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CK Technologies

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 CK Technologies - IoT ONE Case Study
Technology Category
  • Functional Applications - Inventory Management Systems
Applicable Industries
  • Automotive
Applicable Functions
  • Business Operation
Use Cases
  • Inventory Management
The Challenge

CK Technologies is committed to continuous improvement in all of its business practices. This can prove a challenge in the face of the everyday processes of their low volume, high variability business.

They are also one of the first companies in the industry to supply parts in body color for each customer, approximately 1,400 colors a year, which have to be perfectly sequenced for shipment.


The Customer
About The Customer

CK Technologies is the leading thermoplastics solutions provider in the North American commercial heavy truck market. They’ve pioneered many of the industry’s first plastic exterior components through innovative engineering and close collaboration with their customers. CK Technologies is the market leader for injection molded bumpers, grilles, roof fairings, and chassis skirts, providing large plastic injection molded parts and assemblies. CK products can be seen on tractor-trailer cabs, buses, and large trucks around the world.


The Solution

At Explore each year, the QAD community of customers, sponsors, and experts come together for informative sessions, hands-on training, and stimulating discussions. The focus of Explore is to learn, network, and be inspired. Specific benefits of Explore include:

  1. A diverse agenda of over 40 wide-ranging sessions and over 60 speakers, featuring many manufacturing-specific sessions that can help earn APICS continuing education credits
  2. Hands-on training to delve deep into select subjects on how to optimize business processes
  3. The opportunity to meet with members of the entire QAD community in one location
  4. Access to key QAD and peer company executives to hear the latest trends, and how to plan for the future

CK Technologies now has over ten people attending Explore each year. Prior to travel, the group determines CK’s Explore schedule and decides which sessions to attend. They also decide the best times for visiting the Solutions Expo, which is a gathering of all the Explore sponsors in one place. Then they set daily team meetings at the event to collaborate on the information and networking gathered each day

Operational Impact
  • [Efficiency Improvement - Productivity]

    • Better planning and production scheduling, eliminating cumbersome spreadsheets

  • [Data Management - Data Visibility]
    • Using new tools already available within QAD to more quickly and easily view data
    • Streamlining financial reporting by leveraging best practices shared by peers
Quantitative Benefit
    • Improvement in inventory record accuracy by 20%
    • A reduction in shipment discrepancies by 70%, and overall better on time shipping performance
  • Ability to collaborate and improve delivery schedules with over 90 suppliers via QAD Supplier Portal

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