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Durham Precision Engineering and Tyne Tools have both reported that Berkeley Myles’s Progressplus production control software has supported their growth objectives.

Progressplus helps manufacturing organisations streamline, automate and integrate the management and control of shop-floor production and administrative processes.

Durham Precision Engineering said it has seen significant operational improvements since adopting Progressplus in 2005.

The precision engineering business is based in the north-east of England and delivers sub-contract tool making and precision machining and welding services to a number of sectors including the automotive, aerospace, pharmaceutical, petrochemical and the oil and gas sectors.

In the aerospace sector the business is currently involved in the Westland Future Lynx helicopter project, the Rolls-Royce 725 engine and the Rolls-Royce RB282 prototype aero engine.

Kevin McEneny, managing director of Durham Precision Engineering, said: ‘I had worked with SAP and Avante before joining Durham Precision and was used to working on much larger systems with many more seats.

‘I have been impressed by the operational efficiency that Progressplus brings to the business.

‘The system has improved all of our process and gives full traceability from enquiry right through to product delivery.

‘It also runs efficiently and I find that Berkeley Myles is responsive and performs system updates with minimum impact on your business activity.’ Progressplus has proven to be effective in helping Durham Precision grow as a business, Berkeley Myles said.

The system was recently demonstrated to oil and gas producer Total prior to securing upgrade projects on three of its North Sea platforms.

For this project traceability was key and Progressplus met the stringent criteria outlined in Total’s system audit.

McEneny added: ‘The key to securing new clients and contracts is demonstrating that you have a system that will stand up to quality audits by potential clients.

‘An effective system ensures clients peace of mind that their order will be processed effectively and on time.’ Tyne Tools provides a range of manufacturing solutions across the automotive, electronics and medical sectors.

Throughout the company’s expansion and diversification into new markets it became clear to the senior management team that its manual system was becoming unmanageable.

It considered various systems before settling on the Progressplus solution due to its ability to support bespoke manufacturing processes rather than being just a stock-holding production system.

The system has now been in place for more than two years and managing director, Steve Bussey, believes it has been a key component in the company’s drive to improve efficiency across its manufacturing processes.

He said: ‘Progressplus has given us the tools necessary to move forward and expand the company.

‘We can now monitor progress of the work more efficiently and the system gives us tighter control across all of our processes.

‘The helpline and technical support is also good and any queries can be resolved remotely.’ Tony MacBride, managing director at Berkeley Myles, said: ‘We have developed partnerships with each business and have supported them throughout their respective development programmes by helping them drive efficiency and meet compliance with industry quality standards.

‘At a time when the manufacturing industry is reported to be entering a recession, businesses are recognising that it is the most efficient and lean companies who will survive the current economic conditions.’

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