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PSL Datatrack And ANR: Two Decades In Partnership

ANR Manufacturing Ltd is a specialist subcontractor for both the electronics and engineering industries. The company has now relied on PSL Datatrack production control software for almost 20 years to ensure careful monitoring and control of every project. Benefitting from the modular structure of PSL Datatrack, ANR has been able to gradually invest in the software over the years as part of their continuous improvement policy and now run a much larger system than was purchased at the outset.
 
With ISO 9001:2015 accreditation, ANR provides its subcontract services to a wide range of OEM and Blue-Chip customers, many of whom have been clients for a vast number of years and are a testament to the level of service provided by the company. The challenge has been to provide a continuous level of high product quality, traceability, on-time deliveries and service to all customers from sectors as diverse as the broadcasting, automotive, security, medical, semiconductor, sport and entertainment industries.
 
The company operate out of a split-level factory in Bourne End, Buckinghamshire. On the ground floor, a modern machine shop equipped with high precision CNC multi-axis machines offers precision milling and turning capabilities. On the second floor, the electronics division offers PCB assemblies, cable assemblies and full turnkey box builds. This electronics work makes up 65% of what ANR do.
 
PSL Datatrack’s controls are logical and strategic to ANR's business requirementsANR’s initial investment in PSL Datatrack was a result of the recognition that it needed to address the administration associated with the purchase of materials and components needed for the manufacture of its vast range of assembly types. The company appreciated that PSL Datatrack’s controls were logical and strategic to their business requirements. Ease of interface and control of quotes, times and schedules, as well as development into status boards and charts, has since given ANR the flexibility to understand (in real time) all business demands.
 
With over 27,000 material stock records, PSL Datatrack controls demand, purchasing and allocation to invoice. Information covering bills of materials (BOMs) and the generation of Quotations, Works Orders, Purchase Orders, Goods Received Notes (GRNs), Inspection Reports, Bar Code Identification, Delivery Notes and Invoices are all managed. Important revision controls are maintained and routed through PSL Datatrack, ensuring all correct information is available to authorised users.
 
The BOM module is key to ANR. They take the data the customer provides them with (the materials they require) and convert it into PSL Datatrack part numbers, meaning if a customer wants to change a quantity, or even the specification of a part, ANR have complete control. It also gives the company the ability to check if parts are used on any other customer equipment and ANR can then proactively advise them that there are changes. This allows them to create BOMs with which to quote customers and if successful, these transfer to purchasing.
 
The BOM module is key to ANRPurchasing is a crucial element at ANR. PSL Datatrack allows them to run reports and status boards for any parts they need, be it for a minimum stock level requirement or for a specific project at any given time. Pricing is also crucial, as discrepancies could lead to big losses on jobs. Purchasers need to ensure that the price of materials on purchase orders match prices on quotes. “We wouldn’t be able to run without PSL Datatrack,” says Dan Avery, Materials Controller.
 
Without PSL Datatrack, managing the production of printed circuit boards (PCBs) would be a logistical nightmare but the job cards produced from quotations are a great help. These detail the process and all of the materials that go into the assemblies. PSL Datatrack ensures the quote is right, meaning data can be reused/copied throughout the rest of the process and minimise the company’s administration times. “With our wide range of requirements, from simple single-material components with in-depth processes through to 1000-line bills of materials, PSL Datatrack controls everything from enquiry through to invoice,” comments Nick Wilson, ANR’s Managing Director.
 
Measurement of Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) provides real time information, improving performance and ensuring both product quality and on time delivery. This data is visibly demonstrated on dynamic status boards around the factory, allowing shop floor staff to successfully complete works order operations in and on time.
 
PSL Datatrack and ANR work closely to develop tailored status boardsANR also have changing key business information displayed on status boards in the management office, so data is always at the fingertips of the company’s Directors. At a glance it is clear to see what the order book is, what the next few months are looking like and also Customer Relationship Management (CRM) tasks that staff members are currently working on. PSL Datatrack and ANR work closely to develop these tailored solutions. “PSL Datatrack offers us fantastic control, live and real time information whilst supported by financial and profitability reporting for our needs,” continues Nick.
 
ANR’s continued investment in PSL Datatrack includes more status boards and bespoke reports whilst continually working on efficiency gains in data entry and processing. This includes a status board at a Shop Floor Data Collection (SFDC) point, with colouring (bespoke to ANR) indicating different statuses, such as time spent, time remaining and non-productive time. This is all key to making sure the shop floor is as efficient as possible.
 
