Dublin, Tuesday, 4th May 2004: Business and IT consulting firm, Clarion Consulting today announced that it has been chosen by Carlow-based hydraulic cylinder manufacturer Burnside Autocyl to implement its e-Business strategy and deploy a company-wide Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) system. Burnside Autocyl, a privately-funded business and leading supplier to the mobile machinery industry will use the ERP system to streamline its entire manufacturing supply chain, increase competitiveness and further boost its growing European customer base.
“In deciding to implement an ERP system, our key objective is to increase customer satisfaction through more transparent order management, reduced lead-times and better information flow,” according to Pat Byrne, Managing Director, Burnside Autocyl. “For example, openly embracing the concept of e-Business and allowing seamless electronic interaction between all elements of the supply chain will help us to further extend our European customer base whilst protecting operating margins.”
In a competitive tender, Burnside Autocyl chose Clarion Consulting to deploy the ERP system and supply a portfolio of associated professional services such as project management and staff training. Based on the IFSÔ suite of ERP management software, Pat Millar, Managing Director, Clarion Consulting explains Clarion’s unique “modular” approach to the project. “Unlike many ERP systems currently on the market, IFS Applications is based on individual component delivery, allowing companies to implement components incrementally, depending on particular requirements or budget limitations. In Burnside’s case, we will implement components from IFS Financials, IFS Manufacturing and IFS Distribution, directly enhancing their process of customer-driven cellular manufacturing and World Class Manufacturing (WCM) techniques.”
Pat Byrne believes that Clarion’s implementation methodology will provide a seamless yet thorough project deployment ensuring that all of Burnside’s operational requirements are given due consideration. “In choosing to work with Clarion, we felt very comfortable with their approach in terms of bundled product and professional services. The quality of the deployment plan will undoubtedly shorten the implementation cycle and IFS’ Windows-based system will reduce the learning curve for Burnside staff, without compromising the effectiveness of project delivery.”
“The deployment of the IFS software suite will help Burnside to realise immediate cost savings in the form of stock and overhead reductions and full return on investment within 3 years,” comments Pat Millar. “Complete control of the manufacturing supply chain will ensure cost-effective material supplies, reduced lead times and lower administration costs helping Burnside to achieve their business and operational objectives and continue their expansion into German, French and UK markets.”
As a family-based enterprise with a thriving 30-year track record, Burnside’s ability to successfully compete in the presence of U.S. and Far Eastern manufacturers is largely due to a business philosophy based on total customer satisfaction. This is reflected by the development of a cutting-edge R & D Centre of Excellence. Considered a key competitive differentiator, Burnside can provide customers with a full prototype development and testing facility, underpinning the importance they attach to quality assurance and customer satisfaction.
Pictured from left to right are: Pat Byrne, managing director, Burnside Autocyl and Pat Millar, managing director, Clarion Consulting