Doughty ditches ‘outgrown’ MRP system

doughty300The TV and theatre rigging manufacturer Doughty Engineering has ditched its “outgrown” Materials Resources Planning (MRP) system in a bid to improve scheduling and bring increased time and efficiency savings to the business.

Doughty director Stephen Wright said, “We’d outgrown our existing Opera Pegasus solution; we were at the database limit, we had problems scheduling our MRP and were looking for a modern SQL based system.”

The company, which manufactures rigging, suspension and lifting equipment for the entertainment industry at its Hampshire factory (pictured), is now implementing Access SupplyChain which it says provided “both a manufacturing and a finance solution as part of the same package”.

Doughty is planning to go live with its new software on 1 February 2014. “We’re going to see a considerable time-saving on our day-to-day operations, by switching from paper-based manual processes to automated workflows,” Wright said. “This means there’ll be less admin to do in the back-office and more accurate time recording downstairs on the shop floor, as we’ll have more control of our operations.

“People on the floor will find their job a lot easier as they can now just touch a screen or swipe a scanner. Overall we’re hoping to see a huge increase in efficiency, and an improvement in our MRP scheduling. We can be more productive and we’ll be able to find the relevant data we need quicker.”

This material is protected by copyright Ken Hurst 2013.


About Ken Hurst

Ken Hurst began his career as a journalist in London over 30 years ago, working on a range of publications before moving on to weekly newspaper production in the newly-independent Zambia of the 1970s. He returned to the UK where his work included spells on newspapers and magazines, before moving to head up Norwich Union’s corporate affairs division. In the 1990s he moved on to freelance, co-own and publish the B2B audio magazine Sound and front the BBC radio Yesterday’s Papers programme. There followed six years as Business Editor at Britain’s biggest selling regional daily newspaper, The Eastern Daily Press, where he led an award-winning team and for whom he still writes a weekly socio/political comment column. Subsequently, he was Group Editorial Director at CBM, responsible for its UK and US magazine output – including The Manufacturer magazine – research-driven industry reports and live events content. Currently he is Contributing Editor at Works Management magazine publisher Findlay Media and Chairman of the consumer publishing house TNT Multimedia Ltd. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts and of the British Association of Communicators in Business.
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