Custom software development, digital product development, just in time delivery,
RFID, PHP, MSQL
SWS are Australian manufacturing pioneers focused on developing innovative, practical and ﬂawless engineering and designs for wiring systems and infotainment products. But their spirit of ingenuity doesn’t stop there. They know that maintaining competitiveness means staying ahead of the curve with integrated, seamless systems designed to create new levels of efficiency across the extended value chain.
The auto manufacturing industry has entered the age of digital disruption. To remain competitive, SWS knew they needed to streamline their supply chain, logistics and warranty management with full traceability. With a number of disparate systems in use across their design, engineering and manufacturing process, they were ready to rethink their operational architecture.
We were tasked with reimagining their systems solution by applying an intelligent mix of strategy, technology and operational tactics. And ensure the end product was rigorously designed for simplicity, ease of use and ﬂexibility.
The engagement began with a clear directive – replace the separate legacy systems with one single integrated application. With the SWS systems covering production, inventory, orders, shipments, build speciﬁcations, change requests, warranty claims and, of course, bird’s eye view reporting, the list was extensive.
With many systems in play, each needed to be independently assessed and considered as part of the bigger picture. With the requirements in place, the technical architecture was developed. To maintain zero production line impact, the application was rolled out in highly-considered phases, with each new module seamlessly repaving an existing process.
A key challenge of the project was to maintain their Just In Time manufacturing process. This is a methodology aimed at reducing flow and response from suppliers and to customers. In this case, a one hour window for receiving, processing and shipping orders came with a hefty per minute penalty from their clients. At no stage throughout the rollout, or after application deployment, was a late penalty charged. Add the smooth go live, and the system set to revolutionise SWS’ business operations became a big win for both our design and development team and the SWS production crew.