Detroit Chassis, based in Detroit, Michigan, is a US assembler of niche vehicles and RV and commercial truck chassis for Ford Motor Company. A certified minority-owned business, Detroit Chassis manufactures products to OEM standards and incorporates the latest lean manufacturing strategies with flexible manufacturing systems. To learn more about the Strategic and Detroit Chassis partnership, click the button to view the case study pdf, or download the case study infographic.
The time and money savings are tremendous and we traded in a potentially big development project for a fast and smooth experience, and a product that met all our needs.”Helena Parker
Like any lean manufacturer, Detroit Chassis is always seeking new ways to improve operational efficiencies. Although Detroit Chassis has relied on its QAD 2007 SE ERP system for many years, its reporting capabilities were coming up short, requiring staff to run QAD’s standard reports, then entering the data into Excel to enable a satisfactory reporting format for management.
Detroit Chassis partnered with Strategic Information Group to assist in the implementation of Phocas Analytics which delivers multiple layers of reporting, KPI tracking, ad hoc business intelligence, and do it yourself administration. The addition of Strategic’s Phocas Adaptor ensures timely synchronization between QAD and Phocas, enabling the Detroit Chassis team to readily deliver monthly reports in the formats required by management.
Strategic only needed a few weeks to complete the implementation, and after a few hours of training time, the Detroit Chassis team was off and running with the solution. The time and costs savings to the Detroit Chassis team are impressive: 60 hour per month time savings—saving the company about $40,000 in labor costs annually.