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The Company: Calgary, Alta.-based Tektelic Communications develops cellular radio solutions for the telecommunications market. The company's products include wireless backhaul solutions, high power radios, remote radio heads, repeaters and micro-base stations designed to address the needs of wireless networks.
The Company: Jelinek Cork Group is an Oakville, Ont.-based cork producer with offices worldwide.
This year's Software Case Study Guide features more than a dozen examples of how manufacturers in Canada are leveraging sophisticated software solutions to streamline processes, improve efficiencies, compete with low-cost countries, reduce design time and machine downtime, and much, much more. Read on for some out-of-this-world examples of how advanced software solutions - including PLM, ERP and CAD/CAM - are helping manufacturers reach new heights.
Dassault Systèmes SolidWorks Corp. recently unveiled SolidWorks 2012, a 3D design solution designed to enable users to work more efficiently and have the data they need to make better design decisions throughout the product development process. The latest release features more than 200 improvements in such areas as assembly and drawing capabilities, built-in simulation, design costing, routing, image and animation creation, and product data management.
The Company: Nelson Industrial designs and manufactures precision fabricated metal products for customers throughout the world. Its 150,000-sq.-ft. manufacturing and warehouse facility in Pickering, Ont., produces a wide range of proprietary and OEM products, and markets them through six divisions: access doors, architectural metals, automotive, contract manufacturing, storage products and mission critical.
The Company: Polycontrols Technologies Inc. specializes in products and services related to process control and flow measurement. Its strength is designing gas mixture systems for applications that require precise concentrations. Today, Polycontrols operates the largest flow calibration laboratory in Canada at its headquarters in the Montreal suburb of Brossard.
The Company: The Whiting Group of Canada is a designer and manufacturer of transportation-grade rollup doors and LED lighting focusing on the truck and trailer market, as well as the emergency vehicle markets. Located in Burlington, Ont., The Whiting Group is ISO 9001:2008 certified and has three companies operating under one roof. The company was looking for an integrated software solution that could manage all of its business units on one system and was positioned to grow with the company.
The Company: Windsor, Ont.-based NeoVision Technology Inc. is a leader in the machine, tool, die and mould market. Launched in 2005, the company and its staff of more than 20 manufacture injection moulds for a variety of industries, including the sports and automotive industries, at its 10,000-sq.-ft. facility.
The Company: Since its founding in 1983, Benshaw, a division of Curtiss Wright Flow Control Company, has grown to become a world leader in the design, development and manufacture of mission critical motor controls and drives. Benshaw's Canadian headquarters, located in Listowel, Ont., house a state-of-the-art low/medium-voltage motor control manufacturing facility that serves customers in Canada and beyond. The company's dedication to making the best solid state starters for critical applications in harsh environments - along with its commitment to superior customer service - has allowed Benshaw to achieve a leadership position in the markets it serves.
Mercury Marine is a manufacturer of recreational marine propulsion engines. A $1.5-billion division of Brunswick Corporation, Mercury provides engines, boats, services and parts for recreational, commercial and government marine applications.
Syspro - a niche ERP vendor - is like a sniper who won't let its target out of its sights. The company is uniquely focused on small to mid-sized manufacturers and wholesale distributors. And it seems that this focus drives its every move, including corporate strategy, product development and marketing.
Contax Inc. has announced the launch of Extreme Makeover: ERP Edition, a promotional contest where companies can enter and one will win a free business software implementation of SAP Business All-in-One. The software and implementation services for this contest have an estimated retail value up to $1 million US.
Dassault Systèmes (3DS), a provider of 3D and PLM solutions, and Amazon Web Services (AWS), an Amazon.com company, are working together to enable companies of all sizes to get started quickly with 3DS Version 6 solutions on AWS. The partnership is meant to answer the growing demand by organizations to leverage cloud technologies to deploy, maintain and access 3D, PLM and solutions experiences in more flexible and efficient ways.
CB Engineering, a Calgary, Alta.-based manufacturer's representative in the instrumentation industry, prides itself on strong in-house expertise and extensive customer relationships; but the 37-year-old firm recognized that its growth and future plans were constrained by its aging ERP systems. Built on legacy green-screen applications and multiple separate Microsoft Access databases, there was little in the way of integration or automation - leading to repeated processes and a great deal of redundant data entry. Separate databases managed repairs, technical support tickets, commissioning projects and sales operations.
Canadian manufacturers and distributors are increasingly turning to ERP to help them improve their fortunes, especially in the face of low-cost foreign competition and the high Canadian dollar. Many hope that ERP - or enterprise resource planning - software will help them become more efficient, productive and profitable. Unfortunately, too many companies learn that the path to ERP-driven value is more like a labyrinth.

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