Plex Online enhances supplier quality management

Plex Online's Supplier Quality Management makes manufacturers supply chains more efficient through continuous improvement, part of integrated ERP system delivered as a software as a service (SaaS), company says.
September 30, 2009
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Plex Systems Inc., provider of ERP software for manufacturers, announced it added features that enable users to more fully engage suppliers in achieving continuous improvements and operational efficiencies.

The Plex Online integrated ERP system delivered as a software as a service (SaaS) solution now includes a feature that allows anyone in a manufacturer’s supply chain limited access to the Engineering Change Request system so they can submit change requests to help improve quality and reduce costs, and share the resulting savings, by changing specifications and processes.

This enhancement enables the manufacturer to eliminate costly adjustments later in the product development cycle while informally extending its suggestion program, contributing to increased efficiencies and innovation, the company says.

Other recent enhancements to Plex Online’s supplier management functionality include:
– Launch of new supplier scorecards (ACRs), which include improved drill-down capabilities;
– Ability to calculate scores for "parent" and "child" suppliers and for individual business units; and
– Ability to define multiple formulas per metric and target ranges for each metric group.

New scorecards have also adopted a more streamlined format, and users can apply color coding to groupings for improved readability. These enhancements make it easier for manufacturers to use the system and to gather critical operational data from across the entire supplier network, contributing to a more streamlined, efficient supply chain management process, Plex says.

Mark Symonds, CEO and president, Plex Systems, said, "With increased pressures to save costs and perform at the highest levels, no manufacturer can operate as an island today. It is critical that manufacturers reach across their entire supply chain for ideas and efficiencies, and we’re pleased to provide them with tools to do exactly that." These new enhancements are available immediately to all new and existing users. "Instant access to new features is one of the unsung benefits of the software as a service model," said Symonds.

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– Edited by Mark T. Hoske, electronic products editor, Manufacturing Business Technology MBT www.mbtmag.com