“We need to ensure that communication is the focus for all in production, logistics and the management teams,” says Mike Garside, Operations Director at ANR. “We are looking to further develop real time status boards, active work-to screens and acceleration of the processing of data, whether data entry or reporting. We need to ensure that the investment in plant is backed up by data flow and analysis and more dynamic ‘work-to’ information will reduce all downtime between operations. These are benefits for our customers and staff alike,” adds Mike.
 
For ANR, further benefits of PSL Datatrack are the facility to monitor and report on performance throughout the chain from suppliers to production through to operational roles, measuring waiting and takt time and capacity/utilisation reports.
 
“ANR and PSL Datatrack have been working together for a long time but we’ve really appreciated in the last 6 or 7 years the true benefits the system can give us,” concludes Nick. “We will continue to invest, diversify and add services to our business including test & measurement, lights out – 24hour manufacturing – for the engineering division but considering all investments, the effectiveness and measurement of our business wouldn’t be possible without the use of and confidence in PSL Datatrack.”



PSL Datatrack And ANR: Two Decades In Partnership.pdf

  • Status Boards are Key

    Dynamic status boards can be customised by PSL Datatrack to suit exact requirements"Key to success within the sub-contract industry is making components to the correct quality at the right time and a competitive price. PSL Datatrack has been, and continues to be, key in helping Qualiturn successfully manage these challenges."

    Nick Groom, Qualiturn Products Ltd

     
  • In A Position To Win More Engineering Subcontract Work

    Hydrafeed are confident that PSL Datatrack will allow them to succeed"We wouldn't go back now to our old time-consuming administration processes. We are in a position to win more engineering subcontract work and continue to expand our robotic and barfeed operations, confident that PSL Datatrack will allow us to succeed."

    Martyn Page, Hydrafeed Limited

  • Day to day support is excellent

    Running PSL Datatrack results in improved utilisation of machine tools"The combination of system flexibility and the day to day support we receive from PSL is excellent, helping us to maximise our investments – not just in PSL Datatrack, but also in the performance of our machine tools and production systems."

    Declan Loughney, Killala Precision Components Ltd

     
  • Reaping The Rewards Of Our Investment

    PSL Datatrack's knowledge of the industry and technical support cannot be faulted"Whilst we may have had some initial concerns about moving to a different software provider, these have been completely unfounded. PSL Datatrack's knowledge of the industry and technical support cannot be faulted. The transition from our old system was as smooth as it could have been and we are now reaping the rewards of our investment."

    Martin Wilson, Rodmatic Limited

  • Would Never Go Back To Manual Quotes

    When quotes are converted into firm orders all required production information is already in the system"We can now prepare about nine quotations in 20 minutes or less in total, whereas previously it may have taken a couple of hours or so. What's more, when the quote is later converted into a firm order, we are ready to go as all the required production information is already in the system. I would never go back to manual quotes."

    Andy Soos, Bedford CNC Ltd

  • The System Is Very Flexible With Its Modularity

    PSL Datatrack tailored production control software specifically for Jota's requirements"The focus of PSL Datatrack as a company is right on the precision engineering sector and the needs of companies like Jota Advanced Engineering. The system is very flexible with its modularity but most important for us was that PSL Datatrack could tailor the software specifically for our requirements."

    Ryan Goodger, Jota Advanced Engineering Limited

  • Would recommend it to other SMEs

    Efficient Production Control adds value by minimising the burden of administration and therefore reducing overheads"We are happy with PSL Datatrack and would recommend it to other SMEs. The initial hard work has paid off and we are now a tighter more efficient unit. PSL Datatrack have been absolute rocks in terms of the support they have given us."

    Paul McCann, Bluebell Opticom Ltd

     
  • Integral part of our operations

    Traceability of products throughout the production process is guaranteed"Datatrack is an integral part of our operations at Technoset Ltd. It supports our business in many facets and is particularly strong with traceability which is very important to Technoset and their customers."

    Kevan Kane, Technoset Ltd

     
  • Integrated The Whole Manufacturing Process

    PSL Datatrack cuts time and integrates the whole manufacturing process from quotation to invoice"We contacted PSL Datatrack for a demonstration and it was astonishing that each part of the system matched what we were already doing – but carried out in a way that cut time and integrated the whole manufacturing process, right through from the initial quotation to delivery and invoicing."

    Mark Howlett, TK Fabrications

  • Take On Modules When You Are Ready

    PSL Datatrack modules integrate seamlessly with others when they are ready to be added"With PSL Datatrack, you don't have to invest in functionality you do not need immediately all at once. You know that each of their modules will seamlessly integrate with all the others and so you can take them on when you are ready."

    Howard Sheldon, Sheldon Precision Engineering Ltd

  • PSL Datatrack Controls Everything From Enquiry Through To Invoice

    PSL Datatrack supports ANR's wide range of requirements, from simple single-material components through to 1000-line BOMsWith our wide range of requirements, from simple single-material components with in-depth processes through to 1000-line bills of materials, PSL Datatrack controls everything from enquiry through to invoice.

    Nick Wilson, ANR Manufacturing Ltd

  • Efficient multi-currency invoicing

    Multi-currency provides automatic calculations to/from foreign currencies"PSL Datatrack enabled us to implement changes to our invoicing methods efficiently - as when we introduced multi-currency invoicing including the US$ and the €uro."

    Barry Kirkpatrick, Demand Technology International Ltd

     
  • Precise, Accurate And Professional Documentation

    PSL Datatrack provides precise, accurate and professional documentation"PSL Datatrack production control software provides us with precise, accurate and professional documentation and allows us to keep track of our production and exactly what’s happening at any time. Looking back, the investment couldn't have come sooner and really should have been made on day one."

    Stuart Dunklin, Cutting Edge Precision Engineering Ltd

  • Control & Traceability is Second to None

    Traceability from quotation to invoice"We liked the way PSL Datatrack could be tailored to our specific needs from the beginning and also gave us the option to expand into different modules as and when we wished.  The way the system flows and the control and traceability we have over our work is now second to none."

    Lewis Lockwood, RDL Technologies Ltd

     
  • Will Help Us To Build Even Better Customer Relationships

    PSL Datatrack software can grow with Newtech"We are aiming to expand the business and will invest in new machining technology. But just as importantly, we know that the PSL Datatrack software can grow with us whether that means getting more of our staff to use it or whether it means investing step by step in more modules. It has been great for us so far and will help us to build even better customer relationships."

    Alan Riley, Newtech High Speed Turning Ltd

  • Stream-lined Delivery

    Complete component stocks controlled together with material traceability"The facility to have accurate data, a complete component stock list, and a stream-lined delivery process was very appealing."

    George Dingley, Sub-CNC Precision Ltd

  • Absolute peace of mind

    Production control for manufacturers maintaining or seeking ISO accreditation"Our PSL Datatrack system ensures our deliveries match our promises and the traceability of materials and documentation gives our customers absolute peace of mind."

    Ken Turner, Turner Precision Engineering (Aus) Pty Ltd

     
  • Impossible without PSL Datatrack

    PSL Datatrack provides the ability to create quotations faster than the competition"The administration behind the manufacturing of a wide variety of engineered plastics parts in many different batch sizes for many different customers would have been impossible without PSL Datatrack."

    Jonathan Newis, Plastic Turned Parts

     
  • Entire Business at our Fingertips

    Datatrack is designed for managing both small and medium manufacturing businesses"When we bought PSL Datatrack, we got a system that we could use quickly, does everything we ask of it and more and now we have our entire business at our fingertips."

    Jason Nicholson, Unicut Precision Ltd

     
  • In a few clicks

    Fast, flexible search screens for rapid response to customer queries"PSL Datatrack delivers accurate information quickly. I can have a customer on the phone and in a few clicks, can solve his problem or mine."

    Roger Innes, INRO LLP

     
  • One Of The Best Investments We Ever Made

    Linear added to the original modules as their business requirements changed"It is one of the best investments we ever made. We have added to the original modules as our business requirements changed plus we get all the upgrades and great support from PSL Datatrack."

    Andy Allan, Linear Precision Engineers Ltd

  • Excellent training and flexibility

    PSL Datatrack allows consistently on-time deliveries and greater customer satisfaction"PSL Datatrack has provided excellent training and the flexibility to address ND Precision Products’ specific requirements. Great reaction times to queries and ongoing support have resulted in a well nurtured relationship forming between our two companies."

    Nick Squire, N D Precision Products

     
  • Controlling Our Business In General Is Now Much Easier

    "Achieving KPIs with PSL Datatrack Status BoardsLike the PSL Datatrack software in general, the Status Boards have been well embraced by everyone. Our business is run on KPIs and achieving those as well as controlling our business in general is now much easier."

    Roger Williams, Seychell Engineering & Fabrication Ltd

  • How did we manage before?

    Ease of invoicing and transfer of data to accounts software"We can now retrieve any information at the push of a button. To be honest, it is difficult to see how we managed before we had Datatrack."

    Phil Smith, Wealdpark Ltd

     
  • Essential to us

    Datatrack has a flexible, modular design and the ability to grow with a business"Datatrack has been essential to us and we'll continue to use it as an important element of improving our operations still further in the future."

    Phil Merison, Machining Technology (Mach-Tech) Ltd

     
  • Control vital admin functions

    Datatrack ensures that all this work is profitable and that businesses can easily recall details when repeat orders are received"Maintaining control of non-productive but vital admin functions is paramount. We could not maintain control without Datatrack."

    Pete Wells, Applied Drilling Systems Ltd

     
  • On-time Deliveries

    PSL Datatrack helps businesses meet customer deadlines and compete profitably"Customer service with on-time deliveries, no rejects and repeat business remain the key factors. PSL Datatrack helps us to achieve these goals."

    Stephen Weiss, Managing Director, Maylan Limited

     
  • Smooth and rapid progress of orders

    PSL maintains close contact with its customers, who can request system enhancements through an active wish list"I see us working with PSL Datatrack for many years to come. We have worked together for a long time and the way PSL Datatrack is set up ensures smooth and rapid progress of orders going through both our businesses. PSL Datatrack always supplies excellent service and back-up."

    Sarah Pennock, Daro Products Limited

     
  • Support From Experts

    Purpose designed modular production control"PSL Datatrack is a very customer focused supplier and always helps us to look at our own operation to improve what we do for our customers. We have close control and management of what is now a much larger business. We wouldn't be where we are without PSL Datatrack, support from experts who understand what we are trying to achieve."

    Richard Trevail, DP Engineering

  • Benefits are immeasurable

    PSL Datatrack aids high quality precision engineering"We have put our faith in the professionalism of PSL Datatrack and it is really paying off. I don't have to run or write the software anymore and can focus my time on the important management of our processes. Now we have the PSL Datatrack system, the benefits are immeasurable."

    Martin Presley, Williams & Oakey Engineering Co Ltd

     
  • Can Be Moulded To Suit Whatever Business Need Arises

    The PSL Datatrack system is easy to understand and versatile"PSL Datatrack has developed their system in line with the way we have developed our business. The system is easy to understand, versatile and, with the help of the team at PSL, can be moulded to suit whatever business need arises. We would definitely recommend it."

    Steve Smith, Brown & Holmes (Tamworth) Ltd

  • Keeping Control of Production is Vital

    PSL Datatrack ensures that no invoices are overlooked"We knew simply recording and storing customer and production information on the company iPad would not be sufficient. We were already missing some jobs or sometimes not invoicing correctly. So, bearing in mind all the likely combinations of orders for different components, quantities and materials that an increased customer base was likely to bring, things had to change."

    Adam Green, G23 Engineering Limited

     
  • The invoicing module is a particularly great help

    Davturn can now run a customer order from the initial works order through to the final invoice seamlessly"Alongside a good quality product, we have always tried to offer a professional service. With PSL Datatrack it became possible to streamline our quotation system and run a customer order from the initial works order through to the final invoice, making us more efficient. It has reduced our administration times considerably and the invoicing module is a particularly great help."

    Mark Birley, Davturn Limited

  • The Software Grows With Us

    Modules can be added whenever needed and are compatible with existing modules"One of the attractions of PSL Datatrack has been the fact that you can add additional modules whenever you need them and know that they will be compatible with those that you already have. The software grows with us and helps us to take the business forward."

    Russell Thackray, Bernard Holmes Precision Ltd

  • Price breaks easily managed

    The quotations module is flexible and time saving"We often get price break requests on the same part and before PSL Datatrack, these used to sit idle awaiting the effort required to work them out. The module has saved us a lot of time, and I’m confident we are winning more work because we are simply quoting more."

    Yian Stavrou, Sub-CNC Precision Ltd

     
  • Helping Us To Further Enhance Our Customer Relations

    PSL Datatrack enables faster production decision making“PSL Datatrack has enabled us to run our production and administration a lot more efficiently enabling faster production decision making, thus helping us to further enhance our customer relations.”

    Claire O’Brien, Quantum Precision LLP

  • One of the Best Investments

    Datatrack provides effective, efficient control of all planning and production functions"We chose Datatrack as the software system to manage and bring together our production and administration systems. It's one of the best investments we have ever made."

    John Clark, Chartway

     
  • It's great to see our ideas actually taken on board

    "PSL Datatrack work non-immediate solutions into future versions of the softwareThe service from PSL is excellent. On the rare occasions there isn’t an immediate solution available from PSL Datatrack, it will be worked into the next update of the software. This forms part of their customer Wish List initiative which is very handy. It’s great to see our ideas actually taken on board and implemented."

    Stuart Wade, Empire Manufacturing Limited

  • Slashed our Admin Times

    PSL Datatrack reduces administration time by generating shop floor paperwork such as process layouts"We have slashed our admin times - orders are now processed in minutes rather than hours, even for complex aerospace contracts"

    Rob Kendall, AIM Limited, Clevedon

     
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