Toyotetsu implements Plex Systems' smart Manufacturing Enterprise

May 8, 2019   Technology

Plex Systems, a leader in cloud ERP and MES for manufacturing, announced Toyotetsu America, Inc. (TTAI) is now running two facilities in North America on the Plex Manufacturing Cloud. An additional six facilities will go live by 2020 in the US, Canada and Mexico, with Plex forming the foundation of the company's smart manufacturing strategy.

A top-ten supplier to Toyota, and the largest metal stamping supplier to Toyota, Toyotetsu is a recognised leader in the North American Japanese automotive supply chain, delivering high quality body, chassis, and functional parts. Toyotetsu is also a key supplier to automakers Subaru, Nissan, and Mazda.


"Toyotetsu's move to the Plex Manufacturing Cloud is a strategic programme to establish the technology foundation for our company's strategic growth," said Donnie Slagle, Vice President of Toyotetsu America, Inc. "Plex uniquely provides a single system of record for everything from enterprise quality to operational efficiency, along with better insight into every aspect of manufacturing. Plex offers a vital set of capabilities for meeting our long-term business goals. We want to push the limits of what it means to be a truly connected manufacturer, realising our vision to be the leader in smart manufacturing."


Toyotetsu selected Plex global premier partner Plante Moran to lead the implementation project. Plante Moran has been a leading alliance partner with Plex for more than 13 years and has successfully completed hundreds of plant implementations for tens of thousands of users around the world including several dozen Japanese automotive suppliers in various supply chains such as Toyota.


Doug Hockenbrocht, Global IT Consulting Partner, Plante Moran, said, "By connecting shop floor production, administrative functions and its supply base, Plex will provide the real-time visibility Toyotetsu needs to support its continued growth."


Toyotetsu selected Plex Systems based on its cloud multi-tenant model and demonstrated track record as the system of record for automotive industry. The supplier has deployed the Plex Manufacturing Cloud in its Kentucky plant and corporate headquarters, and will go live in 2020 in six additional facilities in the US, Canada and Mexico as the system of record for the company's North American operations, connecting systems, materials, equipment, processes, suppliers, products, and customers.


The company has integrated its PLCs (programmable logic controls) in over 250 work centers in its first plant and plans PLC integration in 100% of its machines across North America to eliminate manual processes to increase reporting efficiency and real-time information flow, transforming their business to adopt a truly connected enterprise in the era of Industry 4.0. 


Toyotetsu plans to integrate its Kanban methodology with Plex's Kanban capabilities to increase visibility on the plant floor and in the office. It will use Plex Manufacturing Cloud capabilities developed specifically for companies within the Toyota supply chain, including the Toyota Shipping Confirmation System, sequencing, just-in-time (JIT) capabilities and other RAN requirements specific to Toyota, with future plans to integrate RFID tracking.

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