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Antiquated System Challenges Prompt C.W. Thomas to Seek out a Comprehensive, Extended Single-Source Solution From IQMS

IQMS, a manufacturing ERP software and MES developer with an ongoing, proactive commitment to its product and relationships, today announced that Philadelphia Manufacturer of the Year, C.W. Thomas, has joined forces with IQMS. A vacuum/pressure former that serves the transportation, aerospace, industrial and medical markets, C.W. Thomas partnered with IQMS based on the ERP provider’s customer references, industry specificity and overall total cost of ownership.

C.W. Thomas’ legacy ERP system was laboriously outdated – the company was operating on a DOS-based software combined with Excel spreadsheets. The homegrown Excel spreadsheets did not link to each other, resulting in redundant data entry, no transparency and a loss of productivity from the extra work the spreadsheets incurred. Additionally, shop floor control and inventory management was a manual effort, prompting C.W. Thomas to begin the search.

“The other two ERP packages we considered offered more than we needed in areas that were not relevant to our industry,” said Robert Brennan, vice president of operations at C.W. Thomas. “IQMS has demonstrated that it is an A-1 company to work with, offering knowledgeable resources and an industry-specific solution for our company.”

Establishing itself as a premier thermoformer in the manufacturing industry, C.W. Thomas has received a series of accolades over the past few years: 2009 Medical Device Excellence Award supplier, certified Sony green partner and the 2011 Greater Philadelphia Manufacturer of the Year. C.W. Thomas will implement IQMS’ ERP software system, plus MES offerings including preventative maintenance, ShopData shop floor solution and RealTime Production Monitoring modules.

“Due to the combination of our ERP and MES software, C.W. Thomas is going to experience a greatly improved way of conducting business with detailed communication between all of its departments,” said Glenn Nowak, vice president at IQMS. “The transparency and enterprise-wide interconnectivity that EnterpriseIQ offers will help support C.W. Thomas as they grow in the future.”

About C.W. Thomas

Created in 1946, C.W. Thomas demonstrates excellence in thermoforming every day through a dedication to quality that completely pervades the company’s culture and attitude. Operating out of an 80,000 square foot facility in Philadelphia, Pa., C.W. Thomas largely serves the transportation, aerospace, industrial and medical markets, utilizing both vacuum and pressure forming processes to make highly specialized and technical parts. C.W. Thomas offers in-house tooling, engineering, assembly and their Quality Management System is certified to ISO 2001:2008 and AS9100C.