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Feeding on success with PSL Datatrack

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Hydrafeed of Milton Keynes is a well-known barfeed machine manufacturer that also runs a major subcontract engineering business. With such a vast range of products and services, managing the manufacturing and associated administration processes that go with them represented a major challenge. This has been solved with the implementation of PSL Datatrack production control software which records and tracks all aspects of the company's production processes from the initial quotation through sales order processing, purchasing, planning, manufacturing, quality and deliveries to invoicing.

Hydrafeed moved into the production of short magazine barfeeders alongside the manufacture of abrasive belt machines, part unloaders and barrel finishing equipment over 20 years ago. Supplying major machine tool manufacturers, Hydrafeed’s barfeed systems are usually sold as a package with new CNC turning centres or directly to companies looking to increase production capacity by introducing automation. Simultaneously, Hydrafeed's engineering subcontracting work has blossomed and is provided to a diverse range of companies in industries such as automotive, aerospace, packaging, test equipment and tobacco.

When current Owner and Managing Director, Martyn Page, took control of the company in 2012, he recognised that a major overhaul of Hydrafeed’s outmoded production administration procedures was needed. Implementation of a system was an essential element of his five year investment plan that also included the acquisition of new machining centres and lathes.

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PSL Datatrack production control software was seen as fitting in well with Hydrafeed's business model as it is designed for small to medium sized  engineering  companies.  However, for many years the had been using an old DOS based system, so it was clear that the new software would need gradual implementation. The focus was initially on the subcontracting business and was followed by roll out to the manufacture and assembly of the barfeeders.

PSL Datatrack starts with the generation of a customer quotation - it is the catalyst from which everything else associated with administration of an order evolves. The works order follows, generating the material requirements and the purchasing module is used to organise the material needed to fulfil an order. A job is then traced through the shop floor with the recording of the costs of the processes, materials, tooling and - if applicable - the cost of any subcontracted services.

The software helps to avoid unnecessary overproduction whilst reducing administration. It records, and values, the actual time taken for manufacture, creates a history of when parts are made, on which machine and by which person, as well as ensuring jobs are prioritised and materials are available before set-up commences.

Major improvements have resulted in the speed of order placing, raising enquiries, material allocations, traceability and the generation of certificates, vital to ISO and aerospace requirements. The history of materials used has led to improved reporting for supply monitoring, more accurate stock records and enables the company to give better information to suppliers when negotiating prices. Furthermore, when an order is repeated all the historical data is available, saving further on administration time and effort. PSL Datatrack will also  highlight  potential errors before they can occur - for example if a  customer asks for a part to be produced from a drawing that has been superseded, it will intervene and prevent anything being made with a part number that is not linked to the correct drawing.

“PSL Datatrack is making Hydrafeed more efficient, competitive and professional,” says Martyn Page. “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.”

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  • 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 

     
  • 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 

     
  • 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

     
  • 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

     
  • 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

     
  • 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 

     
  • 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

     
  • 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

     
  • 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

     
  • 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 

     
  • 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

     
  • 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 

     
  • 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

     
  • 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

     
  • 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

  • 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

     
  • 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

     
  • 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

     
  • 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

     
  • 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

     
  • 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

     
  • 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

     
  • 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

     
  • 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

     
  • 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

     
  • 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

     
  • 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

     
  • 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

  • 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

     
  • 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

     
  • 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

     
  • 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

     
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