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slightly altered to entirely meet the needs of the aerospace components that make up the majority of Yankee Cast- ing’s business. Te ability to incorporate its aerospace needs proved to be a big bonus for the company. “Te software company worked closely with me during the quoting process and made some software changes during that phase to incorporate some of our aerospace needs,” said Vecchiarelli. “Tis software gave us complete control over the mechanics that go into creating the pieces and allowed for consistent details to be carried over from project to project.” While cost played a role in Yankee Casting’s upgrade


decision, especially as a smaller metalcasting facility, Vecchi- arelli says the price tag was worth it. “For us to spend this much money on soft-


ware took some dealing with,” he said. “But in the long run, we do feel it was well worth the investment. We can now utilize a system that is completely tailored to our needs, which eases the pain of the price.” With six months of planning under its


belt, Yankee Casting was ready to install. Full installation of the engineering and accounting ends of the system took only six months. Te engineering side was implemented after two months, allowing the accounting side to run tandem with the old system for a couple of


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months to ensure results from both programs. And, the software company was available throughout all phases of the installation process, making the transition from two software systems down to one a smooth one. Vecchiarelli also attributes this to the full commitment of Yankee’s management team. Years after the full implementation of the new ERP system,


Yankee Casting has noticed a number of positive changes, which reinforced its choice. For instance, its routers/job travelers include more detail, which allows employees access to more information to perform their tasks, with fewer inquiries and interruptions to discuss jobs with supervisors. Now, the company has bet- ter overall traceability on parts and employee performance. Te new system also resulted in time savings for management. “While we are spending more time up


Yankee Casting employees utilize the company’s ERP software.


front in job planning and contract review, the time we save on processing repeat components more than makes up for that,” Vecchiarelli said.


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