Industrial Mining
February 4, 2019
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Defense Contract Manufacturing

Sechan Electronics is an industry leader in military electronics and contract manufacturing. They are committed to the development, testing, and manufacturing of their electronic systems and subsystems product line for the U.S. Department of Defense and other prime contractors such as BAE Systems, The Boeing Company, Penn State ARL, Raytheon Company, and more.

Sechan is an amazing company. Over the years they often grew in bursts of success. Like many companies that go through rapid periods of growth, expanding operations led to more and more ERP infrastructure challenges. Their legacy systems at the outset of this implementation consisted of four separate software environments. The goal for IFS Applications™ was to bring all functionality under a single ERP system.

Adding to the complexity of the data migration was a requirement at the product structure level to identify revision levels within individual components. Essentially, this was a quality management issue that had many ERP industry insiders stumped. Working on U.S. government contracts demands meeting the Defense Military Extension (DME) standards. In other words, with any “Rev” change to a part structure the system needs to ensure that the revision meets the same form, fit, and function. Even changes in the way a component was processed, such as the use of different machines, must be properly documented and reported.

When electronics components (assemblies/subassemblies) are destined for operating U.S. tanks and military aircraft – the stakes are high.

In the end, the RutterKey team pulled together, combined forces, and tackled the technical challenges head on. By designing and developing custom events and custom fields, the RutterKey solution was able to meet all technical DME requirements with out-of-the box IFS functionality.

“RutterKey’s involvement in this ERP implementation has made all the difference,” said Bob Brown, Sechan’s IT Manager. “And their capacity to actively listen, calmly inform, and confidently take the Sechan team places that we could not have otherwise gone, differentiates them from the competition.”