Modern Machine Shop

MAY 2018

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MMS MAY 2018 86 SHOP MANAGEMENT was anything but easy. In addition to extensive help from E2 support personnel, he says success has required a commitment to not letting the perfect become the enemy of the good. This attitude was particularly important in the early days. "You can get so angry when software won't do exactly what you want it to do, but of course it won't. You can't expect it to be the end-all, be-all. But you do need a foundational base of information, and the best base of information is a modern ERP system." Fact-Based Foundations Mr. Dumoulin's characterization of ERP as a foundation, and an imperfect one at that, demon- strates the extent to which these systems are as valuable as what a shop puts into them. For instance, E2's ability to track time by the second, as opposed to the spreadsheets' half-hour incre- ments, is wasted if employees spend 20 minutes settling in after clocking in. Rather, they should clock in directly at their workstations, and do so only when they are ready to begin production. Fostering the discipline and the shop-f loor- level support necessary to break such comfort- able routines required getting everyone actively involved in the transition. He emphasizes that "actively involved" meant more than just "trained in ERP." The next step, a six-month charge toward earning an International Organization for Standardization (ISO) certification for the quality system, helped demonstrate the value of the new The new five-axis machine reportedly offers the largest workzone of any Roeders five-axis within hundreds of miles of the Indiana shop. The idea was "to take a mom-and-pop tool shop and put big-business analytics around it." – Don Dumoulin, CEO

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