JohnsByrne Co. -- Finding an Edge
Finding those extra efficiencies and being able to cut costs are pivotal areas for JohnsByrne to remain viable, according to Gustafson. "If we can cut our costs, we pass it along to the customer, and that makes us a lot more competitive."
Both Gustafson and Fairley caution that the decision to make the CIM leap is not to be taken lightly. "It's not an evolution, it's a revolution when you look at it internally," Fairley states. "Look at the vendor pool. In almost any instance, you're talking about an implementation across several platforms. How you work and collaborate with the vendors are critical. And their commitment to that collaboration and an open architecture is key.
"This is almost as big of a revolution, from my perspective, as CTP was," he adds. "Some folks think computer-integrated manufacturing will never be here. But you need to be approach this new technology with an open mind."