- July 30, 2012
- PC Systems
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Wow! That went really fast. It seems like we were just setting our 2012 Goals and writing our Performance Plan Appraisals, and now we are at the 6 month review mark. This is the first year that we have documented goals for all departments (not just Engineering), so I am excited to see where the teams are at. In the Engineering department, we will be reviewing our PPA’s as a group and I am happy to say we are making steady progress. There is a lot to be said about putting your goals on paper.
Things are feeling a lot more normal now at PCS. Our Harness department is as busy as ever and we were able to double capacity with some LEAN improvements (without needing to increase footprint). Our customers gobbled up that capacity before we were even finished, so we are continuing to look for improvements in efficiency. We are still waiting on some approvals for our Lead Free product for the Automotive customers, but are confident that we have found a cost effective solution. Fortunately, it seems our customers are back in full swing as well, so unfortunately Engineering time comes at a premium. Finally, we have had a couple new product launches in our Molding department, with a really cool R&D project underway which we hope will greatly reduce low volume tooling costs.
In the beginning of July, we officially stopped running dual ERP systems, and went “Live” with Epicor 9. There was a considerable effort from Andy Gahr to get us to this point, and our customers should start to see the value in this new system. You should start seeing improved leadtime predictions, better pricing (via improved costing), and a more streamlined approach to accounting. So far, the feedback has been very positive!
We hope you are having just as good of a year as we are. We are starting to see many more opportunities to come in via the web, so we encourage you to use the Contact Us portion of the website.