Issue: Jun 2006


Shape Corporation Selects Plexus Online After Competitor Review



by Tony Davidson

Plexus Systems has provided Shape Corporation with a fully integrated system to manage all of its manufacturing operations across multiple facilities.

Shape Corporation is a leader in automotive and industrial component manufacturing and the world's foremost expert in roll forming. Established in 1974, this privately owned corporation has grown to become a major player in the component field, employing over 1,000 associates, with offices on three continents, encompassing four manufacturing plants, a dedicated research and development center, a coating facility and six associated sister companies.

Shape Corporation compared Plexus Online with other competitive software solutions including the largest ERP solution provider in the industry. Plexus Online offers a total on-demand manufacturing performance solution that can be accessed using a simple web browser, anywhere, anytime. The system will be utilized in metal forming, welding and injection molding production facilities across the globe.

Plexus Online contains more than 350 functional modules that allow companies instant access to vital information. Shape is especially interested in utilizing Plexus Online for quality, program management, shop scheduling, reporting and shipping processes. Most importantly, Shape is planning to utilize Plexus Online to drive performance of the organization and the bottom line.

"After looking at many software solutions to manage manufacturing facilities such as ours, Plexus Online was the clear winner," stated Bob Currier, vice president of operations at Shape Corporation. "We need a solution that provides complete visibility of the entire enterprise from the shop floor to the top floor. Plexus offers a complete system that will allow us to eliminate many stand alone databases and is fairly intuitive to use as compared with the other solutions. The completely hosted system made us nervous at first, but after visiting the Plexus data center, we realized that it will contribute to the ROI in the long run."

Shape Corporation is based in Grand Haven, Mich. The company supplies automotive companies as a global tier one supplier.

For over a decade, Plexus Systems (Auburn Hills, Mich.) has maintained a singular vision -- to drive significant cost, quality and productivity improvements in the manufacturing sector from the shop floor to the top floor. Plexus Online(TM) is the first true on-demand manufacturing performance system. It delivers a powerful, real-time interface to the total manufacturing process. With the ability to manage a single facility or an entire enterprise, Plexus Online allows manufacturers to closely track critical aspects of their operation, anywhere, anytime. Plexus Online consists of over 350 functional modules allowing companies instant access to vital information using a simple web browser. Plexus Online includes shop floor control, traceability, quality management, EDI, accounting and many other capabilities configured as a fully integrated system or as a point solution to augment other ERP software. http://www.plex.com/ .


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