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Kerridge Commercial Systems wins Software Innovation Solution of the Year Award

Kerridge Commercial Systems wins Software Innovation Solution of the Year Award

Kerridge Commercial Systems (KCS) has won the 2017 Software Innovation Solution of the Year Award for an ‘Internet of Things’ (IoT) project delivered to long-term customer, Arlington Automotive (NE). The award forms part of the European IT & Software Excellence Awards, now in their 9th year and established to recognise best practice in customer solutions and service excellence.

The relationship with automotive parts manufacturer, Arlington, goes back to 1999 when the company first implemented KCS’s manufacturing focused ERP software, K8 Manufacturing.

Arlington has a target press stroke per minute for their machine presses, and had been capturing this performance data the following day - when it was often too late to have a direct effect on production rates. Real-time performance data during each shift was becoming a crucial requirement and KCS therefore designed and implemented a solution to link Arlington’s K8 system with two of their presses. Using Wi-Fi automation devices connected to a micro-switch in each press enabled the presses to become ‘Internet-connected things’ with real time performance data, updated every minute, displayed on shop floor and back office dashboard views.

Prior to the implementation of the IoT project, Arlington’s average output was six parts per minute on each machine. Following implementation, productivity has risen to an average of seven parts per minute, representing a 16% gain in productivity.

Garry Luke, Systems Engineer at Arlington said, “KCS have been really excellent software service providers, explaining requirements we were unaware of, steering us expertly and helpfully, and offering to undertake extra tasks when we were pressed for time. We could scarcely have asked for a better service in any way. I am particularly indebted to the KCS team who successfully executed the challenge of implementing the task in under four weeks from appointment - a tremendous achievement.”

Kevin Stalker, Software Director for the KCS group’s manufacturing and field service operation said, “We’re proud of our long and proven record of delivering effective IT problem-solving solutions and value to customers. The Arlington IoT project is a great example of this. We designed and delivered this solution and, what made it unique, was the fact it bridged the hardware/infrastructure and software elements of collecting big data, using the Internet of Things and analysing the data collected. It’s fantastic that our work has been recognised by the European IT & Software Excellence Awards and we’re thrilled that we not only won this award against such strong competition, but were also shortlisted in two further award categories. I’d like to extend a big thank you to the team who’ve worked extremely hard to achieve such great recognition!"

Kerridge Commercial Systems (KCS) are a group of companies specialising in providing leading, market-specific, business management solutions across the world. The group’s manufacturing and field service operation, now KCS, was previously known as Datawright.

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