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Bringing the Right ERP System to New Zealand

Founded in 1961, family-owned Metalform is a sheet metal processing and fabricating business that provides contract manufacturing services for customers in the New Zealand and Australian markets, and also manufactures make-to-stock metal products and components for distribution around the world.

Going Paperless

With around 5,000 jobs going through the shop floor at any given time, the amount of paper following those jobs could have built a bridge from New Zealand to Australia. Upon implementing Global Shop Solutions, one of the first goals involved removing all paper from the shop floor to improve production efficiency. According to Managing Director Campbell Easton, the software had an immediate impact.

“Previously we could only process one job at a time, which presented a problem when we had two different jobs on the same pallet,” he says. “With Global Shop Solutions, every component now has its own work order. This allows us to concurrently process different jobs, which has dramatically improved production efficiency and reduced work in progress.”

Multilevel Bill of Materials (BOM) in One Hour

Building complex custom jobs with thousands of unique parts are hard enough. At Metalform, the challenge is magnified by the fact that each product comes with about 100 different high-level configuration options. Building BOMs for these projects used to take hours and created a real constraint on the business.

Using Global Shop Solutions’ Project Management software, which is designed for managing complex, lengthy jobs, Metalform now builds their BOMs faster by creating a unique BOM or sub-BOM for each option and using the system to pull them all together.

“Previously, building our BOMs required more than a full-time role for one person,” says Easton. “It now takes about one hour per day, and is no longer a constraint.”

The software has also dramatically reduced the time required to create repeat work orders – a major improvement considering 90% of Metalform’s make-to-stock orders consist of repeat jobs.

“The system manages the whole process, including the cutting time and material issuing, so it saves time and money.”

 – Campbell Easton, Managing Director, Metalform

From quote-to-cash collection, Metalform takes full advantage of Global Shop Solutions ERP software, using everything from order entry, purchasing, and quality to project management, accounting, and more.

To read more about Metalform’s success with ERP software, download their case study today.

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