Hungry for Clear Vision

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Differing requirements for efficiency, knowledge and security spawn a variety of technology approaches from these manufacturers.


Hungry for Clear Vision

For manufacturers, having visibility into the manufacturing process, the products and inventory is invaluable. Henny Penny, a manufacturer of restaurant equipment that serves quick-serve restaurants such as McDonald’s and KFC, is anticipating expanded growth in Asian markets. To handle the oncoming tide, the company is investing in IT as part of the expansion of an existing facility in Suzhou, China.

According to Sam Stewart, Henny Penny’s director of IT, the facility plans to expand the use of ERP tools from JD Edwards. Through this effort, Henny Penny will gain further visibility into manufacturing process, inventory and financial details to provide analysis against viability, profitability and other factors. He adds that it will also deliver a single view into the overall company at the enterprise level, rather than looking at separate entities.

According to Stewart, Henny Penny plans to expand the ERP technology throughout its Suzhou location in two phases. The operational system expansion is targeted for Q1 2013, while the financial systems expansion is targeted for Q1 2014.

“We’ll have visibility into the manufacturing process and the inventory itself,” Stewart says. “We’ll also have the ability to back up crucial data and the operational data that is within the JDE package, as well as data security, financial data consolidation, a network that is supportable and maintainable from the United States, and a support mechanism that allows us to consolidate the technical support of the financial systems across both sites.”

This article was originally published on 2012-03-28
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