David’s goal was to reduce what the company was spending on controllable costs. Specifically, David was looking to reduce scrap. He knew that even the slightest shift in equipment function or the smallest variation in a process could cause quality issues that required product to be scrapped. With Plex Systems, David hoped to gain a more real-time view into equipment and process performance so the team could quickly identify and fix any issues that might impact quality.
Kendrick Plastics implemented the Plex Manufacturing Execution System, and also built an application layer on top to meet its specific business needs, in about seven months, with very little production disruption. And the results were awesome. David goes on to say: