SANTA BARBARA, Calif.—October 13, 2011—QAD Inc. (NASDAQ: QADA) (NASDAQ: QADB), a leading provider of enterprise business software and services for global manufacturing companies today announced GEA Technika Cieplna Sp. z o.o., — a growing division of process equipment and components manufacturer GEA Group AG — has deployed the latest version of QAD Enterprise Applications to help simplify and streamline its highly complex, manufacturing plant in Opole, Poland.
GEA produces a comprehensive portfolio of high performance heat exchangers, manufacturing 400 different types for use in heat, shell and tube exchangers; industrial heaters; coolers; convectors; and cooling towers.
Manufacturing 5,000 units annually at its 130,000 square foot facility, GEA’s product mix is highly complex and its production planning process extremely precise. GEA’s simplest heat exchanger consists of 30 – 40 components, while its most complex ones contain thousands. This complexity presented GEA with a challenge of supporting growth while continuing to provide excellent customer service.
GEA deployed QAD Enterprise Applications with QAD Configurator to simplify its production planning and customer service needs. QAD Configurator helped GEA streamline its configure-to-order (CTO) environment by allowing personnel to easily, quickly and accurately configure products based on pre-approved engineering and commercial parameters. The application’s integrated validation features also eliminated errors at time of order entry.
“Before we implemented QAD Configurator, it took us three hours to prepare folders with information on material structure, including full technological break-downs for production,” explained Jacek Nazgowicz, IT manager, GEA Technika Cieplna Sp. z o.o. “With QAD Configurator, we reduced this process to 20 minutes. Additionally, our technology experts formerly used two to three programs, re-entering data all the time. Now, we accomplish everything with a single application.”
In deploying QAD Enterprise Applications, GEA was also able to better support the company’s overall finance, warehouse, materials management, production, and order processing efficiency. And, in leveraging the solutions’ bar code functionality, GEA has been able to enhance its real-time data processing efforts for more timely production processing and reporting.
Previously known as GEA Metalchem Technika Cieplna Sp. z o.o., GEA Technika Cieplna Sp. z o.o. has been operating from Opole, Poland since 1994. In 1998, the company joined the family of GEA Group companies. For 80 years, the company has successful designed manufactured and constructed industrial heat exchangers. Through those years of operation and full client satisfaction, GEA Technika Cieplna has grown to be the leading manufacturer of high-grade heat exchangers in Poland and more. The company plays a major economic role in the Silesia region. With a 12,000 square meter production facility, GEA Technika Cieplna is ranked top among other leading manufacturing companies in Opole, Poland.
QAD is a leading provider of enterprise applications for global manufacturing companies specializing in automotive, consumer products, electronics, food and beverage, industrial and life science products. QAD applications provide critical functionality for managing manufacturing resources and operations within and beyond the enterprise, enabling global manufacturers to collaborate with their customers, suppliers and partners to make and deliver the right product, at the right cost and at the right time. For more information about QAD, telephone +1 805-566-6000, or visit the QAD web site at www.qad.com.
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