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Qimtek provide the opportunity to win new work. However, quoting and managing that work correctly is as important. What is the point of taking on a new customer without knowing that you can get the work out on time and what your margin should be? This is where Statii comes in.
Statii is a straightforward cloud-based ERP/MRP solution that will enable any business to increase its productivity cost-effectively, improving the bottom line and ensuring the business reaches its full potential. The system is SME specific and intuitive, having been developed by manufacturers for manufacturers.
The systems co-founder, Mark Thornhill, says: “For many SMEs their quoting method is sporadic and inconsistent and, while Statii is far more than a quoting tool, it does support a consistent and accurate way of quoting for work.”
And, more importantly, when the quote becomes a live job all the necessary paperwork is automatically generated. So, any items that will be required from stock are checked by the system with shortages highlighted and purchase orders created to match up. It takes a paper-based system and turns it into a semi-automated operation from quotation to despatch notes.
One of the strengths of Statii is it ability to capture data from the shopfloor. The ‘live’ data ensures the production scheduling module is more accurate as any variations in the process time taken are fed back into the system to improve efficiencies on the shopfloor.
“There is a cultural change required at shopfloor level for clocking on, and off, jobs using ‘google’ tablets so we can accurately see what is happening. We run a simplified interface that makes it easy for the operator to do this as we don’t want to spend longer inputting data than actually making parts. And, accurate data means improved business and job security,” Mark Thornhill explains.
Operational data captured from the shopfloor provides the opportunity to drill down into the information which may highlight some process or setting issues or even maintenance requirements. While Statii shares knowledge around the business the knowledge within it will only be as good as the knowledge of the staff in the business, “the system ‘learns’ how your business operates it does not tell you how to operate it,” says Mark Thornhill.
Traceability is another key consideration and Statii keeps key information so that any future issues can be tracked back and addressed. The CAD files are stored along with all the communications and emails associated with the project. Everything is stored in a single location so looking back is straightforward.
Statii has two user levels, shopfloor and office with full ‘real-time’ support and updates included in the subscription price. “Support is vital because we are available to resolve any issues immediately. Our customers run on lead times of 4 days or less, so they can’t wait for technical support to get back to them at some point in the future,” Mark Thornhill points out.
He continues: “There are a number of ERP/MRP software solutions, but they don’t have our experience in engineering and manufacturing and our support means any issues are resolved immediately. With Qimtek you have the tool to help you source new business and then with Statii you have the tool to win and manage that new business. It is an ideal strategic partnership.