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The manufacturer's motto: maximum efficiency with minimum technology. Tom Mathis' response: a parts-tracking system to make workers more productive.

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Danaher Corp. Base Case Headquarters: 2099 Pennsylvania Ave., Washington, DC 20006

Phone: (202) 828-0850

Business: The sensors and controls division of Danaher Corp. makes devices for controlling industrial processes, such as timers, counters and temperature sensors.

Chief Information Officer: Joe Beery

Project Manager: Tom Mathis, vice president of supply chain management for the controls division.

Financials in 2004: $6.8 billion in sales for parent company Danaher Corp., with net earnings of $746 million. Danaher Sensors and Controls had sales of about $400 million.

Challenge: Allow manufacturing materials buyers to spend more time negotiating with suppliers, instead of chasing down parts.


  • Cut "unproductive" time spent on expedited orders for out-of-stock parts by at least 57%, from 105 to 45 hours in at least one plant.
  • Eliminate the need to replace or update inventory tracking cards, saving about 30 minutes a day per manufacturing plant.
  • Increase turnover of inventory to 30 times per year in 2005, up from 20 in 2004, in at least one manufacturing plant.

This article was originally published on 2005-06-10
David F. Carr David F. Carr is the Technology Editor for Baseline Magazine, a Ziff Davis publication focused on information technology and its management, with an emphasis on measurable, bottom-line results. He wrote two of Baseline's cover stories focused on the role of technology in disaster recovery, one focused on the response to the tsunami in Indonesia and another on the City of New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina.David has been the author or co-author of many Baseline Case Dissections on corporate technology successes and failures (such as the role of Kmart's inept supply chain implementation in its decline versus Wal-Mart or the successful use of technology to create new market opportunities for office furniture maker Herman Miller). He has also written about the FAA's halting attempts to modernize air traffic control, and in 2003 he traveled to Sierra Leone and Liberia to report on the role of technology in United Nations peacekeeping.David joined Baseline prior to the launch of the magazine in 2001 and helped define popular elements of the magazine such as Gotcha!, which offers cautionary tales about technology pitfalls and how to avoid them.
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