SilencerCo is the leader in the highly-regulated market of firearms and outdoor sports. SilencerCo’s offerings are manufactured to exacting standards, with a careful approach to engineering, fit, and finish.
SilencerCo’s products require perhaps the highest level of material traceability, controlled production, storage and distribution, as well as legal oversight. The management team strictly follows all applicable regulations, including Department of State International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR), Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (BATF), and state and local laws. SilencerCo’s products are manufactured, designed, and tested in the US.
SilencerCo has created a culture of integrity and hard work, leading to profound loyalty and satisfaction by its customer base. SilencerCo’s engineering team is constantly working on new products that meet the unique needs of their market.
In growing rapidly, SilencerCo had created a collection of home-brewed business systems that were hard to maintain and had limited future growth. In 2015, IT Director Chris Miller started thinking about replacing these systems with something that would enable growth in a cost effective and easy to manage manner. Chris was looking for a solution that would be cost effective, flexible, and open for integration. He needed the ability to integrate with key control and tracking systems within the factory as well as with regulatory agencies.
Engaging with OSI’s staff, Chris was able to install and benchmark Odoo against the other options and determine that Odoo could be a good fit.
Specific goals for the OSI implementation were developed and agreed upon based on SilencerCo’s current most pressing needs. The primary needs were to integrate accounting, inventory, manufacturing, and cost accounting. OSI developed a system that will meet SilencerCo’s inventory management and manufacturing needs, as well as billing and accounting. This system allowed SilencerCo to view their profitability and assisted with inventory management, production management, and reports needed to analyze their business.
SilencerCo needed to automate their inventory/manufacturing process, as much of their inventory and manufacturing process was being completed manually. The goal was to create a complete, integrated solution, with one version of the truth.
OSI’s proprietary in-depth, four-step approach to integration ensures a smooth transition to a reliable ERP system which provides better business guidance and control:
SilencerCo and OSI conducted a 1-week workshop. Together, SilencerCo and OSI built a project plan, schedule and budget for the initial phase, and began prototyping a new system.
SilencerCo and OSI proceeded to work through the implementation together with weekly status meetings and monthly project analysis. The last exercise before going live was a rigorous round of User Acceptance Testing (UAT) that proved the software was ready to support SilencerCo’s requirements.
Careful analysis ensured that the business processes key to SilencerCo were optimized in the new system.
OSI and SilencerCo worked to coach, train, and support team members as they become accustomed to using the new operating systems. SilencerCo has transitioned to the new system.
+ OSI engineered a number of adaptations for SilencerCo. Most were related to the serialization of the product and how the ATF requires tracking of those numbers. Because of their highly regulated industry OSI had to even write customizations for tracking their scrap product. Material traceability was a large issue for SilencerCo.
+ The new system was integrated with user interfaces at machine stations, and other key tracking and management systems.
+ Advanced forecasting and finite capacity planning tools were implemented to gain efficiencies that set SilencerCo apart.
SilencerCo is rolling out:
The SilencerCo team now has a complete system to grow and manage their business, adding new functionality, in addition to replacing unmaintainable legacy systems and ensuring the highest levels of quality and compliance. SilencerCo is now positioned to effectively grow their business, with a system that supports and amplifies their competitive advantage. The plant manager said it best, “We are now operating at the next level of quality and efficiency.”
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