Trane Company, one of the world’s largest heating, ventilating and air-conditioning (HVAC) producers, began its partnership with Cincom in 1987, when its first plants went live with Cincom Control. After experiencing extraordinary growth as a Cincom customer for nine years, Trane decided to accelerate its success by upgrading with a new Control implementation. They decided to convert their Cincom Control installations to the popular Oracle relational database, and eventually use the same Cincom software on HP servers.
By the end of 1998, fifteen North American Trane plants were using the same Cincom software on HP servers. The new system would need to keep up with the current manufacturing demands as well as the growth anticipated throughout all of the fifteen plants.
Regarding the system conversion, Trane database administrator, Richard Rutherford, said, “Cincom provided us with all the tools and everything we needed to make this happen. If you have the resources of Cincom behind you, the conversion is not as difficult as it would be if you had to do it by yourself.”
Cincom Control brought the following results to Trane:
- Threefold increase in inventory turns
- Manufacturing volume has more than doubled
- Significant improvement in batch run times
- Dramatic increase in uptime.
Dick Pearse, then business systems manager of Trane’s 1,800-employee La Crosse manufacturing operation, gave his view on Cincom by saying, “What really sets Cincom apart from all these other software manufacturers is that they’re willing to take you on a journey, versus telling you to hire a consultant to do the same.”
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