Making IT work in the wire & cable industry: Product Engineering and QuotingWritten by Albert Groothedde
In our previous blog, we discussed the need of using IT in the wire & cable industry in relation to market developments. We will now explore the specific business domains in the wire & cable industry that can benefit from Information Technology. Based on our experience in the wire & cable industry we will focus on those business domains where we often find opportunities to improve business performance by investing in IT, starting with Product Engineering and Quoting.
Making IT work in the wire & cable industry: market trendsWritten by Albert Groothedde
Information Technology (IT) has become a key asset for companies to optimize their business processes and create competitive advantage. Still, the way and the intensity of using IT is quite different across industries and individual companies. In a series of blogs we will explore the potential added value of Information Technology, specifically for the wire & cable industry.
Why a dedicated ERP solution for Wire&Cable? Three reasons...Written by Albert Groothedde
Wire & cable manufacturers and distributors are not just regular businesses. They have specific requirements, which cannot be facilitated in a regular ERP solution. Here are 3 out of many more reasons to consider an ERP solution that is specific for the wire & cable industry.
Twisted cable calculusWritten by Albert Groothedde
100 plus 200 does not equal 300 in the wire and cable manufacturers and distributors. So, basic math doesn’t seem to work in this type of companies.
And that is a challenge for standard ERP systems as they do rely on math. The wire and cable industry requires a specialized ERP solution that understands cable calculus.
Quote, Design and Manufacture a New Cable in 30 minutesWritten by Albert Groothedde
Wire and Cable manufacturers operate in a competitive market. Even companies that deliver custom cables have to fight for every order. In these circumstances the company should excel at all fronts: price, quality, reliability, and also on responsiveness to the requirements of the customer.
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It's the copper, stupid!Written by Albert Groothedde
Copper is the new goldSimply put: producing cables is about packaging (insulating) of highly conductive materials. These conductive materials, such as copper and aluminum, are relatively expensive and drive most of the material costs of a cable. The costs of copper easily run up to 90% of the material costs of a cable.
It’s the reason that cable manufacturers and distributors do care about material losses in production and cutting.
However, there is an even more significant business issue with the use of copper and aluminum. It’s their extremely volatile prices.