AFM is a metallurgical company that serves several industries, for more than 40 years, such as offshore, chemical, petrochemical, shipbuilding, subway, farming, heavy machinery, among others. Because it is a custom factory, with high level of flexibility in products and processes, the choice of an ERP that meets the management needs of the whole organization is very delicate.
AFM was already working with a customized, but old system, that couldn’t follow the raise of new technologies on the market int the recent years, like mobile devices (tablets and smartphones). Another factor that lead to the exchange of the information system of the company was extreme difficulty to make changes and updates. The company, located in Luis Alves (SC), war growing up and innovating, so quickly, but the operating ERP couldn’t reach this rate. With this problem to be solved, the AFM team looked for simple, intuitive an customizable solutions, on the market, and these solutions had to be compatible with connected mobile devices, so AFM could take clipboards off the production room.
No “off-the-shefl software” met all the requirements, therefore, was decided that it would be a fully customized ERD and the programming language would be multiplataforma, so we could use it in PCs, Macs, smatphones and Tablets. At that time, AFM met the FIleMaker Pro database and adopted HiMaker as a partner..
The system with the modules mapping was initially developed by Implement Systems (company from Florianópolis, SC). The whole logic of processes and information flow has been drawn and, later, HiMaker was already deploying the modules one by one, following the normal adaptation of the collaborators to the system.
The implantation speed and the full customization opportunity were some characteristics that most supposed AFM. The system has modules such as Supplies, Financial, Commercial, Planning and Production Control, Quality System and Control and Management modules.
The entire production control is made using iPads, what eliminates paper costs, improve the efficiency and security of information, and it is also a more affordable solution when compared to industrial-size hardwares of production notes.
Many improvements are still being made on the ERP to make it an increasingly stronger platform and the users’ motivation and acomplishment is very rewarding. Many positive results were perceived after the implantation of the ERP developed with FileMaker Pro database. The entire management of the information is being made in the system, eliminating spread sheets or parallel documents
“The development and the implantation of a fully FileMaker® made ERP was such a shift for the foundry industry and, certainly, is a competitive key to have a software that follows our company’s growth and the demands of this market.”
– Luise Missner, AFM’s Production Egineer.
Fonte: FileMaker Brasil