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Datatrack Provides Total Management Of Plastic Subcontractor's Administration


datatrack provides total managementFrom quoting to invoicing, ordering raw materials to fully traceable despatch, PSL Datatrack’s business management software has proven invaluable to Plastic Turned Parts  (PTP) of Hertfordshire since day one of the company’s operation in 2004.

“The administration behind the manufacturing of a wide variety of engineered plastics parts in many different batch sizes for many different customers would have been impossible without PSL Datatrack,” says PTP’s Managing Director Jonathan Newis.

Located in Watton at Stone near Stevenage, PTP is a leading precision engineering company specialising in plastic turned parts, designed and manufactured to customer specifications.  Raw materials include nylons, Acetal, Acrylic, Delrin, HDPE, polypropylenes, Rulon, PEEK, PTFE and many others.  The company operates several CNC automatic fixed head and sliding head automatic lathes, including a Citizen K16 with an IEMCA bar feeder,  a manual lathe and a CNC milling machine to engineer many types of plastic components for different industry sectors in batch sizes from below  100-off to over 10000.

The company’s success has been built around the ability to create quotations more quickly than the competition, fast turn round of production and full product traceability together with the company’s ISO 9001 certification.  To achieve these competitive advantages, the company relies upon PSL Datatrack software and its implementation has given Jonathan Newis the time to manage the whole PTP business rather than getting side-tracked into important yet non-productive administration duties.

“It’s very important in a small company to have the time to focus on all elements of the business without having to worry about some of the important routines – and this is what PSL Datatrack lets me do,” he says.

PTP specializes in plastic turned parts and does not try to mix metals machining.  In doing so, the company has carved out a profitable market niche, as many customers do not want to buy from subcontractors that mix plastics with metal working activity due to contamination risks and lack of real plastics expertise.  With this immediate advantage, it was important for PTP to also gain the confidence of customers by also having a first class business administration system.

Various business software packages were examined before opting for PSL Datatrack on account of its simplicity to use and its flexibility which has allowed the company to add additional modules over time in line with taking on new and more customers.  PTP used PSL Datatrack from day one and the first investment was in the Sales Module which included the creation of quotations, work orders, component stocks, cost centres, process layouts, deliveries and invoicing.

The whole package was trialled, installed and up and running in just two working days.  “This investment got our order processing operation working extremely efficiently,” says Jonathan.  “Our quotations are based on creating a price for the job with information on raw materials quantities and pricing, materials in stock, estimated production times, machine utilization and man hours.  PSL Datatrack creates this information for us and it can also be recalled at any time in the future, saving time and unnecessary administration with future orders.”

Once the order is placed, the quotation effectively becomes the engineering specification and the manufacturing process.  Required material stock levels that may be utilized are identified – vital for cost control and cash flow - and machine production parameters are set.  Once manufacturing is complete, PSL Datatrack generates delivery notes and certifications that can trace the finished component all the way back to the raw materials supplier- vital especially for aerospace and automotive customers.

“The PSL Datatrack system generates documentation for customers in a highly professional and consistent way in line with our corporate image.  There is no doubt in my mind that our customers are impressed by this approach.  In a competitive world, this also helps to give us an edge,” says Jonathan.  “Tasks such as printing off a delivery note, for example, are also now very easy and the quote can be simply adjusted if there are any customer changes to the jobs.”

PSL Datatrack is designed for implementation in manageable pieces, which is vital to growing companies.  Shortly after introducing the Sales Module, PTP added the PSL Datatrack Purchasing and Goods Received Modules to cover purchase orders, goods received, materials and components stocks.  Whilst scheduling at PTP is a manual system - as there are a relatively low number of machine tools involved - should the number increase, PTP would add the PSL Datatrack scheduling module.

Overall Jonathan Newis believes that the amount of administration work covered by the PSL Datatrack modules would be astronomical if it had to be done manually:  “To be able to give a fast price on the same, or next day, makes us very efficient and cuts out non-productive time – so important in today’s economic climate.”

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From quoting to invoicing, ordering raw materials to fully traceable despatch, PSL Datatrack’s business management software has proven invaluable to Plastic Turned Parts  (PTP) of Hertfordshire since day one of the company’s operation in 2004.
  • Day to day support is excellent

    Running PSL Datatrack results in improved utilisation of machine tools"The combination of system flexibility and the day to day support we receive from PSL is excellent, helping us to maximise our investments – not just in PSL Datatrack, but also in the performance of our machine tools and production systems."

    Delan Loughney, Killala Precision Components Ltd

     
  • Status Boards are Key

    Dynamic status boards can be customised by PSL Datatrack to suit exact requirements"Key to success within the sub-contract industry is making components to the correct quality at the right time and a competitive price. PSL Datatrack has been, and continues to be, key in helping Qualiturn successfully manage these challenges."

