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MRP Case Study: Canyon Europe Limited

Plastics manufacturer Canyon Europe Ltd is the European arm of it's Japanese parent company. Based in County Antrim, Northern Ireland, the company employs 125 staff and manufactures injection moulded products. In 2003 their sales, production and stock control were managed through a series of separate spreadsheets. Information was not visible between departments and errors were commonplace. Graeme Bennett, Operations Manager said; "Up to that point we had no ISO accreditation and were making two different product families - triggers and pumps. Planning was done through a magnetic board. We had customers telling us that we needed an MRP system, plus we needed better internal methods for our planned ISO accreditation. We looked at several systems, costing between £50-70k, and typical annual maintenance cost of 15-20%. We were going through a significant change, and capital was limited - we wanted to apply it to developing new products, not on manufacturing systems, so the price was a big barrier to entry for us."

The video below details the evaluation process that Canyon Europe underwent, along with the cost comparison against the traditional systems they reviewed. It also shows the benefits they have seen since going live and subsequently integrating 123insight with their shopfloor data acquisition system (DAS) using the 123insight SDK.

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