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MANAGE

Once production has started, it is too risky to be stitching together information.

Imagine Checking all of those below that are important to your organization.

  • Avoid supply chain risk and disruptions
  • Protect or improve brand reputation
  • Avoid unexpected costs
  • Improve supplier participation
  • Eliminate manual internal effort

If you would have checked all five, you think just like all successful organizations.

There are many disjointed point-solutions on the market that assist in monitoring performance, risk, and compliance; however, the criticality of monitoring your engagements is too important to not have intertwined throughout the part/material lifecycle. Further, as solutions focus on one aspect (e.g., being supplier-oriented), the aspect of that particular engagement may be lost, as it may overlook aspects such as: part, BOM, finished product, manufacturing location(s), and more.

Once production has started, it is too risky to be stitching together information.

ASTRAS enables you to take the WHOLE engagement into consideration as you manage your suppliers.

Performance

“You can’t manage what you can’t measure.” - Peter Drucker

Great suppliers make great supply chains, but when organizations are pushed to define how they manage and score their suppliers, most cannot. Many of today’s practices are dominated by a combination of cumbersome spreadsheets and freeware, such as Survey Monkey. Others have nothing at all.

ERP provided scorecards are fantastic for transactional data (e.g., short-ships, late-ships, etc.), but struggle with additional complexity.

Too often we have heard that monitoring supplier performance is frustrating and a manual burden, due to:

  • Data residing across many systems (supplier info, part info, production info, 3rd party info, etc.).
  • There is no systematized process.
  • Existing scorecard templates don’t match the particular need.

ASTRAS helps our customers overcome the Supplier Performance challenges by:

  • Having a structured and transparent method to mediate subpar performance and/or proactively work on ways to improve the engagement.
  • Integrating into existing systems, and 3rd parties, to ensure that all your criterion is taken into account.
  • Ensuring that performance relates to the particular engagement (by supplier, by part/material, by award, etc.).
  • Enabling Microsoft Excel upload, and a template library, for fast and easy modification of scorecards.
  • Knowing that the scorecards reside on a collaboration platform, which will bring in the appropriate stakeholders/reviewers and ensure proper processes are followed.
  • Provide transparency to suppliers so they can actively participate in improvement.

Risk Management

There are two significant, but different, approaches to risk management. Both appropriate.

In one approach, it’s how you overcome a “black swan” event. You may not be able to predict the next volcano going off in Iceland and the effect on air transportation; therefore, do you have the internal information necessary to pull together the right team, based on affected suppliers and finished products, to make previously undefined decisions?

In other approach, it’s the Wayne Gretzky mindset ("A good hockey player plays where the puck is. A great hockey player plays where the puck is going to be."). Organizations seek to find and eliminate the risk before it gets there. Surely a difficult task in today’s complex supply chains.

Information affecting, or informing of, your risk resides all over. It’s in multiple internal systems, in employee’s emails, at third-parties, and more. Further, know what indicators can affect what parts of your operation, or what stakeholders need to know, further complicates this effort.

ASTRAS helps our customers overcome the Risk Management challenges by:

  • Ensuring all information is cross referenced (by supplier, by part/material, by region, etc.).
  • Integrating any relevant third-party indicators, such as DnB, RiskMethods, DHL Resilience, etc.
  • Utilizing collaboration workflows so that stakeholders are immediately informed of potential risks and can take, or suggest, immediate action.
  • Ensuring sourcing is informed of potential supplier risk issues as they consider inclusion into additional sourcing event.

Corrective Action Plan (CAP)

Corrective Action Plans, such as 3D and 8D, are a vital process for manufacturers today in order to identify, eradicate, and reduce the chance of adverse events from recurring. These adverse events can be triggered from a number of sources; however, when not handled appropriately, and immediately, they can lead to costly consequences, such as failed launches, lost revenues, and damaged reputation.

Unfortunately, most organizations are using a “Band-Aid Approach” to CAPs. Why? Because they are forced to work outside of governed system, such Outlook, Word and Excel, to manage the process and information. This leads to lost efficiency, increased data errors, and lack of auditability.

ASTRAS helps our customers manage their Corrective Action Plans by:

  • Centralization and governance of the entire CAP process in one system.
  • Enabling collaboration across all stakeholders (internal or external)
  • Documenting all actions, steps, dates, approvals, and more.
  • Providing visibility into the progress of active CAPs.
  • Eliminating the need for emailing Word or Excel files.

Request for Waiver/ Deviation (RFW/RFD)

Unplanned departures, such as an RFWs, and planned departures, such as an RFDs, are a fact of life within manufacturing. Information has to be gathered, from both the supplier and from internal resources, and proper notifications and approvals have to be managed.

ASTRAS helps our customers manage their RFW and RFDs by:

  • Providing online access to simple form-based templates, collecting part number, spec. number, description of deviation, suggested disposition, reasoning, effect on delivery schedule, production effectivity, and much more.
  • Facilitating approval workflows and all necessary stakeholder collaboration.
  • Ensuring certain requests (e.g., deviations affecting safety) are not submitted.
  • Maintaining documentation of all RFW/RFDs over time.
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Benefit From:

  • Lowering process costs by up to 80%
  • More effective sourcing events
  • Shortened cycle time to part qualification
  • Strong compliance
  • Increased supplier collaboration
  • Reduced supplier and part risk
  • Complete visibility, across functions
  • Assurance that your processes and best practices are followed every time
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