Glenair has provided high performance interconnect products and systems into the military, aerospace and other harsh EMC (Electromagnetic Compatibility) and physical environments for over 40 years. Glenair manufacture a wide range of Mil-spec and aerospace qualified harness products including circular connectors, Micro-D and nanominiature connectors, connector backshells and accessories, conduit and braiding, heat shrink boots as well as providing connector assembly tooling. Located on Oakham Business Park in Mansfield, Nottinghamshire with over 70,000 sq. ft. of workspace, all stages of the product life-cycle are covered from design and development through qualification and manufacture, onto in-service technical support.
The Glenair project did not follow a traditional engagement pattern, or even a traditional deployment methodology, but despite it’s unique challenges, in many ways it ranks as perhaps our most successful implementation. The project was unusual because the initial brief was very different to the final role and scope, and is a great example of a partnership that grows and develops over time in order to deliver the very best project possible.
When Seaton Partners met Glenair, the internal team had already successfully implemented two satellite offices in France and Germany. However, the UK head office and manufacturing facility was on a different scale, and Glenair sought domain specialist knowledge to help with some of the more complex manufacturing elements in Dynamics AX. As the project moved towards a go-live over a 12 month period, Glenair found advantages in outsourcing additional elements of the project to Seaton Partners, whilst retaining overall ownership themselves. On the technical side, these additional tasks included some of the more complex developments and code release management. On the application side, additional consultancy resource was provided to supplement the internal team, assist with testing and user training, and provide detailed assistance with the data migration project. That was all wrapped up by project management and governance oversight to keep the whole thing on track.
The UK manufacturing facility and back office went live in June 2016. In the months after go-live the UK business experienced record sales performance, and whilst we can’t claim this was all because of Dynamics AX, it was certainly a great testament to the solution that it was able to cope with the increased production volumes and user throughput so soon after go-live.
The group are now planning to bring further subsidiary companies on-line with Italy next, later in 2017.
The full project team at Glenair celebrate the switch-on.