Coating is not neccessarily something that we think about before we start our day. However, it plays an important role in our everyday life. Coating is essential whenever materials are under exposure like in a kitchen, in buildings, tools or components for mashinery and plants.
Like many other highly specialized industrial sectors, the field of electroplating and surface technology is dominated by medium-sized companies. According to data from the Zentralverband Oberflächentechnik, the surface technology industry's central trade association in Germany, there are around 800 companies with more than 20 employees currently active in Germany alone. A total of 50,000 employees generated revenues of approximately 7.5 billion euros in 2015. The level of exports is around 15 percent. The most important target group has traditionally been the automotive industry. However there is growing demand for specially coated components in the fields of mechanical engineering, the construction industry, medical and electrical engineering as well as the aerospace industry. Although standard products are on the rise, most of the value is still created in job order production.
Coating orders are often submitted to multiple suppliers for quotes. Therefore, not every offer turns into an order. At the same time, competition is intense. Coating companies must therefore calculate their offers very carefully, but should not invest too much time preparing them. Other important points are individual customer requests and increasing quality requirements. These make it necessary to have maximum flexibility in production planning and to have professional quality management. At COSMO CONSULT you can get everything you need from one source.
The basis for calculating offers is flexible item management. It leaves enough room for special features such as RAL code, raw material, primer and metal surcharges. If all information is stored in one place, product selection is easier. In the industry solution cc|configure-to-order, checklists also help to choose the right version of a product from a variety of different variants. Individual specifications such as area, geometry and material are also taken into account. Contractual agreements are also included in the final price calculation, for example, agreements about special conditions, scale prices, discounts or surcharges. This means that your employees are able to produce calculations precisely and reliably for even complex queries. Because sometimes it is faster to rely on experience, it is possible to look for similar existing offers based on characteristics.
With the production planning solution in cc|configure-to-order you can always keep an eye on production in view - even when things are hectic. Optimization procedures take account of agreed deadlines and throughput times when making machine assignments. At the same time, the coating software checks the availability of materials and capacity. Similar contracts, which are based on identical production methods, can be grouped together temporarily. Your employees can thus take on additional orders and meet deadlines reliably even at high capacity. Standard workflows are largely automated, and manual intervention is limited to bottlenecks. The graphical presentation of production provides a quick overview of the current situation. With just one click, for example, you can pull up the details of an imminent bottleneck. The order can then be changed by drag & drop. This allows your company to react quickly to customer queries.
With cc|configure-to-order, customer orders are always in focus - from the moment of an order’s entry to delivery and even beyond. With the optional add-on module cc|quality management, a consistently high level of quality is ensured at the same time. You can monitor the quality of your products and the reliability of your suppliers at all times. cc|quality management provides all the relevant information. This lets you ensure the highest standards, for example, at the point of receipt of goods or in production. Continuous supplier evaluations help to identify potential risks in advance. You can establish testing schedules and document test methods and equipment. This lets you meet customer specifications, ISO regulations and regulatory requirements. If irregularities do nevertheless occur, the goods concerned can be quickly identified via batch tracking. After all, quality is the decisive factor in sustainable economic success.
Digital technology is also playing an increasingly important role in surface technology. The digital transformation requires us to rethink our private and professional lives. It is a question of how we use software and how our idea of the "digital" company is changing. For COSMO CONSULT the digital company is no longer just a vision of the future. Already today, our solutions can connect all areas of your company together. With our digital solutions, you can keep an eye on the entire supply chain.
Most companies work with a variety of different systems. What is often missing, however, is uniform information management. Instead, the different solutions work side by side, without a common reference point. However, a modern work environment should actively and directly provide support for all tasks and work processes, whether in the office or on the road. With COSMO CONSULT solutions, you can create digital working environments that do the following:
In this way, your employees are able to do their jobs in the best way possible.
The cloud is a simple, reliable and secure way to drive digital transformation in companies without having to think about IT infrastructure or database systems. The digital solution portfolio of COSMO CONSULT can be relocated to the Microsoft Cloud in whole or in part as needed. You decide which tasks and processes remain in the company, which areas are outsourced, and which additional services are required. You can use your resources to expand your business - and let us do the rest.
COSMO CONSULT has many years of experience in the field of helping companies in the coating and surface technology industry go digital. What we offer is based on a clear methodology, on detailed knowledge of the processes in the industry, and on outstanding know-how when it comes to products. Our experts would be pleased to advise you about the opportunities of modern software technologies. Just call us or send us an e-mail. Then we can discuss how your company can benefit from our digital solutions.