Firstronic automates many project management functions via its proprietary ProManage system. This Windows-based relational database system provides project team members with the ability to log on 24/7 to find out exactly what open action items they need to address. This “pull” system approach “force multiplies” the program management team enabling fewer people to effectively manage more programs. However, it also has a “push” system element. The project templates that the team has created minimize the project set-up activity and flags issues as they occur. In short, the system is more diligent than a program manager alone would be because it immediately recognizes if an action or a missed deadline anywhere in the process is impacting the ability to meet the critical path deadlines established for the project. If that happens, it immediately emails the team members responsible for correcting the issue. The system also creates full documentation and a post-mortem history to facilitate process improvement.
ProManage integrates fully with the Company’s ERP system, Plex Online. Plex Online is a Service as a Software (SaaS) system that includes the ERP system, a manufacturing execution system (MES) module, EDI customer and supplier interfaces, and online quality data collection/reporting tools. Plex is cloud-based, enabling both customer and Firstronic personnel to access information remotely, as needed.