Bringing innovative and cost-competitive products to market has led manufacturing companies to expand investments in technology enablers such as SEO/SEM, Ecommerce, Social Marketing, Business Intelligence, and back-office supply chain integration technologies like SAP.
Y&L brings industry expertise covering a variety of manufacturing and retail nuances. We understand manufacturing criticalities, procurement, production, shop floor control, sales, customer management, quality, and supply chain management.
Y&L solutions provide strategic IT advantages across all aspects of operations through strong technology and business-focused capabilities in enterprise resource planning, supply chain integration, and customer relationship management for
Some of our manufacturing/retail clients include Harland Clarke, HEB Grocery, Solar Turbines, Darden Restaurants, au bon pain, HON, Caterpillar, Cisco, Chemtura, Littlefuse, Stanley Works, RR Donnelley, Andrew, Monsanto, DOW, Construction Specialties, PharMerica, Rackspace, John Deere, Chemours, Charles River, Smith & Nephew and Merck.
Certified Industry Solutions
Our Industrial Manufacturing IT solutions are aligned with your business needs and tailored using advanced technologies. Y&L provides ManufacturingOne, an SAP Business All-in-One solution for mid-size enterprises. Comprehensive, powerful and pre-packaged, ManufacturingOne enables you to quickly respond to market fluctuations and provides for accurate forecasting and production planning.
ManufacturingOne streamlines the process by providing a single, central location for submitting new project requests. It clearly assesses benefits versus risks, benchmarks, and other areas of a proposed project prior to moving forward.
ManufacturingOne delivers the necessary tools to improve business performance:
Efficient management of channel partners and demand
Quick and accurate forecasting, planning and responding to ever-changing market demands
Optimized internal manufacturing processes
Built-in support of industry best practices providing system flexibility to meet unique company needs. Scalable to meet future business growth requirements.
ManufacturingOne includes all of the tools necessary to get business up and running in a matter of weeks.
SAP HANA features the usage of a cutting edge in-memory database, enabling companies to access analytical and operational data together in real-time, maximizing the performance capabilities of the industry specific ERP solution. Organizations simplify their IT landscape by eliminating up to 50% of the number of typical servers, enabling faster reporting and transactional instances. Offering advanced features for enhanced user experience, analytics, and data management, SAP All-In-One solutions powered by HANA are guaranteed to accelerate and maximize business performance.
Key Features of ManufacturingOne
Sales and Distribution
ETO – Quotations
Configure to Order/ Make To Order Sales
Returns & Complaints
Third Party with Shipping Notification
Sales with Scheduling Agreements
Third Party Order with Subcontracting
Advance Delivery Schedule with OEM’s
Procurement of Materials and Services
Vendor Evaluation and Returns
Reorder Point Planning
Make to Order, Engineer to Order, Make to Stock
Scheduling & Capacity Planning
ECM (Engineering Change Management)
Serial Number Management
Period End Closing in Financial Accounting
Inbound and Outbound Shipping
Paperless Put Away and Picking
Handling Unit Management
Profitability & Cost Management
Overhead Cost Accounting Actual
Cost Center Planning
Standard Cost Calculation
Cost Object Controlling
Profitability Analysis by Customer, Product, Product line
Integration with Third Party Systems – ADP, Payroll, Kronos
BOBJ Dashboards & Report – Discrete Manufacturing
APO – PP/DS
Plant Maintenance/ EAM
RF Handheld integration
SNC (Supply network Collaboration)
Document Management System
Integration to PLM
KANBAN/ Cell Manufacturing/Sequence Production
Finding and Keeping IT Talent
Many businesses struggle to find professional IT developers that fit a specific niche. Our client, an industry leader in providing integrated payment solutions, marketing services, and retail products, was no different.
The company faced challenges in finding professional IT contractors skilled in Oracle ATG, a niche skill set. Many of the professionals they came across didn’t have the level of technical expertise they were seeking. And, when the company was able to find professionals that made the cut, it was difficult for our client to retain them through the project duration.
Y&L began with an assessment of the current and proposed ATG projects and then determined the type and skill levels needed. Because our client had numerous applications that had migrated from a .Net platform over to ATG they had a significant need for proven ATG resources with online retail application experience.
With Y&L’s ATG product expertise, our client was able to break the ineffective and endless hiring cycle and instead focus on completing projects.
The client relied in Y&L’s acute knowledge of the ATG software and more specifically the multisite features which allowed flexibility within different environments and commerce applications. It was Y&L’s responsibility to identify and select which ATG multisite features to adopt to enable specific business requirements.
Converting Data into Insight
A New Jersey-based manufacturing company wanted to uncover insight around their quoting lifecycle; won vs. lost quotes in comparison to all quotes.
Using Tableau as a front-end reporting tool, the Y&L Analytics & Data Science team began comparing operational performance against key performance indicators (KPIs) established for the client.
Our first KPI was the Closing Ratio Percentage. This metric took into account all quotes in comparison to “won” quotes to derive an overall percentage.
In comparing the closing ratio percentage against the year, quarter, market, and sales region; we determined the closing ratio for sales region ‘A’ in Q3 was significantly lower than expectations. Although this provided a new insight, we needed to know why the closing ratios were exceptionally low during this time period.
A second KPI for calculating an Aggregate Average Price was developed. Combining this metric with quote status (won vs. lost) at the year, quarter, and product level; it became apparent that some products were priced too high in one sales region when compared to the average “won” quote price point.
A global manufacturer of Agriculture & Irrigation products decided to mobile enable their key web business applications. Y&L was chosen as the system and technology partner for the program mentioned above. The Y&L testing team provided end-end testing services that include test strategy & planning, functionality/regression testing, Integration testing, l18N & L10N testing and device compatibility & mobile testing. Our team conducted the mobile testing on various devices like “iPhone, Android, Windows Mobile” and “Device Any Where” (simulator tool) utilizing GPRS, CDMA, EDGE, Wi-Fi networks.
The program improved business and end-customer (end-user) satisfaction multi-fold, with cost/effort savings of around 35%.
Onsite and Offsite Helpdesk Support
One of the oldest and largest independent, nonprofit, applied research and development organizations in the United States reached out to Y&L to provide operations management and helpdesk support to IT end users to include after-hours and offsite support.
Y&L provides ongoing helpdesk support through Level 1 & 2 Techs, Network Administrators and Helpdesk supervisors. The team manages 300+ end users, 400+ computers, 137 servers, Windows, UNIX and LINUX operating systems and 5 LINUX clusters.
As a result of lowering licensing costs by switching the client to open source software, establishing 200 notes cluster SAN for scalability and reducing computational analysis time for graphics card processing from three weeks to one day, Y&L was invited to be a member of their high performance committee. In addition to the teams’ support responsibilities, Y&L also standardized non-proprietary hardware to lower costs, implemented a disaster recovery plan, standardized desktop configurations for easy deployment, and built redundancy into the network core for a more efficient use of VOIP technology.
Process Improvement via Automation
A major turbine manufacturer out on the West Coast, had a significant issue with handling imports from other countries into their main distribution facility. Import jobs were commonly 20 pages long, containing 300 line items. The long manual process required manually looking up each item approximately three times. Each part number had to be manually entered into three different screens and extraction information needed to be handwritten to log the import, then typed into an Excel spread sheet for the shipping delivery broker. One import log could take days to complete.
After a two month IT development effort, our team delivered an application where now it only takes 5-10 minutes to handle a 300 line item import log. According to our client, Y&L has saved them a significant amount of time and greatly reduced employee stress.
Nationwide Retail Cashier System Upgrades
Our client, who operates optical retail stores across 36 states, was looking to perform a major POS system upgrade. All of the servers and POS stations were upgraded via remote access through Microsoft RDM.
Hardware was shipped out in waves to the stores. Once received, Y&L technical support would call each store and walk them through the process of setting-up the hardware which consisted of connecting to the server as well as installing new components such as the KVMs and barcode scanners. Once the hardware was set-up, our team would remotely access the client’s servers and the POS stations to configure them with preconfigured Group Policies. Approximately 600 stores received the upgrade and the project was completed in 2.5 months.
Transmission Asset Management
One of the largest Power Transmission companies in the U.S. had issues with their existing Enterprise Data Management (EDM) strategy and framework not adequately managing their asset inventory data. In working with Y&L, we created and implemented a new EDM system for the client that would more effectively:
Provide asset monitoring and management
Predict asset health risk
Consolidate asset maintenance and work plans
Perform capacity planning
Document disaster recovery planning/preparedness
Y&L Manufacturing Consultants successfully assessed the client’s existing EDM and Data Governance strategy, implemented a more robust Data Governance framework (along with its associated tools), and migrated the company to a new EDM system which significantly improved their technical, functional and operational capabilities in regard to data.