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Wednesday, October 24, 2018

Cosma International Improved Inventory Reporting With Epicor

Cosma International, a wholly-owned operating unit of Magna International, is a global automotive supplier providing a range of body, chassis and engineering solutions to OEM customers. Unsatisfied with the lack of functionality and support for its legacy business management system, Cosma International's operation in Victor, Iowa, searched for an integrated enterprise resource planning (ERP) system that allowed for real-time shop floor reporting and inventory management.

Cosma International selected Epicor CMS for discrete manufacturing and has never looked back. "With our legacy system we were reporting all of our inventory transactions at one reporting station," recalls Andy Hrasky, assistant general manager at Cosma International's Victor operation. "It was on the shop floor, so it was somewhat in real-time. That process required a lot of unnecessary, time-consuming movements."

Key Challenges face by Cosma:
  • Accurate inventory management
  • Lack of electronic data interchange (EDI) capabilities
  • Manual spreadsheet-based production scheduling
  • No visualization of shop floor data
  • Epicor CMS, integrated enterprise business system for manufacturing and distribution
  • Epicor Informance, enterprise manufacturing intelligence (EMI) system
Key Benefits:
  • Accurate, real-time, shop floor reporting and inventory management
  • Integrated production scheduling
  • Reliable EDI
  • Near-instant access to key metrics
  • Accurate, finite shop floor information using programmable logic controls (PLCs) and an open connectivity protocol (OPC)

Today, Cosma International has 23 reporting stations on the floor. "The event based reporting system in Epicor CMS is integral to what we do," says Hrasky. "We couldn't get by without it."

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