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Yankee Casting Co., Enfield, Conn.


• Previous Software Program: Two separate programs, a custom-built engineering sys- tem and purchased accounting program.


• New ERP Software: Industry-specific, off- the-shelf software.


• Size: 50 employees. Yankee Casting Co. is a sand casting facil-


ity pouring aluminum, magnesium and bronze. In 2006, it decided it was time for a software change that would allow its engineering and accounting sides to better communicate. Te company also was looking for software more tailored to a metalcasting facility. “Our old software system consisted of


Yankee Casting Co. is owned and operated by the Vecchiarelli family including Mark, president, Brian, vice-president, Timothy, secretary/treasurer, and Kevin, vice-president of engineering.


two stand-alone programs—one for engineering and one for accounting,” said Kevin Vecchiarelli, vice president of engi- neering and co-owner of the company. “Te systems did not talk to each other, and we just were not getting the informa- tion we needed from the two systems. We needed to upgrade our software system to ease the manufacturing process.” Yankee Casting realized a comprehensive software system


would allow them to track and check in on casting jobs through various aspects of the process. Te software would connect every facet of a job, from planning through account- ing, provide cost and real time information, and allow for better production scheduling.


When the company began looking for software options, it


looked at one manufacturing system and three metalcasting facility-specific systems. Metalcasting-specific software would employ the use of metalcasting terminology and also could be tailored to Yankee Casting’s process and components. “We considered modifying the software system we


currently had in place, but once we saw what was already available to metalcasting facilities, off the shelf, we decided to purchase,” said Vecchiarelli. In the end, Yankee Casting chose a software system


specific for use in a metalcasting facility. A major benefit to this choice was the flexibility of the software—it could be


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