Picture above: Abacus is seeing significant benefits from using the Business Micros EvoNET business management system
Most fabricators transition gradually to Business Micros’ EvoNET business management software after several years using the Evolution manufacturing and order processing package.
Not so trade and commercial fabricator Abacus Windows in Chelmsford who went straight from the original Business Micros Winstar software to Evolution and EvoNET in one fell swoop last year and have never looked back.
Abacus, which fabricates in Halo PVC-U, wanted to set up a machine link to their new Haffner Murat SBA-4 saw centre, so approached Business Micros to complete that link using Evolution.
When Sales Manager Chris Bailey visited them, he realised that the company’s ambitious expansion plans meant they could actually benefit from installing EvoNET alongside Evolution, and the team enthusiastically embraced his proposals.
Business Micros’ experienced technician Kevan Howarth completed the installation for Abacus and helped to train the team on both software systems. One year on, they are already seeing huge benefits.
General Manager Cliff Evans said: “We were spending up to a day on production planning previously and now we can complete that in just an hour. We were also spending several hours on quotes which we can now generate in minutes. That’s making us much more efficient and guaranteeing that we’ll see payback on this investment in record time.”
At Abacus, EvoNET is tracking and monitoring every aspect of production from order intake right through to despatch. There are scan stations throughout the company’s factory enabling them to analyse output per man and identify any areas for improvement. This is giving them complete traceability of every product of course, with the added benefit that it will simplify their upcoming Kitemark audit.
Since the installation, Business Micros has tailored the software to suit how Abacus is using it. They have, for instance, created a colour coded display interface for the order inputting team which makes it easy for them to switch between the different products and systems being fabricated.
They have also added the popular despatch module within EvoNET which ensures that Abacus can guarantee that orders are delivered to customers error free and complete with all ancillaries. Cliff Evans added: “I’m delighted that customers are seeing the benefits of our investment almost as much as we are. As well as giving them the reassurance that every order is complete, we are also achieving incremental improvements in our quality, and responding more quickly to enquiries and quotes.”
The senior management team at Abacus are also benefiting from the big USP of EvoNET which is that it gives them a unique dashboard overview of how the whole business is performing. They can generate reports instantly on everything from margins to remakes and can use that information to inform their business planning moving forward.
Cliff Evans concluded: “If we are to achieve our ambitious plans, then we know we have to match our bigger competitors in terms of quality, efficiency and speed of response. Evolution and EvoNET are helping us to achieve that as well as giving us an invaluable new insight into our ongoing performance.”