Enterprise-Class Production of Complex Documents
Supporting Industry 4.0 Automation
Manufacturing is undergoing significant change. The current trend for data exchange and automation is prompting IT executive to examine how their document production and reporting systems raise to the challenge. In most cases, existing obsolete software or unmaintained home-grown solutions can no longer sustain the performance requirements of the modern Industry 4.0 initiatives. Ecrion provides what your business demands: highly scalable, enterprise document automation, complex business rules and workflow support, print stream management, and omnichannel distribution.
Reliance Steel and Aluminum
As they were looking to replace their homegrown invoicing system, Reliance Steel and Aluminum reached out to Ecrion for assistance. Reliance ultimately implemented Ecrion in a High Availability (HA) configuration to support the production of more than 10,000 invoices per day, many of which are multiple pages, and frequently a bundle of multiple documents. Reliance also leveraged Ecrion’s ability to place different logos and branding on their invoices and include targeted marketing messages within the invoices without having to manage multiple templates
Top Challenges for Manufacturing Organizations
The manufacturing industry is a world of ever-changing moving parts. For many manufacturing organizations, generating increasingly high volumes of appealing and accurate customer communications to keep relationships strong is an ongoing challenge. From creating complicated proposals and delivering product information in modern communication mediums, to producing varying kinds of documents, to satisfying vendor requests, manufacturing organizations the world over must anticipate all kinds of customer demands and be ready with the communications to effectively respond to them – all while keeping overhead low and reducing IT interaction.
To effectively react to a global client base while managing the production of numerous goods and services and keeping vendor relationships strong, manufacturers are seeking cost-effective ways to generate many different kinds of engaging, appealing, and specific documents. From compiling complex bids and crafting detailed invoices to generating mass amounts of packing slips and product catalogs, Ecrion solutions help manufacturing organizations address industry specific challenges through features that make efficient, high-volume document production easy.
Johnson Controls International
Johnson Controls International contracted Ecrion to help drive improvements in their sales-to-delivery processes. As their Sales team configures complicated HVAC solutions for prospective customers, the design sheet is created, and lives through the sales, manufacturing, and delivery cycles. This improves quality, accuracy, and customer satisfaction. JCI superusers easily create complex document templates with Ecrion Studio, a user-friendly design tool that enables business users to create and update document templates without tying up limited IT resources. Ecrion’s own template design specialists are also available to JCI if their needs exceed their in-house manpower.
Manufacturing document automation has a positive impact on your organization’s revenue since it takes less time and fewer people and resource to create, validate and send documents. In this case, less is definitely more.
Needing fewer people to create and send documents, document automation means the likelihood of “human errors” decreases. Also, with Ecrion’s platform, your organization has a Review & Approve feature, so you can rest a little easier.
As the saying goes, time is money. With document automation, less time equals more money. Spending less time having to input data, as well as creating and sending documents, means good news for your organization’s bottom line.
Speed to Market
The speed of document automation can put your organization ahead of its competitors. Since the documents are created automatically – following a set workflow – your organization can create and send millions of documents a day.
As Finland’s largest company, Nokia leverages Ecrion’s highly scalable enterprise-class document rendering capabilities to produce their customer-facing product documentation (Product Manuals, Operation Guides, Product Descriptions and Reference Materials). Data is extracted from their Vasont Content Management System, passed to the Ecrion solution for creation of PDF and HTML documents – some of which are several hundred pages long – and returned for printing and/or distribution. Nokia took advantage of Ecrion’s standards-based approach, including DITA, to achieve a rapid install and quick return on investment.
Efficient Document Production Solutions
Companies worldwide leverage manufacturing document automation software by Ecrion to deliver documentation at scale, reduce operating costs, and control the inherent risks associated with high volume and on-demand document automation. From quality assurance checklists, to shipping labels to invoices and technical documentation, Ecrion’s manufacturing document automation solutions help support complex processes, ensure compliance with corporate branding and regulatory standards and ultimately, deliver to your customers’ expectations.
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Provide what your users demand: highly scalable, enterprise-class document rendering, complex business rules and workflow support, print stream management, and omnichannel distribution.
As VinFast, Vietnam’s new automotive company, was looking to spin up operations in their first manufacturing facility, they reached out to Ecrion to integrate our solution with their Manufacturing Execution System (SIMATIC IT MES) for the high-volume document production required during the manufacturing process. Ecrion’s solution generates VIN labels, build cards, quality cards, manifest documents and certificates, and manages the printing stream — routing documents to different printer queues based on business requirements. Ecrion Professional Services worked both on-site and remotely to assist VinFast with their three-week implementation, including a High-Availability configuration and complex formats, including multiple layouts, page sizes, and barcodes.