Elko ep and its CEOJiří Konečný, CEO of ELKO EP Holding

SUCCESS AT HOME AND WORLDWIDE
ELKO EP is a Czech manufacturer of modular electronic instruments. 160 employees and over twenty years of experience gave rise to state-of-the-art production of electronic modular devices (relays), of which ELKO manufactures over 200 types, exporting them to 60 countries throughout the world. Exports represent 65% of the company turnover.

A SUCCESSFUL AND STABLE position in both domestic and foreign markets is the result of the effort of our own development staff and working on modern production lines. ELKO manufactures all of its products in conformity with ISO standards and sets the same high demands on environmental protection.

PRODUCTS FOR THE WHOLE WORLD
Our production, modern instruments and research and development centre focuses the development of the company to the most desirable technologies of the present. Jiří Konečný, CEO of ELKO EP Holdingspeaks about the products: The iNELS Smart Home Solution is globally one of the most comprehensive solutions ever. It enables the control of wiring systems in combination with an elegant solution for controlling multimedia, home appliances and property security in an integrated system. We have already delivered over 600 installations in this segment, which makes us the global market leader. Another pivotal product is the touch-controlled wireless RF Touch unit, , which promotes RF Control units to a system that works without wires. We received the Zlatý Amper award for this product.“

THE INELS SMART HOME SOLUTION IS GLOBALLY ONE OF THE MOST COMPREHENSIVE SOLUTIONS EVER.”

PRODUCTION MODERNISATION
In recent years, increasing product demand and growth of production set high requirements on the development activities of the company in every way. Besides new manufacturing technologies, one of the essential issues of the past years was the modernisation of an obsolete and unsuitable information system and demand for faster processing of operating data. This not only concerned the increasing volume, but primarily the real-time response of records, which are accessed by tens of employees concurrently in intervals of mere seconds.

INFORMATION SYSTEM
The company therefore announced a selection procedure for a new information system, which was to predominantly be based on modern technologies. The basic prerequisite for selection was the integration of all existing records, company know-how and data into a single database..

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After evaluating the bids and presentations of several major suppliers of ERP systems, ERP ABRA G4, was chosen as the most suitable system, which offered a favourable price while fulfilling the requirements. Because of the estimated high volume of data and load of 50 concurrently working users, ABRA G4 was chosen, which works over a powerful ORACLE database, and is thus intended for the high loads of large companies.

ABRA G4 IMPLEMENTATION was performed by a team of specialists from the Brno branch of ABRA Software. The team consisted of experienced employees for the area of production, Internet trading, project management, accounting and payroll. The basic plan of the implementation project was a so called specification designed within a pre-implementation study. The specification included: a progress chart of consultants' work, succession of creation of individual printing reports, assembly of information panels, adaptation of system behaviour and functions using scripts and add-on application, data conversions, user training, and also the time requirements of the customer's employees. The progress chart considered the necessity of concurrent control of the progress of implementation. The first step of the implementation was testing the ABRA installation. After basic configuration of the system, other parameters were set according to the specification, and the testing procedure for data conversion from the original system was performed. It was in this phase that the training of future users took place.

ABRA G4 BROUGHT A SYSTEM TO OUR PRODUCTION. WE NOW HAVE AN OVERVIEW OF INDIVIDUAL JOBS, KNOW THE PRODUCTION COSTS, ARE ABLE TO CALCULATE EVERYTHING IN ADVANCE AND CONSEQUENTLY EVALUATE EACH OF THE JOBS.

A successful testing operation confirmed the correctness of the setup and error-free conversion of live data to the new system. Full operation of ABRA G4 was then started under the active supervision of the consultants. During a two-month assisted operation, any necessary functions and definitions were ironed out and added. The supervision phase validated the fulfilment of requirements and user expectations.

Benefits of comprehensive production modernisation:

  • increased capacity, accuracy and quality
  • new stock records and possibility for product reservation
  • minimised production mismatches
  • in-line production from A to Z in a whole production batch
  • multi-stage testing (intermediate check of operations)
  • automated tester, optical tester
  • monitoring of work-in-process production stages using bar codes
  • product labelling with EAN codes
  • transition from tampoprint to laser labelling of products
  • antistatic environment – minimised negative influences
  • increased qualification of human resources, training

ABRA G4 SOLUTION brought automation to our business processes. Especially by means of the ABRA E-shop, which is immediately able to distribute new products in portfolio and promotional offers to the customers. It stores a customer's order within the information system in no time,” Jiří Konečný describes the solution. In the business process, functions for automated invoicing are tied to the ABRA E-shopCRM agendas enable planning and evaluation of marketing and business activities. Customer information is immediately available upon acquisition to the tradesmen who perform evaluations and analyses.

ABRA G4 SOLUTION BROUGHT AUTOMATION OF BUSINESS TO OUR BUSINESS PROCESSES. ESPECIALLY BY MEANS OF THE ABRA E-SHOP, WHICH IS IMMEDIATELY ABLE TO DISTRIBUTE NEW PRODUCTS IN PORTFOLIO AND PROMOTIONAL OFFERS TO THE CUSTOMERS.

SCM agendas not only enable productive provision of materials, but also help in planning and accumulation of a large scale of manufactured products. They enable applying the right strategy for planning an intermediate product manufacture, which is vital for optimising production workload capacities, and meeting exact inventory requirements at the same time. Within production, every worker on the production line receives the information necessary for performing the work, and at the same time records all performed operations through a simple and fast PLM Terminal. The terminal supports production quality through consistent and exact records of error..

ABRA G4 také přímo komunikuje s automatizovanými výrobními a testovacími linkami. Agendy pro řízení projektů a práci s dokumenty pomáhají při plánování, řízení a vyhodnocení vývojových projektů.

ABRA G4 also directly communicates with automated production and testing lines. Agendas for project management and working with documents assist in planning, management and evaluation of development projects. G4 helps to control and implement basic work processes. It integrates important data from all sites in a single database for further work.

ABRA G4 in the ELKO EP Company is proof that an All-in-one information system is able to cope with the specifics of electrical technology production, for example, when working with serial numbers and their linkage within the production and dispatch processes, and when working with PCs during SMD (Surface Mount Device) and manual assembly of parts.

ELKO EP have their know-how:
Everyone is responsible for the final result of their work, co-develops the production process and works on practical improvements. The possibility to indirectly participate in development and the overall development of the company motivates the employees, thus ensuring the high quality of manufactured products.

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