Cherry Corporation comprises nine global divisions and multiple joint ventures for the manufacture of proprietary and custom electrical switches, sensors, electronic keyboards, and controls for the worldwide automotive, computer, consumer, and commercial markets. Cherry Electrical Products is the most diversified of the operations in terms of products, applications, and customers.
When Cherry Electrical first began evaluating software tools for the commercial product area in 1997, the company was primarily seeking a vault for its drawings and a simple front-end for making changes to the MAPICS manufacturing resource planning (MRP) system. After more closely examining its engineering change notice (ECN) process, Cherry Electrical determined that it was more important to re-engineer the process itself, which was entirely paper-based.
Dassault Systèmes Response
Through eMatrix, Cherry Electrical has streamlined its engineering change notice (ECN) process. The validator of an ECN designates what departments and individuals should participate in the approval process, and then promotes it to the next stage.
ECN Process Streamlined Integrated MRP and manufacturing floor through eMatrix eliminates up to one week from the ECN process
Improved Speed and Accuracy of Customer Quotes Reduced time required to determine product availability for customer quotes from weeks to 24 hours
Customer Collaboration Customer generated drawings and specifications maintained and accessed through eMatrix