Implementation Savings, Single Data Source Lead to Columbus & Dynamics AX
Met-Pro, a manufacturer of pollution control and fluid handling products, was relying on multiple ERP platforms for analyzing data and assessing operations. As the company grew and evolved, it needed a single solution that provided better data visibility, allowing employees to see and understand how geographical, environmental or operational issues were impacting inventory levels, deliverability, etc. Targeting this type of access would also allow for more fluid responses and simplify the ability to make necessary changes.
Additionally, Met-Pro felt upgrading their data visibility would provide a better understanding of their internal operations and optimize their workforce talent, manufacturing processes and technological investments. After investigating a number of options, Microsoft Dynamics AX become an obvious choice based on several key factors, including significantly lower implementation costs. The company liked Microsoft Dynamics’ ease of use and the speed at which employees could access information emanating from various parts of the company.
Met-Pro was leery of the initial implementation processes and costs quoted to them by other providers. For these reasons, the company leaned on the expertise of Columbus when implementing Microsoft Dynamics AX. Columbus provided the right mix of experience and product knowledge to not only help educate Met-Pro users, but ensure the company could truly take ownership by supporting and troubleshooting it after implementation.
The speed and flexibility that Microsoft Dynamics AX brought to Met-Pro has resulted in benefits that include:
- Greater flexibility in processing information, which has led to quicker processes and enhanced customer communication.
- Basic system functionality, like tracking inventory levels, sorting bills of materials and scheduling, allows more resources to be used in product development or lean manufacturing programs that eliminate waste and streamline production.
- Relying more on these functions has forced the company to pay greater attention to detail when entering data, as this information is be used by more people and tied to a greater number of operational decisions.
- Access to projects as they’re being quoted ensures manufacturing can properly plan delivery dates, adjust inventory levels, qualify pricing and pass along any issues related to customer expectations or product quality as quickly as possible.