    Nick Groom, Qualiturn Products Ltd

     
  • Communication is Excellent

    The latest version of PSL Datatrack has benefited from nearly 30 years of experience in the manufacturing industry"For me, the system we chose is right, and PSL have developed their systems in line with our development of our business. The software is flexible enough to be tailored to suit our changing needs. Communication between our companies is excellent and they have proved themselves to have a good understanding of our business."

    Carl Baker, Brown & Holmes (Tamworth) Ltd

     
  • More efficient, competitive and professional

    Speed of order placing, raising enquiries, material allocations, traceability and generating certificates all improve with Datatrack"PSL Datatrack is making Hydrafeed more efficient, competitive and professional. We are in a position to win more engineering sub-contract work and continue to expand our barfeed operation, confident in the knowledge that PSL Datatrack will allow us to cope as it can be adapted easily to new requirements."

    Martyn Page, Hydrafeed Limited

     
  • How did we manage before?

    Ease of invoicing and transfer of data to accounts software"We can now retrieve any information at the push of a button. To be honest, it is difficult to see how we managed before we had Datatrack."

    Phil Smith, Wealdpark Ltd

     
  • Absolute peace of mind

    Production control for manufacturers maintaining or seeking ISO accreditation"Our PSL Datatrack system ensures our deliveries match our promises and the traceability of materials and documentation gives our customers absolute peace of mind."

    Ken Turner, Turner Precision Engineering (Aus) Pty Ltd

     
  • Integral part of our operations

    Traceability of products throughout the production process is guaranteed"Datatrack is an integral part of our operations at Technoset Ltd. It supports our business in many facets and is particularly strong with traceability which is very important to Technoset and their customers."

    Kevan Kane, Technoset Ltd

     
  • Stream Lined Delivery

    Complete component stocks controlled together with material traceability"The facility to have accurate data, a complete component stock list, and a stream-lined delivery process was very appealing."

    George Dingley, Sub-CNC Precision Ltd 

     
  • Our auditor was impressed

    PSL Datatrack is used by many ISO registered companies"We bought PSL Datatrack in anticipation of starting the process of becoming ISO 9001 registered to help us get better organised. Within six months of having Datatrack installed we had approval with zero non compliances. Our auditor was impressed with how quickly and easily everything flowed from one module to another."

    Russell Thackray, Bernard Holmes Precision Ltd

  • Efficient multi-currency invoicing

    Multi-currency provides automatic calculations to/from foreign currencies"PSL Datatrack enabled us to implement changes to our invoicing methods efficiently - as when we introduced multi-currency invoicing including the US$ and the €uro."

    Barry Kirkpatrick, Demand Technology International Ltd

     
  • Entire Business at our Fingertips

    Datatrack is designed for managing both small and medium manufacturing businesses"When we bought PSL Datatrack, we got a system that we could use quickly, does everything we ask of it and more and now we have our entire business at our fingertips."

    Jason Nicholson, Unicut Precision Ltd

     
  • Operating More Effectively

    Status Boards give dynamic information and instruction to management and the shop floor"'Status boards' improved employee awareness enormously and resulted in an improved overall performance. Now everyone is operating more effectively."

    Nick Groom, MD, Qualiturn Products Ltd

     
  • Benefits are immeasurable

    PSL Datatrack aids high quality precision engineering"We have put our faith in the professionalism of PSL Datatrack and it is really paying off. I don't have to run or write the software anymore and can focus my time on the important management of our processes. Now we have the PSL Datatrack system, the benefits are immeasurable."

    Martin Presley, Williams & Oakey Engineering Co Ltd

     
  • Our Pace

    PSL Datatrack comprises a series of core modules which can be extended to include a range of optional modules"We didn't need to buy all the modules from day one, since the system could progress at a pace to suit the business."

    David Proctor, DP Engineering

  • Excellent training and flexibility

    PSL Datatrack allows consistently on-time deliveries and greater customer satisfaction"PSL Datatrack has provided excellent training and the flexibility to address ND Precision Products’ specific requirements. Great reaction times to queries and ongoing support have resulted in a well nurtured relationship forming between our two companies."

    Nick Squire, N D Precision Products 

     
  • Slashed our Admin Times

    PSL Datatrack reduces administration time by generating shop floor paperwork such as process layouts"We have slashed our admin times - orders are now processed in minutes rather than hours, even for complex aerospace contracts"

    Rob Kendall, AIM Limited, Clevedon

     
  • Foundation for our success

    PSL Datatrack is fast, flexible, precise and simple to use"PSL Datatrack helps to bring the whole operation together in an accessible, easy to use system that has provided the foundation for our continued success."

    Julie Fairclough, Fylde CNC Specialists Ltd

     
  • Impossible without PSL Datatrack

    PSL Datatrack provides the ability to create quotations faster than the competition"The administration behind the manufacturing of a wide variety of engineered plastics parts in many different batch sizes for many different customers would have been impossible without PSL Datatrack."

