Case Study: Rayloc

The Autumn 2017 issue of The Record features a case study on Rayloc. The full-length article is as follows:

Making data available to everyone

By implementing technology from Bluestar PLM, engineering company Rayloc has made sure that the right data is now available to everyone in the company at the right time. This has led to fewer errors, improved efficiency and a faster time to market
Established in a small engineering workshop in Atlanta in the 1930s, Rayloc has grown to become one of the most widely known engineering, cataloguing, sourcing and distribution companies in the world.

Today it provides high quality, application-specific products such as brake pads, brake drums and bearings to the National Automotive Parts Association (NAPA) and its customers, using its wealth of expertise in global sourcing, engineering and distribution. This is supported by over 500 employees operating across Rayloc’s four distribution centres, multiple cross dock locations and its 750-piece private trucking fleet.

“Our remanufacturing roots created a technical core competency that enables us to engineer and source high-quality parts and programmes,” explains the company’s supply chain director Joe Stich.

“With an ISO-certified quality system and a culture for continuous improvement, we deliver real competitive advantage to NAPA in each of our product lines.”

But until recently, this competitive advantage was being marred by Rayloc’s disparate technology systems which were preventing it from meeting new expectations in terms of efficiency and visibility of data.
“Most of the challenges we faced as a company boiled down to us having multiple systems to manage different parts of the business,” Stich says. “Product design, engineering, quality documentation, procurement, production and finance were all separate and it was proving difficult to keep them in sync.”

With this in mind, the company turned to Bluestar PLM for help. “Bluestar PLM stood out with its seamless integration as an embedded module into Microsoft Dynamics AX,” Stich says. “Additionally, the integration into our 3D modelling software (Solidworks) and other Microsoft products such as the Office suite combined to make a very versatile tool.”

Following the implementation of the Bluestar PLM solution, Rayloc is benefiting from a raft of business benefits. “We have better data integrity, new visual aids for our production and quality departments, improved document retention which will help Rayloc through its ISO re-certification in 2017, improved revision history and future revision announcements that assist in product running changes,” Stich explains.

In fact, companywide data accessibility has improved significantly. “In the past, product data was shared manually using multiple different solutions,” Stich says. “Rayloc employees have quickly favoured Bluestar PLM because it acts as a one stop shop. All data – from development through to sales and marketing, customer service and quality assurance – can be found quickly and easily.”

And this is just the start. “Errors resulting from our bill of materials have reduced from 60% to below 10%,” Stich says. “The gap is closing every audit.”

“Errors resulting from our bill of materials have reduced from 60% to below 10%,” Stich says. “The gap is closing every audit.”

What’s more, production line efficiency has increased by 15%. “This is because equipment setup and other product attributes were not readily available before. Now it is easier to create different products.”
As a result, the company expects to shave months off its time to market. “Although we are still in the process of measuring the entire time to market, through the first 75% of our process we are seeing tasks completed 20% sooner, while also having the accountability of who is working on each task and gathering key information from other departments all within a single Bluestar workflow,” Stich says.

Rayloc also expects to experience cost savings by the end of the year when it is able to shut down two separate servers that will greatly reduce its IT maintenance. The company’s plans for the future don’t end here. “We want to get the quality management system module up and running and to allow our global team access to our information,” Stich says.

We couldn’t have done any of this without Bluestar PLM.”

“Additionally, we would like to get our laboratory testing data into Bluestar PLM in such a way that we can ensure all test protocols have been completed and then to report on the best in class designs. Similarly for laboratory testing data, we are currently inputting our Production Part Approval Process (PPAP) documentation to make sure we have all the necessary info before placing orders.”

“Overall, now that we have access to great detailed information, we have identified many opportunities for improvement. This is guiding some of our key initiatives for the year ahead. We couldn’t have done any of this without Bluestar PLM.

