PACE, the technical details
The power is in the combination of PACE and MRP/ERP.
Most EMS providers have their inventory, logistics and financial parts database well organized in their MRP/ERP system. It contains valuable and indispensable part code information, but it is in general not developed to manage large amounts of technical data sets. In addition, one is normally not that happy to store unused “unknown” part code information in the MRP/ERP system, wasting time, slowly polluting the system with unused information, ultimately affecting it's performance.
But engineering, production and testing are not possible without extensive technical information. An unfortunate fact is that often the technical part code information is not so well managed. Selective pieces of technical information are collected on personal initiative as required and stored on widely spread locations and systems.
The proliferation of technical part data ultimately leads to chaos and mutiplication of data from uncontrolled sources. Notorious are part code data sheets from different revision levels used in different departments; inavoidably leading to catastrophic errors and related financial and commercial damage.
Not to mention the thread of loosing a valuable customer.
PACE, is a key module in the QuoteArchitect tool suite
But the use is broader than that:
- PACE combines the data from 2 databases (MRP/ERP and PACE) in one application. It is capable of showing any information from the MRP/ERP system when the part code is stored in that system. PACE is updated and synchronised with the latest MRP/ERP information with a simple “fetch” command,
- Stored and managed in a central repository everyone in the company can have (controlled) access to all technical part code data,
- Part codes can have dozens of different variables defined which you normally don't need to see all together. PACE users can create their own part code “views” with exactly the data elements visible they need for their job,
- PACE is the ideal tool for part specialists (e.g. Librarians), making their job as efficient and effective as possible.
In due course PACE will also be delivered as a commercial stand alone solution.