PSL Datatrack production control software has over the last ten years continuously helped Technoturn, manufacturers of high-precision machined components, to achieve optimum business administration and production efficiency.
Technoturn uses the latest CNC milling and turning technology to produce components of various materials for use in industries as diverse as aerospace, defence, motor sport, sensors, telecommunications, opto-electronics and lasers.
The company offers customers full traceability on each product, scheduled deliveries, kanban-based production on small and large batches, assembled components and secondary operations. Batches range from five to more than a million, and some eight to 10 set-ups per day is the norm.
Soon after the business started, Technoturn was growing rapidly but the increasing number of customers inevitably led to more individual orders and with the changing pattern of purchasing by their customers, to a greater number of smaller batches. The challenge was how to run the business efficiently and the choice was either to employ extra administration staff or look to manage it with bespoke software.
Regardless of the fact that PSL Datatrack was being used in another of the Techno Group companies, David selected the system above others for its ability to be readily adapted and changed to meet the different requirements of their growing number of customers.
Over the years, PSL Datatrack has allowed Technoturn to grow the business without increasing the company overhead and without direct input from David on administration, freeing him up to run the business.
Initially Technoturn used the basic capabilities of PSL Datatrack, such as preparing quotations, detailing how jobs would be processed and preparing route cards.
The system’s capabilities were expanded as the company grew and subsequently extended PSL Datatrack's use throughout the whole operation. Invoicing capability, more-advanced purchasing functions, sequential scheduling to calculate a machine's capacity and shop floor data collection have all been introduced. Gauge control/management has now been added as well as non-conformance capabilities. These manage, audit and monitor both customer and supplier non-conformance and provide a detailed history of all rejects.
PSL Datatrack is now running on every PC in Technoturn, and is the key to the running of the entire operation. The system has proven very easy to learn and it can be adapted to exactly what David Mcilwain wants: “Initially documentation and control were managed manually using delivery books and a variety of files, which in turn meant that accessing historic data was a problem. With PSL Datatrack the situation could not be more different. Sub-contractors needed a simple system to help them and PSL Datatrack is the answer.”