Camaco Chooses Plexus Online To Integrate Manufacturing Systems

AUBURN HILLS, Mich., Dec. 7 /PRNewswire/ -- Plexus Systems is pleased to announce P&C Group I, also known as Camaco, LLC, the largest independent supplier of seat frame structures to the North American automotive market, has chosen the Plexus Online Enterprise-wide Resource Planning System to integrate its diverse operating systems into a single on-demand system that links its manufacturing locations and central office.

Plexus Online allows Novi, Michigan-based Camaco to track and manage its core business in real time through a web browser, from Electronic Data Interchange (EDI) and sales to purchasing, production, quality, shipping, accounting and human resources.

"We were looking for a completely integrated solution that took into account our cultural strengths and would provide us with the requisite foundation to continue our pursuit of world class manufacturing," said Bob Adams, Vice President, Manufacturing Services and Strategic Planning for Camaco. "We were not interested in creating a core competency in informational technology, as other solutions would require. We had neither the staff nor the inclination to do so. With their web-based system, Plexus provides a cost-effective answer to all of our ERP needs and the opportunity to significantly advance the technology of all systems we employ."

Camaco, a $200 million supplier of interior metal structures to the automotive market has five facilities in North America and employs multiple in-house systems. "Our objective was to integrate all locations into a common system while pursuing a technological upgrade in our capabilities," Adams said. "Plexus with its web-based service and continual improvements eliminated the need for multiple servers, database managers and the hassle of periodic upgrades. It also provided us with an opportunity to commonize systems across all locations while leveraging advancements that Plexus has made in these same systems."

"Camaco's advanced development and product engineering capability and its commitment to lean manufacturing provide its customers with quality products that meet price, timing and weight targets," said Rob Beatty, CEO of Plexus Systems. "Plexus Online will enhance those abilities by providing Camaco with a single, state-of-the-art manufacturing information system that provides the real-time information to efficiently run its operations and collaborate with its supply chain in key areas."

    Those key areas include:
    *  Accounting and Costing     *  Shop Floor Control
    *  Purchasing                 *  Program Management
    *  Sales                      *  Production and PLC Integration
    *  Engineering                *  Quality
    *  Materials                  *  EDI
    *  Inventory                  *  Shipping/Receiving
    *  Maintenance                *  Communication
    *  Tool Management            *  Management
    *  Human Resources

The system is completely integrated with an easy to use browser-based front end without the cost and maintenance of in-house servers. Camaco expects to have the first phase operational and performing in less than 90 days.

About Camaco

A leader in seating system solutions, Camaco's diverse product line includes stamped metal and wire frame seat structures, headrest and armrest structures, visor rod and towel bars, complementary metal reinforcement components, plus instrument panel and console substrates. Camaco delivers full-service solutions ranging from design, engineering, prototyping and tooling to blanking, stamping, welding and assembly operations in its role as a strategic minority business supplier to OE manufacturers and Tier I transportation providers.

Camaco ( ) supplies components to OEMs and Tier I interior systems suppliers. The company has since become the world's largest independent supplier of seat frame structures to the North American automotive market.

About Plexus Systems

Plexus Systems is the premier provider of online business solutions. Plexus Online is a fully-integrated software solution for manufacturing companies and provides the features and flexibility to manage complete operations. Plexus Online is available as one or more modules as well as a complete enterprise system. Each of its modules provides a base set of industry-driven capabilities plus the flexibility to be configured to customer specific needs.

Founded in 1995, Plexus Systems ( ) is the premier provider of online business solutions for manufacturing companies. The Plexus Online software consists of over 350 modules allowing companies to access all critical information in real time using a simple web browser. Plexus Online includes shop floor control, traceability, quality management, EDI, accounting and many other capabilities that can be configured as a fully-integrated system or as a point solution to augment other ERP software.

CONTACT: David Hofer of Plexus Systems, +1-248-391-8001, or Fax:

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