Quanex Building Products, headquartered in Houston, TX is a leading manufacturer of window and door systems, insulating glass systems, window and door components and aluminum sheet. A major supplier to window and door manufacturers throughout North America, the company operates 12 manufacturing facilities in nine states and two plants in Europe. The window and door systems group is a market-leading extruder of weather tested vinyl and composite systems used in windows and doors throughout North America.
Several years ago, Quanex made the decision to migrate from their older legacy system to SAP, a technology leader in business management software. Although SAP Console provided native functionality, Quanex needed more flexibility and lower development costs for new applications.
In 2009, Mark Ferwalt, Applications Director for Quanex Building Products, began researching alternatives to SAP Console. He found what he was looking for with RFgen Mobile Foundations for SAP. The software suite consists of pre-written, validated solutions for SAP data collection, specifically designed to be quickly adapted to an organization's unique work-flow processes and to deliver information to their mobile workforce.
For Quanex, the major benefits of RFgen Mobile Foundations for SAP are:
Ferwalt was impressed with RFgen consultant Mike Davis, project lead for Quanex's implementation. "Mike demonstrated a thorough understanding of how RFgen mobile data collection software functions with our SAP system as well as how we could tie into the SAP system more efficiently."
After Davis made the necessary coding changes to meet Quanex's exact specifications for their new RFgen data collection system, the following RFgen transactions were smoothly integrated into Quanex's manufacturing processes using their currently owned mobile data collection devices (scan guns) at their four manufacturing plants in Kent, WA, Yakima, WA, Richmond, KY and Winnebago, IL:
An ongoing relationship between RFgen and its customers along operations to get better than ever dreamed. Following the initial implementation, RFgen continued to offer services to customize the Scrap Capture and Cycle Counting modules to reflect Quanex's specific processes and needs: