Allied Moulded Selects IQMS ERP Software to Gain 360-Degree View into Manufacturing and Business Operations
Ohio-based manufacturer invests in IQMS integrated ERP and MES system for real-time statistics, order information, and fulfillment traceability across the shop floor and back office operations
PASO ROBLES, CALIF. – May 31, 2017 – IQMS, a leading manufacturing ERP software and manufacturing execution system (MES) authority, today announced that Allied Moulded Products, Inc. has selected IQMS to improve visibility across its manufacturing and business operations. The manufacturer of electrical enclosures is implementing IQMS EnterpriseIQ software, which uniquely combines robust enterprise resource planning (ERP) and MES functionality into one comprehensive system. The migration to IQMS from its legacy system supports Allied Moulded’s drive to optimize operations across its ISO 9001:2015 certified facility by providing a single source of the “truth” that can be easily accessed by employees.
Based in Bryan, Ohio, Allied Moulded has been the contractor’s choice of nonmetallic electrical boxes and enclosures in residential, commercial and industrial markets for more than 50 years—growing to become the benchmark of quality within the electrical industry. Today, its fiberglass reinforced and polycarbonate enclosures can be found worldwide in a range of applications, such as manufacturing plants, waste water treatment, wind turbines, solar, home appliances, data and telecommunications, marinas, and mining, among others.
Initially, Allied Moulded relied on a legacy ERP system that sufficiently served the business’ general needs when it was purchased in 1999. However, after 18 years, the company ended up with 50-plus ancillary programs bolted onto their existing system. As a result, the IT department spent much of its time managing the multiple Microsoft Access databases that contained some, but not all, of the ERP information. At the same time, the legacy ERP system was not set up to handle modern requirements of Internet-based interactions, such as ecommerce, online credit card payments, and more complex electronic data interchange (EDI) transactions required to be competitive. Finally, when Allied Moulded was asked to pay for an expensive consulting project to get an excess inventory report—a standard feature in most modern ERP systems—the team decided it was time for a change.
Allied Moulded had looked at several software packages over the years, but it decided to focus the evaluation on ERP vendors offering cloud solutions. Then, after conducting extensive research, the company selected IQMS for its leadership in technology innovation with its cloud solution and integrated MES technology, as well as the ability to interact with products that employees used every day, such as Microsoft Excel spreadsheets and Microsoft Outlook email. Most importantly, because IQMS combines robust ERP and MES functionality into one comprehensive solution—in which all data is managed by the same embedded Oracle database—the company no longer would need to review multiple databases to get visibility into its operations.
“The foremost advantage with IQMS software is having a single source of the truth available from anywhere that has Internet access,” said Ben Bucklew, CFO of Allied Moulded. “We will no longer be spending countless man hours reviewing multiple programs, reporting and pulling data extracts to know where our business stands. We will have one intuitive interface to review real-time statistics, orders, and fulfillment traceability. And we will be able to reach the information morning, noon or night on our phones, tablets and personal computers. Plus, we will have built-in sustainable reporting with the familiarity of Microsoft Excel that any employee can easily obtain.”
Also important in the decision was IQMS’s role as a leader in the plastics industry. Allied Moulded appreciated that IQMS understood the challenges of plastics manufacturers, providing built-in solutions to handle tool cribs, multi-currency, multi-company, mold tracking, quality inspections, and many other processes important to the business.
“IQMS has certainly done its homework to learn the plastics industry and has used its own software while doing so, which is brilliant,” Bucklew noted. “We have confidence that IQMS really understands our business, and it has eased our minds that support will continue after the migration is complete. ERP customers deserve better, and IQMS is the company that is committed to delivering it.”
About Allied Moulded
Allied Moulded Products, Inc., established in 1958, is a leader in the production of fiberglass reinforced and polycarbonate, nonmetallic electrical boxes and enclosures, for use in residential and industrial applications globally. To learn more, visit http://alliedmoulded.com.
IQMS uniquely combines ERP and MES functionality to give manufacturers a comprehensive end-to-end suite for running the business, backed by the real-time performance and scalability that companies demand. Developed specifically for mid-market repetitive, discrete and batch process manufacturers, IQMS provides robust capabilities for addressing strict customer and regulatory certification and compliance. IQMS achieves this by delivering traditional ERP functionality for accounting, sales orders, material requirements, inventory and purchasing, plus extended native features for CRM, human resources, production scheduling, shop floor control, warehouse and quality modules. With offices across North America, Europe and Asia, IQMS serves manufacturers around the world. For more information, please visit https://www.iqms.com.