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Epicor Software has announced that Benson Group is to extend its use of Epicor’s enterprise resource planning (ERP) and planning and scheduling solutions to its packaging plant in Crewe.

Benson Group’s Crewe packaging plant – Medica Packaging – will utilise the Epicor Manufacturing ERP and Epicor Advanced Planning and Scheduling.

In addition, the company said it has achieved a four-fold increase in production output at its manufacturing facility in Bardon, Leicestershire, which utilises the Epicor solution.

Phil Towersey, IT manager at Benson Group, said: ‘We are now able to deal with changes effectively and plans are communicated to the shop floor accurately and in a timely manner.

‘Our manufacturing is very nimble and able to deal with change requests at 15:00 on a Tuesday and reschedule jobs rapidly through Epicor to meet a Wednesday deadline.

‘This would have been impossible with our previous solutions,’ he added.

Through Advanced Planning and Scheduling, Benson Group has been able to achieve a higher utilisation of its manufacturing lines, reduced downtime between jobs and ready-make times, by ensuring cut and finishing operations based on the same die board are scheduled to run in sequence.

This streamlining of manufacturing processes has helped the company win and retain contracts with food manufacturers and pharmaceutical companies across the UK.

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