 

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Source:
The record, Issue : Autumn 2017, page 100-101.
(http://digital.tudor-rose.co.uk/therecord/issue06/#100)

 

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Dynamics Conferences: Fall 2016

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Microsoft Announces Big Changes at the AXUG Summit

The next generation of cloud business applications has arrived! Dynamics AX has become a part of the newest Microsoft concept: the totally cloud-based Dynamics 365. Microsoft made some key announcements about the future of Microsoft Dynamics, including the new AX Product Roadmap as well as the details of Microsoft Dynamics 365 for Operations. As one of the first movers onto the Dynamics AX7 cloud-based platform (released earlier this year), Bluestar PLM was well-equipped for the launch of Microsoft 365 and is now available as a stand-alone license.

AXUG Summit attendees who stopped by our booth were excited that Bluestar PLM is fully-embedded inside Dynamics AX, as well as the ability to utilize full PLM functionality via ERP-integration.

AXUG Summit made it very clear that Bluestar PLM gave a unique impression on those who stopped by. The fact that Bluestar PLM software is completely embedded in the Dynamics (AX) and the ability to apply a full PLM functionality inside the ERP.

Overall, Bluestar PLM made a good impression on those who stopped by and we would like to thank all the attendees who visited our booth!

We were very surprised at the number of attendees, and we will definitely be in attendance again next year. So please mark your calendars for the AXUG Summit 2017 taking place on October 10th through 13th in Nashville! Let us Rock and Roll.

Microsoft focus on ISV and Partners at Industry Summit 2016

Bluestar PLM attended the US Industry Summit 2016. Microsoft made it clear to put more effort into the collaboration with the ISV’s and partners. This increases the joint cooperation and will also increase the common benefit of the entire working relationship. Microsoft wants the users of Dynamics 365 to be able to combine specific apps that fit right into their company. According to the new cloud-based concept the combinations will be limitless.

The future of PLM and ERP

The setup from Microsoft regarding AppSource and the new focus on working together through ISV’s and partners fits right into how Bluestar PLM works. Azure and AppSource benefits all the users of Dynamics, and as an ISV, Bluestar PLM, are certain this is the future. Bluestar PLM has an ongoing collaboration with Microsoft and this states our position as a strong and unique solution for engineering in Dynamics 365. Bluestar PLM is fully-embedded inside Dynamics (AX), and the ability to utilize full PLM functionality in Dynamics 365 is not only the future. It is already there.

We will be happy to show you how Bluestar PLM functionality works. Sign up for a live demo today.

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Bluestar PLM – The Engineering Solution for Dynamics 365

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The Evolution of Microsoft Dynamics

The new Microsoft Dynamics is here, and so is the new and improved Bluestar PLM solution. Microsoft Dynamics 365 combines ERP and CRM solutions (AX, GP, and CRM) into a single, cloud-based solution. The previous version, Dynamics AX, is now a part of Dynamics 365 Enterprise Edition, which consists of 6 integrated modules. The Bluestar PLM application now exists as a part of the Dynamics 365 for Operations module. The Bluestar team is thrilled that Microsoft has shifted focus to a cloud-based solution suite that is readily available to all.

Bluestar PLM in the Cloud

Bluestar PLM has evolved right alongside Microsoft since the very beginning. As one of the first movers, Bluestar PLM for AX7 has been on the market since Dynamics AX7 was first released. Since AX7 was already a cloud-based solution, equipped for the next AX transformation, Bluestar PLM is already optimized for the Dynamics 365 release. As a fully functional Dynamics 365-embedded solution, Bluestar PLM is the Engineering Solution for Dynamics 365. Our solution is the missing link between engineering and operations, and as a part of Dynamics 365 for Operations users can now work smarter with connected operations in the cloud.

Bluestar PLM is also available as a stand-alone license, which means that users can now get the solution unattached to ERP systems for use as an independent PLM solution.

For more information, be sure to check out Bluestar PLM on AppSource

Register for a Live Demo!

Sign up for a webinar here and we will show you all the features of Bluestar PLM in Dynamics 365.

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