The management team of subcontract precision engineers ADP Precision Engineering were on the lookout for a new production control system following accelerated growth of the business. The Newcastle-upon- Tyne based company had been relying upon its Sage 50 accounting software to control production, supported by the manual input of manufacturing data into Excel spreadsheets and Word documents.

This form of administration was slow, time consuming and not meeting the needs of a company embarking upon a new business phase. ADP recognised the need for software that was bespoke to the needs of the subcontract precision engineering industry and therefore selected PSL Datatrack. It would not only improve the administration of the company’s existing production processes but also create a platform for the future.

ADP provides its services and high-quality products to a range of industrial sectors including automation/robotics, automotive, medical, oil & gas, rail and subsea engineering. One particular long term, state of the art medical project that will help revolutionise the medical industry, and for which ADP is a sole supplier of machined components, helped to drive the need for a better production control system.

PSL Datatrack was identified as the solution that could meet ADP’s immediate need of removing manual# administration in the business. Thanks to its modularity, it also offered the platform for easy expansion in the future as the business grew and further control over different aspects of production were needed. Anthony Ingledew, ADP’s Managing Director, comments: “Previously we had to create a lot of manual
documentation but after the initial setup of PSL Datatrack the result was a more centralised, efficient and
streamlined system which massively aids the flow of the business.”

ADP acquired a number of PSL Datatrack modules at the outset covering sales, administration,
purchasing, technical functions (including process layouts and Work In Progress), Shop Floor Data Collection (SFDC), finance and management. Invoicing data can be imported to Sage 50, which is now used purely for its accounting capabilities.

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