    Jonathan Newis, Plastic Turned Parts 

     
  • Very Happy with the System

    Additional PSL Datatrack modules can be purchased as required"PSL Datatrack continually develops new functionality for the software and good on-site support has been provided during the planning and implementation of training & new modules. I am very happy with the system and the huge amount of change we have implemented in the company over the past year which has been highly successful without any issues."

    Roger Williams, Seychell Engineering & Fabrication Ltd

     
  • Essential to us

    Datatrack has a flexible, modular design and the ability to grow with a business"Datatrack has been essential to us and we'll continue to use it as an important element of improving our operations still further in the future."

    Phil Merison, Machining Technology (Mach-Tech) Ltd

     
  • Price breaks easily managed

    The quotations module is flexible and time saving"We often get price break requests on the same part and before PSL Datatrack, these used to sit idle awaiting the effort required to work them out. The module has saved us a lot of time, and I’m confident we are winning more work because we are simply quoting more."

    Yian Stavrou, Sub-CNC Precision Ltd 

     
  • Accurate planning

    Datatrack provides fast and accurate reporting for informed decision making"Accurate planning on a day-to-day basis and in particular for the longer term, is helped because decisions can be made against factual information."

    Jason Nicholson, Unicut Precision Ltd

     
  • Will grow with me

    A flexible, modular production control system"I have seen PSL Datatrack work highly effectively for a multi million pound turnover company with 60 employees and a far larger customer base than mine at present. I therefore know that the system will grow with me right into the future, taking care of the administration whilst I focus on the engineering and providing the best service to customers."

    Howard Sheldon, Sheldon Precision Engineering Ltd

     
  • Control vital admin functions

    Datatrack ensures that all this work is profitable and that businesses can easily recall details when repeat orders are received"Maintaining control of non-productive but vital admin functions is paramount. We could not maintain control without Datatrack."

    Pete Wells, Applied Drilling Systems Ltd

     
  • Highly Efficient System

    Accurate generation of quotations in single or multiple batch sizes"First and foremost, we are a product manufacturer and PSL Datatrack was already proven as a highly efficient system, being used extensively in a number of complex engineering businesses and batch assembly operations similar to our own."

    Nick Wilson, ANR Manufacturing Ltd

     
  • Keeping Control of Production is Vital

    PSL Datatrack ensures that no invoices are overlooked"We knew simply recording and storing customer and production information on the company iPad would not be sufficient. We were already missing some jobs or sometimes not invoicing correctly. So, bearing in mind all the likely combinations of orders for different components, quantities and materials that an increased customer base was likely to bring, things had to change."

    Adam Green, G23 Engineering Limited

     
  • On-time Deliveries

    PSL Datatrack helps businesses meet customer deadlines and compete profitably"Customer service with on-time deliveries, no rejects and repeat business remain the key factors. PSL Datatrack helps us to achieve these goals."

    Stephen Weiss, Managing Director, Maylan Limited

     
  • In a few clicks

    Fast, flexible search screens for rapid response to customer queries"PSL Datatrack delivers accurate information quickly. I can have a customer on the phone and in a few clicks, can solve his problem or mine."

    Roger Innes, INRO LLP

     
  • Control & Traceability is Second to None

    Traceability from quotation to invoice"We liked the way PSL Datatrack could be tailored to our specific needs from the beginning and also gave us the option to expand into different modules as and when we wished.  The way the system flows and the control and traceability we have over our work is now second to none."

    Lewis Lockwood, RDL Technologies Ltd 

     
  • Smooth and rapid progress of orders

    PSL maintains close contact with its customers, who can request system enhancements through an active wish list"I see us working with PSL Datatrack for many years to come. We have worked together for a long time and the way PSL Datatrack is set up ensures smooth and rapid progress of orders going through both our businesses. PSL Datatrack always supplies excellent service and back-up."

    Sarah Pennock, Daro Products Limited

     
  • Would recommend it to other SMEs

    Efficient Production Control adds value by minimising the burden of administration and therefore reducing overheads"We are happy with PSL Datatrack and would recommend it to other SMEs. The initial hard work has paid off and we are now a tighter more efficient unit. PSL Datatrack have been absolute rocks in terms of the support they have given us."

    Paul McCann, Bluebell Opticom Ltd

     
  • One of the Best Investments

    Datatrack provides effective, efficient control of all planning and production functions"We chose Datatrack as the software system to manage and bring together our production and administration systems. It's one of the best investments we have ever made."

    John Clark, Chartway

     
  • Readily adapted

    PSL Datatrack reduces the administrative time and paperwork burden"PSL Datatrack has left me free to run the business rather than be involved in it. It can be readily adapted to meet customers’ differing requirements."

    David McIlwain, Technoturn Ltd

     
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