“The environment we had in place was too dependent on individual users’ capabilities and their detailed knowledge of multiple government requirements,” says Joan Fuhremann, Sypris senior business analyst. “With ITAR, we needed a system that would be easy for our employees to use and comply with the law.” And that would eliminate the manual review and re-entering of data.
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A good example is the large bills of materials (BOMs) that Sypris receives from its customers. “We have some very lengthy product structures that we were entering by hand,” says Fuhremann. “It was a very complicated process that often took as much as two weeks. With Infor PLM LN, we can now import lengthy BOMs in a matter of hours.”
Besides saving time, the software also has boosted the accuracy of the documentation and gives Sypris a means to control revisions. And it moves the company a step toward paperless engineering. Employees who have the appropriate clearance can now download documents and work with them online, rather than going through the time-consuming and expensive steps of getting a paper copy.
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