types of orders have also been controlled with Datatrack.
The latest version of Datatrack offers improved financial control with payment controlled customer deliveries, greater selection of scheduler job priorities, automatic purchasing updates, simpler quality recording and document imaging for tighter traceability. Indeed, for AIM, traceability is critical for aerospace customers including all stock as well as being able to trace past and present orders.
Datatrack also includes live status updates on production processes and full breakdowns of costs, highlighting any outstanding problems and giving greater control over many aspects of AIM’s business. It has proven very good in providing quick quotations for customers, ISO9008 and AS9100 contract reviews, invoicing and booking materials for treatments. These are automatically linked for full traceability when AIM has to produce certificates of conformity.
PSL has also customised Datatrack elements for AIM particularly when Airbus Industries demanded EDI invoicing and Datatrack responded immediately.
Other standard requirements were for the calculation of all costs for parts supplied by AIM, including calculated set and run costs, as well as materials and the cost of external processes such as anodising. Material costs are automatically tracked and constantly updated for future quotation and purchasing purposes.
Datatrack is also used to automatically store all manufacturing transactions and workforce hours via its comprehensive traceability system, including in-depth route cards, so that if customers require an audit on any AIM components, the information is available instantly.