Software puts F1 company in pole position

01 December 2009

A manufacturer of parts for Formula 1 racing vehicles has overhauled production control on its shop floor, implementing ProgressPlus software. Engineers at the Coventry, UK based engineering firm, Whitely Brooks Engineering, said the software had improved intricacy of components and traceability within the plant.

ProgressPlus, developed by Glasgow-based Berkeley Myles Solutions, is used at Whitely Brooks’ Binley plant.

Jat Purewal, manager at Whiteley Brooks, said: “It’s extremely important to our clients that we have full traceability for each of the components we produce, particularly when working in F1.

“Installing ProgressPlus has given us increased confidence in our ability to produce parts which stand up to rigid design specifications and be delivered on time, whilst considerably improving the intricacy of our processes.

“A key concern of new clients is often ensuring their finished product will meet with rigorous standards required to pass end of line quality audits, having ProgressPlus in place gives them added peace of mind.”

The system has restructured several existing processes into one cohesive unit allowing the company to keep track of and follow orders every step of the way using ProgressPlus’ unique user-friendly interface. From inception to manufacture, delivery and invoicing the program ensures full access and reporting at each stage of the job.

“As orders increased and deadlines tightened, it became clear for the company to move forward we would have to invest in a more comprehensive business management package.

“As well as updating the processing time and turn-around of orders, the system has subsequently improved our general administrative processes - a benefit which has come over and above what we expected.”

Tony MacBride, Berkeley Myles’ managing director, said: “Since working with Whiteley Brooks we have developed a successful partnership helping streamline their working practices and increase efficiency throughout the many sectors of the company.

“At a time when the manufacturing industry has been hit by losses across the board, businesses are recognising that it is the most efficient and lean companies who will survive the current economic conditions.”

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