Selection process approach Vormenfabriek was of the opinion that the current solution no longer fulfilled the company’s need in terms of logistics and production processes. For that reason, it started to look into a standard ERP solution that would resolve the bottlenecks being experienced by the organisation. Bottlenecks were occurring in production, planning and the logistics flow through the factory, ‘islands automation’ and materials management. Why was Microsoft Dynamics AX selected? Rolf Goossens, Deputy Director of Vormenfabriek, is clear: “Mainly because logistics is linked to production. The solution that we have chosen offers the required integrated graphical planning functionality which is provided as standard, there is therefore no customisation.” At the same time, Vormenfabriek believes it is an advantage that all business processes are integrated within one environment. And Pulse? Implementation of ERP software relies on the human touch. “We have an excellent relationship with the people at Pulse. They are specialists who are prepared for all eventualities, who speak the language of a manufacturing company”, says Goossens. The AXtension solutions also played a role in Pulse being chosen. Standard add-ons that fit in seamlessly with Microsoft Dynamics AX, that enhance the functionality. What are the intended aims? Work is currently often duplicated at Vormenfabriek, Goossens notes: “Lists are kept by various departments and one department isn’t aware of another department’s list.” One of the aims is therefore to eliminate the ‘islands automation’ and to remedy the duplicated registration and administration. The automatic graphical planning boards also give Vormenfabriek a visual overview of its manufacturing processes, enabling a reduction in the lead times. “And”, Goossens adds, “this will then automate our workflow. This will enable us to work more efficiently.” Another important goal is to replace the document management system Automanager Workflow with Microsoft Dynamics AX, which should reduce the number of external packages being used. Vormenfabriek expects it will go live this autumn.