The Automation Partnership, a specialist in the design and development of advanced cell culture automation systems for the life sciences industry, has deployed a new ERP platform to improve its machine manufacturing.
Automation has deployed the ERP SyteLine platform from Infor. The software will support a shift from discrete production to batch manufacturing. This move will boost productivity in a growing market, the company said.
Driven by a change in the buying habits of its core market, Automation Partnership was forced to change its business model. The firm was previously focused on the manufacture of one-of-a-kind large scale machines, which could take up to two years to build and one year to install.
It now produces smaller cell culture machines in batches of five to ten which take around two months to make. Automation Partnership required an ERP system which would better support the demands of the new manufacturing model, whilst helping to protect margins.
SyteLine 8.0’s functionality is being used to help equip Automation Partnership with the flexibility to adjust quickly to changes in demand across a broad product portfolio. SyteLine provides full visibility of customer orders, enabling them to be consistently and continuously tracked, the company said.
The new ERP platform also allows specific needs and preferences of personnel across finance, purchasing, engineering and production to be met.
“Market conditions have driven a change to our business model in recent years, as spending on the large customised cell culture machines, which formed the bedrock of our existence, simply diminished as the recession took hold,” said Alan Graham, IT manager at The Automation Partnership.
“SyteLine provides us with the resilience and flexibility to respond to market changes in the future, while at the same time supporting our current need to stay productive, meet customer demand and grow our business,” said Graham.