D&S manufacturing selects Epicor ERP

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MUMBAI, INDIA: Epicor Software Corporation, solution provider of enterprise business software solutions for the midmarket announced that Black River Falls, Wisc.-based D&S Manufacturing has selected Epicor Vantage to run its business processes. Epicor Vantage is a enterprise resource planning (ERP) solution designed for mid to large-sized progressive make-to-order (MTO) and mixed-mode manufacturers.


D&S Manufacturing manufactures large scale components, assemblies and complete weldments crafted from carbon steel plate as well as aluminum and stainless steel. “The integration of Epicor’s advanced service-oriented architecture is one of the most significant investments made in the history of our company and will result in substantial time and cost savings benefits for our customers through the corporate-wide elimination of needless waste,” said Michael Dougherty, president of D&S Manufacturing.

During the ERP supplier selection process, D&S Manufacturing retained a consultant to solicit opinions from employees representing various roles within the corporation to ensure that differing requirements of administrative and production staffs were clearly represented in the detailed Request for Proposal.

According to Frans Carlstrom, operations manager for D&S, the Epicor solution, which leverages Microsoft .NET, assimilates a broad spectrum of functions previously addressed by D&S through multiple software programs. The built-in workflow processes within the Epicor solution enables D&S to efficiently manage the entire order cycle, from quoting, production and planning to logistics, billing and payroll. As a result, non value-added operations and duplication of activities will be dramatically reduced, particularly time-consuming data re-entry.

“The automation of redundant operations allows our employees to reallocate more time toward cross training and other production tasks,” said Carlstrom. “This enables our company to be flexible and respond more quickly to customers without adding administrative staff. We also anticipate noticeable improvements in our ability to more efficiently and accurately schedule and forecast projects, which will in turn improve productivity and on-time delivery rates.”