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Brampton Engineering Inc.

"this is a huge change, and there's
a fear that we are now making a
standard line of machines, which
isn't the case. just because we're
standardizing the components
we're using does not mean we're
standardizing our customers'
solution." - Gary Hughes
ing partners including Longbridge, which produces
control cabinets used in Brampton's systems. Brampton pre-certifies its manufacturing partners and performs quality testing before the parts are received. The
company and partners such as Longbridge use engineering software to design quality system components.
"Our supplier partners help us bring efficiency and
lean principles into our operation," he adds.
The company believes in building cross-functional
teams across its engineering and other operations that
help it succeed. These teams include new employees as
well at more seasoned employees. Brampton leverages
its relationships with local universities and colleges to
help it train and recruit staff.

International

The Epicor ERP system has helped the company grow
and improve several areas of its operation. This includes
operational efficiency, as it allows Brampton to track
production cycle times and provides real-time costs
to managers. The system also allows for data visibility
across the company, which enables decentralization of
ownership with data-driven decisions, he adds.
The system also adds flexibility and agility to Brampton's operations and enables it to improve its service.
"Our managers have resources and information closer at
hand, enabling quick response to changes," Hughes says.
"With Epicor our case management program is excellent
for documenting, measuring issues through to conclusion, as well as building a data base for future reference to
solve similar problems faster. Customers are impressed
with our control of issues."
Epicor also improves the company's ability to manage its talent. "Data is often tied to persons, where key
measures can be used to identify and recognize performance," he adds. mt

Goal Setting
The improvements to Brampton Engineering's operations over the past three years are helping it meet its
ultimate goal of customer satisfaction. The company intends to do this by streamlining its engineering processes, dramatically reducing assembly and test cycle times
and eliminating inventory.
"Throughout all of the changes, we've had one overriding goal - to meet all of our commitments," Hughes says.
"These are very technical and large projects, so we want
to hit every delivery and performance goal and have our
projects signed off on in a short period of time."
The company recently implemented an Epicor enterprise
resource planning (ERP) system to help it meet its goals.
The system helps the company track the key measures it
uses to track growth, which include revenue, products and
services and number of retained customers and new accounts. "Using Epicor we now have a full view of resources
and project status, integrated from customer order to after-market service," Hughes says. "Today we have project
specific measures, at any time during the project, and have
new measures for order fill time, at each process step."
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