Reed City Tool Invests in IQMS Manufacturing ERP Software for
Flexibility to Manage Growth Across its Business Lines
Manufacturer turns to IQMS integrated ERP and MES system to optimize capacity planning, forecasting, process and production monitoring, and inventory and warehouse management
PASO ROBLES, CALIF. – April 11, 2018 – IQMS, a leading manufacturing ERP software and manufacturing execution system (MES) authority, today announced that Reed City Tool has selected IQMS to cost-effectively manage growth across both the low-volume job shop and high-volume manufacturing lines of its business.
Founded in 1959 as an expert in the tooling industry, Reed City Tool has expanded to become a full-scale mold building, press making, and plastic injection molding company. The business is best known in global industries for its turnkey garage door panel and steel roof shingle hydraulic press manufacturing, but it also provides a complete range of mold building and plastic injection molding services. From tier-1 and tier-2 automotive suppliers to manufacturers of consumer appliances and light agriculture products, Reed City Tool is now a trusted provider of molds and parts to some of the top names in the industry.
Balancing the Demands of Two Business Lines
For the first 40 years of the business, Reed City Tool focused on creating manufacturing systems, from large-scale hydraulic presses to injection molds. The projects were low volume, often in quantities of one. More recently, the company has leveraged its injection mold expertise to create a second line of business focused on the high-volume production of quality plastic parts. The 80,000-square foot facility in Reed City, Michigan now brings together a range of skilled journeyman mold makers, machinists, mechanical engineers, technical designers, and sales engineers to produce customized solutions for the firm’s manufacturing customers.
The original ERP system used by Reed City Tool was specifically built for a job shop, providing a good fit for the low-volume production of presses and molds. However, as it increased high-volume manufacturing processes, the company found that the ERP system lacked the flexibility, capabilities, and sophistication to handle both its lines of business. Following an evaluation of ERP systems, Reed City Tool selected IQMS based on the software’s robust functionality and positive feedback from other manufacturers using IQMS’s manufacturing ERP software.
With the purchase of IQMS, Reed City Tool now looks to enhance the company’s understanding and efficiency in the several key areas: inventory and warehouse management, capacity planning, forecasting, costing, process and production monitoring, business intelligence, department dashboards, and scorecards. In addition, with the advanced capabilities of business intelligence and operational controls, Reed City Tool is looking to grow into its 90,000-square foot warehouse, located adjacent to the current manufacturing facility.
“We spent a diligent amount of time investigating ERP systems and found that IQMS would support the needs of both of our business lines: job shop and high-volume manufacturing,” said Trevor Mund accounting manager at Reed City Tool. “We were impressed by the machine tracking and metrics that set IQMS apart from its competition. Additionally, we interviewed and met with multiple companies using the IQMS system. This provided us with the knowledge to make an educated decision to purchase the system, and it gave us the confidence that IQMS was the best fit for our business.”
About Reed City Tool
Reed City Tool is a full-scale mold building, press making, and plastic injection molding company based in Reed City, Michigan. Best known in global industries for its turnkey garage door panel and steel roof shingle hydraulic press manufacturing, the company’s highly skilled team also provides a complete range of mold building and plastic injection molding services. From mold design to part testing, Reed City Tool is a facility built on core skilled trades, and its values of integrity, attention to detail, and customer service are evident in all of the company’s products and services. To learn more, visit http://reedcitytool.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.